2848 Tasting Notes
Bleeeccchhhh not a fan, and I’m pretty it’s because of the hibiscus. Whyyyyyy? Cinnamon and blueberry should be delicious, not sour and gross! I don’t think the rooibos base helped, but I think the hibby ruined it. I don’t even remember how it tasted, just that it was not very good. I dumped the last of the cup.
Missed this last year, but my local DT had a bunch of 25g packs in the sale section, so I grabbed one. I rather like it – sweet and clovey, very Christmassy but without nasty hibiscus which too many Christmas teas seem to contain. I left the tea steeping in the mug the entire time, and it just got better – I would like to try it with proper infusions but I doubt it’s a long-lasting tea. I’m debating picking up another pack of it before it disappears, but being so heavy, it’s a pretty expensive tea by weight…. Also, best not to develop too much of a taste for a discontinued tea!
Winner! Love the caramelly flavours here, as well as the pumpkin spice. I preferred my at-home brew to the sample I had in-store, which is always good. I think I may even prefer this tea to Pumpkin Chai! Just a perfect spicy pumpkin fall blend. Probably will pick up another 25g to hang onto and sample every now and then.
Just saw a review likening this to Della Terra’s Carrot Cake – I agree. Kind of a fall-spiced rooibos with definite pumpkin overtones, but not really any cheesecake. I tried this both in-store and at home, and had a similar impression both ways, so I doubt I’m brewing it incorrectly. Anyhow, for a caffeine-free fall pumpkin tea, I think it’s decent, but I prefer the flavour of the other new tea.
Sipdown! (Kind of… I’m giving the rest to a friend who likes it more).
Tested it with 3/4 tsp of leaf and a much lower temperature than previously – results are much better than previously. A mangoey, peachy tea with floral notes.
Too distracted to write more now – too many people talking here!
Still a fan. I don’t think it’s necessarily “creme brûlée”, but there’s a carmelly flavour mixed in with the perfect chai spicing (my version of perfect, which is light on cinnamon, heavier on cardamom, with a touch of ginger), and the base seems fairly resilient. I always appreciate when I don’t feel the need to add milk/sweetener to my chais (not that I shy away from those that are better with additions!), but it means I will let myself drink it more often because I don’t have all those extra calories to add it, it’s just delicious by itself!
Big fan. The espresso flavouring in here absolutely makes this tea – it adds incredible depth and body, making this much more than just another black tea with fruit flavouring. And of course, the base is great, as is the fruity flavouring, so the extra dimension makes this a real winner. I suspect this will be a re-purchase for me, and an unexpected one since I was anticipating this to be more along the lines of Raspberry Truffle and/or Ruby Pie, which it really isn’t/