2661 Tasting Notes
Have been drinking some tea lately but failing to log anything. Gah. Life is so busy! Looking for housing again, frantically trying to finish up thesis-related things…
Anyhow, figured I’d try this one earlier. I hot-brewed and chilled it, and it actually wasn’t bad. Certainly did taste like lemonade, but unfortunately, the stevia was quite noticeable and somewhat unpleasant. I would have preferred the tea to be unsweetened. Not bad, though, and certainly unique! A likely hit for those who can tolerate stevia and like lemony drinks :)
Hmm, this one’s interesting. I picked up that there was hibiscus in it right away, just from the aroma, but luckily it’s not overly prominent in the flavour. In fact, it actually works fairly well here, adding a bit of bite. As a result, this does taste somewhat reminiscent of a mulled wine, but I’m not a huge fan. Another that’s great to have tried, but I’m not upset that it’s gone! Thanks Janelle!
Another thanks to Janelle for letting me try this discontinued tea!
I couldn’t remember what this was initially, but it became fairly obvious upon brewing that it was a cinnamony, grapey tea – and it’s quite nice! The cinnamon is more in the aroma than the flavour, and isn’t overpowering in the slightest; the tea base is bold and slightly astringent, but it kind of works here. It’s also almost a bit smoky, which I think fits in quite nicely. The wine/grape flavour is the most prominent, but it certainly doesn’t taste like artificial juice, more like a sophisticated version (but not alcoholic!)
A pretty decent tea; glad to have tried it, but not too sad that it’s no longer available.
Mmmmm, this is about as delicious as I had anticipated! Lovely creamy coconut with some sweetness. I haven’t had Coconut Cream from other companies recently (which is what I was thinking this tea may be the same as), so I can’t identify whether or not they are different. Might have to have to do a comparison later today. I’m almost tempted to say that this version is better, but it may just be that I’ve forgotten how good the others were.
Anyhow, thanks for sending along some of this one, Janelle, so I didn’t have to buy it!
Thanks to Janelle for sending me a sample of this tea! It’s pretty darn tasty!
The main flavour I’m getting is lime (shocking), kind of like that from Lime Gelato, complete with creaminess. I’m not tasting too much of the gunpowder smokiness that I was expecting, but that’s ok – it’s working well as a base anyhow! I tried sips of this tea both hot and cooled and like it better cooled, so I suspect it would be best iced. Too bad this one is no longer around :(
Thanks again Janelle!
Sipdown! 833… I just got a most massive swap from the very-generous Janelle, and my tea count has skyrocketed again! Luckily, once I get my half of the swap out, my cupboard should decrease some as well… that just hasn’t happened quite yet!
Anyhow, this is from momo, and apparently I was pretty ambivalent about it last time. I think similarly this time – nice green base, reminiscent of Virgin Fuzzy Navel green (probably the grapefruit?) and decent enough. Certainly better than many flavoured greens I have had, so bumping the rating up a touch, but not a tea I’d be dying to keep around all the time. I should have tried it iced, but didn’t think about that previously – oh well!
I think(?) that I had some of this tea up at the cottage as well, and it was also pretty delicious! Very tart, but a good sort of tart; absolutely delicious. Another blend I’d love to try again!
I also had a blueberry black (that I thought was from H&S, but am not certain about as they also had Teavana’s Blueberry Bliss up there), and a tea that was iced one day, but I don’t recall what it was. Mmmmm, tea….
So! I was on vacation at a cottage in Georgian Bay this weekend (GORGEOUS!) and had opted only to bring some teabags, as brewing tea when you want to go out and play doesn’t really work super well. However, it turns out that the owners had picked up some Teavana loose leaf on sale, and so I got to try a few new teas! Perhaps not under the best brewing conditions, but oh well.
I think this one was the first one I brewed myself – just poured hot water into a cup with some tea at the bottom, and left it in there while I drank it. I do recall there being hibiscus, but the tartness really worked for me. However, I really don’t recall tasting any fig or rose. I’d definitely like to try this one again, as it was better than expected, and I think under more controlled conditions, I might get some better flavours.
Sipdown! But not a tea in my cupboard, as it was from the 2011 Advent Calendar… haha. Anyhow, I do enjoy the combination of vanilla and mint, and the pu’erh here is pretty unobtrusive, thankfully! I’m a bit sad that they discontinued this one, but it seems that most vanilla/mint teas are appealing to me, so I think I’ll live. (Just need to get more Mint Julep!!)
Hmm. Maybe I underleafed, because this is awfully weak. I suppose that is possible, given the amount of fruit here! Anyhow, I can’t really taste any oolong, but am definitely tasting real, tart cranberry, which is quite lovely! I’ll either infuse longer next time or add more tea… this has potential, but this cup definitely doesn’t fully explore it.