3013 Tasting Notes
Apparently I did not notice that there was hibiscus in this blend…. Sigh. The colour betrayed its inclusion quickly, and although it isn’t sour (probably because I gave it a 2-3 minute green tea infusion), I would prefer it wasn’t included. Regardless, this is a weird blend of flavours. Definitely quite fruity, somewhat sweet (natural! Not stevia!), and no green tea flavour at all (as expected). I would like to try this iced – I think the flavours would work better as a cold drink, because this is too much like drinking hot juice. I’m undecided as to whether the flavour weirdness is because I don’t care for pomegranate, or if it’s something else, but it certainly could just be me. Will have to try iced before passing final judgment.
Sipdown! Still not a big fan, although it probably tastes a bit better this time than last. Not too much floral, but there are definite overtones, particularly in the aroma. The main flavour is pretty light though – a bit of apple, maybe a touch of nuttiness. It seems like a great concept for a tea , but the flavours just don’t blend well and it would prefer more apple and pistachio.
Oh, deliciousness. The flavour is pure browned butter, umami green tea, full-bodied vegetal flavour. Definitely requires a light touch – I have neither a timer nor thermometer here (nor measuring spoon, for that matter!) but I still managed a great cup. The roastiness is particularly pleasant. Hopefully I’ll get another couple infusions today – wet green tea leaves do not last!
Tastes like Christmas, and the hibiscus doesn’t ruin it! I wish there was a touch of pear or apple to add sweetness, but other than that the flavour is great. Tastes like my favourite apple cider spice mix. The ingredients here are a bit deceptive though, since the spices aren’t explicitly named – I’m pretty sure I taste cloves and probably ginger … Anyways, it was a pleasant surprise that despite the deep purple of hibiscus, the flavour was quite good. It’s like Christmas in July (because the temperature here right now is pretty much higher than all of July was this year!)
Hmmmm. This one has lots of potential, but something was a bit off in the first cup I had. I absolutely loved the apple (reminiscent of Cranberry Pear, which I adore!) and the vanilla and cream flavourings made it incredibly decadent, but there was a bit of a strange aftertaste that I found rather unpleasant. I assume it’s the blackberry leaves, which is unfortunate. Perhaps a shorter infusion would help minimize that flavour, because I really enjoyed the tea otherwise, and was strongly considering picking up 50-100g just to have around.
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.