1196 Tasting Notes
Another one bites the dust. Dang. I was excited for this one. Unfortunately the 10g we bought had absolutely no jellybeans in it. I think the jellybeans are going the way of the watermelon bits in Luscious Watermelon, aka being eaten by the staff. There weren’t very many jellybeans in the wall tin either.
Anyway, without jellybeans, this tastes like your typical bourbon vanilla rooibos with just a hint of fruit. I am disappointed. This is another one I will not be adding to my collection. I will rate if I ever get some with jellybeans in it.
So I got a cup of this to go when stopping in to pick up some of the new teas. I feel a bit like death warmed over, so I thought a cup of this might perk me up.
Um, well…it didn’t. It smells like Goji Pop and I realize now that’s because of the hibiscus in the blend. Blegh. While drinking it, I got absolutely no flavor in the sip, just a touch of berry and ginger and mostly hibiscus in the aftertaste. I thought maybe by tastebuds were off, so I made De try some. Nope. Hot water with an aftertaste of hibiscus.
Okay, maybe the flavor comes out when iced. I’ll let it get cold while I nap. Oh now it has flavor. HIBISCUS with an aftertaste of ginger.
I have 10g waiting for me to try at home, there has to be more to this tea…there just has to. I’ll rate this when I get to try it at home.
Now that I have learned to sweeten matcha “to hell and back”, I have started craving it in the mornings. That rush of energy, that sweet greenness…mmm. Love. And it makes me eat breakfast, as I get shaky if I have matcha on an empty stomach. So all in all, it’s a good thing for me. I have much love in my heart for this stuff and I am so excited to have three more matchas on the way from Red Leaf Teas!!
And I’m only 26!
I was told by the girls at my local DT that since this tea doesn’t have a whole lot of tea in it, it’s okay to let it steep for a while. So tonight I let it steep for a while. My 50 g bag isn’t as full as I’d like it to be and even with twice the amount of “leaf” I usually use, this tea is weak and now over steeped. I think we might end up using a lot of the leaf to get the same great flavor we get in store, but then I don’t think I’ll be interested in restocking. It’s just too expensive for the amount of leaf you have to use. Sadness.
Oh man, this was good and I was so pissed that it was so good XD. It’s another heavy, expensive white blend, but it…guh. It’s amazing. It’s creamy and sweet and almost caramel-like, from what I can remember (I drank it at work while being BORED OUT OF MY SKULL). But I remember loving it. Definitely need to buy more tomorrow.
So I used the last of my sample bag of this to make a thermos of goodness for work and try to decide if it’s worth restocking. Conclusion? While tasty enough, this tea didn’t stand out enough for me to make room in my cupboard. Sadness. I think I just want to like it due to the call back to “Celtic lore” in the description XD. This blend is tasty, but ultimately forgettable.
Hrm. I don’t know. It’s good, kinda. But I don’t think I’d ever actively reach for it. I like the mango, but if I’m looking for a fruity oolong, I’m always going to reach for Long Life Oolong. De says it’s heavy and I would agree with that. And slightly artificial, but not overly so. All in all, I’m glad I tried it, the fruit flavors are lovely, but I can’t justify making room in my cupboard for this one.
I’m finishing up my day with this one, since it tends to calm my tummy and headaches, both of which I have at the moment. I’m just not hungry today, which is weird and tells me I’m sick. I’ve made two full meals for myself today and couldn’t finish either. Blegh. This tea is still delicious and tasty, but I’m just not in the mood to finish my teas today, I guess.
Blegh. I think I oversteeped this, as I didn’t keep a close eye on the time (it’s a rooibos!). It just didn’t mesh well for me. Honestly, the aftertaste was exactly what I wanted the tea to be – smooth, creamy and delicious. But the tea itself….meh. I’ll have to give this another try.