73 Tasting Notes
Summer weather is finally here and I have been seriously craving something fruity and iced. I find this nice and refreshing, if steeped really well with a bit of honey. That brings up my only problem with this – I have to use sooo much of it to get the flavour I want, like 4 heaping spoonfuls for one mug. (Although I will admit, my favourite mug right now is kind of hefty.)
QueenOfTarts, thank you for sending me a sample of this!!! Reading the description here about the windmill cookies definitely sparked my interest – they are a favourite of my mum, brothers and I, especially with a cup of tea!
I should have steeped this longer, it seems like it could be a tiny bit weak. But that may just be because I want MORE of this, lol. It really tastes delicious. Not much almond flavour to be found, but it truly reminds me of the windmill cookies! A hint of cinnamon, and maybe it’s forced/imaginary but I get a bit of that buttery cookie-ness of those windmills too.
To make this tea even more amazing in my opinion, the smell is totally reminding me of Christmas. Warm, sweet and a hint of spice.
I made a Fantasy Island latte this afternoon, with some milk heated in a pot plus a dash of maple sugar, (frothed by hand with a whisk :P)
I can’t believe I have never tried this before! Somehow the milk being frothed makes a huge difference (plus the very tiny hint of maple) . I made a bit too much milk and didn’t want to waste it, so the tea part is not as bold as some may like. But it’s still delicious – definitely something I’ll make again with this tea!
Today I steeped this really light (like half tsp) for 4 minutes (only because the pumpkin in this gets really overwhelming for my taste), with a dash of pumpkin pie spice. To sweeten, I broke out some of my new pure maple syrup sugar from a local farm :) and some milk. This was delicious.
I felt a bit guilty adding so much extra spice and the hint of maple, but it was honestly a perfect combo!
Hmm. I’m a sucker for flavoured teas, and always look for something interesting (and inexpensive!) to try at the grocery store. I’ve been treating myself to some better teas lately though, so I knew there was a chance that a cheaper one like this might not do the trick anymore.
I wasn’t totally disappointed. White tea is a new thing for me, so I don’t know what to expect there, but it kind of reminded me of another cheap green tea (that’s not just me, because it’s labelled as just white but the ingredients list says “white & green tea”).
The smell of mango and peach is definitely present both dry and when steeped, which is a plus.
The flavour was nice – light and clean, with a hint of tropical fruitiness. The fact that there is no actual mango or peach listed in the ingredients is a turn off though! I will try this again, and think it would be interesting to make iced, but this tea is nothing special. I was right, now that I’ve tasted better quality teas, the grocery store ones just aren’t comparable.
The first time I drank this, I had a cold or something and wanted something soothing. It said echinacea mint flavour, so I figured it would be ok (my sinuses were bad and taste was not a huge factor!)
I sweetened it with a touch of honey, because I hadn’t FULLY read the ingredients list. It has stevia so this was kind of a mistake for me (anything with stevia in it is already sweet in my opinion). I let it steep super long as well. Anyways, once it cooled down, the first few sips were ok. Very minty, and herbal. But soon the licorice just completely took over, and it stayed in my mouth! I like a bit of licorice, but not that much. The licorice and sweetness made it just too much and I didn’t enjoy the taste at all, BUT it was soothing and opening up my sinuses a bit.
So last night I was feeling a bit stuffy and decided to try this again, WITHOUT adding sweetener and steeping it for just a few minutes. Those two things made a big difference. The licorice only became kind of much near the end of this cup, staying in the back of my throat again. It did soothe my sinuses though and I will probably end up trying this again if I feel under the weather (if only to use it up, because I think Sleepytime might make me feel just as good & comforted, and I know it tastes alot better!)