295 Tasting Notes
Knowing that this tea contains hibiscus and rosehip, I didn’t expect much from it… until I smelt its lovely aroma as it brewed. It took me a while to recall that it was the aroma of Lupicia’s Sakurambo (it turns out that one of the ingredients, acerolas, are known as West Indian cherries. No wonder!)… and I love Sakurambo!! Sadly, a tea with hibiscus is after all, a tea with hibiscus. I was greatly disappointed as soon as I took a sip. The liquor was decidedly fruity, but it was BITTER. Perhaps it was the result when the tartness of hibiscus/rosehip was combined with the sweetness of cherries. :( I didn’t enjoy it…
A very light tisane, which may have something to do with the large size of my mug. But it’s good to have a light chamomile tea because sometimes the herbal taste of chamomile can be really intense (to the extent that it’s bitter) and off-putting. This Ronnefeldt’s version is slightly sweet and therefore more drinkable.
A pretty nice Christmas tea! Though I couldn’t get much white chocolate flavour until the second steep. Since white chocolate contains cocoa butter instead of cocoa solid, this tea tastes somewhat creamy and vanilla-y rather than chocolate-y! The apricot flavour was soft. Since I used a larger mug to brew this tea, it was fortunately not as strong as other reviewers even though I carelessly oversteeped it (over 5 minutes!) when I brewed it the second time!
At home, I always enjoy my teas straight. This is because in this way I can know how the teas REALLY taste like, and of course, I admit that I am just too lazy to buy sugar or milk. :P I am usually quite happy with my plain teas, but from time to time I do encounter teas – mainly full-bodied black teas and chocolate teas – that makes me blame myself for not having any milk at home! This festive tea is clearly one of those guilt-provoking teas. It has the most enticing aroma of cacao and hazelnut. The liquor is flavourful; I really enjoy the nutty flavour (coconut + hazelnut) and dark chocolate note. If it could be just a little sweeter and creamier… it would be 100% like chocolate truffle, albeit in liquid form! Maybe I should really stock up with milk and sugar…
As a herbal tea this was not bad, though I always like “real teas” more than tisanes. The alarming ruby red colour of the liquor would probably activate the hibiscus alert in everybody’s head, but trust me, this tea was not tart at all. In fact, it was quite sweet, thanks to the blackberry leaves and other sweet flavourings! The dominant flavour in the cup was berry/plum, and there was a sweet warming note (reminded me of bakery) which could be attributed to cinnamon. Ginger was barely detectable other than a hint of spiciness on my tongue. A very Christmassy tea and that’s why I was drinking it on Boxing Day morning. ;)
Thanks my friend Ka Kui for this b-day gift! A very beautiful and sweet flowery tea. It has all the flowers I like (in terms of flavour): jasmine, rose, osmanthus. The flavour of rose is the most salient, followed by that of jasmine; osmanthus is least detectable but I am quite sure it is responsible for the honey-like sweetness in this tea. This is a great tea to start the morning – especially for people who live in a concrete jungle like I do – because it makes you feel being in a garden under soft sunlight. ;)
At first I was really glad that I started the morning with this tea because it’s aromatic and had the sweetness of fruits. But as I continued to drink, my mouth got increasingly dry, and I realized that it was a very astringent tea. There’s no bitterness though. It’s a tea of good quality, it’s just that I didn’t enjoy astringent tea much.
I finally unwrapped the beautiful Silkenty Pyramid Gift Box that I bought for myself in Sri Lanka! I decided to start with this chamomile tea as I usually save the best thing for last (and herbal tea is hardly a favourite). ;) To my surprise, this turned out to be a really lovely chamomile tea, perhaps even the best I’ve ever had! It’s flowery rather than tasting grassy or bitter. I really enjoyed the fresh taste of lemongrass, which was in perfect harmony with chamomile and made this tea more memorable than generic chamomile tea. A soothing and refreshing tisane to be enjoyed after dinner :)
I am glad that there’s still another bag of this tisane in the Silkenty gift box, haha…
I probably have used more tea leaves than I should! This has brewed up to be a full-bodied, slightly bittersweet and astringent cup. The kind of tea that will carry milk really well. Love the intense aroma :)