264 Tasting Notes
Oh man do I want to try this one.
Ugh, what is this crap? When I read ‘sweet peach’ I didn’t imagine that it meant that the tea came pre-sweetened! I thought it was perhaps just a description of the peach. This is like the tea equivalent of those General Foods International Coffee powders. Yeuch!
(Until I made this listing I was without a product description, because this k-cup was a gift.)
I typically don’t buy tea k-cups. Although I own a Keurig machine, I hate the waste k-cups generate, so I mostly buy coffee and use the reusable Keurig filters. And tea, well, I make tea without my Keurig machine. But last time I was at the car dealership, the guy who sold me my car felt badly that it already needed so much expensive maintanance. So he gave me a bunch of tea k-cups as a consolation prize. (I guess he’d seen me tossing back cups of complementary tea.)
Anyway, I am consistently surprised by how much I like Gloria Jean’s k-cup teas. I truly enjoy the chai, and this one is good too! The black tea tastes fresh and not at all overly astringent, and the mango is very bright. Huh, I’d… drink this again. I could even see buying it. Must resist!
I am mostly getting green tea plus coconut with this one. I almost wish it had a touch of vanilla, or that the lemongrass was a bit stronger. It sounds like it should be so delicious, and I’m just finding it to be ‘okay’. Honestly, I had to look at the flavor description for this one, as I just wasn’t sure what I was even supposed to be tasting. My first thought was actually that this was just an odd green. Odd in what way? I don’t know. Maybe almost like a gen mai cha.
I can actually smell the lemongrass, but while the nose is supposed to be the key to taste, I just can’t find the taste of that component in my cup. At least not very strongly- it does appear a bit more as the tea cools.
I still want to give this one a bit more of a chance. I wonder how it’d taste with sweetener, vanilla, etc. Alas, I have but one teabag for now.
Well, it’s lemon verbena. Not quite lemon, not quite…. er, anyway. I took a sample sachet of this from the British shop in town, and it’s just okay. I suppose I could see combining this with, um, something I like better. Maybe something with vanilla. But by itself this just isn’t very interesting.
If I’m going to drink a tisane, it either needs to taste delicious, or have some sort of medicinal function. Actually, I guess that goes for anything I’ll drink, deciduous perennial shrub or no.
The British shop near Rice University allows you to buy Harney & Sons by the sachet, in addition to selling the usual tins of sachets and loose leaf tea. They even have a bag open for each flavor, so the customer can sniff them. I thought this blend smelled pretty good in the shop, so I nabbed a bag to try.
I don’t know what ‘lemony bergamot’ is, but this doesn’t taste like bergamot. It tastes mildly sweet actually, like a lemon-cream black tea. I don’t know if I associate this with Paris personally (that spot is forever taken by pear tea), but it’s pretty pleasant. I imagine this would appeal to those who aren’t much into flavored tea.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell when to go to the doctor. And it seems to me that when I get there, my symptoms mysteriously vanish, only to return once I leave. Severe body and chest aches mean I want something comforting. And I have to wait ’till tomorrow to get my prescription antibiotics.
I though this tea would make me feel better. I usually am strict about caffeine-free after 5, but I am so dead on my feet I doubt it’ll matter (and this is no black tea). Orange and ginger are great when one is ill, so I just had to make this one again.
Mmm the orange complements the earthiness of the tea so well. Chi of Tea has great orange flavoring- so bright. I feel better just sipping this… good tea is like cold medicine for adults anyway.
I must have had green oolong before, but I can’t recall it. It definitely has a bit of the grassiness of green, with the telltale oolong taste to it. That’s my probably ill-informed and inaccurate feeling lousy and lazy assessment anyway.
Do try this one… it’s really nice.
I think I’ve finally found a blend that tastes like the delicious chai I get in Indian restaurants- but without having to simmer spices in milk for an extended period. This is… so ….good. With a touch of my vanilla soy milk it’s even better. I feel like I’m sipping a spicy Indian dessert. Most chais really do let me down, but I knew I was in for a treat when I opened the package and smelled a delicious waft of what seemed almost graham crackerish (I know, that may sound dubious.)
What are you doing still reading my pithy review? You should be on upton’s website adding this to your cart- at least one of the cheap samples’ worth! (That is, if you like chai at all.)
Just kidding, I like it when you read what I write :)
I have come to absolutely adore this tea. It’s so unique, and while I am often skeptical of what teas are supposed to taste like, this one is seriously spot on. It’s one of the most interesting and well-crafted flavored teas I’ve ever tasted. Good with milk, but I never sweeten it. If I feel like slightly burnt toast, I just deliberately oversteep this one :)
I am definitely not going to rate this one based on the steeping I just had. My tea travel mug decidedly expands in size when it’s hot, so after putting the boiling water in, I couldn’t get the filter lid back off (I had it in because I was leaving the house and the next cup I planned to make was loose-leaf).
So the teabag was trapped (Can you picture this? I feel like I’ve failed). And as i drank this it got progressively more bitter and oversteeped. Still, I enjoyed it so that says something. I didn’t taste much of the honey, but it probably got drowned out. This was my ’don’t fall asleep while taking a test’ blend, and it worked well enough I suppose. The test was still inexplicable and random as usual, but that’s not the tea’s fault.
p.s. Thanks to Meghann for the tea bags!