264 Tasting Notes
I wish I wasn’t drinking this, because when I break this box out, it means I feel pretty lousy. I have noticed that this herbal remedy does make me feel a bit more energetic when I am down, but I have never drunk enough of it to assess whether it shortens the duration of a cold. I will note that I have failed to get ill quite a few times when I thought I was going to, after treating myself with a few bags of this tea. Tastes a bit green and a bit minty, like a slightly odd mint tea. Good job hiding the taste of echinacea! Doesn’t quite make the ’I’d drink it for the flavor’ list, but it’s not bad at all.
I don’t honestly know whether the hype about kombucha is true. I’ve heard astounding claims made about its efficacy, and claims made that it does nothing. Either way, this tea tastes pretty good. The green is mostly a backdrop, and what I taste is a mild papaya. This makes a great after dinner tea as it cleanses the palette and purportedly helps with digestion. Fruit teas are very hit or miss with me, so I wasn’t sure whether I was getting myself in trouble buying it. I definitely don’t taste the spearmint, and wouldn’t have identified lemongrass a component on my own either- it really tastes more like fruit to me.
This was a desperation move. I couldn’t find any of the teabags I usually had with me, and this was in our departmental conference room. I didn’t want to sit through class with nothing to drink (habit), so I tried a bag. BLEGH. Bad, artificial vanilla. The scent alone reminded me of a car air freshener. I don’t mind vanilla in teas at all, but it’s definitely got to be real.
A mild, sweet tea that tastes mostly of rooibos and not the delicious sounding flavor additives. If I had to identify the strongest flavor in this tea it’d be the hint of strawberry. I’ve tried brewing this at different strengths and different durations and have just concluded that the flavoring isn’t strong enough for my liking.
I bought this to go with some homemade Indian food, and because it was purely herbal and wouldn’t keep me up afterwords. I made this with hot milk and a dash of honey, and it was a great chai. It resembled the chai I’ve gotten in Indian restaurants a lot more than anything else I’ve ever bought, despite it not having masala as a component. I like that I can combine this with green, black, or rooibos tea depending on my mood.
I can’t pretend to have as sophisticated take on this tea as Jim does, but I must say that it’s one of the best oolongs I’ve ever tasted, and I have been to TeaGschwendner’s oolong tea tasting. If you’ve been trying to capture that elusive ‘Chinese restaurant taste’, get this. It’s like a 10x better version of the tea you’ve been served with dim sum. Very mild, light flavor- very uniquely oolong.
I bought this one out of sheer curiousity (a cookie flavored tea? and caffeine free?) and because I had a big coupon. I was dubious, to tell the truth. After finishing half of the box, I’ll admit that it’s not a bad tea, and definitely a good dessert substitute. It’s not as sweet as I expected, although the teabags do smell just like a sugar cookie. I let it steep for 5 minutes, and don’t add anything to it. SCSR is not like any other tea I’ve ever tried, and oddly not as disgusting as ‘warm liquid cookie’ sounds to me. It’s just a bit sweet and a bit citrusy. If you’ve ever enjoyed sugar in your tea, it’s actually worth a try.
I really like this chai. It’s great with a little vanilla almond milk and some honey. It’s also great on its own- the combination of whole cardamom pods, vanilla, and rooibos creates a sort of spicey-sweetness that I adore in a good cup of chai. Definitely recommended.
I’m going to update this when I can give a better sense of how it works on my skin. In the meantime, the taste is definitely not my motivation for drinking it- the flavor is very floral, a strong rose scent and taste. The perfumey nature of the rose obscures the other notes for me.