267 Tasting Notes
This is one tasty tea, and perfect for the mornings. I’m spoiled, because I woke up to this pre-brewed by my lovely husband, who encouraged me to partake. I’ll concede that I had my morning coffee first. This is much gentler on my stomach.
While it’s downright warm right now in Houston compared to the snow covered Northeast (I have a chuckle everytime I imagine what Houstonians would do in a freak blizzard), it’s a bit chilly by local standards. After getting down to the low 40s overnight, it takes a while to warm the house back up. So this tea is so welcome as I sit and feel a little cold.
It reminds me of – forgive me for this comparison- a really, really good version of a standard Lipton tea bag. And that’s why I like it. It’s familiar, but much much better. Yum!
Hey this IS a good earl grey. My husband brought this home from the grocery store, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have a black-tea based earl grey with vanilla in it at home, and the vanilla just tastes really overpowering and artificial. This is different. The tea looks really high quality- the bai mu dan leaves are lovely. The vanilla is a nice, muted backdrop. And the bergamot dominates just enough to make this a good earl grey, without wiping out the delicate white tea leaves. Am digging this one.
This one just smells divine in the pouch, almost like eggnog. I love the combination of chai spices with sweetness, and the mallow/cacao here is quite pleasant. Alas, it’s still hot hot hot in Houston, so I use this tea to pretend that I am somewhere more autumnal.
I like this one because it really does have a touch of smokiness to it on top of the sweetness. It’s definitely a clever take on a s’more. Yum. If I ever actually had people over for tea I’d make a big pot of this and serve it with pumpkin cookies. I would love to make this one into a latte, but the tea lattes I make tend to be terrible. Why is that, I wonder? I just make well-steeped extra strong tea with foamed milk and sometimes a shot of vanilla. What’s not to like? They taste better at $tarbuck$, and I’m not sure why.
But I digress, massively.
Brewed this one is a lot simpler than it smells dry. It’s a decent chai, with a hint of smoky- sweetness.
I’m not quite as into this as most of the other reviewing folks are. I LIKE it, but I’m not gaga for it. I’ve been drinking this iced, of course, because even though it’s nearly October in Houston it’s still in the upper 90s. (It’s 8pm right now and 82 degrees). So, while hot tea has its place, like when I’m stuck in the many overly air conditioned buildings around town, iced tea still happens daily.
Anyway, this one manages to remind me closely of a rooibos lemon meringue I have, despite being honeybush and having lime in it. It’s citrusy and bright, but I’m not getting cheesecake or crust or anything some of the other folks are getting. Just a good decaf citrusy tea, perfect for icing.
How are there no reviews for this one yet? Ida thought people would be jumping to try datey muffins. Anyway, I was. I actually think this manages to taste quite a bit like a muffin, which is to say if you think of the way the batter tastes, this is quite spot on. It has little nuts in the mix too, which is just cute. I missed my Rooibos while I was in Japan, the land of green tea over the summer, and it’s absolutely too cold in this library I’m writing from so tea is just what I need. I’m snuggling my travel mug like a heat blanket.
Anyway, this is actually a rather nice autumnal one. Sweet like dates, with that muffiny component. Not too nutty tasting, but decent nonetheless. I think this would combine really well with other teas too for a unique cocktailing experience. Something of the backdrop reminds me of my beloved cinnamon raisin toast tea, but without the smokey “burnt tea” note that the black tea adds to that one.
Interestingly (for me anyway), this one is called “pure” in Japan. But it’s the same exact tea. I wonder why “detox” wasn’t used. I guess only pukka knows. I have been drinking this one before bed, to help settle my tummy, and because it’s actually pretty delicious. It reminds me a bit of the tea that Aveda used to give me whenever I went into their store or went to get my hair dyed by them- it’s the aniseseed and fennel, I think. Either way, I associate this tea with good feelings, and relaxation, so that’s tough to argue with. Plus, you can leave the tea bag in the water forever, and it never tastes oversteeped.