264 Tasting Notes
I super need this today because I just could NOT sleep last night. Stupid insomnia. I think it was around 5 in the morning when I finally fell asleep, if I ever did, so I tried to stay in bed until 10. Sigh. Now I’m trying to be functional and I think this might be my new friend.
Anyway, most mate tastes sorta roasty like coffee to me. I can see why people like it in lattes. (Mate lattes seem to be the newest trend among folks I know. Maybe I’ll try it sometime.) Anyway, this brings back memories of last summer when I drank a lot of mate to try to stay awake without jangling my nerves to death during a summer language program. This has the same vanilla, cocoa, and coffee undertones to it as the last mate I had, with the overall result being very “mocha”. It’s fine, I like it a fair bit but doubt I’ll buy my own stash (Thanks to Ottawa Tea for sampling this to me!)
Ottawa Teas gifted me this one! Yay! :D I really love this blend. It’s spicy and sweet, with just a hint of fruitiness. It’s like chai meats a gingerbread cookie. I imagine this would be good sweetened, but I tend not to do that. This will be great encouragement to stick with my end-of semester work and not give up even though it’s Friday afternoon and I want to relax. Less than 10 pages more to read! Am loving this as an after dinner dessert tea. I think I could drink many mugfulls of this during the winter.
Like others, I had no particular interest in buying a chamomile tea, but this also came to me in the inventory oops sale :) And it’s not as though I can’t use some soothing- I’ve been suffering from adrenal fatigue lately because of the stress in my life (grad school). To me, this tastes mostly just like chamomile, which brings back memories of the teas I used to drink before discovering good tea. I had a lot of Celestial Seasonings chamomile in my house.
Anyway, I am going to try to drink this for the good of my relaxation, but I’m bummed that I don’t get any citrus or spice out of it.
I’ve taken a while to review this one, because I was kind of abusing it before now. I put it in my tea-filter travel mug and just let it steep until I was done drinking the cup. This resulted in a cuppa very very oversteeped tea. Some teas can hold up to the tea travel mug, but not this one. Alas.
Anyway, sitting down to a cup of this while working on a long paper. Sniffing this brewed, I can definitely smell the apricot. But it’s a gentle, non-dominant taste that actually goes really well with this combination of different teas. I’d say this is a good one for those who are on the fence about drinking anything other than plain teas, as it’s got a very mild fruitiness to it. I like it- don’t love it, but it’s pleasant enough and seems to be good at soothing sore tummies.
This blend is genius. Seriously. My husband saw me with a bag of tea with actual marshmallows in it and said “So have you officially given up on drinking real tea?” I had to explain that the marshmallows scared me at first too- but that this was genmaicha, and that the toastiness of the genmaicha (it has toasted rice in it) works remarkably well with the marshmallow. As I explained, he considered the notion and agreed that he could see how it might, just maybe work.
I love this one. It’s an utterly surprising blend- the sweet and the nutty/toasty genmaicha go really well together. The sweetness of the melted marshmallows really is very mild- I don’t sweeten my teas and it’s acceptable for me :) This is truly, truly creative. Bravo!
I initially agreed with Ottawa Tea that this one was too much hibiscus, not enough sage. But my second cup is really heavy on the sage, and less so on the fruit and flowers- I got two cups worth out of the packet. I like the second cup better, although I do think this one could use a little more blueberry and less hibiscus. I’m not even sure the hibiscus needs to be in here.
The odd thing here is that the merlot name actually does seem sorta fitting. This really does taste a bit like wine to me. I had a cup of this kinda late at night the other night, and I really felt like I was drinking warm wine (which isn’t gross when you think about mulled wine). I really don’t know what to make of this one since the two cups I had were so different.
I really want to try this one. Don’t have the nerve to buy a whole tin though!
I was a little freaked out by the smell of this one- I thought “Oh no, it’s just like my dentist’s fluoride!” BUT I was pleasantly surprised when I made a mug of this. I let it basically steep all morning in my tea travel mug, and it stayed mild and pleasant. I am not sure I get watermelon from it, but I’m not sure I don’t either. I really am having trouble pinning down the flavor other than to say it’s “lightly sweet” and will make a splendid iced tea (which is what I wanted anyway).
Upping my rating of this because I have decided that I really like it. It’s delicious. Bright and pineapply and coladay and great iced AND hot. As I mentioned in my review of the pina colada green, I am so impressed that I like this without liking either pineapple or pina coladas, but as a tea it just works for me. I think it’s the perfect balance of sweet, but not sugary-sweet, and coconutty without being oily. While I don’t get rum, per se, I don’t know that I miss it. Such a yummy treat. I have a huge mug full right now.
Bleghhhhhhh! Why do I ever try red fruit teas? I hate them so much. This one in particular is mostly hibiscus though, with a strong undercurrent of cherry. It tastes medicinal and like hot jell-o mix at the same time. I made myself drink most of my travel mug’s worth, and then dumped the last 1oz or so into a bush as I was walking, where hopefully it will grow something other than Cherry Cosmo tisane plants.