38 Tasting Notes
So, I tried this tea for the first time today.
And I was a little disappointed. Everyone says that this tea tastes great iced – and I’m tempted to try it that way. I think the fault I made was brewing it for only 3 minutes.
It was a lovely pale peachy colour when poured, and smelt fantastic in the tin – it was a little underwhelming, but I’m sure it would be lovely if I tried it again. The overall taste was lovely and fruity, but I think the finish was lost because of the brewing time.
But I’m not dissuaded in any way at all – this is just a word of warning to all those prospective tea triers, make sure you brew this tea for a while and I’m sure it will be gorgeous. I will edit this post when I try it again! c:
I really enjoyed this tea, if you’re quite new to fruit melanges like me – this might be a great place to start.
Its description is quite apt – it’s very tangy, a little bit tart but it has some definite sweet notes in the middle. The strongest flavours are the apple and pomegranate, with the rosehip and hibiscus lingering in the aftertaste. It has a lovely purple magenta colour when poured and smells absolutely gorgeous.
I had it black (or, pink) and while I know the tartness of the apple wouldn’t suit everyone, I adored it and will definitely drink this tea again.
I really liked this tea. Some might say it’s a basic breakfast tea, and it is, but I think Mariage Freres always do very fine teas.
It’s traditional, certainly, but in no way boring or bland. It is a lovely, beautiful golden colour when poured. It’s very rich, more on the aftertaste than in the beginning. It’s clear, and smooth, and a little malty and just what you need in a breakfast tea. I like that it’s not too dark and not predictable.
I had this tea black with honey, but you can also have it with milk, or without. It’s a very flexible tea, and I’d drink it again.
A very lovely (Canadian) friend of mine sent me this tea a while ago. I’ll be staying with her for two months next year, and this little taste of tea I had with me just made me keen as a bean for my travels.
Of course, the first thing about this tea is the smell. It’s like hot maple syrup when it’s steeping, and I’m glad there is no obvious undercurrent of rooibos tea. It has definite notes of flavour, caramel, a little spice, something softer and sweeter towards the end. But it is a very sweet tea, I would advise anyone to drink it black, with no milk.
If you’re new to rooibos tea like I am, this is a wonderful tea to start with. The little coloured maple leaf candies in the mix are so cute, and so quintessentially Canadian. I love this tea, and it’s made a very welcome addition to my cupboard.
I tried this tea for the first time this afternoon. It was lovely.
I often find breakfast teas a little heavier than most, a little intense, very full-bodied flavour. This was different. It was a black tea, and I had it quite milky with honey. It was quite sweet, quite soft, and I found it a very contemplative tea. The more I drank, the more I daydreamed. Maybe I just had my head in the clouds to begin with, but I adored this tea.
I think I’ll go back and buy it. I loved the finish, I thought it had a very distinct flavour, and was pleased that it didn’t have an overpowering aftertaste. I’d drink this tea any time.
I had Cherry Ripe tea with a very good friend of mine today.
And while I’m not a fan of the chocolate bar, I loved the sound of the flavours and notes in this tea. Firstly, smell this tea before you drink it. It has the most wonderful scent. Some comments on the company’s website are reading like it smells much better than it tastes, but I can’t say I agree.
I could taste the coconut, with undertones of chocolate and the sharpness of the cranberry. The overall colour was a lovely apricot/gold and the flavours were all well-balanced and none overpowered the other. If I had one criticism it would be that it was easy to tell it was a flavoured black tea, but considering that was what I ordered it’s hardly a critique.
I like this tea. Coconut is one of my favourite flavours to have in a black tea so I’ll keep it in mind when ordering or purchasing again.
I had this tea today with a very good friend of mine, and I really liked it.
I’ve never had Darjeeling before so I asked the guy at the counter what I should have, and he said Autumnal Darjeeling was the best bet. It’s considered to be the champagne of teas, and he suggested that I have it without milk, so I did. Apparently Darjeeling tea is difficult to have with milk and makes it lose its taste? But I’m not sure on this, so feel free to experiment.
It has quite a coppery colour, and quite a soft, smokey taste. It is a beautiful, distinctive tea and has some definite notes. I like this tea, and now that I’ve had it I feel like I understand Darjeeling teas and what they taste like and how they might vary. I like that this tea is gathered from October through November, copper-coloured teas from copper-coloured leaves.
I’d have this tea again, but I’d like to experiment with Darjeeling blends more before I try this tea again.
I had this tea when a family member came to stay with us. I opened up my tea pantry and said ‘pick a tea, any kind,’ and she just asked for ‘regular tea.’ So this is what I chose. And I think that speaks a lot for this tea.
English Breakfast tea, or variants thereof, tend to be one of the most well-known basic blends throughout history. (Apart from chais, and green teas.) But you can’t go wrong with this tea, it’s a basic, black robust blend and a great medium-strength tea. I like it with milk, or black with honey. It’s a little bit malty, stews very nicely and is perhaps one of the most recognisable from the Twining’s brand.
I really like this tea, even if it’s not the most exciting or the newest blend, it never lets me down, and I’m never dissatisfied with it.
So I…lifted as much information as I could about this tea from the company’s website but because they change their teas and suppliers fairly regularly, this is as much as I could gather.
This tea looked lovely as it flowered, with a distinctive olive green and a splash of red in the centre, it was a lovely experience to watch it bloom. The waitress described this tea as a ‘soft jasmine.’ Soft indeed. I was quite disappointed with this tea, but perhaps I haven’t had enough jasmine tea? It…had a taste, but often the notes and flavour was quickly lost.
It was warm, and delicate and lovely to drink it out of a glass, but overall a little underwhelming. It wasn’t the worst tea I’ve had, and I would drink it again if offered it. I’m a little on the fence about this tea, though. Maybe I should try again? I would like to. This tea is soft, and delicate, and maybe I just didn’t approach it in the right way? I expected something totally different. I think I’ll try more jasmine teas and return to this tea later.
It has a certain soft, ethereal quality, and I’ll focus on that when I next drink it.
EDIT: My expectations for this tea was based on the fact that it reminded both my friend and I of Percy Shelley’s poem, Ozymandias. It’s difficult to correlate the imagery of the poem (sand, heat, the desert) with such a mellow, subtle jasmine blend. But I’m willing to try again.
I had this with my lovely, darling friend this afternoon.
It was a nice chai. I feel I’ve certainly had better, but it had the distinct chai taste and was high quality. The cinnamon and ginger make it a little bit spicy, and the rose petals add something slightly more fragrant. I just feel that I’ve had better chais before, I think you can add many flavours into a chai blend and have it still totally balanced. That’s one of the great things about chai tea.
It’s not my favourite, but that being said, if it was offered I would happily drink it. It’s a lovely basic chai, and it’s also possible my friend and I didn’t prepare and brew it as we were supposed to. (The instructions are quite specific on the company’s page, but we had no idea.) As always I had this chai with milk and honey, and let it brew for five minutes. I was happy with this chai – it’s simple, fragrant and strong.