220 Tasting Notes
From Queen of Tarts:)
Gah. Got up later than I intended. Decided that I wanted to try this 1st thing. In reading the reviews about this tea, I am a bit jealous of the things people got from it. I got a bare hint of buttery crust, and more cinnamon than apple, which I am not crazy about. Though I do like Apple pie, (In the Fall, preferably at Thanksgiving. Pumpkin I wouldn’t mind having year around! Both with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.) For some reason the taste of apples and cinnamon combined can be kind of weird for me. I like both individually…in fact LOVE both, lol anyways…while I’d be ok finishing this bag, even if it hadn’t been discontinued I highly doubt I would buy this tea.
Got this from Queen of Tarts:)
I woke up in the mood for a lemon tea, but the 2 that interested me didn’t have caffeine, so I thought I should save those till later. So picked this instead. I like it well enough, though this is only my 1st cup of it, I think I might be inclined to order more when it’s done. But we’ll see.
It’s light, and sweet. A little bit grassy. Last taste on my tongue is some astringency, but not a bad thing. Something tells me that this tea would not make a good iced tea. Probably wouldn’t be terrible….just uninspiring.
It is raining outside, was going to go grocery shopping, because not much food in the house, but with the weather, I’d rather stay in, drink a few cups of tea and do some writing that I keep putting off.
Meh. It’s stopped raining. I guess grocery shopping is in the cards afterall. Probably just as well…need food.
Seems like forever since I’ve done a tea tasting. Heh.
brewed this hot then dropped a few ice cubes in a glass and poured this over it. Wish I had let this cool more before doing that…I splashed some of the liquid onto my hand. Glad it wasn’t a liquid that was close to 212!
Anyways: This sort of reminds me of Teavana’s Chateau Blanc, though like a weaker version. Though at the beginning of testing the Chateau Blanc I liked it, by the time I gotten to having 3rd and 4th cups at a later time, I had trouble even finishing the cup! This tea though it has a similar flavor it seems to be more pleasant, but at this moment I cannot see myself getting another bag once this is done. Now if this was a tea at the shop I like in Plymouth, (For over $10 less in the average tea they have!) I would be more inclined to at least keep this around for iced tea.
This is the last of the Winter Collection Sampler I got for my birthday. Truthfully I had forgotten about it and then when I remembered I was going thru an anti banana mood. For me bananas are really touch and go, I have to be in the right mood to enjoy bananas or banana flavors. (Interestingly enough I alot of times enjoy artificial banana taste even when not in the mood for actual bananas. Yeah I know, I am weird;))
Only by adding more Apriva and a big dollop of honey was I able to make this tea drinkable and since I havn’t finished the cup yet, I still may end up throwing this out. As for the chocolate in the tea: As of yet I have not had good luck in finding a chocolate tea that I like. Most of the time it just tastes like heavily watered down hot chocolate. What doesn’t help is that my desire for chocolate has really gone downhill in the past 5 years or so. It is possible that I’ll be inclined to finish this bag, or see if my Dad likes it. If he does, then he might be inclined to order more, and maybe I can add to his order! LOL. Though I need to try more samples of theirs 1st, because without being able to sniff a tea before buying, it’s hard to convince myself to buy 50 grams or 1-2 ounces of tea. And not a lot of the tea that I want to try is in a sampler set. (Like so many that I took well over an hour going over each section and writing down the ones I thought looked good and the list in a ‘Tea File’ on my harddrive, got similar for the other companies I am interested in.
Last night, I had badly wanted another cup of the Mango Mate, but given the caffeine amount I knew it would be a bad idea. I decided to combine it with the Calypso because I thought it would be a tasty combination. Generally speaking: I enjoy it, gives more mate which strangely seems to be somewhat absent from the Mango Mate, (Or buried, as Teavana seems to prefer doing to most of their teas.) It blunts the curry, which while it didn’t kill my stomach, I think this mixture will work on days where I am more sensitive to spice. Which of course is the downside. If you love spiciness in tea, either don’t get this, or put more Mango Mate then Caribbean Calypso. I’ve yet to try either cold, though with my class starting early in the morning next week for 2 weeks, I think I will be trying both cold, together and separately.
Interesting….Not a bad interesting, but not terribly inspiring either. I do plan on making this with Caribbean Calypso next time, I think they would do well together. I tried it hot because that is my standard. But in agreement with others, this probably would taste better iced. The only question is, to try it iced by itself, or paired up?? I suspect that even if I do like it iced, I won’t be getting this again. Why? Because I have similar flavors with my MIO and Crystal Light juice mixes that are much cheaper and beyond that of finishing the bag, I have no interest in tying up space in my cupboard.
I’ve tried quite a few white teas over the past year, but only a few really impressed me.
This is not one of them. LOL. It’s not bad…sweet, mild, simple. But no wows, even quiet ones. I will however probably enjoy this combined with some other fruit teas, particularly the ones that I need to use up. (To make room for more tea of course! ;))
A while back I had seen on the Teavana website that Strawberry Rose and Fig Rose could be combined. Well I tried it, and really liked it. I did equal parts of both, so they came out nicely balanced to each other. I suspect that the combination would taste delicious as an iced tea as well.
It’s been a while since I’ve been pleasantly surprised by a tea, particularly from Teavana. I cannot handle a lot of spice, so I have to admit I was kind of apprehensive about this tea (Well it still might kill my stomach, but generally I know right away when something is to spicy for me. And if that happens, then I will put some kind of non dairy creamer in it.) 1st cup wise this is a damn good tea. There is enough curry to make the other flavors pop a little bit, but it doesn’t over power. I think there is also cinnamon. Which seems to make others think of Christmas. It doesn’t with me. Mangos make me think of being on the beach or in a cabana with someone special ;) While I have thought this many times before, I think I will mostlikely want to get this tea again when I’m finished with the bag.