10 Tasting Notes
I purchased this tea because I am looking for a substitute for my genuine love for Mexican Hot Chocolate. I love the combination of bittersweet chocolate mixed with the canela, cloves and other spices in a good Mexican Hot Chocolate. But, when I am in the middle of a workday, I don’t have access to my chocolate melter and frother, and so I am Mexican Hot Chocolate-deprived.
This tea actually did a nice job of filling that need for me. I drank it straight—without adding any milk or sugar. I think it would have worked even better with a bit of both. The chocolate bits come through subtly, but distinctly, and there is a nice balance of the other herbs. I don’t know much about Pu-Erh tea in general, but I was pleased that I didn’t get any of the astringency that I dislike when I steep many black teas for longer than a minute. All in all a pleasant cup of tea.
I was rather surprised by this tea. Upon opening the bag it came in, the scent was very strong (and honestly, it smelled more like a Yankee Candle smell than a tea smell). But, surprisingly, when I brewed it up, I found it unexpectedly light in flavor. To be honest, I didn’t get much apple or cinnamon flavor at all; the strongest flavor I got was the almonds. I think I ought to try it again, because I still have trouble believing that a tea that has this strong a scent could have so little flavor. So, consider this review a first draft! :-)
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this tea. I received it in a tasting pack from Della Terra Teas. I find that most tropical fruit flavored teas are overwhelmed by the fruit flavors, leaving room for nothing but tea (and making me feel like I am drinking some sort of chemical concotion that was developed in a mad scientists laboratory). But this tea had a nice light scent, and the flavors of the pineapple and mango just came through to brighten the cup without overwhelming it. I was pleasantly surprised.
I don’t drink coffee (a childhood mishap with a General Mills Vanilla Instant Coffee mix and overcrowded porta-potties at a New Year’s Day parade took care of that option a long time ago), but often will find myself in a Starbucks with a friend. This is really the only tea I will drink here, and to be honest, it is more like paying rent for the seats than it is paying for a drink.
I find that this tea has almost no flavor whatsoever. I tend to like smooth, but strong black teas, and I often add sweetener and milk. If I drink this straight, it really doesn’t taste like much beyond “HOT,” and if I add milk and sugar, that is all that I can taste.
After reading the other tasting notes, I think I should make an effort to steep this tea a bit longer from now on. However, I tend to avoid steeping my teas for very long because I don’t like the bitterness/astringency that comes out of them over a long steep. And this tea is simply not strong enough to leave me with any flavor in the amount of time I spend to steep it.
After reading these reviews, it is nice to hear that this tea is available in Canada, as I purchased mine from South Africa (I live in the U.S).
This tea was recommended to me by a British friend, who told me that you could let it steep as long as you want it and it never gets bitter/astringent/tannic. And she is right. It is pretty standard “black-tea” flavored; reminiscent of Liptons. Nothing special, but none of the tannic element that I dislike so much in oversteeped tea.
I find it is a really good tea for keeping in my desk at work. I don’t really have the time to make myself a good cup of tea, but this does the trick when I need a nice warm cup in the afternoon.
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I love Peet’s Irish Breakfast tea, and stop at the store almost every morning for a cuppa. Unfortunately, here in Southern California, it seems that it is easy for people to confuse Irish and Scottish, because I periodically get served this tea, which I DO not like at all.
I have read many reviews of the tea, and can appreciate the flavor descriptors that everyone uses, but honestly, to me, this tea somehow tastes just like fish!
This is a nice, sweet smelling tea. I will drink it at night when my normal caffeine laden breakfast blends just won’t do. I like it with sweetener and a milk (type) product (depends on whether I have lactose free milk in the fridge, or if I have to go with soy).
I have been serving it to my kids since they were about 7 and 9, and they love it as much as they love hot chocolate (I fill the mug 1/2 with tea, and 1/2 with milk and then add a sweetener).
It is not TOO cloying—I don’t like most fruity or other flavored teas—this allows you to sweeten it up or down based on your own personal taste.