22 Tasting Notes

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I love this tea. I bought sample baggies of Adagio’s black Hazelnut tea and this one at the same time, and this one was definitely my favourite. The black tea was quite nice and hazelnutty when brewed quite strong and then with milk and sugar, whereas this one is just wonderfully hazelnutty on its own without much fuss. No bitterness, a lot of hazelnut, and a bit of something else that gives it depth. I’d take it that’s the honeybush, but as this is the only honeybush I’ve tried, I can’t really judge. I’m sure to try more, though! I think I definitely prefer honeybush to rooibos.

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drank Lapacho Rhubarb by Hebden Tea
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I came across a cute tea shop in York and picked up one of these because I never tried lapacho before, plus I like rhubarb and apparently Yorkshire is famous for its rhubarb.

Well, the tea is yummy. It’s currently my go-to herbal tea. I like having something like this around – it’s like a tea, but not actually the tea plant. Rooibos and I tend to not really get along most of the time, but I’ve had more luck with honeybush and I think of lapacho as a similar kind of ‘almost tea.’ The base is very pleasant but it stays mostly in the background which makes the flavour shine. The rhubarb is just very… rhubarby. Sweet and a little bit tart. Definitely very recognizably rhubarb. I am very happy with this one. I may have to go back to York to stock up in a while….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Caribean Green by Tea Bar
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Something about this tea just rubs me the wrong way. I’m not rating it because I don’t think it’s the tea’s fault (it’s not you, tea, it’s me!), and I find it a bit unfair when tea ratings drop because, say, someone who doesn’t like a rooibos drank a rooibos and didn’t like it.

I can’t remember which other teas like this I’ve had, but I get the impression that I just don’t like the green tea + coconut + citrus combination. I loooooove coconut, and I’ve loved it in sweet teas (e.g. White White Cocoa is one of my favourites), plus I love many citrus-y teas, but I don’t like what happens to coconut when it gets mixed with something sour. It becomes a very different ‘beast’, very clearly coconutty, but in a very very different coconut kind of way.

On the other hand, Tea Bar also does a lovely sweet coconut blend called Zoete Amandel (sweet almond), and that one I wholeheartedly recommend to all sweet coconut lovers.

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drank Rose Wisdom by Rituals
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I have a bit of trouble rating this tea, because on it’s own I find it just alright. Pleasant enough, gets a bit too gingery quite quickly. But then I had a cold one time… (funny how I keep discovering good tea stuff this way), and I ran out of lemon ginger tea, so I thought – this has ginger, what if I just add some lemon juice? So I added a splash of lemon juice from one of those plastic lemon-shaped thingies you get in the supermarket, and added some honey, and oh dear lord it was yummy! The honey and the lemon and the ginger blended amazingly well with the rose and it was just delightful. So, if you get your hands on this, I highly recommend trying it this way. It’s just too good – no cold required.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I love this tea. The name suits it very well – it’s a very relaxing, soothing tea. I almost group it with my herbal teas, because it just feels really mild in a very good way, but with the added ‘character’ of green tea. I will have to do a more proper review once I have actually made a cup, but I noticed that there weren’t any reviews on here yet and I wanted to give my thumbs up.

This also happens to be one of the teas I was going through quite quickly. I actually stopped drinking it much for a while because I was worried I’d run out, but then I moved to London where there is a Mariage Freres shop, so all is well again and I can safely sip away….

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I’m upping the rating on this one because it really is pretty much my favourite ‘simple’ black tea that I drink with no milk or sugar. I still can’t decide if there is added flavour in this tea or just incredibly aromatic black tea. I definitely can’t see any non-tea bits in it, so if there’s anything it’s one of those ‘added flavour’ things. Whatever it is, though, it’s a wonderfully smooth, not heavy yet very strong on character, black tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I still don’t know how I feel about this tea, so no rating yet. The first time I tried it I really liked it, then the next few times I was underwhelmed. I re-read the steepster reviews and that inspired me to steep it longer. I tend to get a bit nervous about steeping black tea for more than 3 minutes unless I plan to add sugar and/or milk, but this tea really benefits from it – and no bitterness at all. I steeped it for 3.5 min, but I think I might even go for 4 next time.

I don’t really taste the figs much. I wish I did, because I adore figs. In fact, the figgiest tea I’ve tried so far is Charlotte au Chocolat, and that doesn’t have any fig in it. Sigh. I think maybe my fig-tasting faculties are off with tea, which is too bad cause I adore figs.

I think mostly I taste the honey, and then there’s a strong liquor-ish aroma (I smell it more than I taste it, but it does affect the overall impact) which I presume is the fig. Maybe a bit of strawberry. No lavender, which I’m also kind of sad about because I love lavender in tea, unlike most people who reviewed this tea, it seems :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Ha! I worked out what this tea reminds me of:
http://steepster.com/teas/geels-and-co/36586-oosterse-liefde

And quite a bit! Strange, considering that Impressionnistes isn’t supposed to contain lavender as far as I can tell and I always thought that lavender was what gave Oosterse liefde its top note. Also it’s spices vs. vanilla. It’s a bit of a mystery. I’ll have to do a sip-by-sip comparison soon.

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drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
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One of my two favourite rooiboses. I don’t actually seem to like rooibos much, but this one is utterly lovely as a latte, with a generous dose of milk and some sugar. Kind of like a cookie in a cup. It’s similar to Yumchaa’s red chai, but sweeter and less strongly anise-y. I like anise, but it can overpower other flavours. I think they should just re-name this tea and make it a year-long offering. It’s yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Regent's Park by Yumchaa
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Perfectly pleasant, but it just didn’t really do it for me. I don’t know if it’s the tropical thing… I love mango green tea, but I haven’t had much luck with pineapple. So, yeah, not really my cup of tea.

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