235 Tasting Notes
I have been sitting on this tea and reserving judgement for a couple of months but I think I am almost ready to form an opinion. This tea was not what I thought of when I smelled it and heard chocolate. The base tea shines through a lot stronger than what I had initially expected. This means that it is a much more finicky black than I like to deal with. That being said, when I actually sat down, watched my steep time, and was careful with my water temp, this actually is a pretty great tea. The black tea base is strong, but their is a chocolate note underneath it that is absolutely divine! This tea is really worth a try, but give it a short steep and keep an eye on it!
Totally not this tea’s fault, but I learned the hard way it is a far more finicky white than the Gold Rush I was enjoying this morning! The first few sips went wonderfully, but by mid afternoon the tea tannins were making an appearance and, even in the cooling water, the last few sips were anything but good. It is truly too bad and a good lesson learned because I really like this tea, the poor taste this time was totally due to my poor handling of it!
I brought this to work today in my tea traveller. I was a little bit leery about this plan, because it is a white tea at the end of the day, but I really wanted a hit of sweet and this has such a nice natural sweetness to it. Fortunately, it actually held up really well to a longer steep time and it was deliciously sweet both hot and as it cooled!
I really like this tea! It just seems so decadent with just a hint of sweetener. I can tell how my tea taste is getting more precise though. The first few times I drank this, I just loved the chocolate, coconutty sweetness of it. Tonight, when I brewed up a cup, all I could taste was the liquorice root at the end of the sip. Not a bad thing at all, I just love learning to pick out specific flavours in the teas I enjoy!
I learned a few good lessons about this tea today, you need to be careful with the leaf (husks) compared to water ratio, and it needs a dash of sweetener to really bring it alive. I took this to work today because it was freezing cold outside and I needed something uplifting. However, my first sips were really disappointing, the tea was weak and could use some sweetening to give it the boost it needed. As the tea steeped a little more, I felt that is got a lot better throughout the day. By the end of the day, even cold, it was a pleasurable drink. So, lesson learned, do not go easy one the amount of leaf and think about how much sugar my tea traveller will require compared to what my tea cup takes!
Me and my love-hate relationship with cardamom… I actually quite like this tea. I gave it a super short steep time today, and I actually liked it better than the first time I gave it a shot. However, I am just not in love with cardamon in much of anything. Almost every tea I really have trouble liking has cardamom in it, I need to learn to avoid it or, such as with this tea, keep a close eye on the steep time.
Aside from the cardamon, I like this tea. It has a neat nutty but also spicy flavour. I don’t know how far I would go with promoting its virtues as an oolong though. It did not seem to have a ton of oolong leaf at all. However, as more of an herbal, nut based tea, it is a good cup to drink once in a while.
.Had this tonight with just a bit of sugar to sweeten. Amazing!! The chocolate from the cacao is there but the mint is also present. I felt like I was drinking a liquid mint chocolate bar. I have been very impressed with these cacao teas, they steep beautifully and really capture that chocolate taste. I am looking forward to trying the other flavours available!
I didn’t love this tea. It was alright, it wasn’t undrinkable. However, the sage and lavender were both a lot stronger than I thought they were going to be. I found that the fruit flavour was primarily left to play back up to the other flavours. If you like a more spice based of floral based tea, this might really hit the spot, for me, I prefer teas with a heavier slant towards the fruit side of things.
I am glad I tried this tea, but I am not sure it really is for me!
I was pleasantly surprised by this tea! I am not a huge fan of oolongs, I tend to find them way too flowery for me. This was a really vegetal oolong though. I got a hint of citrus, though little in the way of specific lemon and grapefruit. But the citrus notes blended really well with the oolong base. The oeral tea was vegetal based with hints of the fruit flavour. I am really glad I have a sample of this to play around with!
This one is a little trickier to review than some of the other teas I have been trying lately. I liked it, I did not love it, but I had massive expectations for it and the tea just was not what I expected it was going to be. I got the spice, but there is a hint of bitterness to the end note of the tea that I didn’t really love. It also certainly did not taste an ounce like the oolong it professed to be.
Looking at the ingredient list, I think this is one of those cases where there is just too much going on. Too many flavours are all trying to scream their presence and the end taste gets just a little muddled. I am sorry that is the case, because I love fall teas, but I think that other ones just may have done the fall theme better than this tea.
That being said, it is certainly not an awful cup to drink. I am guessing I will get through this purchase, but probably not repurchase again.