114 Tasting Notes
Has a wonderfully deep, rich, classic cacao aroma, unsweetened pure chocolate that smells like cocoa nibs (not surprising). Without milk or sugar it had a clean, chocolate flavor, but unsweetened, and with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. With half-and-half and sugar, the residual bitterness disappeared, yet the tea retained its pure chocolate aroma and flavor.
I steeped mine for 5 minutes using boiling water (their 0.5 ounce sample was for two servings), but I think in the future I would use a little bit more tea for two cups (granted, I use larger mugs for my day-to-day tea) and steep for another minute or two, but no longer.
One of my new favorites!
I love Earl Grey; it’s my favorite blend. I also enjoy it when blended with lavender or vanilla / creme notes. I enjoyed this blend as well; I steeped mine for 5 minutes, and in the future would add 2 teaspoons per 8-ounce serving. Really nice Earl Grey and cream aroma; held up well with milk and sugar.
I could see how the flavor combination might not appeal to everyone, and I was a bit hesitant myself at first, but it’s an interesting combination, one I hadn’t thought would work well – especially with the addition of milk and sugar. The lime is subtle, and builds: The more you drink, the more lime you can taste. The coconut and chocolate are in fairly equal parts, both complemented and made a bit stronger by the addition of milk and sugar. (The lime remains the most subtle of the flavors.) The aroma is equal parts lime and coconut, with the chocolate being the most subtle of the three. An interesting tea!
A lovely aroma of milk chocolate and subtle notes of mint, this tea reminds me of The NecessiTeas’ Peppermint Pattie tea. Adding milk and sugar brings out the chocolate and slight hints of mint, but in the future I would use more than 1 tsp. per 8 oz. serving, and perhaps steep for a bit longer as well; it needed to be a bit stronger and had tasted a bit weak when I tried it.
This might be the first green tea I’ve tried that I like. A really, really nice, sweet strawberry aroma, and a mellow strawberry flavor that overrides the bitterness of the green tea. (Also tried with honey powder, but didn’t affect the sweetness.)
I wasn’t expecting to like this tea too much; the loose leaf blend smelled spicy in a way that made me cautious – it smelled almost sharp. However, the anise comes out well once brewed, and there is little initial sharpness, just a pleasant, smooth licorice flavor (and a slight anise aroma as well).
The more I drank the more I could ascertain the pepper, which was subtle and a nice contrast. Not my favorite tea, and I’m not sure I’d order it again (not a big fan of spicy tea), but a pleasant surprise.
Smells like sweet dried fruit (there are dried cranberries in the tea); smells lovely. Brewed mine for about 5-6 minutes, added milk and sugar, and couldn’t taste much cranberry, but could still smell what smelled more like general dried fruit (an aroma I like) than cranberry specifically. Very nice and warming.