906 Tasting Notes
I got a bit of this from charchar when she came over for a visit on Thursday, thanks! :) My first banana tea!
The dry smell is predominately chamomile, but with a caramel sweetness added to it. The wet leaves continue this trend, and as they finished steeping, it mostly smells of chamomile and honey, with a faint hint of caramel. I think there’s a tiny bit of banana present in the smell, not getting very much lavender or lemongrass, but we’ll have to see how it tastes. I steeped for about 5.5 minutes with boiling water in my Brewt steeper. Note to self: chamomile is very difficult to clean out of fine strainers, use metal one next time! :)
Mmmm this tastes like a caramel chamomile blend. Yummy! I get a hint of banana right at the end of the sip, which is quite nice. I might add some brown sugar to the latter part of the cup to see what it does for the flavor, but for now, it is very sweet and soothing. Not getting much lavender or lemongrass, but that’s ok with me in this blend. I don’t think I’ve actually had a tea that tastes like caramel either! This is quite desserty and decadent for being caffeine free. Whenever I’m craving something sweet, this will definitely hit the spot.
Overall, this is pretty good. Not sure if I would order a big bag of it because it would probably last forever with me! This is a tea that I think will have to be drank in moderation as it’s soo sweet. Yum though, I will definitely finish off my sample without complaint. Thanks charchar!!
ETA: I added a little bit of brown sugar in, this seemed to make the banana into more of a caramel banana, heavy on the caramel. Mmmm, I’m actually not sure what way I prefer though, both are really good!
Trying to finish up this bag, I have about 3 cups left or so..I’ve been steeping this shorter and it is more enjoyable. Also, I have been eating popcorn tonight and I needed a break from salt, so this is hitting the spot nicely. Still prefer Mother’s Little Helper for a bedtime tea, but I want to finish this off so I can make room for MOAR teas! Haha, see previous notes on this one as well.
Sipdown (insert sadface here) I will miss this tea! I’ve been holding onto this last cup until I could compare the winter blend to it. I just finished the winter, so now onto this cup! I already did a longer review earlier on this tea, so I will mostly just be comparing this one to the winter today.
The dry smell is a lot more floral and summery than the winter blend, which is to be expected :P I wish it was summer now!! The vanilla is also quite prominent in this one.
The wet smell – intoxicating! Flowers and vanilla and sweetness and so lush..I find the Yabao is not quite as noticeable in the smell of this one. Definitely a contrast to the winter blend! Oh, and the color is a deep yellow color, while the winter was almost clear.
This tea tastes softer and sweeter than the winter version. Flowers and sunshine, while the other was coziness and forest. I think I prefer this one a little bit more, maybe because it does remind me of summer. However, the Yabao is not quite as tree-like in this blend, it’s more brown sugar flavored and not as potent. Both are awesome, though, and I hope that Silver Buds Yabao comes back so both these blends can come back!!
So I am finally trying my sample of this! I was waiting so I can do a comparison between this one and the summer Eight Treasures, and I now have time to. I will be drinking the summer Eight Treasures right after, it’s currently sitting in another cup waiting to be steeped when I am finished this. Tea day for me :)
The dry leaves smell fairly strongly of Yabao, and there is a lot more present in this blend than the summer one. The dry leaves definitely evoke winter as well, with all the juniper and elder berries, and the yabao makes it look very piney to me.
The wet smell is where the different smells really emerge. I get a faint spiciness and a hint of the vanilla at the latter portion. It’s quite a delicious smelling blend, definitely a lot less floral than the summer, the wood smells come out more in here. I can’t pick out the lemon or burdock yet, they might shine in the flavor though. Oh, and I think I get a bit of the jasmine just mellowing everything together. Yes, definitely some jasmine.
The taste is quite a sharp contrast to the summer one in my opinion! This is very woodsy, the Yabao is there, tasty and tree-like, then I do find the lemon in there, and a touch of the basil. I’m not entirely sure what juniper berries and elder berries taste like, but I imagine they add to the pure, foresty goodness. The tiniest hint of vanilla keeps this blend balanced and smooth, and I think the jasmine helps with that too. As I continue sipping, actually, the floral and sweetness comes out a bit more, reminding me of the summer blend. It becomes smoother and not quite as woody too. The Yabao becomes more present at the end of the cup as well in this steeping.
Overall, this was not quite what I was expecting, but I am pleased with it. I guess I pictured more berry and spice tastes in it and maybe even more wood flavors, but this is excellently blended so that nothing is overpowering. I really like the Yabao in this, I’m very sad the straight Yabao is no longer on Verdant’s site, fingers crossed it comes back! Thank you Verdant for another superb blend!
Had a few steeps of this with my mom this morning! She came in for tea and to go for lunch. She wanted something with a bit of caffeine, so I made this, starting with a 10 second steep and adding 5, in my tiny 6 oz cups with my brew basket. The caffeine didn’t really wake her up in this one because it is so nice and light haha. This tea is as delicious as ever, for me, snap peas were the main flavor, and the sugary aftertaste perfect. Mom thought it was pretty good too, very mild but she noted it tasted like there was honey dissolved in it.
We had a nice little visit over this tea, then went Famoso, the Italian pizza restaurant nearby. Had pizza, tomato soup, and gelato! A very good lunch, but now I miss her and wish we could have talked longer! Haha, visits are always too short :(
Ah I like this! This is one of my first green rooibos blends, and I am very impressed with it. The smell is dead on peaches and cream porridge to me, which I quite like for breakfast!! The scent just makes my mouth water.
The taste is definitely quite a lot of peaches, with a papaya-mango flavoring added in to make it a touch exotic. The rooibos is an excellent base here, not overpowering, just mellow and delicious. I am anxious to add milk and sugar to see if it actually tastes like peaches and cream even more than it does now! The taste is a bit muted compared to the smell, but it is still very good.
Overall, this is going to be a repurchase. I also can’t wait to try this iced, it will be very refreshing in the summer. This maybe have taken the second place spot for favorite rooibos over Jessie’s tea, definitely the best green rooibos I have tried! Love that it’s caffeine free too, I can see this as a morning staple for class.
I sampled a cup of this this morning (afternoon technically lol) and it didn’t do a whole lot for me. I get an almost dark chocolate smell and taste in the cup, but the black tea definitely added a bitter note that I didn’t really enjoy. At the start of the sip, the pomegranate is nice and fruity, but after swallowing the bitterness creeps up. I think there’s a bit too much going on in this tea as well, if it was just a green/green rooibos blend I think I would enjoy it a bit more.
I added a spoonful of sugar halfway through and this did cut the bitterness quite a lot, and it tasted more dark cocoa to me, but still not quite good enough for me to purchase. I steeped for 3 and a half mins at 175 degrees, maybe it was too long of a steep time? Just not quite my cup of tea :(
I’m back reunited with ALL my teas! I only took a select few out to my parents for a few weeks, and now I am back with them all, including this gem. Beautifully delicious as always, I made a cup for my friend and she likes it too. I will have to order more ASAP, I’m almost out :( this is a staple for me and it’s also the boyfriend’s favorite. I hope I NEVER run out of this!
I have been having a tea day/evening with my good friend charchar and this was one she brought over that I’ve been meaning to try. It was yummy, reminded me very much of a ginger snap cookie! I definitely will have to pick up some of this for a caffeine free spice chai taste :) I will write a more detailed review once I acquire some of this for myself hehe.