47 Tasting Notes
there are a lot of boring green teas out there. this is one of the good ones. no, it won’t blow you away, but it’s far above average. a lot of flavored green teas don’t have enough flavoring, and don’t use a high quality green tea. in this one, the apple and mango flavor is strong enough to enjoy it, and the green tea is sweet and grassy. it’s really interesting and enjoyable hot, and it’s really refreshing iced, so there you go!
any tea with chamomile, i expect to taste like chamomile and drink at bedtime. at bedtime, i want something sweet. the hibiscus in this is very tart! i also find it strange to drink a chamomile tea that is red in color, but that’s a very minor complaint. i think i would have liked the apple/mango/chamomile blend, without the hibiscus. tart chamomile is not a good thing. added sugar, but it just doesn’t work as a bedtime tea, and i don’t want chamomile in the morning, so there you go.
i love this chai. i make a REALLY strong concentrate with lots of sugar, and then mix it 50/50 with hot or cold milk for the most amazing chai latte of your life. and it’s caffeine free so you can have it any time of day.
i really like chamomile. but i can’t tell a difference from one brand to another. if the blend says, “100% egyptian chamomile” then yeah, i’m going to like it. but seriously, it doesn’t matter what brand you get. they are all the same.
they say it is “award-winning” but don’t say who provided the award. i probably would NOT have given it an award, although, with that said, it’s an above-average chai blend. the quality is very high, with actual cardamom pods and well-balanced spices….none of the spices overpower any of the others. it’s a very nice chai. if i had to put my finger on it, i’d just say…it’s not different. it’s not memorable, it’s not unique in any way to make it stand out. but that’s okay, right? a lot of times, you just want…plain chai. and this is a good one. so there you go.
from a taste standpoint, sure, its an okay tea. i like licorice and this mug emits a rather masculine, rooty, spicy aroma that i don’t find unpleasant. but truth be told, i was drinking this because i wanted to feel the effect of the magical kava kava root. alas, there is so little of it in here compared to a concentrated tincture… i didn’t feel anything at all after drinking this. it’s not good enough to drink it purely for the taste, i need a little buzz if i’m going to make this one a regular in my tea cupboard. maybe i’ll try a big mug with 3 or 4 tea bags in it next time? but then it’s just getting too expensive… idk. there you go.
this is in the style of pu-erh, but instead of the barnyardy tasting yunnan peninsula, this tea comes from the sweet earthy hunan peninsula. so it’s already better, and then it’s aged 3 years, blended with rose petals, and pressed into heart shapes. hands down one of my all time favorite teas. the rose petals do little more than add a pretty effect and slight floral aroma. the body is so thick, amazing for a tea. the aroma is of sweet black tea. savor the tea, it is slow and luxurious. i don’t add sugar, but you could. it’s borderline sweet enough on its own, but you might want a little bit.
i usually steep it 4 times. 2 minutes the first time, 3 the next time, 4-5 the next time, 10 minutes or more the final time. it is fairly consistent in taste in each steeping this way.
when i first saw this tea, i thought it was some kind of a gimmick, but nope, this is fo’ real. so there you go.
i don’t even like bergamot, but i can’t help but like this tea. the black tea base is superior quality. silky smooth mouthfeel and rich flavor. the bergamot oil is clearly high quality and natural. there’s nothing artificial about this taste, it ends clean in your mouth. i have to say, this is a mighty fine mug of tea.
now i do like green tea, and i don’t mind grassy tastes — this is supposed to be green tea for people who don’t like vegetal tones. so from that standpoint, it is just a toned-down sweet green tea. but here are the redeeming points: 1 — sometimes you DO want a green tea without vegetal notes! 2 — sometimes you want a white tea with more flavor! 3 — this is only buds, and the mouthfeel is sensationally smooth. 4 — sweet, honey, divine taste. 5 — impress all your friends by having a “yellow tea” and they’ve never even heard of such a thing :)