358 Tasting Notes
Tea #17 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I don’t really see this as a summer tea (at least not hot), but it works great for fall.
Basically, it’s a lemongrass-green tea with more interest. The base is unremarkable, and maybe a little overwhelmed by the other flavors. The dominating flavor is the lemongrass, but there’s a definite sweet orange note, possibly more orange blossom-y. I don’t necessarily pick up the strawberry as strawberry, but there’s a sweet berry note that lingers.
It’s tasty, but I’m not blown away. Or even really all that excited.
Tea #16 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This one wasn’t what I was expecting, but in a good way.
There’s a very subtle, very slight marine quality to this one. Like breathing ocean air. Otherwise it’s a delicately earthy, slightly mossy cup with an aftertaste of what is basically Riesling wine.
If I didn’t have so much Darjeeling here already, this one would be staying.
Tea #15 from Another Traveling Tea Box
Where was this when I was weaning off coffee?!
I feel like the description of this as a Mate is a bit misleading, as the mate only plays a roasty background note to the black tea. But aside from that, this is creamy, chocolatey and strong.
It brews up a rich brown, not as opaque as coffee, but quite dark and smells a lot like a mocha. The taste is vanilla and cocoa first, with tea, and a pervasive toastiness provided from the mate. The aftertaste is sweet an it’s where I get the most Mate flavor.
Fiance really like the Matevana, but this is so so so much better. I don’t think this one is going any further.
Tea #14 from Another Traveling Tea Box
The pu-erh base makes me feel like I’m drinking dirt decorated with lime wedges. It even has the appropriate drying feel in the back of my throat. There’s also something kind of medicinal in the aftertaste — I can’t quite place it but I think I’m just gonna nope out of this cup.
Tea #13 from Another Traveling Tea Box
The base is a nice earthy oolong, and that’s the first thing I can taste, then the fruits hit, linger for a bit and give way to the tea again, and that has a nice woody, very slightly vegetal aftertaste. The rose doesn’t really have a specific point where I can taste it, but there’s a definite subtle floral floating around.
The mango is easily picked out in the fruity mix, but it bleeds into something that reminds me of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Or Bubble Yum. The watermelon element reduces greatly as the tea cools, but it really threw me off while hot. Maybe cold steeping would remove it?
Tea #12 from Another Traveling Tea Box
First off, I need to stop scorching my tongue on black tea. I think that’s the third time in so many weeks.
Secondly, I love love LOVE the name.
But I’m glad I tried this before I read the ingredients, because hibiscus and rosehips (especially together) make me so nervous. Luckily there was no hibiscus flavor to be found here! What I did find was a lightly pumpkin-ed spiced tea with some bright citrus notes. There’s a bitter note in each sip that does disappear after it’s swallowed, but I can’t say I care for it. I wish there was more pumpkin and less spice — this borders on (not super spicy) pumpkin chai levels.
Tea #11 from Another Traveling Tea Box
Dry, this tea smells sticky. I don’t really know how else to describe it. It smells sweet and melted caramel/candy-like.
The initial flavor really hits me as caramel corn. And then the apple makes itself present in the aftertaste, becoming more like caramel apples. The maple/caramel flavor is quite good! I don’t really pick up much in the way to actual tea taste, but that doesn’t surprise me as the ration is 90:10 in favor of the fruit.
This is a well constructed tea, and it definitely nailed what it was trying to be. I’m not going to rate it, because while good, the whole package pretty much wasn’t for me.
Tea #10 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I love the combination of matcha and genmaicha; it’s admittedly usurped regular genmaicha in rotation my pantry.
This one is quite good. It brews up murky, reminding me of a mossy forest floor. As far as taste goes, it has that awesome umami thing that I love about this combination. It’s roasty, slightly grassy with very subtle sweetness with a brothy quality to the brew.
I definitely prefer the ATR version to this one, though, which is what I was curious to find out. While this one is sweeter, that one has more body, more nuttiness, and all around a better flavor.
Tea #9 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is one of those I wanted to like so much more. Red Velvet cake is one of my favorites, and I’ve enjoyed a good amount of the 52 Teas blends I’ve tried.
I just…I don’t know if roasted mate was the right base for this. It just adds an element of smokey toastiness that doesn’t belong in a chocolate cake.
That said, there’s definitely a cocoa element and even a vanilla-y sweet-tart cream cheese frosting element. The aftertaste manages to nail pastry well enough even. I just can’t get past the roasted note. It’s like someone took my cake and threw it on the grill.
Tea #8 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I feel like this tea had potential. It smelled super good in the bag, and even the wet leaf smells fruity with a little but of spice. And then I tasted it.
Seriously. All I taste is apple and hibscus, with an aftertaste of orange. There’s no tea, no papaya, and certainly no combination of ingrediants creating a ‘wonderful strawberry-peach flavour’. Bummer.