616 Tasting Notes
Oh boo. I think the feed is broken, again
Hmm, I think I was expecting more spice. I mean, come on. It’s called Red Hot.
There’s definitely a spicy, nipping element, and that does increase as the cup cools, but the sweet cinnamonyness of the cup wins out. In that way, it actually really does remind of the Red Hot candies, just once the biting spicy outside coating is all gone and leaves only the cinnamon candy.
Primarily coconut, with light florals on a dark oolong base that’s dry and just a little earthy. There’s not nearly enough orchid for this to be an orchid oolong.
The coconut gets a little cloying towards the bottom of the cup, and hangs nutty in the aftertaste. I like this, but I don’t love it, and I definitly don’t find this as one I could handle in large amounts (so in that way, it’s probably good that it’s only decent for about two steeps)
Thanks for the sample momo!
So, I didn’t realise that momo had sent me the loose version of this, and Nicole had sent me the tea bags. But thank you both! I didn’t even remember having both. And then I checked my excel file to update some things and surprise!.
So this review is for a bagged cup (though really it’s just an overall babble). I went back a corrected my initial review for as it was for the loose version. So yeah. I’m as scatter brained with my tea as I am in real life. So that’s refreshing.
Now that I’m on my fourth cup of this in total (not tonight, no worries), I’ve found it’s really grown on me. The cloves and orange just scream autumn and it’s really a balanced cup overall. The vanilla is complementary and smooths the whole thing out. There’s nothing revolutionary here, but it’s just a solid cup of tea. And sometimes that’s all you need.
If I didn’t know I was drinking guayusa, I wouldn’t have guessed. There’s definitely a green, earthy undertone, but it doesn’t have any sort of punch. This is more like drinking a creamy vanilla bean concoction.
Once this is steeped, it smells like mint ice cream — very creamy vanilla with bright spearmint notes. The taste isn’t nearly so minty as the smell suggested, but is equally mint and vanilla. And without knowing there is lavender in here, it’s really easy to write off the mellowing effect it has on something else, as the taste is really — and I mean really — subtle.
This tea has a really calming, relaxing component from the lavender, but the guayusa is a great pick me up. I would love taking time out of a busy day to drink this, because now I’m sitting here extremely zen, but bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Thank you KallieBoo! for the sample of this!
Thank you for sending some of this my way Courtney!
I really enjoyed this cup (even though I’m lame and let it cool to tepid on the counter before I remembered I had made it). It’s a really balanced combination of floral, nutty and sweet coconutty. It’s a little heavy and almost brothy cup, but surprisingly not too buttery. But while not buttery, there is a really pleasant mild creaminess! The coconut isn’t an in-your-face suntan lotion kind of coconut, but more of a natural coconut feeling. Like if I were drinking my tea out of a coconut shell.
I’m really surprised (and happy) about this cup! Thank you!
This was another sample I got from BrewTEAlly Sweet (thanks!)
I think they must have changed this one since the extremely negative reviews, as they all seem to be 3-4 years ago. I had still braced myself for the worst, though.
This was a clove heavy cup with the subtle sweetness of licorice and a very slight watery apple/orange flavor. It’s not really anything outstanding (but actually fairly decent for a tea bag) but I don’t see anything here really to hate either.
Fiancé liked this quite a good deal more than me, so he’ll be finishing the last couple bags :)
With my last order from Blue Raven, I received a bunch of small (1 cup or so) samples, but I couldn’t find this one on here or in their store so I thought I’d throw it up here!
Anyway, it was labelled Sunshine Oolong and is supposed to be a yuzu berry flavored oolong.
It’s a rolled green oolong base with big pale yellow flowers that don’t look (or taste) like marigold, but it’s hard to tell with there only being a cup or so of tea here. It smells fresh, citrusy and a little green. As it steeps it becomes very citrus fragrant, and not unlike cutting into a fresh grapefruit.
As far as taste goes, there is a surprising strong floral component. I actually think the flowers are chrysanthemum because that’s the closest taste equivalent I can come up with. It’s a tart grape fruity citrus flavor with a sweet orange element that hits at the back of my mouth. This might be the closest you could come to eating yuzu without actually eating it!
The oolong base was buttery and green with just a little floral component of its own (delicately orchid, but not in conflict with the dominant floral flavor). I got 4 pretty solid steeps out of this, but by the last one it was very much floral and oolong and not yuzu. Still! I would probably by more of thiis for the summer months if I could. I would imagine this would be amazing iced, or with a splash of orange juice! Yum!
What a simple, but effective pairing!
This isn’t a chill, cooling peppermint, but a sweet, warm peppermint that reminds me of a Girl Scout Thin Mint! The chocolate chips didn’t seem to melt very well, but there is a sweet chocolate flavor in the cup. And it’s so creamy!
Just yum! Thanks Short Sorceress!
This is an insanely sweet dessert tea. It’s gooey butter cakeyness with carmelized sugar and sweet pineapple creeping in on the tail fo the sip.
This is tasty, but I wish there was more pineapple goodness to be had. As it stands this is an awesome cake tea, but misses the mark on pineapple upside down cake. (I’d still consider picking this up, though).