616 Tasting Notes
Tea #45 from Another Traveling Tea Box
Floral with lingering notes of apricot, with a clean finish. There is a little more astringency than I was expecting, and definitely leaves a dry mouth feeling.
If I were going to make this again, I might even lower my temperature further to the 180-185 range.
Tea #44 from Another Traveling Tea Box
Dry this smells really creamy, but not strongly of either chocolate or mint.
As always, for me, the best feature of a rooibos tea is being unable to taste the rooibos, and this one pulls that in spades. The spearmint masks it completely.
I didn’t get much in the way of chocolate, but every once in a while it would come through. It’s a sweeter chocolate flavor, and less dry cocoa power than a lot of them. It also doesn’t have any sort of chemical component.
It’s a pretty nice decaffeinated mint tea, but not something I’d order myself.
Tea #41 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This one smells really spicy and not too terribly good in the bag, but once steeped it smells sweeter, but still has a rather zippy feel.
It is definitely reminiscent of pumpkin pie, despite the lack of pumpkin flavor. The spices are surprisingly mellow, and strongly clove and ginger, with a more subtle nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. I’m also really happy with how not-rooibosy this is. This would pair so well with Thanksgiving dinner!
Tea #40 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is another rich, black tea. The cocoa notes in this are the most prominent. It made me realise that the previous cup had some honey notes that this one is lacking. There’s also some slight bitterness going on; it’s the same bitterness that dark baking chocolate has, so it’s not offensive, but I’m wondering if a shorter steep time or a drop in temp would help it.
It’s another really nice black tea, but I’m partial to the Black Monkey.
Tea #39 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is actually more evocative of Black Dragon Pearls than a Golden Monkey. It has fantastic dark cocoa notes and a warming maltiness.
Definitely a toasty tea and perfect for the weather. I’m definitely taking the last cup of this out of the box.
Tea #38 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is a nice mint tea with a background of vanilla. The addition of the vanilla is really nice, and adds a depth I wasn’t expecting to find. It hits at the end of the sip and reminds me of buttermints — a little creamy and quite smooth. Really yummy blend~!
Editing to add: I just got the coolest mug ever. The Cheshire Cat disappears when I add tea.
Tea #37 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This looks almost exactly like (ATR’s) Brioche! Not quite the same taste (or concept, really).
There’s definitely a roasty cookie element, and strong almond flavor. There’s some astringency to the base, and very mild bitterness until it cools. I find myself preferring Georgia Tea Co. Almond Cookie and California Tea House’s Almond Butter.
I’d take Brioche before any of them, though.