601 Tasting Notes
Tea #20 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is a really lovely chill out tea. The peach is subtle, but well done and not gummy candy-like, and there’s just the tiniest bit of chamomille flavor in here. I’m surprised it came out a delicate as it did, seeing as there’s an overabundance of fruity bits in here.
I really wouldn’t want anything peachier, but I wouldn’t call this one overpowering. Yet. As this stands, it’s easy for the tea to get lost in here (and it does!) because it’s a soft, sweet white tea. Maybe a sweetly vegetal tasting Bai Mu Dan would have been a better base and add a nicer mouthfeel? Otherwise, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
Tea #19 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I could smell the pumpkin and spices as soon as the hot water hit the leaf, but I might have been the teensy tiniest bit nervous for this when I smelled what brewed up. It came out smelling like a strong black tea, with maybe a slight bit of pumpkin spice.
And all that for nothing. It’s spice, pumpkin and caramel and quite tasty. The pumpkin flavor is really impressive in that it’s a spot on pumpkin and lingers. Sugar amplifies the caramel notes, but I still miss the cheesecake and crust elements. We’re out of milk, but I think that would be outstanding in here, too!
A yummy spicy, seasonal cup.
Tea #18 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is…very coconut-y. And I pretty much adore coconut.
I’m kinda hyped this is as good as it is hot! I love that it’s not oily feeling and is more of a shredded coconut feel. I feel like the vanilla flavor might be the only thing keeping it from being overwhelming, though. It also treads (successfully) the line between sweet and too sweet. Honestly, it pretty much like drinking coconut water. This is coconut through and through.
If you’re looking for a tea, though, this kind of misses the mark as it’s pretty much drowned by the coconut.
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.