551 Tasting Notes
Opening the bag, I was blown away by pear, in a ‘holy moley is this tea or shampoo?’ kind of way. It was overpoweringly pear with the slightest floral tinge — definitely reminiscent of body lotion or shampoo or pretty smelly things.
Brewed, this tea smells more floral and less pear. What’s left in the filter smells really pear-y, but what’s in my cup is definitely floral first, then black tea, than pear. Luckily, taste for me it was the inverse. The pear hit my tongue like a juicy, drippy bordering on over-ripe pear, followed by a mellowness that the black tea offered, ending on a citrusy floral note. Huh.
The taste is a tad artificial with just a touch of cloying sweetness. But for whatever reason or mood, I actually really like it. It’s akin to eating a pear candy, or a baked pear where all the natural sugars are released and you end up with something sweet and dessert-y.
This isn’t a vibrant springy pear tea. It’s more get in you face with dessert pear tea. And for that reason, I guess I find myself wanting something more than pear here. I think next time I’ll steep with a cinnamon stick and drink with milk for a pretty killer spiced poached pear tea.
We had a high of 50 degree (F) today, so why not make iced tea? I really only enjoy this one iced, so it seemed appropriate that I rustled it out. I prepared it hot and poured 10oz over ice and two teaspoons of sugar.
I steep this one with a slice of lime typically, because otherwise I find that I taste more apple than lime. And really what’s the point of limeade if it tastes like apple juice?
Anyway, this is one of the few rooibos blends I drink where I don’t taste any rooibos. And for me, that’s pretty much a good rooibos tea. It’s limey, but not overly tart. There’s still a hint of apple, but it really takes a back seat and takes the edge off the lime. Yum yum.
Overall this is a happy summer tea. And I’ll be breaking it out more as the weather gets better :)
If you like jasmine tea, these are pretty much pure perfection. These are smaller and sweeter than most other jasmine pearls I’ve tried, and the base has a really light almost butteriness that’s only enhanced by that delicate familiar flowery flavor of jasmine. It’s not cloying or artificial, just amazing really.
I was able to get 4 steeps brewing with a standard gravity steeper, and probably could have gotten one more, but it was inching close to bedtime. Will definitely have to experiment here. Especially with my gaiwan.
Unfortunately this was a sipdown, so to the shopping list!
This is a really weird tea. Which I was expecting.
The dry leaf smells like fruity mint bubblegum. Which I was not expecting.
The brewed tea smells like smokey fruity mint bubblegum. Okaaaaay.
The taste though tastes like pineapple, lemons, with a hit of smokiness. A pinch of salt and now I have pineapple, lemons and bacon. And I’m still picking up a kind of woodsy citrus mintyness that is the rooibos. This is the most out-of-place taste in the mix. There’s also a bubblegum taste (like the zebra stripe gum of childhoods past) Contrary to all these crazy mixed flavors the tea itself is a seemingly cohesive unit. It’s just absolutely not for me.
My biggest gripe is that I’m not really keen on the weird earthy flavor that rooibos adds — mostly because I’m not keen on rooibos in general as it tastes how wet cedar mulch smells to me — and I guess I was hoping the other flavors would overpower it more. And not taste like bubblegum. Or mint.
Still, hyperkudos for getting a cup of tea to taste like pineapple and bacon (and rooibos).
This tea was going to get a lower rating until I made it as a latte this morning. Plain, this leaf smells fantastic, but the toffee just doesn’t come through like I’d hoped once it’s brewed.
However, the milk and sugar add a creaminess and enhance the flavor to where I want it! It becomes a decadent dessert cup, which is exactly what I was looking for. With that said, it’s still mediocre within that scope. Tasty, but I probably wouldn’t purchase again.
Sometimes I think I might be turning into a darjeeling snob, because as a darjeeling this tea is…okayish to me. But removing it from that scope and it’s pretty tasty. It’s a delicate black that brews up a lovely copper brown color and tastes of flowers and grapes. There’s very little astringency or bitterness. It’s so much I like in a tea, but the resteep, however, seems to lose a lot of the characteristics I liked in the first and that’s where this tea fails me. :/
The tea itself smells like dark craft beer. No joke.
It didn’t have an actual chocolate flavor either, but in a way that’s not a bad thing. It tastes just like a porter I like with the malty profile and very slight cocoa note. It just wasn’t at all what I was expecting!
I can see this becoming a fast replacement for any coffee addiction I have though as it’s strong and full-bodied.
This was my second sample from Shelley_Lorraine :)
This tea smells amazing! So maybe I had my expectations too high based on that or the chocolate in this one just wasn’t working for me. It’s not bad per se, but it’s not good
The raspberry notes were better. They did seem artificial as other’s have said, but still tasty and it grew on me. Just not enough to really like this tea.
My fiance liked this tea far more than me, so it’ll be heading off to work with him most likely.