365 Tasting Notes
This is Fiance’s favorite iced tea, and while I don’t necessarily like using my favorite teas to make a pitcher of iced tea, I can’t really fault him for it.
It’s naturally sweet and the muscatel notes are fruity and bright. The aftertaste is just a little earthy and reminds me of a fall day after a rainstorm.
(It also got rave reviews when I served it to a friend at our last game night on Saturday.)
I got this in the mail (attached to a RoT catalouge) mid last week. And I can say this isn’t something I would have tried otherwise.
The apple element is a lot like a green apple Jolly Rancher and the caramel doesn’t really become prominent until it cools, and then it becomes a burnt sugar, caramel note. All in all, it reminds me a lot of those caramel apple suckers.
Unfortunately the rooibos is also a prominent note, which isn’t exactly my favorite flavor.
When I grabbed a sample bag of this with my last Adagio order, I really, really thought it was coconut and mint. But um. Nope. That’s not hugely disappointing, but was a mild surprise when I opened the sample baggie. This seems to be a common thread in the reviews, so I don’t feel too stupid about this.
That said, this is a little like melted Junior Mints. It’s dark chocolate with a slightly artificial tasting minty flavor. When hot, it’s basically a dark chocolate green tea with a minty after effect. The artificial flavors are waaaaaaay more prominent this way, and I can honestly say I don’t like it. It’s much better iced where the mint is the prominent flavor and the chocolate is less plasticy and more subtle overall.
Definitely an overwhelmingly meh cup.
This is pairing so so well with the maple shortbread cookies I’m eating.
Aaaaaand they’re gone. :(
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!