1788 Tasting Notes
The dry leaf smelled strongly of peppermint, which quite overwhelmed any scent of rooibos that might have existed in the dry leaves. Steeping this with normal rooibos steeping guidelines, the peppermint scent blossomed even further with the addition of the hot water.
This tea steeped a lovely deep red, with the aroma of peppermint dominating its smell, but allowing through a bit of rooibos scent. After my first few sips, I am immediately struck by the fact that it really just tastes like pure peppermint tea, with a slightly mellowed undertone. I do not really taste any rooibos, which I was certainly hoping for. Regardless, it is a good tea, and the flavour is not too strong, but this tea has very little about it that really makes it stand out above other teas.
This tea is actually unlisted on Suffuse Tea’s website, so I hope that using typical rooibos steeping methods will be sufficient for this tasty-smelling bagged tea. While the dry leaf smells predominantly of rooibos, there is a faint hint of orange aroma lingering in the background. This is a good thing, because otherwise I would have worried that I had merely gotten a teabag of plain rooibos, and this would make for a very incorrectly labeled review!
I poured the steeped liquor into my favourite teacup, took a whiff to see what aromas had been released in the steeping…and was immediately disappointed. Rooibos Orange? Where was the orange? I couldn’t smell it at all in the brewed tea. Taking a sip of the tea, I still failed to taste much other than the rooibos itself. There was a slight taste of something un-rooibos, but I cannot say for certain that it was orange. I drank half the pot, got two other people’s opinions, and still…no orange.
For the sake of consistency, and giving the tea the benefit of the doubt, I went ahead and made a second pot of this tea with fresh dry leaf. Sadly, this turned out exactly like the first pot. Great rooibos flavour with a hint of something very un-rooibos, but not quite orange.
This tea smells very heavily of jasmine. And by that I do not mean just a light aroma of jasmine flowers. I mean the heavy, sticky sweet smell of concentrated bunches of jasmine. Of course, not to judge a tea by its dry leaf aroma, I went ahead and steeped it according to the directions on the website (1 tsp per cup, 3 minutes, 80 degrees Celsius).
One thing I noticed as I was putting dry leaves into my teapot was the amount of extra broken pieces mixed in with the pearls.
The aroma of the freshly-steeped tea carries none of that same overwhelming jasmine scent. In fact, the smell of jasmine is almost more of an undertone now than anything else, which is something I found immensely interesting. The pale liquor has beautiful clarity, but I know, I know, you all really want to know how it tastes!
The jasmine is back! And with a passion. My first sip was a burst of floral flavour in my mouth…or rather just the flavour of jasmine. Thankfully, it is subdued enough to make this tea pleasant and worth drinking. The medium body of this tea comes mainly from the jasmine, I suspect, as imagining this tea without it would leave it quite light. Overall the flavour is very smooth, with just a light touch of a bite from the jasmine.
This is a good tea and a very reasonably-priced jasmine pearls.
As the single package I received contained no instructions for brewing, nor were there any immediately available on the webpage for this specific tea, I chose to utilize typical rooibos steeping for this tea: 1 cup of just-boiled water with a steeping time of five minutes. This tea came in a individually-wrapped tea bag, which really did not have much scent while dry. However, from the second I poured the steaming water over the tea, I could smell the delicious mixture of chamomile and spearmint wafting up from my cup.
The smell of the freshly-brewed, bright red liquor was dominantly spearmint. The rooibos could be smelled a bit in the undertones. Nevertheless, the spearmint was not overwhelmingly strong, which was pleasing. It was just a mild, delicious aroma.
Even after steeping for five minutes, the taste of my first sip did not strike me as being very strong, yet it was quite full. Whereas the spearmint dominated the smell, chamomile dominated the flavour, spreading throughout the mouth quite excellently. The aftertaste was a mixture of primarily spearmint with hints of rooibos lurking in the background.
Overall, this was an enjoyable tea, but not something I would be quick to buy again were I shopping for tea.
For this review I decided to brew this tea using a two-cup glass teapot. Canton Tea Co’s website suggests using 1 tsp of pearls per cup, which is difficult to estimate using pearls, so I believe I added about 35-40 of the small pearls to the teapot. Continuing to follow the directions, I steeped the pearls about three minutes, stopping to taste the tea after two minutes (the website had recommended 2-3 minutes).At two minutes, the taste really wasn’t very far developed, but I could already tell that this was one very sweet tea.
With the dry pearls, one could very much smell the jasmine, yet the scent was not overpowering, nor was it almost sickly-sweet, as some teas are that contain jasmine. The aroma of the brewed tea was even less bold and had an even softer nose, with only faint hints of jasmine.
Upon taking the first big sip, the tea flow smooth and thick across the tongue, and the fruity sweet taste of jasmine infiltrated my entire mouth. If a flower could be described as being delicious, this would be the epitome of such a description. The amount of jasmine is enough to lend great character to the tea, while not completely dominating it.
The website recommends steeping this for at least three separate infusions. I most certainly shall.
On my personal enjoyment scale, I rate this tea an 85/100.
To review this tea, I decided to once again utilize my awesome Tea Forte Cafe Cup!
Tea Forte’s website recommended steeping this for at least five minutes, so I poured just boiled water over one pyramid bag and let it steep. The teabag actually remained in the cup for six and a half minutes, but I figured this would not be an issue, as most rooibos blends rarely oversteep.
The dry leaf smells delicious! Lots of tasty smelling berry aroma.
The liquor brews a deep, dark red, very nearly the colour of some red wines. While it still smells like berries, the berry scent has changed to smelling very nearly like juice.
The taste of the steeped tea is very smooth, with a fullness that is neither thick nor watery. The finish is much stronger in berry flavour than is the taste while on the tongue, as though the dominant flavour migrates seamlessly from rooibos to berry.
The smell of this tea was far more bold than the flavour, almost making it a bit disappointing to drink. (I guess I shouldn’t let the aroma set my expectations.)
All in all, it was a very tasty tea. Wonderfully fruity, the hint of the rose petals that are part of this tea even peek out in the aftertaste.
On my personal enjoyment scale, I believe I would rate this tea a 75/100.