1000 Tasting Notes
This is another sample from Tea Forte’s Skin Smart lineup. Overall, this one is pretty good. I can taste the slightly sweet cherry and the almond creates a dry (but not astringent) note. This is definitely drinkable without sweetener and I’m glad that I got to try this one!
I had extremely high hopes for this tea, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Initially, the aroma was very off-putting in an alcoholic sort of way. Usually I wouldn’t mind but since this isn’t a cocktail-esque flavored tea, I was a bit confused. After pouring the water on the tea bag, the alcohol aroma turned into the scent of rich chocolate. However, the taste of the tea is just apple, granted it is a very natural apple taste, but the chocolate is nowhere to be found.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to try this tea, but I would not purchase this particular flavor.
I ordered this tea because I love pancakes and I adore almost everything pumpkin. I was not expecting this to truly taste like pumpkin pancakes, but I was excited to get a new and sure to be yummy tea. Wow, I should not have doubted Frank’s magical tea skills! This tea is smooth with a spicy pumpkin taste backed up with a bready pancake essence complete with maple syrup perfection and a hint of butter. With each sip, I expect the magical qualities of this tea to disappear, but the pancake goodness just keeps coming.
Another definite winner Frank!
I decided to prepare this tea like I would traditionally prepare a chai. I just didn’t let it simmer quite as long as I would like a chai. This experiment turned out wonderfully! The tea had that nice chewy quality that I associate with traditional stovetop chai and the chocolate was rich and delicious. I may try preparing other teas in this manner – it really hit the spot tonight.
This was a sample that came with my last Upton order. I picked this out of the cabinet this morning just because it had gotten lost on my tea shelf and miracously appeared today. I put a healthy dose of milk and brown sugar in the tea and it is pretty decent. I’m not too big on Ceylons just because I like a little more heft to my black tea, but this Ceylon has a light malty quality that I really enjoyed. Would I drink this again? Yes, but it would probably suit me better iced!
This was a sample from the lovely SimplyJenW! Thanks a bunch!
Overall, this tea was pretty much right up my alley! The aroma of the brown sugar and figs really takes this tea and makes it into something a bit special. I tried the tea sans additions and it was just okay. But making a tea latte by adding milk and sugar really suits this one! Delicious, sweet, and creamy! Thanks again Jen!
I woke up earlier than my alarm this morning which is a rare occurrence for me! In an attempt to just go ahead and wake up, I decided a bit of caffeine via the East Frisian Blend was in order. Each time I have this tea, I am reminded why I like it in the first place. This tea has a rich, malty, and smooth base with notes of burnt caramel. It is robust, but not bitter. Slightly astringent but not overly so. Yes, this tea was a great choice for this early morning.
I have been slowly working my way through my Wuyi oolong samples and had been saving this for last since it seems to be the overall favorite of my fellow Steepsterites. Although I have not finished (or even tried) all of the other samples, I felt compelled to brew this one up today. I was wanting something really good and that is exactly what I received.
When I first opened the sample bag, I thought that somehow another aroma had leaked into the tea because I smell juicy, sweet raisins. After a few more long sniffs into the sample bag (long enough that my kitten was starting to worry about me) I have come to the conclusion that it is perhaps the actual tea leaves that are giving off this delicious aroma. Already, I was super excited about this tea just from the aroma alone.
After brewing up a pot, I am greeting primarily with a roasty, toasty oolong with a very nice sweetness that wells up through the middle of your mouth and stays with you long after swallowing that sip. Even my husband, who is very picky about tea said this one was “interesting and pretty good!” And this is all from only the first infusion. I can’t wait to try subsequent steeps – I love how oolongs seem to progress and evolve as time goes on.
My rating is temporary based on this first infusion but if subject to change depending on what else this tea has in store for me.
I’m finishing up the last of this delicious Earl Grey today – but I think I should have saved it to drink while watching Star Trek! Either way, this tea is great as a tea latte with the citrusy bergamot gently announcing his presence while not overpowering the beautiful tea base. This Earl will be missed!
This is such a great, refreshing tea! I really like the combination of lemony verbena and crisp mint. I didn’t even need to add any type of sweetener, this tea has a nice natural sweetness to it. This tea is the perfect accompaniment while reading Inkheart.