648 Tasting Notes
Not sure if this is the same tea as this listing shows. The tin I have says “pure Ceylon teas packed in Sri Lanka”. Nothing about Kenyan blends. At any rate, I bought this because the tin was awesome and it was on sale. :) This tasting note is for both English Afternoon and Tea Rations. I’m positive they are the same teas.
I wasn’t expecting much from the teabags and they mainly live up to expectations. They have a mild buttery scent but I suspect that is the bags. They are the paper bags without strings like Celestial Seasonings has. The tea is a basic tea bag tea – it’s tea flavored tea. Fannings of tea that steep super quickly and the flavor is unremarkable but not horrible. It does take cream very well and that takes it from an acceptable cup to quite nice but nothing I’d keep on hand.
S’okay. I bought for the tins. :)
Now that I have this in my cupboard I can give it a proper review. The scent is unmistakably jasmine. The pearls are so lovely. The first steep (mine was longer than the package recommends) was deeply sweet and mildly jasmine. The second steep was more bitter, more floral and more jasmine. The sweetness vanished. But, I did steep for much longer than recommended for my first. :) But overall, this is a really good jasmine pearl.
I apologize – I no longer recall who shared this with me. Thanks, if it was you!
The tea is definitely noticeable though I don’t get any specific notes from it, like malt or anything. The cardamom is the strongest note here but strangely, from seeing the number of pods in this blend, the spicing as a whole is not terribly strong. It’s not bad, but there is an odd aftertaste to it that I’m not sure I care for enough to put this on my wishlist.
Made with 4 oz light cream and 4 oz water, 2 teaspoons chai & 1 tablespoon sugar. If I had more of this I’d try it with honey next time.
Having this cold today. I steeped up a tiny pot of it to use in a picture yesterday. But my acid reflux flare up had already had it’s fill of tea for the day and while I wanted the golden little coils in the photo I didn’t want to waste the tea. So I let it steep about 5 minutes all told and then put it in a cup in the fridge.
Cold it has a more pronounced hay flavor. Also more of the fruity notes come out. Tasty.
I don’t have any info on whether or not this is natural pineapple but my guess is not. Isn’t a big deal to me but might be to others. :)
The pineapple scent is extremely strong and it’s nice. The flavor is a strong pineapple with a vague background of lightly vegetal, anonymous green tea. It’s nice, but with a teensy bit of added sugar it becomes good, not just nice. :) I wouldn’t keep this on hand mainly because I have yet to really love a green tea of any kind so much that I’d reach for it over my blacks. I’m pretty sure my mom will really like her share of this, though.
I have 2 ounces of this so if anyone wants to try any, drop me a note. Happy to share. :)
I am not sure at all what the name of this tea is but it is from L’Angelica Istituto Erboristico. The best I can tell from using Translate is that it is an Italian company involved in healthy solutions for living. :)
JanieTeo sent this in the Christmas card swap. Her note on the package said “lavender, damiana and wild rose.” It smells heavenly. The taste is sweet, floral and fruity. I would guess this is a tisane. It is one that I would love to keep on hand if I ran across it somewhere. Very good!
This was just odd. There were nice fruity notes but then a smoke smell to it that killed it for me. This was woody and dusty, which I usually like, but then that smoke… not so much a smoke taste as a smoke smell. As it cooled I also picked up what I think were spice notes. Thanks for the sample, Ost!