658 Tasting Notes
This is a really uplifting cup of tea. I actually got worried about this after ordering it by reading several “sour” descriptions of yuzu, never having encountered yuzu before. But it really works here. This tastes pretty much like Den’s sencha with matcha, though lighter on the matcha. Then there’s an added, citrusy tang at the end of the sip. I would describe it as more sour than sweet, but not in a mouth-puckering way. It just makes a very fresh-tasting tea. Very nice. Though it still doesn’t stand up to the pineapple sencha for me!
What a fascinating blend! This seems to be one of their signature blends so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I finally did. I’ve never had anything like it. Sweet, spicy, and nutty. This smells like winter in that it really does smell like baked goods, and the kind of things I want to bake at Christmas. It makes me think of biscotti, in the aroma especially.
I poured milk into this without thinking because I had decided I wanted milk in my “breakfast” tea today, even though I planned to try this without first. It tasted really nice but a bit watered down so I am definitely going to save rating it for the next time I have it. I think it’ll do better without any additions.
I went on a mini-spree at Tealish with their 25% off code plus a gift certificate I had from months ago. I am loving how much tea I got for what ended up costing me $25!
I have decided: I really like Tealish. They’ve been appealing to me more and more than DT lately because the tea seems to be higher quality and it’s nice supporting a local business. I guess DT is a local business, but they are rather different at this point.
Anyway, this rooibos. I almost bought MORE Fairy Dust but I have a good 50 g left so I thought I would try the other new green rooibos blend they released. I’m glad I did! It’s chock full of various fruit chunks and flower blossoms. When I opened the bag it smelled overwhelmingly of raspberries. Fresh, juicy raspberries. This continued as it steeped. And the taste follows suit. This is the most legit raspberry I’ve tasted in a tea. I actually think I avoided this one at first because I haven’t enjoyed any of the other raspberry-flavoured blends I’ve tried before. This tastes like raspberries, not just raspberry flavour. There’s a nice background hint of tropical papaya, too. Again, this one delivers exactly what it promise. It’s a great fruity green rooibos.
This tea is very fun. It looks just like the photo, with big red strawberry chunks and chocolate chips. It also smells totally awesome, kind of like candy but not so cloyingly sweet. I think maybe it smells sweetly bake-y, so I guess I’m getting the “donuts” part.
It’s very tasty and holds up to my hopes, but it’s not out of the ordinary. Chocolate, strawberry, malty black tea. You can’t go wrong with such a combination, really. This made a nice first cup of the day at 5 pm (the horror!).
Refreshing, subtle, and tasty! A lovely sweet apple taste, but I think I’ll try this at a lower temperature than suggested next time to see if I can get the sencha to come out to play a little more. It is very warming and calming. More fitting for fall/winter, but it doesn’t quite live up to the pineapple sencha. I want to live in my bag of pineapple sencha.
I’m sure like many others, this isn’t something I would choose outside of being sick. But, it is actually relatively tasty (when you can’t taste/smell, especially), and it does provide some measure of relief. It’s strong enough to fight through all the nastiness of a cold to offer you some taste. My sinuses are feeling horribly inflamed and my eyes are watering, so I’m off to make some more! With some fresh ginger and a dash of cayenne. Pulling out all the stops, folks. I have two more papers and three exams to get through before I’m allowed to be sick!
And, I usually strongly dislike juniper. It really bothers me in Detox. But here I either don’t notice the juniper berries or am okay with them.
Thanks to Magic Carpet Tea for offering a great deal so I could try this. Oolong is my fave. Dates are a weakness. This sounded perfect!
Unfortunately, I learned that there was date sugar in this blend as well. And, upon receiving it, I could see it looked like quite a lot of date sugar. One, I’ve never put sweetener in my tea so am not used to it and thus don’t like sweetened tea for the most part. Two, I have type 1 diabetes. When I have to make calculations for everything else I put past my lips, I definitely don’t want to worry about how much insulin I need when it comes to tea. Tea is my refuge. I’d might as well go eat a piece of bread or a bowl of rice! One of my pet peeves is beverages that include sweetener and aren’t up-front about this. I find it a lot in flavoured matchas.
Another grievance is that this came really, really crushed. I can’t really even identify tea leaves at first glance since it is all crushed together and dusty. It also made it hard to strain. I’m not sure to what extent this is how the tea is blended because the package (an envelope) came pressed alarmingly, uniformly, completely flat. I’m wondering if it got sent as letter mail, which really isn’t acceptable for tea.
It is moderately enjoyable. There was an earthy date flavour that I expected from the combination, but it was a lot more muted than I expected. Especially with all the date sugar! I’m sure I’ll drink the rest of this but it won’t be a re-buy, unfortunately. I think it’s not the kind of experience I was expecting from an oolong blend.
So, this isn’t something I’d just reach for but it’s pretty inoffensive for an herbal remedy tea. I appreciate DT keeping the cold teas somewhat more interesting than most. I was in store today and should have grabbed some Cold 911, because the boyfriend woke up sick today and now tonight, in the middle of a paper due tomorrow, I’m feeling it! Oh no. I’m glad I have this on hand. With some added chunks of fresh ginger and steeped for eight minutes, it’s a pretty noxious brew but in a way that feels healthy and not unpleasant. It helps me feel a little less fuzzy and out-of-focus. Mostly mint and lemongrass flavours.
I’ve got to get myself off Steepster when I have impending schoolwork doom. I tell myself I’m not allowed on Facebook but just wind up checking Steepster non-stop!