2915 Tasting Notes
Thank you Roswell Strange for yet another RiverTea blend to try. This is a flavorful rooibos but most of the flavor is coming from hibiscus which is making me sad. There is also a hint of cherry hanging in the background but it is being completely upstaged by the tart attention-hog that is hibby.
Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me a sample. It is nice to get to try RiverTeas prior to placing an order however this is not for me. I am getting hibiscus and not much else. Surprisingly, I don’t mind the hibiscus in this blend as much as I minded it in others, but I think that is because I was expecting it to be tart. Nonetheless, after I get through the sample I was sent, I doubt I would want it again.
Thank you Roswell Strange (and also aisling of tea) for the opportunity to try this tea. This sort of reminds me of Vicki’s Sponge Cake which I really enjoyed. It is deliciously creamy thanks to the meringure while maintaining an amazing sweet-but-tart raspberry flavor. This would definitely be included in my RiverTea order if/when I place one.
Thank you Fjellrev (and I believe also Sil?) for the chance to try this matcha. I love the idea of maple syrup everything so this is a matcha I really wanted to try. However, now that I finally have some, I was really unsure of what to do with it because maple syrup milk sounded weird to me and so did maple syrup soda. I decided the soda seemed like the lesser of two evils and sipping on it now, I am actually enjoying it. It has the flavor of carbonation (that I am not a huge fan of) but once you get passed that, there is a distinct maple syrup sweetness that I am really enjoying. All in all, not bad. I might even try this in milk.
Final count after adding all the teas in the massive package from Roswell Strange: 199. At least I am still under 200 but it was just a few weeks ago I was almost at 90 tea.
Anyways, this is one of the teas that have come back into my cupboard and I cannot be happier (actually I could if it were Birthday Cake but this still makes me VERY happy). It is definitely the best mint chocolate tea I have had – milk chocolate, smooth mint, fluffy marshmallowy creaminess, AND it is caffeine-free!! Amazing and a festive St. Patty’s day treat :)
So this is one of the matchas I forgot in Florida in January but I remembered to bring it back with me when I returned from my most recent trip. Being St. Patrick’s Day, I found it a fitting time to have another cup of this. Unfortunately, all the sweet, creamy, milkiness is being covered up by a really strong vegetal taste from the base. I am confused though as this has never been grassy/vegetal before and it was prepared the same way it usually is. Bad news? This cup is getting dumped because it is just not good. Good news? I can now try a different matcha milk :)
I am back to behaving dietwise which means I am back to two milk servings a day so my heart sunk just a little when I heard the mailman delivering my package from Roswell Strange just after I finished prepping my two matcha milks for the day. That means I don’t get to try some of the matcha until tomorrow…oh well. What I do get to try though is this tea which I have been hearing such positive things about so thank you Roswell Strange for such a generous package!!
The whole sample got tossed into my cup and as I sip on it now, I am just not sure how I feel. It is like a slightly sour pear jelly belly combined with a hint of chocolate. Good or weird? I just don’t know. I can see this being a tasty cold brew though. I think I will let some of this cup cool down so I can see how this tastes cold because as I drink it hot I am just totally at a loss. More to come…
ETA: This cup has now cooled and drinking it now, I am enjoying it more. The pear and chocolate flavors mesh together better cold versus competing for my attention in the hot cup. With that said, I don’t think this is going to be an addition to my order (except as maybe a sample) since both hot and cold, something is simply off for my tastes. I had such high hopes for this one but I think I will stick to the Prickly Pear that I have so much of in my cupboard.
Thank you Fjellrev for sharing this with me. It sounded delicious and people really seem to enjoy it, but having yet another cup, I think I have decided it is not for me. I believe sugar would really help this out but since I am back to behaving and sticking to the diet, that is not even an option for me. Plus, at the end of the day, if a tea needs something to be amazing, it is not a tea I would stock. I am so grateful to have gotten to try it though.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all celebrating!
Thank you to Fjellrev who sent me a sample of this tasty tea just in time to enjoy it on this festive day. It smells amazing, creamy, minty, and sweet. I am happy to report that all transfers into the taste (though a touch muted). There is also a hint of chocolate that rounds out the flavor. It is delicious but yet again similar to many other chocolate mint offerings from Della Terra and since I have those hanging around, I am not rushing to get anymore but I am certainly loving this cup.