92 Tasting Notes
This tea is amazing. The cream flavor is well matched with the Ceylon. Although this tea is not sweet, it has an impression of sweetness (uh…) and it is so comforting with milk and sugar. I’m impressed by how it’s not overpowered by the milk and sweetener, and how well the tea and cream flavor comes through. I think I’m going to have to steal this from my Mom!
The mango flavor was really prominent in the tea. This tea was about as bitter as most teas are, but I’m very sensitive to bitterness, so I didn’t finish this cup. (AKA, I think most people would like this tea, and I just prepared it badly.) I think 30 seconds less brew time might work better next time.
Yum! This is strong (well, just right) if you brew it for 7 minutes, so if you want a lighter taste I would go for 5 minutes. It is tart, and I couldn’t detect any sweetness (although it was quite hot at the time so that could have affected my ability to taste it). I added a packet of Splenda and it was like kool aid for grown ups! I think it’s much better cooled, and will try it sans sweetener and chilled next time.
Just bought the bagged version of this (on accident), but steeped it in my Zarafina. The first few sips taste like a stick of Big Red gum dissolved in hot water…yuck. It is, however, quite sweet without sweetener (woo!). The tea flavor comes out a little more as it cools, but it’s still very, very faint. I put the teabag back into cup, and it became a bit stronger…but it still tastes like very sweet gum. It’s almost too sweet (never thought I’d say that…I’m a “I like my sugar with coffee and cream” kind of gal). I’m not digging this. Next time maybe I’ll throw in some black tea with it.
[Zarafina – Black x Loose x Strong, no sweetener]
This tea is goes amazingly well with milk and sweetener. It’s cozy, warm, and comforting, and perfect for coaxing yourself out of bed when on those grey days when you just don’t want to get up. I prefer to steep two bags in my Zarafina tea maker with 8 oz (1 cup) of water, and then pour over heated milk and sugar in a large mug. The addition of milk will save the tea from bitterness in case you over-steep (not likely if you invest in an automated tea maker, though!). Much better than the Bigelow equivalent. The loose form is better than the bagged tea.
This tea is good for what it is – cheap, bagged black tea with added caffeine (mate, I believe). It created to provide energy and not necessarily to be delicious; however, it is drinkable (unlike the India Spice Chai I’ve tried from CS, which is supposed to be tasty—bleargh). I prefer this to coffee when I have to stay awake for an all-nighter. However, this isn’t the kind of tea you make just to relax and enjoy. This tea requires sugar and is good with or without milk. I wouldn’t mistake this for chai, but the flavor profile is similar. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued by Celestial Seasonings.