483 Tasting Notes
I was feeling adventurous the last time I ordered from Celestial Seasonings so I ordered a box of this. I don’t like coffee (though I love the smell), or chicory; but I do like roasted barley, carob, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise so I figured it was worth a shot. This is a very strong tea. It’s in the same flavor category as coffee, dark chocolate, and strong black tea but it is definitely it’s own distinct flavor. I could taste the carob, barley and chicory, while the cinnamon and nutmeg are only an accent on the flavor. I didn’t taste the anise at all, so it’s probably just a tiny amount to take the edge off the bitterness. After a bit of experimentation, I decided that I’m not a huge fan of this plain, but it makes a very nice latte, and it’s especially nice with a teaspoon of cocoa powder added to the mix. When I pick up more brewing cocoa, I’ll have to try blending that. I have seen several varieties of “herbal coffee” that have made me curious. Since I like this one, I’ll have to give some other varieties a try.
Flavors: Bitter, Dark Bittersweet, Roasted Barley, Spices
Sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!
This definitely lives up to the name! I’m tasting strawberry, pineapple, buttery coconut, and hibiscus. The fruit flavors are candy sweet, which is a nice contrast with the hibiscus, and the coconut is a tiny bit artificial, but overall it’s very good. It’s unusual to find a tea that manages to balance such a large number of flavors while keeping them distinct and complementary. Now that I’ve tasted more of DavidsTea’s selection I may decide to put in an order at some point.
Flavors: Butter, Candy, Coconut, Pineapple, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
Sample from TeainSpoons. Thank you!
Chocolate teas are tricky to get right. Banana teas are also tricky to get right. So, I wasn’t going into this with very high expectations. To my surprise, this is quite good. It has a light, chocolate-banana flavor. There is a bit of a creaminess to it as well, so I understand why they picked the name they did. The rooibos isn’t very noticeable at all, which is a positive thing for me, since I tend not to enjoy rooibos. I would be tempted to make this as a latte, but I imagine it would require a lot of leaf.
Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Creamy, Sweet
From Tea Sipper. Thank you!
This definitely has a strong flavor of ginger, but while it has a nice spicy kick and a bit of fruitiness, it seems a little lacking in flavor. It’s not as interesting as the plain dried ginger I recently bought. I’ll happily drink it, but won’t spend my money on more.
Flavors: Fruity, Ginger
From Mtchyg. Thank You!
This was the first thing I pulled out of the package Mitch sent me, and it sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. It is quite a tasty green tea. Smooth and buttery but also quite light, but when I drink a flavored tea I tend to prefer if it’s a bit more flavorful. The Jasmine came through very lightly, and I didn’t taste the tangerine much at all. It was quite pleasant, but didn’t quite live up to it’s name for me.
Here’s Hoping TTB.
This is quite good. It has a strong hibiscus-orange flavor that I definitely enjoyed. It’s on the tart side, but I certainly don’t object to that. I’ve tried several herbals from Fava Tea Co. in this box that I really liked, so I might need to put in an order with them eventually.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange, Orange Zest, Tart