283 Tasting Notes
When I put in my order with 52teas, I kept going back and forth over whether I wanted to order this or not. Banana and coconut are both flavors in tea that I’m really picky about, and they’re not always done well. I wasn’t super impressed with the old 52teas honeybush teas that I tried, but I’ve been hearing so many glowing review that I felt like I ought to give it a chance. In the end, I decided not to order this one, which is perfect because I ended up getting it as a free sample! I decided to try it first, because I always try to drink up coconut teas quickly. The instructions say 1 tsp/8 oz and to steep it for 6-10 minutes, which is not at all how I normally handle honeybush. Honeybush is usually really lightly flavored, for some reason, and often goes sour if steeped longer than 5 minutes, but I decided to try the instructions as written first. That was a good choice. I ended up steeping it for quite a while because the boys were demanding my attention, but it tastes good, so that’s not a problem. I’m always happy to find another tea where I don’t have to worry about the steep time. The most prominent flavors are banana and honeybush. The banana tastes natural – like banana chips rather than artificial banana flavoring. The honeybush is smooth and woody, not at all sour or astringent. There’s a bit of extra sweetness, but I’m not really tasting coconut or cake specifically. I’ll try watching the steep time a little better next time to see how that affects the flavors. I’m definitely interested in trying more banana flavored teas by 52teas now. I’ll keep that in mind for the future. And their honeybush teas are really good now, so I’ll remember that as well.
Flavors: banana, Smooth, Sweet, Wood
This is the tea I bought from QueenOfTart’s stash sale. Boy was this ever a good choice! It’s a light, sweet black tea with noticeable chocolate and rose flavors. Each flavor complements the others and it tastes very natural. This is just perfect. I’m definitely going to savor this.
Flavors: Chocolate, Rose, Sweet, Tea
I’m going to miss this one. I’ll have to pick up more next time I order from Adagio. I’m not always a fan of Rooibos teas, but somehow I love the way it works with this floral bergamot. It’s a really unusual flavor, so I don’t know if many people would like it, but I really do.
Flavors: Floral, Smoke, Wood
Sample from QueenOfTarts. Thankk you!
The dry leaf smelled like juicy pina colada, but a little bit artificial. The flavor after it brews is pretty similar. It does have a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel. I’m still on the fence about this one. I think I’ll probably enjoy the sample I have, but I don’t know if I’ll be interested in buying more.
Flavors: Artificial, Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple, Smooth
QueenOfTarts sent me a couple of samples along with the Chocolate Rose tea I picked out from her stash sale. This was one of them. It’s one I’ve been wanting to try, and I’m away from home today, so I put it in my purse to try. I have to say, I’m glad I didn’t pay money for this. The smell of the teabag was lovely, but the brewed tea smells and tastes artificial and unpleasant. The chemical taste of the flavoring mixes with an unpleasant flavor from the oolong itself that reminds me a bit of rancid nuts, maybe? I know I won’t be picking up more of this in the future. Oh, well. One less tea to spend my money on.
I’m trying to decide how I feel about this one. The orange is a little on the tart side, and could be a bit stronger as well. I don’t really taste the hibiscus or licorice root for anyone who doesn’t like those flavors. The ginger is definitely present, but not overwhelming, so that’s good. Overall, it’s a decent tea, and it would probably be quite good with some honey, but I try not to sweeten my teas much, so I don’t know if I’ll be buying it again. I feel like this would be better with a sweet orange or tangerine flavor added. But I’ll probably drink most of what I bought.
Flavors: Ginger, Orange, Orange Zest, Tart
Somehow I forgot I’d reviewed this before, so I picked some more up – Mostly because I’m super-sensitive to caffeine when I’m pregnant, but I really crave chai in the fall. Anyway, this was just as lackluster as I remember. I may try throwing it in with a bag of the gold cup chai. That will either be a good combination. Ah well, at least I only picked up 10 bags, and I’m putting together an Herbal and Decaf box right now, so maybe someone else will like this.
This was pretty underwhelming. It was gingery with a hint of orange, which sounds like a good combination but it just tasted kind of bland and boring to me. It really tastes like it’s missing a few things. It at least needs a noticeable taste of cinnamon. Even though that’s the first ingredient, I didn’t taste it all. It wasn’t undrinkable by any means, but I wished I was drinking something better the whole time. It would probably work well to add some ginger flavor to another tea without being overwhelming.
Flavors: Ginger, Orange
I’m glad I ordered a sampler pack from Repuplic of Tea because I really don’t like many of the ones I’ve tried. This is no exception. I did oversteep it, so the anise flavor is quite strong. I wasn’t expecting that, and am not really in the mood for anise at the moment. It’s also a weird mishmash of other flavors. It just doesn’t blend into a complementary whole. Disappointing, but another one to strike off the list.
Flavors: Anise, Mint