359 Tasting Notes
I have liked several of the rose teas I’ve tried, but this was a bit disappointing. It was a little on the bland side, and I didn’t feel like the white tea they chose complemented the rose very well. Maybe it would work better cold brewed, but I don’t think it’s worth buying again to find out.
Flavors: Grass, Rose
Sample from one of the tea boxes this year. I really need to keep my samples better organized.
I’m not really a green tea person, but I I like to try new varieties on occasion just for variety and in case I find something that strikes my fancy. Also black tea triggers my heartburn, but green and white don’t seem to. So I pulled this out. It tastes mostly like spinach to me, with a very slight touch of bitterness. Not bad, but not something I would buy. I’ll probably mix it with dried carrot pieces next time.
Happy New Year!
I think this came from the monthly TTB earlier this year. I thought I’d reviewed this when I first got it, but apparently not. I just finished what I had of it. I enjoyed it. It was a mild green that was buttery and sweet. It was hard to tell what flavors came from the tea itself and what came from the added flavoring. I would definitely drink this again.
Last night I finished it off by mixing it with some White Peony. It made it lighter and softer with a hint of flowers. It was an enjoyable way to finish this tea.
Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Vegetal
I just toasted rice for the first time! I used the long grain white rice that we had laying around. I threw a few tablespoons into a non-stick skillet, and toasted it just above medium (I started on low, but I have a ceramic stove-top that takes forever to heat up). I stirred it pretty often, and transferred the rice to a tin when it was golden brown. I let it cool a bit, then brewed a teaspoon of it in 8 oz of boiling water. It’s very lightly flavored, but tasty. The flavor reminds me of popcorn, actually. It brews up almost colorless, which is interesting. I don’t really like the Genmaicha I’ve had, but I think that’s because I’m not a big fan of green tea. I really liked Verdant’s Black Chocolate Genmaicha, which is sadly discontinued. I’ll try blending this with other herbals right now, and try it with black tea eventually, too. I’m pleased with the success of this experiment. I may need to try roasting other grains for tea. I already know I like roasted barley, so that would probably be worth roasting myself.
Flavors: Popcorn, Toasted Rice
I really liked the old version of this, and unlike pretty much every other review I’ve seen for this, I don’t think I like this version quite as well. The strawberry flavor is stronger, but it’s not nearly as creamy. This tastes more like fresh strawberries than strawberry milkshake. It’s still quite tasty, but it’s not quite what I was hoping for.
Flavors: Strawberry, Wood
I tried this today while over at my in-laws, before going out to finish up the last of the Christmas shopping. I added a couple tablespoons of cold water before throwing in the teabag, and only brewed it for about a minute. It turned out quite pleasant. It was light and fruity and tasted mostly of peach. I’m glad I liked it, because it’s extremely rare for me to run across a peach flavored tea I like.
This is a sample I got from someone. Thank you mysterious benefactor!
It’s pretty tasty. It has a light flavor of apple pie that really complements the rooibos/honeybush blend. It’s not overwhelmingly sweet even though it has licorice root. I didn’t even know it had licorice root until I looked at the website, which is great since I tend to really dislike licorice root. This is all around a pretty satisfying lightly sweet, lightly spiced apple flavored tea. I would drink this again, but it’s probably not something I should pick up right now since licorice root is one of those things pregnant women are supposed to avoid. Oops! At least there’s not much in this blend.
Flavors: Apple, Spices, Sweet, Wood
Rooibos Chai + Vanilla Rooibos = Vanilla Chai Rooibos! Should be obvious, but sometimes combinations don’t work out like one would expect. I used a bag of Fireside Chai from Zhena’s Gypsy tea, and the Vanilla Rooibos is from Indigo Tea Company. I made this as a latte, and its a mild chai, so the spices got a bit drowned, but it’s still good.
This might be the mildest chai I’ve ever had that still tastes good. The dominant flavor is clove which blends into a mild flavor of cinnamon, with a hint of smooth woodiness from the rooibos in the background. It’s good on its own if you’re in the mood for a mild chai, but there’s no way it would stand up to milk. I’ll have to think about whether or not I want more of this. It might make a decent everyday sort of tea, but it doesn’t wow me.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Smooth, Spices, Wood