15 Tasting Notes
Initial impressions- Let me just start off by saying that this is the BEST smelling tea EVER. It smells like a fresh slice of cake. Absolutely fantastic. That and it LOOKS festive, with the chocolate bits and sprinkles.
How I brewed it- 1.5 tsp of tea in one cup of tea at 94 degrees for ten minutes (steeped a bit long so we’ll see…), no sweetener.
First sips- Rich, chocolatey, and sweet this tea is amazing. A new favourite! Wonderful dessert tea!
Would be great brightened up with a touch of agave nectar.
Would be amazing as a tea latte.
Initial impressions- Smells sweet, but with a staleness (that’s not unpleasantly so) that is hard to place. Rather plain looking tea. White tea leaves and cookie dough looking chunks.
How I prepared it- 94 degrees for ten minutes. 1.5 tsp in one cup of water. No sweetener.
First sips- Immediately after brewing I see the leaves soaked up a good lot of water, the level has gone down quite a bit! Brewed it has a deep colour and the smell has not changed from my initial impression. Hard to describe taste, but quite sweet and warm. Very pleasant for winter.
I would definitely like to try it with some agave because I think this flavour needs a bit of brightening.
I think it would be delicious with some steamed milk.
First impressions- Visually one can tell exactly what is in the tea. The pomegranate seeds and white tea leaves are easily visible. Scent is sweet, very pomegranate-y.
How I prepared it- 94 degree water for seven minutes, 2 tsp in 1 cup of water. No sweetener.
First sips- Very sweet as soon as it hits my palette, even without sweetener. Almost like a warm juice. The white tea flavour is so delicate that the pomegranate masks it almost completely. Lovely dessert tea. Would also be wonderful iced.
First impressions- I hadn’t tried Teaopia teas yet, as my usual is David’s, but I was in a mall where they only had one tea shop, and my sick boyfriend (poor guy) really wanted tea with lemon in it to soothe his throat, and this tea was on sale. It smells very good, incredibly sweet, and definitely both apples and pears are present in the scent.
How I prepared it- 1 cup with 1.5 tsp in it at 94 degrees for seven minutes.
First sips- Flavour tasted good but the payoff was disappointing compared to David’s (which I use three times before the flavour runs out). Would not buy again.
Initial impressions- This tea is sweet and a bit savoury all at once. Very relaxing, I think that’s the lavender I’m smelling. With the lavender and rose, and the red backdrop of rooibos, it is also an exceptionally attractive tea.
How I prepared it- 94 degree water with no sweetener for nine minutes. Prepared 1.25 tsp in a cup of water.
First sips- Mellow, sweet flavour. Lavender very prominent. I love this tea! Definitely a buy again!
Initial impressions- Smells sweet, nondescript sweetness, quite dry, but pleasant. Looking at the leaves I can see chunks of fruit (mango), chamomile leaves, and white tea leaves.
How I prepared it- 94 degree water for six minutes, no sweetener, 1.5 tsp in one cup.
First sips- The initial flavour is light and hard to place, probably the chamomile after I look over the ingredients. The aftertaste is quite a bit more sweet and reminds me of the mangoes.
Conclusion- I did enjoy this tea. Perfect for after lunch at the office. Not my favourite dessert tea, but one I would absolutely buy again.
Initial impressions- Smelling it from afar I get a primarily minty scent; up close the chocolate and mint mingle exceptionally well. Looking in I see the black tea, along with some green leaves (peppermint), chocolate pieces, pink peppercorns, and little red candy lips. Very pretty tea!
How I brew it- In 94 degree water (I’m at work and it’s as hot as the machine will go) for nine minutes (I usually do seven, but I got distracted!). No sweetener.
I am trying to record all of my teas, so I have to admit this one has been a staple for a while. It’s also absolutely fabulous with a bit of agave and steamed milk.
First sips- A refreshing pick-me-up after lunch. The peppermint hits my palette first, followed my mingling chocolate flavours. The black tea flavour is there, but not really noticeable. This is one of my all time favourite teas.
Initial impression- Smells like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange! Delicious! Looks pretty much as advertised- I see chocolate drops, orange peel, and pu’erh. I do wish there wasn’t artificial flavouring, but I’m not too picky about it. After brewing it still retains the wonderful bright orange scent tempered with the dark chocolate scent.
How I brewed it- In 94 degree water (as hot as the machine at work will go) water for six minutes in my fabulous Perfect Mug, I did not brew this with sweetener.
First sips- I only tasted a brief bit of pu’erh before the flavours hit my palette. The orange and chocolate mingle together nicely in this tea. Definitely something I’d buy again.
Would like to try it- with a touch of agave to brighten the flavours a touch or as a tea latte.
Initial impressions- A quick smell of apple and then a strong shot of peppermint. Very refreshing!
How I brewed it- 98 degree water for five minutes with 1/4 teaspoon of agave nectar. 1 cup, 1 3/4 teaspoon.
First sips- The refreshing peppermint hits your palette first and is immediately sweetened by the apple and coconut. All the flavours mingle together nicely. This has instantly become a staple in my pantry!
Other ways to try it- This would also be wonderful iced on a hot day. I would be willing also to try it as a mint tea latte, though I’m not positive if it would be as good as a latte. I like the mint tea lattes from Starbucks, so I think it’s worth a shot, as this is the smoothest peppermint tea I’ve found!
Initial impressions- Opening the tin the scent of coconut is immediately evident. I also see yellow-white chamomile flowers and pieces of coconut among the small black tea leaves and broader white tea leaves. Love love the smell of this tea.
How I brewed it- 1.5 teaspoons in 94 degree water for five minutes. Quarter teaspoon of agave nectar mixed in.
First sips- For something with black tea it is very mellow and light. I attribute this to the white tea in there. I get a mixture of coconut and chocolate sensations on the initial sip, with an aftertaste of mellow coconut. This is a very nice, mellow tea and I would definitely buy it again.
Addendum- made a second cup later on a whim with steamed milk and it is fantastic as a tea latte.