209 Tasting Notes
I got a package of this as a free sample from David’s on Mother’s Day, because I spent more than 50 or 60 dollars in-store. I’m glad it came as a free sample package, because I find this tastes more than a little strange.
I know I tried it as a hot brew and not liking it very much, probably because it was too sour. So I recently cold brewed this and all I taste is the tartness from the hibiscus and overpowering cinnamon. Drinking cold cinnamon is not enjoyable.
I am on a tea reviewing roll today!!
I LIKE this a lot!!! Probably because I do drink coffee, and the sronger the better! This brews up to a dark espresso colour, which did not scare me a bit, although I knew I needed to add cream to it.
This is so smooth, mellow and nutty. I’m on my second steeping and no flavour has been lost. I will get another steep out of this, as for a fourth? Yet to be determined. Yeah, I’m done reviewing. I’m just gonna sit back and enjoy this one.
I did something a little odd with this tea…
I initially bought it at the request for a fellow steepsterite member who did not have easy access to Teavana. I thought the dry leaf smell was awesome! I thought it would make a great cold brew.
I remember drinking it hot at work, and liking it, but for some reason held off on posting any reviews. I have recently cold brewed it, and found it a little lacking in flavour than the hot brew. So, I wondered how I was going to bump up the flavour…well, I have this thing for orange flavoured Bacardi Breezer, but after a couple of glasses, the sugar content in the Bacardi coats my tongue with yucky sugar paste. How did I cut out the sugar? I did a 50/50 blend of Bacardi with this tea, and it worked really well…I still need to find a better ratio, but the Bacardi is no longer sugary, and the tea is more palatable as a cold brew with the mix.
I had read a lot of great notes on this tea, and was particularly interested in trying some. Dexter3657 was generous enough to send a sample my way…thank you! I have not forgotten your fabulous generosity!
I am a huge fan of pistachio’s and ice cream. Put them together in a tea? Yes Please and Thank You! I really like this tea: it is yummy, roasty, nutty, creamy and delicious. The green tea works really well and complements and blends smoothly with the roasted pistachio flavour.
I have read so many good things about this blend, and was really eager to get my hands on a sample of this. Many thanks goes out to Short Sorceress for providing me with one.
This is delicious. OMG this is REALLY GOOD!! I didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t expect this to taste as good as it does. I didn’t add sugar, this blend does not need it. It imparts a sweet creamy lemon dessert flavour.
I have a lemon chiffon from another company, which I have yet to try…I wonder if it will be as good as this one.
This is one of four tea’s that I have sipped down! I wonder if I should reward myself by buying more??!! Thank you JustJames for a sample of this one.
The dry leaf definitely smells of sweet strawberry. The tea brews to a lovely rose colour. I thought this was a good sign.
The first couple of sips I didn’t get very much strawberry flavour. As the tea cooled, it imparted a light tartness that I guess was supposed to be strawberry. I always found strawberries to be a little sour, so I don’t why I would think strawberry flavoured tea would be any different.
The tea was ok. I don’t think it’s one that I would purchase, but am glad that I got to try.
Thanks goes out to Dexter3657 for the sample of this tea!!
When I opened the package I felt like such a newbie…how do I deal with this pressed sample? I left it for a while, even though I was dying to slurp it up. I finally overcame my fear and broke off a piece (I know that this was not the correct way to get a piece).
The dry leaf aroma is fresh and woodsy. It reminds of walking through the ravine.
The brewed taste is light and nutty. I have not yet had any issues with pu’erhs -for me this one is on the lighter side, but still an excellent tea that was sweet, flavourful and mild. For those who are unsure or wary of pu’erhs this would be the one to start with. No fishiness or strange tastes.
It is still ridiculously humid in TO, so I have still have not had any hot tea beverages, and I have so many to try!!!
Yesterday I went to ‘Toys R Us’ to buy a kiddie pool. Not for me…but for the furry beast (shep/lab cross) that I live with, to help him get through the heat. He still prefers the stink water creek a few minutes away…but will jump in the kiddie pool if encouraged.
Back to the tea….on opening the bag I smell over-ripe pears. This told me that this would be fairly sweet on it’s own, without any sugar additives.
Because of the heat, my first tasting of this one is as a cold brew, and I have to say…I am surprised that I like this as much as I do. When I first saw the fennel seeds as part of the mix I was like “What??!!!” This will not be good. WRONG!! This is my second fave cold brew…a real surprise to self.
Cold brew tastes like sweet pear. No tartness. Just sweet pear. Sugar is not needed here…it is sweet on it’s own. YUM!!!! I will be sad when it’s gone (2-3 cold brews left). But, maybe I will find something as good. The tea journey continues…. :)
It is stinking hot in Toronto, and I have not been drinking any hot tea’s since yesterday morning. My tea related beverages that I have been drinking recently have all been cold brewed, including this one. I have a few others on the go, since this stifling heat won’t be letting up in the next couple of days.
It is tart. I am so over tart tea’s. I don’t like it, and find myself reaching for sugar or some other type of sweetener. I had purchased from IKEA Lingonberry syrup and added it to this cold brew, so it no longer tastes like strawberry parfait – it tastes like the Lingonberry syrup. Strawberry parfait is drinkable to me this way, but it is no longer strawberry nor parfait. But it’s cold and refreshing on this stinking humid day.