15 Tasting Notes
I love love love this tea, it’s one of my very favorites. It is delicious straight either hot or iced or, as I often get it from the coffee shop, as a tea “latte”. Today was an iced tea latte sort of day.
This needs to go straight to the top of my shopping list as this should really be one of my cupboard staples.
Figured out how to make iced tea (it requires more planning than I expected), and ever since, I’ve been enjoying this one. It’s not as naturally sweet as when it’s cold-brewed, but once I add sugar or honey, it tastes a lot like the way the coffee shop makes it. My bank account is grateful I’ve discovered a cheaper alternative.
Despite the cool temperatures outside, I haven’t been in the mood for hot tea. I bought this tea a few months ago. One of my favorite coffee shops stocks only Republic of Tea varieties and I’ve had this tea several times there. I ordered it hot a few times, but the blackberry flavor comes across very artificial and a bit too heavy-handed when made that way. I switched to iced on the recommendation of the barista, and it was delicious. Decided to purchase it so I’m not stopping by the coffee shop every day. I can save a few dollars if I’m making it at home for myself.
Last night was the first time I made it. I didn’t have ice at home so I cold-brewed a few bags of this tea in a pitcher overnight, and drank it in the morning and with lunch. The blackberry flavor comes out really well. It was naturally sweet, so I didn’t have to add any sweetener – definitely a plus as I’m trying to watch my sugar intake currently.
I still like iced better than cold-brewed, at least for this tea, so I’m going to pick up a few ice trays from the store soon. I look forward to enjoying this during the actual hot days of summer.
For some reason, the first time I had this tea, it reminded me of Adagio’s Scorpio tea…which doesn’t make a lot of sense because that tea has a rooibos base and mango flavor in addition to the chocolate. On my first few cups of this, I thought I preferred Adagio. But the more I drink this one, the more I really like it, and the Adagio comparison seems to diminish.
It has some of my favorite notes in teas (e.g. vanilla) and I like the slightly spicy aroma. It’s a good dessert tea for blah days when I’m in need of something special. I didn’t buy too much of it because I hadn’t sampled it before buying, but I’m working my way through my 2 oz. pretty quickly and will have to decide soon if I’m going to buy more as a standby.