351 Tasting Notes
I had a cup of this today. It was a bit nippy, and I needed some caffeine to wake me up. Earl Grey it was!
This is a STRONG tea. I steeped it for 3 minutes and it was much stronger than most other Earl Greys have had. The tea actually overpowered the other flavors and I could not get any currants or rose flavoring at all.
That said, I enjoyed the tea. I don’t mind tea a little on the bitter side, and the bergamot was definitely there, so it was like a very strong cup of Earl Grey. I do want to try steeping this for a shorter time to see if the other flavors come out more.
Not rating this at the moment.
I had a cup of this with lunch today and it was very pleasant. Light and fruity with a hint of other spices underneath the citrus. However, because of the difference between white tea and rooibos, I suspect most of the rooibos vanilla chai is sitting at the bottom of the bag. I did turn it upside down and gave it a few good shakes before opening it but there weren’t any rooibos bits that I saw in my spoonful. I think this is a tea that has to be repackaged in order to fully blend it before drinking.
There is a story behind this tea, the random bag of herbal tea from France. I am in a swap group on ravelry, and a French raveller sent me this along with some absolutely scrumptious yarn. Apparently, this is herbal tea made from a real witch recipe for a love potion.
I don’t know if it will find me love, but the tea is quite lovely. It’s light, not overly herby, and slightly sweet. It’s a nice relaxing cup at the end of a long frustrating day at work. I’ll be sad when the bag is gone.
I love almond; I love oolong, so I ordered a sample of this from Adagio. It’s a smooth oolong that’s quite flavorful – however, I think it tastes a bit more like chocolate than almond. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because this tea is still quite drinkable and delicious, but it is a bit of a letdown for an almond fanatic like me who wanted a tea that tasted like tasty tasty marzipan.
However, if I forget this is supposed to be almond, I quite enjoy this tea. I think this would mix quite well with Maraschino from American Tea Room. This tea is screaming for cherries.
This one is lovely. So very very lovely.
I brewed up a mug of this after finally getting my latest package from ATR, no thanks to FedEx who employs a driver who doesn’t actually want to deliver packages, CS reps who will BS me lies in order to get me off the phone, and being told conflicting things by different FedEx folks about just when I can pick up my package from the FedEx store after the driver “attempted” (HA!) three times. (TL;DR: FedEx SUCKS.)
Anyway, blueberry rooibos. So yummy. It smells exactly like blueberries, and was delicious. I added some sugar to bring the flavor out. A very nice tea to unwind at night with while watching the latest episode of Arrow.
Another free sample from Twinnings. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The flavor is much stronger than I had anticipated, and is definitely orange. No sugar needed with this tea. I probably won’t buy this myself just because i prefer loose and this didn’t wow me enough to keep in stock, but it’s pleasant for a fall day in the office.
This tastes very similar to the generic oolong I got from Capital Teas, which I found weak and flat in flavor. Which probably means Twining’s has great quality tea for bagged tea, or Capital Teas sourced poorly for that oolong. I love oolong, but don’t love this tea. It’s weak tasting, and does not have any subtly to the flavor at all. It’s pretty decent for a bagged oolong, I guess, and it’s definitely better than other bagged oolongs I’ve tried. But with oolong, it’s loose for me all the way.
The second of my free samples from Twining’s. I can’t really taste the difference between this and English Breakfast – maybe it’s slightly lighter but that’s about it. Nothing special. but if you are a black tea/English Breakfast fan, you may like this. I’m just drinking this for the caffeine at this point and not the taste.
Free sample from Twinnings. This was pleasantly and surprisingly delicious! The chai was much subtler than other chais I’ve tried (and hated), and hazelnet was definitely there. I normally avoid chais because they are too strong and normally are strongly gingered flavored, but I asked for a sample of this thinking chai would be more amenable to me in tea bag form.
I was right! This was super yummy. Light but still flavorful without punching me in the face with the chai flavor. I may need to keep a box of this at my desk.