280 Tasting Notes
I should really keep a tea timer besides me when I am going to write these posts because most of my steep times are close guesses. I know for sure that this one was just at or under 2 mins though. It is lighter in color so it’s a bit deceiving.
My mother-in-law bought this back from Europe for me and I must saw it is superb! The moment I opened the bag and the aroma spilled out I knew I was going to fall in love with it. I’m tempted to add some honey to see what it would do but at the same time, it’s so good on it’s own that I don’t really want to…. I don’t think I will.
Good hot and cold. I’m on my own little cloud right now.
Great dry smell. Really has a caramel smell but doesn’t have much caramel taste. I added a bit of honey after tasting it straight and found the caramel flavor comes out a bit more. I also added some almond milk to it (I don’t like regular milk anymore because it gives me a stomach ache). The ‘spiciness’ of this chai is very much on the mellow side but I think they do a good job of combining the Rooibos with the other chai flavors. Most of the time Rooibos over-powers other flavors but this one is a good balance.
BTW if your ever in New Zealand find yourself a chai stand. Handmade chai is amazing!
This tea smells wonderful! Even when you brew it it smells good. It’s a sweet and floral scent. The flavor though I think is a little weird. I’m not a huge fan of green rooibos because I feel it tastes a bit like hay. Not that I would know what hay tastes like but it tastes like the smell. (Just had to put that out there. Didn’t want anyone thinking I was eating hay).
Minus the hay taste it is quite good. I love the tropical notes of mango. Also Love the rose buds in the dry tea! So pretty! Good hot or cold. I’m drinking mine lukewarm at the moment.
This is one of my favorite teas. It is a well balanced mix of sencha and fruity flavors. I add honey to mine because I feel it brings out more of the flavors, but it is fine on it’s own too. Good slightly cooler but not cold. I found this tea in a cafe called Eggsperience in Chicago. They say a man makes the tea for them but I wasn’t able to get his information for steepster. If any of you live in Chicago you should go there, pick up one of the teas, and ask if this guy has a webpage.
I’m having a bit of a hard time drinking this one right now. For some reason I was feeling fine and then I took the first sip and it felt like the back of my throat became very raw. T_T
Anyway, this is another tea that says natural flavoring in the ingredients and that drives me nuts because that doesn’t say much. Just go look up natural flavoring on Google and you’ll see what I mean. So to me this is mainly a Rooibos tea with a bit of added something. I’m assuming it’s coconut seeing as how that’s what this tea is called.
Regardless it’s a good Rooibos. There’s just not much to it.
The tea pot it came in was really cool and the tea tastes good. The dry smell is my favorite part though. The peach/apricot smells overwhelm the rest of the scents but in a good way. Sometimes peach can over take in a way that’s obnoxious. Couldn’t imagine flying around in one (James and the Giant Peach anyone?) The taste is also somewhat over run by those flavors. But the black tea comes out enough to mellow it down.
Well it’s not great but it’s not worth dumping. I have 18 more tea bags to finish. The first steep was a little bitter, so on the second steep I took it out earlier and added some honey. Made it better but for some reason it’s still not quite what I was expecting. I think it would have been better if they had added real blueberries instead.