255 Tasting Notes
I can taste the lemongrass only very slightly here, and I’m not as familiar with mango to know the flavor well. It may be there but I’m not sure if I’m tasting it. There is something juicy at the end of each sip so perhaps that’s the mango. Mostly I’m just tasting the rooibos, but I’m okay with that since it has good flavor on its own. I don’t think I’ve had red rooibos in a while so I had forgotten how much I enjoy it.
Flavors: Fruity, Lemongrass, Rooibos
This smells mostly of ginger with just a hint of lemon. I can taste the lemongrass in the aftertaste. I’m not sure I love it. The ginger is bitter and more than a little overwhelming. It’s definitely got a bite to it. I’m sure it would be great if you were feeling under the weather, but it’s not for me otherwise.
Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass
This cup is tart but that’s exactly what I think of when I see pomegranate and raspberry. It does taste juicy but I’m not really picking up on any fresh raspberry flavor. Maybe this one is meant to be more pomegranate, but it’s really more of a general berry flavor. I can also smell and taste the hibiscus. It’s sweet though so I’m enjoying it.
Flavors: Berry, Hibiscus, Tart
Thank you to Nichole for sending me a few bags of this to try! It had been on my wishlist for some time so I’m pretty excited to be able to try it now.
This smells incredible, very fresh but also woodsy. I’m definitely picking up on some citrus and pine. I was expecting long, green needles but it looks like everything has been ground to a powder inside the bags. I steeped this for a full 10 minutes and when I pulled the bag from the water I was left with a golden liquid, almost honey-colored, but also a pretty thick film on the surface. My husband tried this and said it tasted like pickles (???) but I think it’s pretty nice. I can still smell the citrus and pine and the taste is very light, almost a little watered. While it isn’t as amazing as I thought it might be, I am still enjoying it. I’m sure would be a hit ice-cold so I think I’ll try that next.
Flavors: Citrus, Pine
This tea is fragrant with mint right out of the packaging but it steeps into a nice black tea with a gentle mint flavor. A friend at work recommended this to me as one of her favorite teas . I’m not a huge mint fan, but it’s certainly nice every once in a while so I was glad for the recommendation.
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 22 minutes
This isn’t a bad cup really, though I’m not sure it’s worth the extra steep. I can still taste the mint, but mostly it’s just a watered down cup of black tea.
I’ve had this tea several times before but this will be my first note here. My husband makes this fairly regularly since it’s one of his favorites. When Teavana announced that they were discontinuing it we bought a couple of extra bags to keep on hand.
In the dry mix, I can see apple pieces, lemongrass, hibiscus, and whole green cardamom pods. It smells very sweet. The steeped liquid smells and tastes mostly of lemongrass. I can smell the cardamom in the steeped mix, but I don’t really taste it in the brew. It’s much better than I remember, though it is a little dusty.
Flavors: Cardamon, Dust, Lemongrass, Sweet
Wow, I really missed being here. I didn’t realize how much I would. I had a cup of coffee yesterday morning instead of my usual tea and missed taking time first thing to sit and write my note. I think it really disrupted my whole day honestly. I am absolutely a creature of habit so missing that time alone with my thoughts left me feeling tired and unmotivated. I’m glad to be back into my normal routine again today.
I was surprised when my husband chose this spiced black tea over an apple cinnamon spiced herbal. He loves herbals best so I was worried he wouldn’t enjoy it. To my surprise, he tried this yesterday and loved it! He said it tasted just like apple cider and insisted that I bring some to work with me today. He normally puts a lot of honey in his teas so for him to drink this one unsweetened and still sing its praises I knew it must be a good one. I appreciate that this has very few ingredients (only black tea, apple flavor, and cinnamon) so I hope each of the flavors will really come through.
The dry tea smells of sweet cinnamon but now that it’s steeping the black tea is really coming out. I know we’re living in the summer months right now, but the smell of this tea reminds me of a cool, crisp October morning and I’m loving it. I can taste the cinnamon but it’s not overwhelmingly spicy.
I know this may not work since it’s a teabag, but I’m going to try steeping this one again since I’ve enjoyed it so much.
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 15 minutes
I knew this probably wouldn’t go a second round, but I’m still kind of bummed that it didn’t work out. I let this one sit for a good 15 minutes and ended up with a very light colored liquid that smells and tastes like lightly spiced hot water. Oh well, no second steep for this one.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet