22 Tasting Notes
The perfect berry tea I have tried was Fairmont’s Berry Berry tea, and I have purchased Teekanne’s berry herbal tea variety in the hopes of tasting similar to Fairmont’s but I was very wrong. Even though the ingredients and flavor description is very similar, all the Teekanne’s berry herbal tea variety I have tried turned out way too sour. I do believe they’re healthy. At least they don’t taste artificial and that’s good but really I always have a lot of tea bags left around in my cupboard because I can never finish them all. They do have many more attractive looking berry blends, but I’m afraid to experiment with them with my own money. I will try them if I get them for free from somewhere but I highly doubt I’d purchase with my own money again.
I love bigelow’s herbal tea blends, because they’re so good at making a flavor that is so close to the fruit or blend of flavor that they try to emulate without being overtly sour. They don’t add any sugar or other types of sweeteners but the aroma is so pleasing and satisfying. I love it that they do this with herbal blends. Needless to say this peach blend is great. It’s so peachy and delicious. I got hooked on after trying Spiced Orange and now I’m in love with this! Very happy with my purchase.
I bought this expecting it to be an organic herbal tea, but turns out it was a Ceylon tea flavored with peppermint. Usually I am very sensitive to caffeine, thus try to avoid black/green tea as well as coffee except for some very special occasions, but this one was alright. I drank it at night and had no problem falling asleep. Taste wise it’s very mild and cooling enough to soothe throat and open nasal passages. I must say even though it wasn’t the product I was looking for it wasn’t as disappointing. I think I got what my money’s worth and am okay with this purchase.
I was expecting something a bit more dry with more kick. Cardamom, ginger, clove cinnamon are all warm ingredients and that’s what’s shown in the front but if you read the ingredient list you’d find green tea and spearmint which are cooling. The taste is reasonably clean and pleasant, but I was expecting something more warming from the packaging and the featured ingredients.
It didn’t just taste bad, I found it intolerable. I was expecting something like spicy herbal chai with a touch of citrus or a touch of spice on hibiscus based citrussy herbal tea, but apparently this wasn’t it. It had a really weird taste that made me want to puke and made me sick afterwards. I am afraid to touch the bag ever again. I am so sorry it turned out like this.
Not what I expected. One time I visited a Indian yoga/spa place, and they served me a cup of tea that taste just like Chai without the tea leaves. Ever since then I fell in love and I tried to come up with a recipe that emulates it. I discovered this tea in the meanwhile, thinking it would taste just like that after reading the ingredient list. I would say this is not bad, but definitely not what I expected of it nor do I find the taste to be pleasant. It tastes sweeter than I prefer my tea to be, and has a very strong nutty flavor which I wasn’t looking forward to. It didn’t have that palate cleansing deep aromatic spiciness that I was looking for. To each his own. I think this tea may have some health benefits, but I don’t know what to do about all the rest of the tea bags.
I think the longer you keep this tea, the better it gets. When I first bought it, it had very bitter taste while retaining the aroma of pu-erh, almost like when you eat a fruit that is not ripe enough to eat yet. The tea kept the aroma intact after years, and now it tastes just right. This tea definitely acts as a digestive aid. There’s an urban legend Chinese people don’t get fat because of the tea they drink with the meal – I happen to think this is true. In Chinese tea shops they say pu-erh tea washes away the grease and I sort of feel like I can taste that particular quality in my mouth already. It’s kind of hard to explain. It’s not detergent-y taste, but rather it’s the kind of feeling I get from that taste. I don’t know if anyone drinks pu-erh tea for an afternoon tea with desserts, tea sandwiches and such. That’s certainly not my preference of the occasion to have this tea with. I like this tea with savory, especially heavily greasy meal type of food. I can have this instead of soda when eating burgers, pizzas, etc. Call me a quirk, but I think this is a far better match than sodas, and my stomach thanks me for it.
With that being said, you may not want to have this tea when you are having light food, nor on an empty stomach. It’s going to give you a sensation similar to that of excess stomach acid. Plus do care to put only very tiny amount, half or less than half of the amount of tea leaves you usually put compared to your regular teas. The brew is very, I mean very strong. Rinse off the first brew, and drink from the second one. When brewing for the second time give it about anywhere from 30 sec to 1 min to brew.
Lastly, this tea does contain caffeine. I think higher dose than other black or green teas. Maybe that’s a general characteristic of pu-erh tea. This is tea does perk you up and help you focus during the day while aiding digestion. However, you may want to avoid it in the evening if you want to have a sound sleep at night.
Water temperature – the hotter, the better. I marked it as “boiling” as I couldn’t find the ideal temperature for pu-erh tea, which is 100 degrees celsius (212 f), but please don’t boil or simmer the water with the tea leaves in.
This tea is very pretty and fragrant. It can be quite common as it is mainly composed of chamomile and lavender, but somehow the two together makes a very pleasant aroma that contains the two, yet very different compared to each of them separately. The corn flower leaves actually add accent to the color of dry leaves rather than the lavender. The product was very fresh, the scent was pretty and full bodied, and the taste was comforting and satisfying. When you open the product you can see that the tea satchels are fully filled. Brew about 1 minute the first time, leave out the bag and a little bit longer second and third time around. For me it was okay to brew up to 3-4 times. Quality wise, this tea is great. However, I suspect the satchels are made of nylon, and even though this is a very pretty tisane blend that is healthy, I didn’t give it a full 100 because I don’t think it takes extra creativity to come up with this blend. Chamomile + lavender blend is something I made often at home on my own using the stock tea I had at home. Purchasing of this product was more for convenience rather than trying something new or to add to collection.