555 Tasting Notes
The first thing I notice about this tea is the lemongrass. It was basically all I could see in the bag, and it’s the strongest smell when the tea is brewed. But there is some very pleasant raspberry flavor there, too. It’s a little tangy, and only slightly herbal tasting. Something sort of reminds me of soap in it, however, so I’m a little turned off toward it. I probably wouldn’t try this again.
Also, it’s decaf. That’s like the kiss of death in my collection.
I think I may have stumbled upon a chai obsession, thanks to the previous one I tried by Arbor Teas. I just had to have more chai and my mom had this lying around in her kitchen.
However, this is pale in comparison. A little disappointing. Sure, all the spices are there, but even after 6 minutes, it’s a little too mild for me after a splash of milk. But it would be good in a pinch if I really, really wanted chai and needed something cheap. I would maybe brew it a bit longer, or maybe with 2 bags.
It’s good, but not great.
I am thrilled to get to try my first yerba mate today! I opened the package to peek and sniff last night, and was reminded of a pleasant green tea, just in a different sort of consistency.
Anyway, the taste is unfamiliar and interesting, and yet, it still tastes a lot like green tea. I assume that’s because of the way it was cured. It has a certain spiciness to it, and a taste that reminds me of green leaves. Something about it sort of reminds me of peppers, but not in a hot way, more like the way a pepper tastes on the inside. It’s not like tea exactly, but similar. I like it.
I used a teaspoon and a half to make one mug’s worth. Not really sure if that’s the proper amount, but it seems right. Now that I’ve reduced it to dregs at the bottom of the cup, I’m starting to notice the famous yerba mate buzz. It does feel a lot like caffeine, but without that “I’m going to have a panic attack” feeling. I feel stimulated and a perkier, ready to tackle all the mundane stuff I have to do today before I leave for vacation.
So curious about Arbor’s other yerba now… hmmm.
Nooo, it’s already all gone. D: This is also going to be on my shopping list for when I’ve cleared out my tea cabinet. Along with at least 5 other teas I’ve tried by Arbor Teas.
Tart and interesting, especially when brewed for 6 minutes. It really brings out the rosehips and plum flavor, plus is strengthens the oolong portion of the tea as well. The plum tastes just like the real thing at this amount of time. Like I can almost taste the tart skin but the mild sweet inside.
Oh. I think I’m in love.
This is my first hardcore, loose leaf chai. I’ve only had it in matcha form or bagged up until now. I am most definitely going to buy this! I think I should maybe brew it for a minute longer, but it’s just… it’s a symphony of spices. The mixture looks so cool while it steeps… like a mix of bark, crushed leaves, and seeds.
I did it in half 2% milk, half water and added sugar. I wish I had half and half, as that would make this epic. Someone stop me from buying the pound, please. <3
The taste of this tea is good, the mango essence seems real, but it is overshadowed by something else I can’t place. Maybe it’s the calendula flowers in it, as I’m not entirely sure what those taste like. (This is my first tea that included them.)
I don’t know what it is, I just can’t get into this one. I normally love mango tea.
I woke up this morning and could not wait to get this open. This is such an interesting tea! Rose hips, dried schizandra berries, hibiscus, and of course plum! It looked like potpourri in the bag as I transferred it to a tin.
The plum taste is absolutely vivid. It’s like the tea was soaked in Japanese plum wine, then dried. I admit I find the hibiscus flavor a little overpowering in this blend, but I still like it in all its complexity. The oolong is very mild beneath it all, but accompanies it well.
It brews up to a lovely pinkish-amber hue, and smells like fruit juice. In fact, the tea’s flavor reminds me a lot of juice when it has had time to cool. It’s wonderful. But that’s coming from a plum tea fiend.
Sipping my last cup of this from the tin. In fact, I didn’t have enough for a full cup, so I added a pinch of Adagio’s Snowbud to the mix. Since this blend is made with Snowbud in the first place, it hardly changes the flavor. There is noticeably less blueberry taste, however.
Sad to see this one go. :/
I probably should have drank this without cream. The tea simply couldn’t stand up to it. I tend to expect my chai to be strong, but this one is not. All I can taste is a fakey vanilla flavor and the cream. Sort of reminds me of a vanilla-scented candle. There are a few hints at other spices, but they’re indistinct. I don’t like it at all.