235 Tasting Notes
Smelled medicinal when I opened the bag, but actually, not bad at all. Granted everything’s a trifle on the weak side, but at least it doesn’t have the acidic mulch taste of most decafs. I do get the vanilla, the nut, and the creme, plus there’s some sarsaparilla in here that really makes it all more interesting.
Eh, this one not so much. If decaf tea just tasted like weaker tea, I could live with that, but somehow it always comes with this weird mulchy flavor — a by-product of the de-caffeination process, I assume — along with a hint of acid. Anyway, this one is no exception; while I do taste the chocolate and hazelnut, the mulch flavor is stronger.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one because of the hibiscus, but hibiscus is reborn in this tea! You still get its tartness, but there’s a creamy flavor smoothing it out.
I’m sort of a hard sell on herbal tea in general (and this one has some rooibos thrown in to boot), but I actually really like it.
I swore I would buy no more tea, but I didn’t count on an awesome friend sending me a holiday tea collection :)
The first flavor I notice in this tea is the cinnamon, but then the cinnamon recedes and the other flavors come through and it does somehow really taste like mocha? I guess it shows how suspicious I’ve become about tea names that I was actually shocked.
Another chai sample — I figure I may as well get them over with all at once, since they keep coming in. I am haunted by chai samples (and rooibos samples too). Also if I drink enough spices, I figure this headache will have to burn off.
So I wouldn’t buy this, but I do like whatever they used as a base tea — it blends nicely with the spices, which are mild but present. Cinnamon is the strongest spice in the mix, but it’s not overwhelming.
Scrolling through the tasting notes and laughing because practically everyone who reviewed this tea seems to have gotten it as a free sample (so did I). I guess H&S is trying hard to build up some enthusiasm for it.
I don’t like rooibos or chai, so it’s no surprise that I’m not into this — but what did surprise me is that the tea is so bland. The rooibos flavor is stronger than the spices. Weird.