109 Tasting Notes
I want to send a big shout-out to Thomas at Fusion Tea Room for your amazing service (100 rating, I swear) and the wonderful (and generous) samples. My first review wasn’t great, so please read this one instead if you already saw that one!
This is a re-do of my first review. I am heating the water now, and I am going to ensure I have the proper water temperature. I’m going to let the pot cool for a bit, and then try again.
time lapse Yeah, because I’m not going to make you wait.
Smell: Dry, in the bag. OH MY GOSH OH MY GOODNESS OH MY……Just wow. I love the smell of Earl Grey, and I could just smell this the whole time I am waiting for it to steep. I mean, I don’t know if you can eat tea straight up, but if you could, I would want to eat this. That may be weird, but it just SMELLS SO GOOD TO ME! It’s a light, citrusy (did I spell that right?) aroma, and it isn’t too strong. It’s just….heavenly! :-) As it is steeping, the aroma isn’t as strong, but still as good. I am going to up the rating just because of the smell….
And my temp. slider won’t let me set it at 203 degrees……but 205 isn’t that off, so yeah.
Taste: Ohhh yeah, that’s perfect. This is a very smooth Earl Grey. There is NO bitter in here. None. So I take back my previous statement about Bergomot being bitter in general.Well, ok, I taste a small amount of…not bitter, but just the strong taste of tea in general, you know? But the Earl Grey! The flavor!! THIS IS AMAZING!!! And it’s amazing what temperature change can do! Two packets of sugar in the raw and this is perfect for me. And yeah, you may think my rating is high but THIS IS THE BEST EARL GREY I HAVE EVER TASTED!! It is even a bit better than my favorite, also 100 rated Earl Grey tea. I’m going to have to bump that rating down a bit, since it has been so long since I’ve had that EG anyway. I don’t think I’m ever going back to bagged tea again, not if it comes in a loose form. (Or if it is just one of those really high quality places anyway. I can do that.) I want to just ramble on. I LOVE this!
And this review is supposed to be completely honest. So here is my honesty: The first steep, before I re-adjusted tea temp, wasn’t so good. I could drink it but it wasn’t that good. But now that I have re-done it, THIS TEA IS AMAZING I AM NOT LYING!! BEST EVER! EVER!! And to know that I have CHOCOLATE CAKE HONEYBUSH BY FUSION TEA ROOM THAT I HAVE YET TO TRY? Oh……………boy.
I drank this one last night but it was iffy since I wasn’t using my kettle/tea stuff, I was using a friend’s while visiting. So I didn’t add the tasting note last night because I wanted to make sure I did it right with my own things. :-)
Once again, thank you to Fusion Tea Room for this!!
Smell: Dry, in the bag. Very Cocoa-y. Can’t really smell the orange, and the cocoa is a medium smell, but yummy. It doesn’t smell overly sweet, it smells like natural cocoa, and I like it. Steeping the cocoa is still there, though not as strong. Still yummy though. Makes me excited. The color is a light orange-brown, and I was worried that for some reason it was steeping weak, but the taste for both times is about the same, and this time is strong, so I think I’m doing this right.
Taste: First raw sugar packet, the cocoa is subtle, and the orange isn’t there at all. A little bit more sugar (I like sweet!) and the cocoa is definitely there. The orange is also there, a bit less than the cocoa, but I love the mix. The cocoa is smooth, creamy, and again, not overpowering, and there is a nice citrusy taste, but not sour. It’s all very sweet and pleasant. takes a sip. Oh yeah, this is just….so yummy! I love how I can taste the cocoa, so that the name isn’t lying. The orange…it’s there, but, now that I’ve tasted it again, it’s very subtle, and a bit overpowered by the cocoa, but for me personally, I like that. Upping the rating a bit because it is sweeter than the first few sips let on….
more sips. Yummy. I’m happy with this, and it’s herbal so I can drink this late at night!!! :D
My first cup last night was steeped at 7 mins, but again, it just wasn’t exactly right because I was working with stuff that wasn’t mine. This time, I bumped it up to 8 minutes. If there wasn’t orange in this, I would possibly put cream, but I learned the hard way (before being told) that cream curdles in orange tea. :P But I don’t think it needs it that bad, it would just go nice with the chocolate taste.
I’m very satisfied with it though! YUM!
This is the spiciest, yummiest chai latte ever. This isn’t the first time I’ve had it, and I still love it.
Today though, I have to share this: CHAI TEA LATTE ICE CREAM FLOAT!!! Oh….my…..GOODNESS! It’s….just…heavenly! Pretty much, it’s an awesome dessert/snack, whatever. Yummy. So I had tea, but this time it was a remix! Lol
But for the real chai tea, the Kuerig kind of does everything by itself. So I can’t really give any more info, I’m sorry.
My bag is different, but it is Chai.
Color: Smooth, dark brown before milk. Kind of a caramel light brown after I added a bit of soy milk.
1st sip, 1 pack sugar (raw cane): Mouthfeel (trying out new descriptions, so don’t hold me to errors) fuzzy? Would that be appropriate? It tastes a bit grassy, but not too much. Spicy at the end.
2nd sip, after 1 more pack of sugar, and (vanilla) soy milk: smooth, warm and very (but not too much!) spicy. Yummy cinnamon and other flavors. Nice.
Once I perfect the hot milk mix, I know it’ll get even better, but at the moment, I am content. I love it. :-)
I don’t remember this tea being so……bland. It may have been a bit old, but until I (possibly) get more, I am keeping this review the same. Look out for updates, though not anytime soon.
Color: dark brown, typical black tea.
Smell: A bit fragrent like most Earl Greys, but not strong.
Taste: Dull, just dull. And with a hint of bitter. And boring. And….I have no more to say, really, because this tea didn’t have anything to offer me. Sorry, Twinings.
Orange teas are one of my favorite types of tea, so I usually have high expectations for orange teas. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t quite reach my high standards, but didn’t completely fail, either.
Color: A reddish-black tea, smooth color, not too dark, not too light.
Taste: Bentley must be known for subtle fruit flavors. I can taste the orange in this a bit more than the other fruit teas I’ve had so far (raspberry, and one other, I think?) but this has a slightly stronger orange taste, so I’m happy. It’s not too much, could even be a bit more, but with a fair amount of sugar, it’s actually pretty nice.
The first time I tasted this, I think I steeped it a bit too much and didn’t sweeten it right. So this is my second try I had it this morning after breakfast.
Color: It’s a nice medium green with yellow undertones.
Taste: It’s got the same smooth flavor of green tea with a definite hint of ginger and pear. The ginger is strong, but good strong. And the pear is light and flavorful. I happened to really love it, even though it was simple.
I love peach, and I think this satisfies as far as a peach tea goes. It’s a simple black tea with a nice, smooth peach flavor. Not as subtle as Bentley’s other fruit teas, I’m glad I can actually taste the peach. Maybe a bit of cream would do nice, but I have yet to try it. A little bit of sugar makes the peach even peachier, and I think it would do fabulously well if iced. Over all, a good tea.
I’ve had this tea twice now, and finally am able to sit down and review it. I am also pleased to announce this is my first loose tea, and I am very happy with it. It is true, I must say—loose tea tastes so much better.
This tea I think is meant to be a holiday tea, and the title “nutcracker sweet” definitely fits. It’s a very spicy blend with cinnamon notes and other spices, mixed in a smooth black tea.
Sweeten to taste, though it won’t need much, and maybe some cream will make it even better! :-)