6 Tasting Notes
Opening the package of I was immediately assailed with the strong aroma of vanilla and a hint of coconut. Blended together these two reminded me of a toasted marshmallow or even a sugar cookie.
This is not a tea for those looking for tea flavor. This is liquid desert. If it was not for the actual appearance of tea leaf I would have no idea that this was tea.
The leaf is quite pretty with short black wiry leaf and tiny flecks of whitish coconut. At least this stuff LOOKS like tea. But one can’t gauge these things based on appearance alone, so taste I must.
I loosely followed the package directions for my first cup. I say loosely because I used a bigger cup than the 8 oz suggested (I used a 12 oz cup) and thus, used a bit more tea too (weighing in at 4 grams). I followed the directions and used boiling water and a 4 minute seep.
After infusing, a malty tea perfume started to waft from the cup softly entwined by vanilla. Unfortunately that did not translate into tea flavor in the cup. I had high hopes that any sugary flavor would be tempered by the maltyness of the tea but it simply got lost.
As I said, this is liquid desert. The flavor is very heavily vanilla with only a slight hint of coconut and not even one tiny bit of actual tea. The lack of tea flavor might be my own fault. I really did not use enough leaf. Still there was so little tea flavor present I am not sure it would have made much difference.
Don’t get me wrong. This is not a bad beverage. Sweet and smooth, this drink would work well either hot or cold, and a dash of cinnamon might enliven the cup to something almost legendary. (If you try this I suspect it will taste like Jorchata – the Mexican rice drink)
I wont buy this tea again but it might be just perfect for those who like an infusion of dessert instead of calories.
I was feeling a little offish the other day and decided that a new tea would be just the thing to lighten my mood. There is only one shop nearby that sells loose tea and the choices were limited, so while I generally avoid fruit flavored teas I decided to give this one a shot.
The tea in the can is quite pretty. The calendula petals are a striking contrast to the dark tea and its a real shame that the tea does not retain the same appearance once steeped. But flavor is the game isnt it?
The aroma of the tea was a little off putting at first. The mango scent is quite heavy and overpowers any tea fragrance but it was not an artificially fruity scent so I took that as a good sign.
I brewed per package instructions with about two teaspoons for my cup and the water slightly less than boiling. The package says to steep for 4 minutes. I think my first cup was more like 5 minutes.
The tea had a very fruity aroma brewing and I was afraid that the flavor would be too fruity. But I was pleasantly surprised by the lightly malty tea peaking out from the very natural flavor of ripe mango. The mango flavor was fresh and sweet and not at all cloying or overwhelming.
The big surprise for,me though was the body of the tea. The tea had a slight viscosity that was fun to roll on my tongue without being thick or heavy.
As I said, im not,much of a fruit tea fan, and maybe it was my mood, but i really liked this tea. I only did 2 infusions which was almost too many as the second cup lost much of the tea backdrop, but the remaining fruit flavor became more developed,and took on a slightly spicy quality that reminded me of persimmons and a hint of cinnamon.
overall the tea was lightly sweet and really did not require any sweetener at all. I prefer hot tea but this seems like a good choice for iced tea too. There is no astringency at all and should keep,quite well.
I highly recommend the 180 185 temp. I made a another cup with boiling water and the tea turned bitter…still drinkable but not as enjoyable.
One does not compare an economy car with a luxry automobile for the simple reason that the two vehicles have different points of interest. And so each car must be evaluated based on it’s own merrits.
PG Tips is certainly an economy car in the tea world. Nothing fancy here and it’s not meant to be. Rather PG Tips was developed for mass consumption and to that end it favors consistent flavor and solid drinkablity over complexity and deep character.
That might sound dull and uninspiring but there is a huge dose of comfort in knowing that you get what you expect with this tea and it never disappoints.
Though its quite tastey black, this tea lends its self particularly well to milk and sugar and adding a little of each brings out carmely notes that are not readily appearant in the plain brew and is my favorite way to drink this tea.
This is comfort tea. Strong, dependable and embracing….just what I expect from an old friend when I am feeling down.
As others have noted this is a very strong tea over all but that can be tempered with using less tea and shortening steep time. Unlike other teas that would suffer if treated with a light hand, PG Tips remains true in flavor if brewed lightly so one does not end up with a simply watered brew, but rather a different dimension of the tea stands out.
Wheather your like your tea strong or mild, PG Tips can accomodate but it should never be compared to a fine single estate tea, rather it should always be considered for its own merits.
This is a very playful tea that is fun to drink. The mallow flower and chocolate add a subtle sweetness and happy kid quality. The tea combo is bright and light and not particularly malty nor overly earthy from the pu erh. The tea is slightly astringent with a mild coppery note I quite like and just a touch of fruitiness that balances any hint of mustiness. I dont think this tea is very “bold” and it won’t replace my morning joe but it has just enough kick to enliven an afternoon.
The sliders dont work well with my tablet. Steep time 5 minutes water at full boil. I tend to use a lot of tea per cup and like this one best when I use about a tablespoon. I usually steep twice with that much tea. This one holds up to that method well. The second steeping is not as full bodied as the first but more fruitiness comes out in the second steeping so I always have that second cup.
I really wanted to like this tea. unfortunately I did not. The best I can say is that the tea is decent. Its not a bad tea. Smooth enough and quite drinkable but lacking any depth or complexity to make me want more.
In the can the vanilla overwhelms most of the tea scent and carries a bourbon overtone that is likeable but not particularly evocative of fine vanilla. In the cup the vanilla settles down behind the tea without getting lost. This feature might be the tea’s finest attribute.
Unfortunately the tea it’s self is a rather ordinary and single note black that did not distinguish it’s self from other ordinary teas.
I might be a bit unkind to this tea. As noted the tea is smooth, consistent and easy to drink. The vanilla flavor is present without being overwhelming and overall pleasant. These might be the reasons to give the tea a try and just the thing one might look for.
For my personal taste these reasons are not enough to recommend the tea. To me, tea is all about the amazing complexity of flavors that drive me to keep tasting it over and over again until I reach the bottom of the cup. Though this tea is a pleasant easy drinker, this is not enough to hold my interest for more than a few mouthfuls.