409 Tasting Notes
The green rooibos was the appealing part for me. I’ve never tried it before.
I sniffed the dry bag and had a mini panic attack— surely they wouldn’t DARE put stevia in this tea! I reread the ingredients and breathed a sigh of relief. It’s just naturally sweet from all the fruit.
The hibiscus somehow doesn’t make my lips pucker with disgust! It’s a miracle. I taste lots of cherries and jam, and even a echo of wine in the aftertaste. Not bad! I’m starting to reconsider Tazo.
Hoping to sip this one down within the week… It’s a fall tea, and it’s technically springtime, so I really need to get my act together here! Lol
I taste butter, salt, caramel, and even some bitter cocoa. Not terrible for a bagged tea (I really need to start buying more loose leaf stuff) but nothing to write home about either. Base is a bit astringent and can be easily oversteeped.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Caramel, Cocoa, Salt
Upset tummy… dizzy… Not a great way to start my work week. I have nothing to be anxious about, so I don’t know why I am.
Ginger to the rescue! I used too much water this time, but nonetheless, I’m hoping that if I sip it, I will feel better.
Ginger is my favorite tisane because it takes on a brothlike mouthfeel, and it warms my throat, chest, and stomach as it works its way down. The black pepper and lemon peel are nice additions, too.
Double-bagged this one and added some honey.
Too much honey, as it turns out. It ended up making the lavender taste VERY bitter and herb-y, and then the rest of the cup was like drinking lukewarm, ubersweet syrup.
What a crappy week this has been. I can’t even get a simple bagged chamomile to taste right so that I can sleep because stress is keeping me awake, lol.
Sooooooo happy that I have the next few days off.
I like this one. The steeped liquor gives off a very strong aroma of cranberry and currant. It steeps a very pleasing deep purply-red color. When I sip, it tastes tart and sweet at the same time, very very fruity— mostly like cranberry. I should make this iced sometime, maybe in the summer.
It’s a perfect loose tea to have at work because it fits nicely inside a tea ball infuser and you don’t need to watch it obsessively while it steeps. It’s also caffeine-free, so no jitters.
Flavors: Black Currant, Cranberry, Sweet, Tart
I looked into my cabinet with all of my teas in it this morning and felt completely overwhelmed.
I’m going to be bringing several boxes of my bagged stuff into work to share with coworkers and also force myself to sip them down.
This was the first one I brought today. It’s a seasonal blend. Not as good as it sounds. The base is very bitter and overpowering, and the saltiness of the flavoring only exacerbates that. I can taste caramel fleetingly, and then maybe the merest suggestion of milk chocolate. It tastes… flat. Like most bagged teas.
Maybe I’m weird. I like my flavored black teas to have a mild base. I just feel like it allows the flavors to come out more.
I will not restock next fall, but I am glad I gave it a try nonetheless.
My sleep got messed up this weekend because I was out until 3:00 in the morning on Thursday night (I should clarify that I have Thursdays and Fridays off, so that’s what I mean by “weekend”) and then only slept until 9:30 Friday morning. I slept well last night, but of course I had to get up and go to work.
I decided not to escalate my potential to tense up at work and opted for some loose-leaf tea this morning instead of coffee.
I’ve had better EG’s than this one, and I’ve had worse. I don’t have a strong opinion about it one way or the other. It’s heavy on the bergamot, but not to the point that it tastes soapy or floral. I think the black tea base is fairly mild, and that’s why the bergamot is the strongest flavor. I like my EG’s to have a bit of astringency from the base, to define the cocoa notes a bit more. The cocoa notes are there, but not very strong.
I can tell that it’s a reasonably high-quality tea and that the essence of bergamot oil is also good quality. It’s just overall not a very special or memorable EG.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cocoa, Tea