13 Tasting Notes
This is pretty decent. The pomegranate and hibiscus overwhelm the white quite a bit, but that is to be expected. I’d really like to try some iced…
this stuff is pretty wonderful. smelling the dry leaf, I was worried that the peppermint would overwhelm the other flavors, but it is a remarkably even blend. If anything, the rooibos seems to provide the real base, but the peppermint and chamomile provide excellent accents. I couldn’t really taste the vanilla directly, but that didn’t bother me too much. who needs it.
Well, in case anyone was wondering, their recommended steep time of 3-5 minutes with boiling water is completely bogus. Unless of course you like to drink things that taste terrible.
I thought this was pretty wonderful. Very smooth, and nothing really unpleasant about it at all. I prefer most black teas to be a bit more mild, so I steeped it for 3 minutes exactly and it was perfect, no milk/sugar was needed at all. Though I did have a bowl of Reese’s Puffs cereal a little while before. Irrelevant.
I’ve never tried white tea before, so I was looking for a cheap way to see what it was like. I found this at a local organic store; unfortunately, they did not have any loose-leaf white, but this was only a couple of bucks, so I figured what the heck.
I like it ok, it definitely has a mild, sweet taste to it. I’m sure it gets better than this, but I don’t really have anything to compare it with at this point.
Definitely worth the cheap price, and now I want to try out what the good stuff is like…
So after a pretty uncomfortable experience with my first cup, I read some brewing tips from some book I found in a Teavana store. It said to use 1 3/4 tsp. of tea for every 8 oz, and steep for one minute at 205 degrees. I approached this advise with caution, because it didn’t seem like MORE tea would solve the earlier problem of the tea punching me in the face with the burnt-rice nutty taste on my first sip. The temperature also seemed a bit high for green tea.
I tried it, and steeping it this way made a drastic improvement. The rice-taste, while still present, is much more subtle and blends well with the bancha to create a pleasant, smooth cup.
Kudos to that book.
The dry leaves smell absolutely incredible, however, following the Teavana steeping suggestions leaves a pretty mild flavor, I prefer something stronger. Next cup, I think I’ll add a bit more than 1 tsp of tea and steep for 3:30 or longer.
This is a pretty decent tea. In the past, I’ve had the trouble of getting WAY too much of the spearmint, and not much of the green at all. In general, it’s not that strong, so any taste I got at all was usually minty.
I did some research and tried to warm my mug and briefly “awaken the leaves” for a few seconds with boiling water before properly steeping it for exactly one minute at 175 degrees. That did the trick, it created a pretty nice blend of the two flavors.
Overall, not my favorite, but definitely worth drinking.