48 Tasting Notes
I made this before I left for work this morning and it was absolutely delicious. The vanilla adds such a creamy edge to the black base without being too sickly sweet for a breakfast blend.
I drank this straight, without milk or sweetener, and it was perfect that way. I’m tempted to add a dash of milk next time though, just to enhance the creaminess I got from it. I can see this becoming a good friend of mine during the chilly weekday mornings leading up to Christmas.
Flavors: Creamy, Vanilla
Considering how often I mention the fact I’m not a fan of floral teas, it surprises me how many of my bedtime herbals contain chamomile and lavender. For some reason, these are the blends I lean towards at night as they almost always do the job of sending me off into the land of nod.
I picked up a cube of Gone Surfing with my T2 voucher on Saturday and made this for bedtime last night. The aroma from this was heavenly. In fact I just laid in bed sniffing this for ages before I even took a sip, and that alone made me sleepy and relaxed. The chamomile is the main star of this tea, with lavender and rose blending beautifully with it, and the spearmint toning the whole thing down so that it barely registers as floral at all.
Did it do the job of sending me into a nice snooze? You bet it did. Did I have an amazing night’s sleep? Ah, well, no… I didn’t. I woke up several times during the night and had some pretty bizarre dreams. This is not something I’m used to at all. I’m going to give the tea the benefit of the doubt though as I felt so relaxed after drinking it. Hopefully the weird dreams were nothing to do with the tea!
In the packet this smells of chocolate and strawberries. I get where the chocolate is coming from, but there are no berries listed in the ingredients. Perhaps from the natural flavouring? It reminds me assorted chocolates in a gift box and the one with the strawberry centre.
This brews up a lush deep pink and it tastes of chocolate cake. The vanilla is prominent straight away and, I don’t know how they manage this, but there’s a buttery, creaminess that, along with the chocolate and vanilla, absolutely nails the taste of cake. I don’t get anything in the way of berries during my first few sips, but as it cools I get a faint jam flavoured aftertaste.
This is absolutely gorgeous. I only purchased a mini sample pack of this, and I’m already regretting not ordering a bigger bag. I can see me finishing off the sample in no time.
Flavors: Berries, Butter, Cake, Chocolate, Creamy, Jam, Vanilla
This was very nice indeed. Slightly lighter than the English Breakfast from Rosie Lea, this has a unique flavour, with a mellow aftertaste. It’s smooth and delicious. It’s strong enough to become part of my morning routine before leaving for work, but I could also see myself drinking this early in the afternoon. It has that same presence of elegance that I picked up from the English Breakfast blend. Very impressive.
My family certainly know me well! I received so many tea related presents for my birthday yesterday; a winter gift box from the English Tea Shop, a Teabloom set that included a teapot, teapot warmer and tube of flowering teas; and a generous gift voucher for T2. I’ve already spent the voucher – my partner and I popped over to the T2 store in Sheffield and as well as a few boxes of tea, I also purchased the mug I’d had my eye on for quite some time!
As well as all my lovely presents, the postman also brought me a box of goodies from Rosie Lea Tea, which I’d ordered earlier in the week. Today I’ve been working my way through these.
First up – English Breakfast! This was exactly what I needed when I woke up this morning. Strong, tasty and full of flavour. I felt as though I was drinking something superior and savoured every sip. The blend of black teas were spot on and this gave me the injection of caffeine I crave in a morning.
What a weird and wonderful blend. The name alone intrigued me enough to add this to my order. I confess, I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I just… I needed to try it, y’know, just to make sure!
Well, it certainly smells of peanuts, that’s for certain. Perhaps not quite nailing Peanut Butter, but definitely a peanut aroma. And there are huge pieces of peanut brittle in the packet. First sip of this? I’m pleasantly surprised. I get the Jam part of the title straight away. It’s all raspberries and strawberries in a quick blast. But then the pineapple and the peanuts, not to mention the green tea, all quickly follow and I’m just a huge, confused mess about what’s going on. I keep sipping it, trying to figure everything out, and I’m almost at the end of my mug because I’ve drank it so quickly.
This is something I may need to try a few times to figure out. But I’m excited to try it again! I don’t get peanut butter from it, but I do get a fruity, green tea that tastes of jam and peanuts. I like it. I like it a lot. I feel as though this shouldn’t work, but I’m actually really enjoying it.
Flavors: Green, Jam, Peanut, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry
I felt I needed an injection of caffeine after my T2 herbal and fruit samples, so I picked up this little caddy of Chai from Tea Palace that arrived in the post today.
This is really nice. It holds just the right amount of spice for me. I can clearly pick out the ginger and cloves, and the cardamom is also quite strong. I don’t get much cinnamon, but there’s a slight zing from the orange peel right at the end.
I don’t think I love this enough to buy more when I finish my caddy off, but I like it a lot!
Flavors: Cardamon, Cloves, Ginger, Orange Zest, Spicy
Another T2 sample that’s a huge let down. I’d been looking forward to trying this one and I almost ordered a cube of it a few weeks ago when I made my last T2 purchase. I’m glad I didn’t bother. All I get from this tea is slightly chocolate flavoured water. Perhaps this is a steeping issue (I brewed mine for 7 minutes; possibly it needs longer) but I really don’t get a lot from drinking this. The cooler it gets, the weaker the chocolate becomes, and I’m basically sipping just water now. Definitely not on my shopping list tomorrow!
This smells delicious in the packet and also once steeped. It’s very strong on the strawberry front and I do get a luscious dollop of cream, too. However, taste wise, this is a bit of a let down. It’s very tart from the hibiscus, and the creaminess I can smell just doesn’t materialise. As a fruity tea, this isn’t bad. I do taste the strawberry (not so much the apple), but it’s really sour. I’m not enjoying this as much as the smell (and the name) led me to believe I would. I don’t think I would even enjoy this iced.
Flavors: Sour, Strawberry, Tart
I made this after a late breakfast (cold, leftover pizza from last night! Hey, don’t judge me… I’m having a well earned Slob Day today!) and it’s exactly as I expected from a tea named Just Peppermint.
There are no gimmicks with this. It’s simply peppermint. I find it refreshing and cleansing, and it was nice to sip on after my pizza breakfast! I actually preferred this a lot more as it cooled down, rather than the first few sips I took after steeping. There was also a very generous amount in the sample – there’s a least another perfect teaspoon full left, if not two.
I have several other peppermint teas I prefer over this, and as an after-meal drink I would always lean towards a blend with both peppermint and liquorice, so this isn’t one I will be stocking up on.