34 Tasting Notes
I really hate rooibos, but by goodness I keep trying!
Grabbed this one as I had a sample for it, and it was my TeaFF’s birthday, so long distance teatimes were in order. It smells delightfully like maple which gave me hope that it would not be disgusting…. and its not! Hurray! A rooibos worth drinking! It tastes like the perfect marriage of caramel and maple; not overpowering in any one part, and not oversweet. I enjoyed this!
Flavors: Caramel, Maple
This is an extremely enjoyable tea that hits all the pleasurable notes of lime. Its not overly tart, yet the flavor is strong and distinctive. Its tangy, and balanced with sweetness, which I’m guessing is rooted mainly in the hibiscus. I’ve come to really love hibiscus lately! I imagine this is also going to be stellar cold!
Flavors: Hibiscus, Lime
I very much enjoy prickly pear, so the advent of this tea excited me greatly. The smell is wonderful and the taste is sweet, soft and mild – precisely what I’d expect from something with ‘Cactus’ in the title. You can’t have strong flavors there. It brews very nicely and very evenly, strong enough for a rebrew, and I anticipate it will be very nice cold as well.
There is definitely a smell of eggnog with this tea, both raw and then when brewed. The taste, however, is purely lacking. I even let this one brew for an exceptionally long time, and still it was almost devoid of anything. It mostly just tastes like warm water with a hint of something I can’t really put my finger on. Its not as disgusting as Fry warned me it might be, but perhaps she got more green rooibos in her sample than I, because that would be awful. Overall, nothing special and almost nothing to comment on.
Sleigh Ride smells exactly like forever nuts, and the ingredients are mightily similar and they brew up the same pretty pink, so I expected something very close in taste – although what I got was not as close as I expected. There are a lot of commonalities with Forever nuts in the nuttiness and sweetened beetroot flavor, but where forever nuts has a deep nutty overtone, Sleigh ride has a much lighter, fruitier taste that spotlights the hibiscus and apple. Funny this comes out as part of the Winter collection, because I would almost consider this a more summery version of forever nuts (and probably would brew excellent cold as well), but needless to say I love the taste.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nuts, Nutty
I have been really excited to try this tea for quite a long time. I’m a huge fan of lime tea, and a huge fan of gelato, so it sounds like a dream. It doesn’t have a very strong scent, its just a gentle creamy aroma, but the taste is fantastic. The lime is very present and distinctive but isn’t overpowering or sour, because it is perfectly balanced with a creamy sweetness that is just right. The creaminess wasn’t cloying, and perfectly dessert-like. This is definitely a tea I would buy more of. I’m confused about the other ingredients though, because they don’t seem prevalent at all. I don’t taste any pineapple, apple or lemongrass.
Flavors: Creamy, Lime
This tea was a delightful surprise. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, especially with chamomile in the ingredients list, but it was extremely pleasant. It smells quite nice, and does very much taste like sweet custard. Its not very apple-y, but with the present flavors, thats a benefit. I love this one!
Flavors: Apple, Custard, Sweet
I really like this blend – the vanilla is just enough to add a beautiful creaminess to the bergamot of the Earl Grey. It doesn’t have a great smell, just smells like general black tea, but the taste is more significant than that would lead you to believe. This is a strong tea, capable of rebrew, and doesn’t really get bitter because of the creamy vanilla.
Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Vanilla
This tea smells divine. The mix of jasmine and green tea is perfectly balanced for a heavenly scent. Steeped, it is delicious and strong enough for a rebrew, evading the risk of bitterness altogether. This is a gorgeous tea I could drink forever.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine