92 Tasting Notes
I’ve had this tea in my cupboard for…. quite a while now. I don’t even want to hazard a guess. What I do know is that I purchased it from a now-closed mom-and-pop international store during a time in my life that was particularly rosy, so the tin and the tea both have a certain amount of nostalgia for me. With this tea, though, time and temperature are everything — too hot and/or too long, and it’s a bitter over-perfumed mess. However, if you get it right, it’s perfect. I have noticed that jasmine has aged, but that’s not a bad thing for me.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine
This is probably a discontinued tea by now, but my cousin in the UK sent it to me a couple years ago and it has been quite the staple for me. I’m by no means a fan of the British Monarchy (I’m South Asian-American with Scottish and Irish roots, after all), but this is a very good tea in a very charming (and very royal) tin. The tea leaves are decently intact despite what seemed to be an adventurous trip with the British Royal Post, judging from the way the shipping box showed up, and they brew up into a robust, malty, incredibly satisfying breakfast-style tea. Perfect for a busy leader of an Imperialist nation (or me, I guess).
I’ve had a few boxes of this tea since Tazo brought out the blue-purple boxed dessert line, and I like it. I think it was actually the first of the line I tried, and it was amazing — until I tried the Lemon Loaf (which is my current favorite tea). If I see this in my pantry, I’m happy, but I’ve been reaching for it less in the last few months. I think it might just be that it isn’t as much a hot summer tea? It’s starting to get cold where I live, so the thought of this tea is feeling much better now~
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla
I’ve been trying to brew this tea — every time I get it, I give it to my sister (who likes spicy dessert teas way more than I do). ….Finally opened a box before I had the chance to be nice. I like this tea. It’s good. I don’t have problems with it. I just had a cup today at work without milk and it’s good either way. One thing I like: it’s not sweetened in any way, but the flavors are strong enough that sweetness isn’t needed.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries
So I have a cold (seriously, summer colds are my shtick, it seems), and this tea is suddenly amazing. I got it on a two-for-one sale and was severely disappointed with the other tea (Yogi’s Muscle Recovery, which tasted like shampoo and was immediately composted, all 20 bags at once). I was happy with this one, but it didn’t do much for me…. until now. Now, this is better than NyQuil! The fennel and ginger are doing wonders for my sore throat and faucet nose. The taste is bright and cheerful (and rather mango-ey), and it feels like clarity with every sip. Tea is my medicine now, I guess~
Flavors: Fennel Seed, Ginger, Mango
I believe I reviewed this one before — it’s one of the best teas for a bacterial infection when prepared hot, after all (since there’s added citric acid). However, I plopped a bag into my water bottle today and it was amazing after about half an hour of infusing. Like a citrus soda, just no sugar or carbonation. If you’re after something slightly sour and bright, this is the right tea for you.
Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Sour
I also got this tea from the bulk section in WinCo. I was perplexed by the chunkiness of the dried fruit — there’s a lot of apple here. It almost looked like a trail mix… Either way, this tea smells like an apple fritter. It tastes like an apple fritter. It’s pretty amazing. I’m used to black teas, so I would think a black base would make it perfect…. Either way, apple fritter pink tea is beautiful.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Pastries
It’s been a really long time, but I’ve come back to Steepster! Yay! I more or less ran out of time for tea notes, but I’ve continued trying different teas.
I just got this guy from WinCo in the bulk section. Bulk tea is always a difficult thing for me — it’s so easy to get too much! Fortunately, this is a good tea — strong flavors, but everything blends well. Very Earl Grey with a bit more oomph.
For my birthday this year, I got a lot of tea (and that made me happy). Since this was on sale, it was part of my tea haul. I somehow didn’t see the green tea in the ingredient list, so I thought it was herbal… and honestly, I didn’t notice the green tea in there, so I’m still thinking it’s herbal. Honestly, it’s like an unbalanced spice chai without the black tea. Since I’m more or less used to Yogi Tea’s chai blends, the spearmint and licorice weren’t surprising and I actually enjoyed the mild sweetness that developed toward the end of the cup. I’ll probably use this as a medicinal tea or for after work, but I probably won’t be buying another box.
Flavors: Peppercorn, Spearmint, Spices, Sweet
I took my sister to the largest city in the area, and while waiting I checked out the World Market there and got this tea and some Meiji Chocorooms. …There was quite a selection of tea at WM, but my masala brain was already fried from all the CSR questions that were already flying around by the time I opened the door to the place, so I went with whatever had the most lucid of packaging.
Honestly, I’m glad I did. This is a strong, robust tea with a good flavor. I appreciate the single source (Kenya, and my masala brain would also have a problem with the plantation CSR, but Williamson is affiliated with Rainforest Alliance, so something good’s happening) and the 7p charity donation.
This really is the kind of tea that’s good for cold mornings — I have had better breakfast assams, but the balance here is perfect for autumn and winter. I think it would go great to steep with a stick of cinnamon, even. Of course, I drink it with milk, which only makes it better.
…And it was really nice to drink while eating those chocorooms…