28 Tasting Notes
A friend was in the UK, and she picked this tea up for me while she was there. She’s not very knowledgeable about teas, but a salesperson recommended this tea to her. It’s a Ceylon tea, which I don’t drink very often; I prefer bolder teas. I found it very mild, but maltier than I’d expect from a Ceylon.
I received this as a gift in a sampler, and was pretty leery of it. I used to HATE spearmint anything (but love peppermint), but haven’t had it in a long time. I brewed this up as an iced tea, and was surprised to find it was alright! Not my favorite ever, but there’s a nice strong mint flavor that’s very refreshing in an iced drink. Maybe I’m over my spearmint thing. Still don’t love it, but I can drink it.
I bought this one at the recommendation of the salesperson, after mentioning I like spiced teas. It definitely is a dessert tea, but it’s pretty good and does actually remind me of French toast. They pre-sweeten it a bit by adding coconut sugar, which does make sense given the French toast flavor, but takes it out of my usual morning rotation.
Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, but I found this a bit weak and flavorless. There is a very subtle cinnamon burn to the tea, but the flavor itself is so weak that I didn’t care for it. I found it somewhat bland. From the description, I was expecting a much bolder flavor.
I recently got this as a sample. I like assams in general but have never tried the golden monkey, so I was curious as to how I would like it. I brewed it up with a little bit of milk and sugar, as my usual way to drink black tea. I definitely noticed a bit more sweetness than I normally get from assams, which I think must have been from the golden monkey. All in all, it was a pleasant cup of tea, but not a particularly stand-out one.
I’m a big fan of jasmine teas and my fiance is a big fan of berry flavors, so this was one we definitely had to try. The jasmine flavor is a bit weak for my preferences, with most of the flavor coming from the berries. The berry flavor itself was natural tasting and not too overpowering. I would definitely describe this as a berry tea with hints of jasmine rather than the other way around, so you should take that into account when considering it!
This was a tea that I bought entirely because of the smell. It smells exactly like the Big League Chew bubble gum that I used to love as a kid. I bought this tea out of pure nostalgia. It’s a sweet, fruity tea with a bit of an artificial taste to it, but that’s about what I expected. Oddly enough, it’s one of those teas that the more I drink, the more I like it.
However, for people who want to taste the tea itself (you don’t get much of it), I can’t recommend it. I kind of like it, but I think that’s more because of nostalgia than the tea itself.
This might make a decent iced tea. I’ll have to try that sometime.
This is a another tea in the cupboard that’s more suited to my fiance’s tastes, but the chili got my attention. The chocolate is a decent chocolate, definitely much better than the chocolate in Davids Tea’s Read My Lips! I get a little hint of chili, but not as much as I was expecting.
Overall a decent chocolate tea, but it doesn’t particularly stand out to me. I wish the chili was more prominent, and I don’t know if I’d really consider this one a chai. If a tea is advertised as being a chai and having chili in it, I really want it to be spicy.
I was rummaging around in my tea cupboard and came across an unopened sample of this. I’m not sure how long it’s been in there, but it’s very possible that it’s been years. Clearly, I need to do some cleaning out of the cupboard.
Anyway, I decided to brew up a cup of this, while not knowing much about it. All I knew about it is that it had chocolate in it, and little candy red lips. I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate teas (probably why this was sitting forgotten in my cupboard), so I didn’t have the highest of hopes for it.I brewed it up with milk and a little bit of sugar. First thing I noticed was that the brewed cup smelled more like mint than chocolate. As for the taste, I couldn’t really taste the base tea in this. It made me check to see if this was actually an herbal, but no, it’s classified as a black tea. It makes me think more of a slightly minty less sweet hot chocolate. I don’t know if it’s the age of the sample or what, but I found it fairly weak. If I’m going to have a mint chocolate tea, I want the mint to be strong; this felt more like just a hint.
Overall, not super impressed. I’d prefer a mint hot chocolate to this tea if I’m going for that flavor profile, or if I’m going for a chocolate tea, the Chocolate Rocket from Davids Tea.
I drank this tea hot just now, but I’ve primarily used it for iced tea in the past. The mint comes in that cool mouth feel and aftertaste, while the fruity raspberry is what hits you up front. There’s something about these flavors that just screams summer to me, and it makes a great iced tea. While it’s decent hot, I think as an iced tea is where is really shines.