654 Tasting Notes
This is easily one of my favorite straight rooibos teas. It’s woody, sweet, and soothing. I also really like the company’s mission/process. The tea itself is produced on a cooperative farm. The women who pick it are paid a fair wage, and they also hand-make the labels and beads. 100% of the net profits from the business are used to pay school fees and buy books and uniforms for orphans. Bonus: the boxes are very lovely and I always keep them for their aesthetic value. Sadly, this is a sipdown, but I expect to restock soon(ish).
Sipdown! This is one of my favorite ginger teas. The flavor is strong, crisp, and soothing. That distinctly ginger zing lingers on the tongue as the brew soothes a cranky tummy. Or migraine. Or cold. It’s not magic but I do often use this tisane to ease discomfort. Of all the teas in my cupboard, this is the only one that I stock specifically for its health benefits. Looks like time to restock!
I normally quite like this blend, so I was very disappointed to read others’ reviews that the flavor seems to have changed. I finally, apprehensively, gave this year’s blend a try at work today. Honestly, it tasted the same to me. I made it in my travel mug, added rice milk, and enjoyed the sweet/spicy combo. Not sure why everyone else thinks it’s off. Maybe it just tastes the same to me because I don’t drink much black tea?
I love ginger beer (especially in a Dark & Stormy), so I was very excited to get the e-mail from DavidsTea announcing an herbal ginger beer blend. I actually schlepped out to the store to get some. Of course, I ended up buying and spending more than I intended to but je ne regrette rien. Some of the blends disappointed, but this one is on target. It’s perfectly ginger-beer-y. There’s even a hoppy note and a fizzy mouthfeel. I would play around with making a tea soda and Dark & Stormy out of this, but I am not patient enough. Also the weather and my home are too cold.
I did have a tingly-mouth allergic reaction to this blend the first time or two that I had it, but I just had a big old mug of it without a problem. I’m not sure what to make of that. I took a 24-hour Benadryl last night, so it could plausibly still be in my system countering any negative reaction.
Flavors: Ginger, Hops
Sipdown! Actually, I didn’t drink much of this one. My partner had a pretty bad cold, so I made him lots of tea with honey. I did sneak a sip before handing it over, though. This tastes like a pretty standard earl grey: slightly astringent generic black tea with a tart bergamot flavor. It does work quite nicely with the unique sweetness of manuka honey.
Sipdown! CheshireEyes included Bamboo Tea House’s very yummy Pumpkin Spice blend in my Secret Pumpkin package. Thank you! This made for several cozy bedtime mugs. I was too sleepy to take detailed notes, but I distinctly remember that this was spicy and well-balanced. The clove was prominent without being overdone. Overall, I’d happily drink this again.