38 Tasting Notes
Smells of really good quality vanilla, honey, grass and citrus. Sweet and delicate, this tea has a pleasant and non-overpowering vanilla taste. Vegetal afternotes with a slight citrus end and for some reason I’m getting a sort of smokiness, but it’s nice! I really enjoyed the simplicity of the flavours and how they mold together perfectly. As it cools, the vanilla continues to linger with more vegetal notes!
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There’s only been a few rooibos teas out there that I’ve really enjoyed. This one isn’t quite one of them. It has a sharp citrusy, herbal, woody smell to it. More citrus in the flavour with pine undertones that you can find in most rooibos, and that itchiness on the back of the throat. The orange peel lingers sweetly and floral notes hit you moments after sipping. The lemongrass is overpowered by the orange peel. Overall it is a nice simple rooibos, but I haven’t been wowed!7 down – 493 to go!
This smelled close to cinnamon hearts with some light grassy notes as well. The taste was lighter than most Chai that I’ve had, slightly spicy on the back of the throat. Oily citrus feeling on the tongue and a bit bitter aftertaste, which is welcomed. This tea was oddly vegetal for a black tea and had a nice tannin dryness to it, but not chalky. As it cooled, it became sweeter and the spices developed more. Second steep had more spice, but the flavours started to dwindle. This tea is delicious cold!6 down – 494 to go!
What an intoxicating smell! Sweet and sticky, chocolate liquor richness to the nose. First sip gave me instant floral notes from one of my favourite flavours, rose. There was a definite fruitiness to the tea as well. Then comes that rich, smooth, almost fatty feeling on the tongue from the chocolate. The black tea was almost lost in the flavouring. This tea was slightly sweeter than most to the point if I added some honey or sugar, it would be too sweet. I want to keep on sipping just so I can inhale that rice aroma! Once it starts to cool, the chocolate dies and dulls and the strawberry takes over. Overall this tea was more appealing then I thought it would be!
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What a full bodied citrus smell! It’s the first thing you notice about this tea, and I like it! One thing I notice after steeping was that the lemon peel gave it that light citrus kick from the oils and the lemon granules gave it the sweet, tartness that lemons are associated with, but only slightly. The black tea was nice and wasn’t overpowered at all from the flavours, which I appreciate a lot. I would add a lemon wedge to each cup to bring out the flavour even more, because it seems to die a bit once it starts to cool. I would definitely drink this iced and sweetened! What a pleasant, simple tea!
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Smells like absolute heaven in the bag and doesn’t disappoint when brewed. The scent reminds me of spice and pie crust, very similar to a British Mince pie. The flavour was sweet at first with a soft spice on the back of the throat. The apples really stand out and the beets give it a simple, light earthy taste that really compliments the spice and also a gorgeous pink hue. As it cooled, I didn’t feel the same way, it was dull and bland tasting. Next time I’ll try it with a second steep!
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I’m not quite sure about this one. One sip I enjoy it, and the next I don’t. It smells of apples and that grassiness I love with green teas. The taste is quite bitter on the tongue the moment you sip, but it disappears quickly. Crisp, fruity undertones of apples and pears with a slightly burnt note from the caramel. I enjoyed the fact that this tea basically tasted like Autumn. Not in the apple pie and cinnamon way, but the wet leaves and rain way. And I mean that in the best way. It brings back memories of apple picking in the soggy, leaf stricken ground and warm sweaters! Overall it was an ok tea, but I wouldn’t drink it on a daily basis due to the bitterness!
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