7 Tasting Notes
I didn’t like this tea at first, but it grew on me as I drank more of it. It sort of reminded me of a christmas cookie – fruity, sweet and marzipan. If you steep it too long it becomes harsh, but otherwise, it’s pretty tasty. It did have a peculiar almost alcohol-y tang to it.
Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Cherry, Cookie, Hibiscus
It tastes a lot like bubblegum~
I get notes of banana and white chocolate. It taste kind of artificial (think, tutti frutti) but there are undertones of ‘real’ flavors which help keep it from being too harsh.
Flavors: banana, Cocoa, Fruit Punch, Fruit Tree Flowers, Tropical, White Chocolate
This was a really nice herbal ‘chai’ – I found that the coco flavors helped mellow out some of the harshness that sometimes comes if you steep chai for too long.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Dark Chocolate, Rooibos, Spices
It isn’t a particularly memorable tea. It’s not unpleasant, but something about the way that the flavor notes come together doesn’t do it for me. I get strong buttery flavors, but there is a tartness in the base that sort of clashes with the buttery/caramel flavors.
Flavors: Apple, Butter, Caramel, Popcorn, Sugar
I really like this tea, but I feel like there are a few caveats to my recommendation. First of all, the aroma is STRONG – nearly overpoweringly so. I was brewing a cup in the kitchen, and my partner on the opposite side of the house asked if I was making pancakes. This one might be best enjoyed at home (as to not fumigate your coworkers with vanilla-maple fragrance). Secondly, it’s also really sweet. I have a killer sweet-tooth, and found that it really scratched my dessert itch, but if you don’t like sweets, you should probably stay away from this one.
All in all, I really enjoyed this tea as an afternoon pick-me-up, or in place of dessert. It tasted more like vanilla frosting than cake, but was a very nice treat. It did have the ‘dry’ mouthfeel that rooibos teas sometimes have, which for me is what keeps it from being perfect.I suspect this is probably one that you will either love or hate.
Flavors: Candy, Drying, Frosting, Maple Syrup, Rooibos, Vanilla
I got more apple-butter than the described pumpkin-butter for this one, but I still really liked it. It was surprisingly smooth for a rooibos-based blend, and managed to be festively spiced (cloves and cinnamon) without veering too strongly into yankee candle territory. I found that the longer I steeped this one, the more the ‘pumpkin’ it tasted.
Flavors: Apple, Candy, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Pumpkin
Brewed up to be a nice color, but tasted disconcertingly like mossy Hawaiian punch with soapy undertones (from the coconut?). I like spirulina and expect a certain amount of ‘grassy’ flavor from it, but what I got was a musty artificial-tasting tropical mess. It was essentially undrinkable hot, and marginally better cold/iced. Mixing it with a dash of lemon improved the flavor, but it was still a chore to drink through this one.
Flavors: Fruit Punch, Moss, Soap