15 Tasting Notes
One of those semi-generic fancy teas you can get if you have access to restaurant food distributers. Strong, black, tends toward bitter if you leave it too long, but that makes it a really good iced tea, and means it holds up to milk and sugar if you drink it hot. Like a lot of these flavored teas, the cherry is more of a scent than a taste, but it’s a really nice scent.
I generally prefer my apple-spice teas to be more apple and less spice, but if you drink Celestial Seasonings, you should know that they’re super-fond of cinnamon, so it’s not a big surprise that this one is heavy on that particular spice. The apple is more of a scent than a taste, really. But it’s really good mixed with a basic black tea (today I’m using Yorkshire Tea because it’s strong enough to stand up to it), and it’s strong enough to take to milk and sugar well.
This tea is not that good for you since it’s a mix, but it’s also not that bad, and it tastes great! Not too sweet, a little bit of body from the milk (especially if you mix it with less water than it says to, like I do), and a good strong almost-real tea taste— not like the Lipton instant teas that all sort of taste harsh or sour at all.
Any Lapsang is one of those things you either love or hate. It smells like leather, or a bonfire, or meat— or all of the above— and that’s kind of a turn off for a lot of people, but when you brew it up, it’s no smokier than a Russian Caravan tea most of the time. It’s great for winter. Good with sugar and milk. If you’re eating with it, don’t do anything too delicate— this is a tea for a fried breakfast, not for tea cakes (unless you have one hearty enough to dip without it falling apart; it’s good on a good buttery-sweet sort of cake).
Twinnings has a gentler one to start with. Stash has a bolder one to move on to. The ones direct from China are bolder still, and higher-quality tea makes them more complex.