301 Tasting Notes
The choice to use a white tea base strikes me as a bit odd since the flavor is hidden underneath the heavy cardamom and coffee notes. Apart from that, I’m pleasantly surprised by this blend. I get the cardamom first and the coffee on the tail-end of the sip. It’s giving me coffeehouse feels, and I’m digging that on this early Saturday morning.
Since they’ve chosen a white tea base, it’s a bit costly. I might buy 100g or so before it’s gone. It’s really nice on its own, but I’m sure it’d make a lovely latte as well.
The lemon flavor in this tea is so delicious. They’ve managed to create a blend that has fairly natural lemon flavor. The sage is a bit too strong for me. It makes the tail end of every sip quite savory, which is an odd flavor when someone’s sweetened the tea. I bought about an ounce to sample, but I don’t know that I’ll finish it. Shame. The lemon flavor is really quite nice.
Flavors: Lemon, Sage
I tried a bit of my friend’s iced tea to-go. As someone who loves citrus blends, the smell of the dry blend was just soooooooo mouth-watering to resist a taste. It’s definitely not a tea I’d buy for myself. The carrot flavor is too present – carrot pieces AND carrot flavoring?! Blasted carrots. I used to juice fairly regularly. Carrots, oranges, and a bit of ginger was my go-to when I started to feel a bit run down or sick. This tea reminds me a lot of that. There’s no ginger in this blend, but the pink peppercorn gives a slight hint of heat at the tail end of the sip for me.
This was another in-store sample that was just…well…underwhelming. This isn’t a tea that would normally interest me, but a fruity tea with chai spices sounded intriguing. Thankfully it wasn’t just a spiced piña colada. It had some nice depth despite the sample tasting a bit diluted. The mango overshadowed the pineapple note for me (thankfully), and the spices were subtle but present. It’s not a tea I’d rush out to try again, but it wasn’t bad.
Sweet Lime is probably my favorite flavored white tea from the core collection. I had an in-store sample of this while on vacation, and it tasted terrible. I’m not sure how they’re preparing cold/iced tea for samples, but it was horribly weak and diluted. Mind you, it’s a white tea, so the tea flavor is not very strong to begin with. That said, Sweet Lime is a pretty flavorful blend. If I’d never tried it before I wouldn’t even consider purchasing it based on the sample. Super bland. I now understand all the comments I’ve read about the quality of in-store samples. Yikes.