2805 Tasting Notes
Thanks to AJRimmer for a sample of this tea (can’t remember what day # it was)
As I was driving the other day (with this tea in hand) I was thinking that it is a very British tea and probably one that Rimmer would have enjoyed. (Red Dwarf is one of my favourite shows)
This is quite similar to Tazo’s lemon cake tea. I don’t get quite as many cakey notes but it is still a delicious lemony and zesty tea. I had this with soy milk and enjoyed it a lot. I brewed 2 tea bags ~30 minutes in very hot water (cooled down a bit by the soy milk)
Flavors: Cake, Citrus, Lemon, Lemon Zest
Thanks to AJRimmer for this sample! DAY #6
I do love genmaichas and this was a similar tea. I can’t say I noticed the oolong too much but it didn’t have the bitterness that greens often have. The toasted rice was a welcome treat for such a bitter Canadian winter day (joking, we don’t get snow on Van. Island, only TONS AND TONS of rain). The sweetness from the popped rice is really nice with the slightly thick oolong base.
Flavors: Rice, Smooth, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty
Thank you to AJRimmer for the sample of this for tea davent calender day #7.
I have contemplated ordering this one myself, since I like decaf blacks and vanilla flavoured things. However I’m in a new bracket thanks to vanilla comomo and every other vanilla tea just isn’t as great. I will hold off on ordering this next time I put in a Adagio order.
The black tea is a bit dull, even though I overleafed it and steeped it for over 20 minutes. The vanilla is nice, but has nothing on other vanilla teas I’ve tried.
Thanks to AJRImmer for a chance to try this blend!I made the mistake of trying this before bed because I thought it was a rooibos blend, however it is actually a rooibos/yerba mate blend. Oops. The name is quite accurate in that this tastes like gingerbread spices. I didn’t taste any cookie flavour or brown sugar/vanilla type flavours, so this was more of a gingerbread spice flavour than a cookie flavour. Still, it was a nice winter blend on a very wet and cold days.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy
Thanks to AJRimmer for a chance to try this! This was day #1 of my advent calender.
Also thank you for the advice to add some sweetener! I’m glad I followed this because I think if I had tried this plain or even with just milk I would have found this blend lacking. The milk and sweetener are necessary to fully enjoy this blend. The black blend was alright, but the cherry isn’t as strong as I would have expected. It isn’t a medicinal cherry or anything it is like you would expect from a black forest cake (cherry pie filling). I wouldn’t have minded more vanilla and some prominant cream notes. The cocoa also should have been stronger.
Flavors: Cherry, Tannin
Thanks to AJRImmer for a chance to try this tea. It was included as day #4 in my advent calender.
I do find it odd that there is a distinctly floral element here. When I hear fig crumble, I think oats, brown sugar, toasted grain, desserty notes, maybe some distinctly figgy notes. I do taste dried fruit, but the floral and candy flavour is far more prevalent. I also dislike the after taste because it reminds me of the smell of coats/bags that my asshole cats have peed on.
Flavors: Candy, Dried Fruit, Floral, Rose
I made myself a homemade advent calender this year with samples and whatnot that I need to finish off or have never tasted/reviewed before.
Day 1: Citrus Green Tea (teabag)
I generally shy away from greens, especially bagged greens. That is why this has sat in my drawer for numerous years (I have no idea when or how I acquired it). I am seriously impressed by how good it was, though. This is one of the best flavoured greens I’ve ever had and I can only imagine how good it would be as a looseleaf or a fresher tea.
The citrus is really well done. I get fresh orange, some zest, and some blood orange or grape fruit notes. All of them are really bright and go well with the lightly toned green. Surprisingly, NO BITTERNESS. A citrus zest and green tea blend without bitterness? I have heard of such legends but never before have I seen one in person. It also resteeps! I made three great coldbrew cups with this one.
I’d keep this in my cupboard permanently for coldbrewing if I knew where to get it.
Flavors: Blood orange, Citrus, Citrusy, Fruity, Grapefruit, Orange, Orange Zest
From the dry leaf, there is a strong chestnut smell and taste. There is something that seems desserty, but not distinctly praline IMO.
I was pretty disappointed in the brewed tea. It has an edge of bitterness, even though I used cooler water and overleafed/short steep time. I find this quite off putting, since it is one of the most important factors in my scoring of teas. I added some milk and sugar, which brought out the praline flavour a bit but the bitterness is still there. Overall this blend is heavily nutty, but fails to deliver on the praline flavour. I would have liked this blend to have no bitterness and much more natural sweetness or at least some creamy/thick flavours. The praline is present if you coax it out, but I think it could have been much improved by some caramel/creamy/sweet notes. The chestnut flavour is spot-on, though.
Flavors: Bitter, Chestnut, Drying, Nutty
This took looked quite promising so I took some home now that spearmint is forever gone (RIP). It is heavily spearminty, however I can’t taste any sage and I get vegetal notes from the green tea. I’ll keep drinking it, but I’m always going to be bitter about them discontinuing spearmint.
Flavors: Mint, Spearmint, Vegetal