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Coldbrew sipdown! Just under a tsp of leaf with 250 mL
Tastes like cherry and sweet almonds. I happen to dislike almonds/marzipan because it tastes like cyanide and chemicals. If you actually like almonds like everyone else in the universe, then you will probably like this tea. The green base is subtle, but present. It isn’t overly vegetal, it blends sweetness and nuttiness. Overall, this blend is refreshing, sweet, fruity, nutty.
Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Fruity, Marzipan, Nuts, Nutty, Sweet
Bitter green base, vegetal (florer petals, zucchini), nutty (soy bean, pumpkin seed), slight sweetness.
Floral jasmine was of decent strength, however the bitterness is a deal breaker for me. I’ve had many better green teas and many better jasmines.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Green, Jasmine, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
Old tasting note from my phone
Steeped 1 minute, 450 mL water, 80 deg C
A very interesting black tea blend. Flavourful at first, slight sweetness in the aftertaste that reminds me of licorice root and honey. The tea is medium bodied, flavour of ground oats (but not toasted grain/buck wheat). Quite interesting!
Flavors: Honey, Licorice, Oats, Sweet
Cold brew of a flavoured white tea called “Lychee coconut”. 2.5g leaf, 300 mL water, 10 minutes.
The coconut is there, but it is soapy and tastes like bark. There is a fake honey sweetness (their attempt at lychee, I assume?), the unusual notes of bark, fruity melon, and honey seem out of place and don’t work with the fake coconut. I wouldn’t say there is any lychee here. The white base can’t be tasted because the coconut is overpowering when you first sip (followed by a very sweet aftertaste).
Oh well, at least this is another sipdown. Still a dozen more tea forte samples to try. Tea Forte is an odd company. They charge crazy high prices for their teas, but some of them are truly fantastic. Some are mediocre or even bad. It’s hit and miss just like any other company. Their good ones are VERY good though.
Flavors: Artificial, Bark, Coconut, Fruity, Honey, Melon, Soap
Lots of coconut and honey, no lychee or fruit?
The coconut is a bit soapy and the base tastes like an overbrewed black: astringent afterbase, flavourful, but quite bitter. I thought this was white, but it tastes nothing like any white I’ve ever had. It tastes like cheap black tea to me.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Coconut, Soap, Sweet, Tannin, Winter Honey
I could have sworn I already wrote a tasting note on this.
Anyway, I really did not enjoy it. My sample “simple steep” pouch made two cups. I was going to give away the second half, but whatever it’s caffeine free.
I think it tastes mostly of the worst type of apple: Red Delicious. To me, that apple variety tastes like artificial red apple flavoured skittles and waxy red apple skins. The cinnamon and clove are ok, but the apple flavouring is not impressing me at all. It kind of has an apple cider/mulling spice vibe going on too. I think this is a lovely tea for some, but isn’t something I need in my cupboard again/
Flavors: Apple Candy, Apple Skins, Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Red Apple, Spices
So I was hoping for a ginger root and lemongrass flavour here, instead I got a bit of spearmint with lots of metallic, sickly sweet licorice root. The licorice root was so strong, it tasted like someone added a bunch of artificial sweetener to the tea. Lemongrass is pretty subtle, slightly citrusy and grassy, but in the background. The ginger was fresh and spicey, but I still wish the licorice hadn’t ruined everything. It could have been a great tea if there was even a quarter of the licorice root (or none? It IS called ginger lemongrass, after all).
Flavors: Citrus, Dry Grass, Ginger, Licorice, Metallic, Mineral, Spearmint, Spicy, Sweet, Taro Root
I wondered what the odd flavour was in this, but read the ingredients/other reviews and found out it is basil. I’ve never had a basil/holy basil (tulsi) tea before, because the whole savoury tea thing isn’t for me. I was hoping for honey and fig with a nice white base, but I fin the basil/peppermint/fennel/licorice makes it very medicinal. I can taste all the ingredients in this, but wish the honey and fig were more prominent. It does have a sweetness to it, but more of a bay leaf or dried basil sweetness.
I do recommend this tea solely because it is very unique and IMO worth trying once. I don’t enjoy savoury/medicinal teas, but some people would really enjoy this.
Flavors: Fennel, Fennel Seed, Herbs, Licorice, Medicinal, Sweet, Vegetable Broth
I’ve wanted to try the Noir line for a while, so I’m stoked this came in my sampler box. I split the looseleaf “single steep” packet into two servings because there was way more than I needed for one pot of tea. If I had been making smaller cups, it could have been three portions.
It smells very nougaty, almond, nuts, vanilla, butterscotch,, creamy, smells very sweet. I actually don’t enjoy nougat or butterscotch, but have high hopes for this tea.
However now than I’ve sipped 600mL of it, I can declare this isn’t for me. However, the name is extremely accurate. I just find it too caramelly and too sweet.
The black base is really smooth while still being flavourful. Malt, tannins, a bit drying though. That could be because it steeped about 7 minutes. A bit of fruit/honey/sweetness in the base too.
Flavors: Almond, Brown Sugar, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cheesecake, Cream, Creamy, Nuts, Sugar, Sweet
I’m extremely impressed with just how accurate Tea Forte is with the name vs taste of their blends. This hits all the expected notes: burnt sugar, stewed peach, sweet/fruity, and custard. I would have liked a bit more vanilla and cream, but overall this blend is very well done. It looks like I’ll be buying some tins of tea from tea forte in the future, as so far most of the samples I’ve tried are teas I NEED more of.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Custard, Nectar, Peach, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruits, Tannin
Strong flavours of custard and cream, sweet rooibos, berries, and vanilla. The rooibos is very pleasant, actually. It is a bit less rooibos-y than I’m used to, and it lacks the mineral quality that rooibos often has (although I don’t dislike mineral flavour). It also isn’t isn’t woody.
A nice creamy and fruity rooibos that is good served hot and cold.
Flavors: Berries, Berry, Cream, Creamy, Custard, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla
This is such a relaxing flavour combination: orange, spearmint, citrus, sweet rooibos. It tastes like a spa! Normally mint + orange is awful (toothpaste + orange juice), but it works really well here. I can taste all the distinct flavours in the name (lime, mint, orange zest) but it also comes together well.
I’ll be buying more of this if I ever purchase from Tea Forte.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Lime, Mint, Orange, Spearmint
The single steep packet contains enough for two pots of each, and each tsp of leaf can be brewed more than once.
An excellent and simple herbal blend with the taste of spicy ginger, lemony chamomile, and lots of citrus. Luckily, it is not acidic/as tart as lemon can be. The lemon verbena + chamomile + mint + licorice is lovely.
I really appreciate the quality of the ingredients. They taste very fresh and are potent enough to be re-steeped multiple times.
Flavors: Citrusy, Herbs, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass
Cold brew sipdown.
Tart, fruity, best served cold.
Notable flavours of cranberry, blueberry, spices, graham cracker, and hibiscus/rose hip. Very tart no matter how you brew it, just FYI. Even 1 hour coldbrewed twice, the second steep was equally flavourful and sour.
Flavors: Blueberry, Cranberry, Fruity, Graham Cracker, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Sour, Spices, Tart