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Recent Tasting Notes
Long ago, I bought a huge amount of this as loose-leaf. I had just gotten into loose-leaf, and was awed by low per-unit pricing. Anyway, I’ve still got like a quarter pound of it sitting around, because, as it turns out, I don’t feel the need to have rose tea every day.
This tea is…a very, very, rosey tea. It doesn’t work for me as a general drinking hot tea, because the tea flavor is secondary to the rose flavor. That said, it makes a wonderful base for a sweet milk tea with boba, and is a perennial crowd-pleaser iced. As it’s getting warmer, I’ve been keeping a bottle of it on hand for social teatime. It’s pretty perfect as a sugary treat for warm afternoons, sitting outside and enjoying a book. I won’t be sad if I ever manage to sipdown my piles and piles of Gypsy Rose, but it’s a respectable flowery tea, when I’m in the mood.
I really love Cost Plus World Market’s coffee (the pumpkin seasonal one is divine!), so when I first got into loose leaf tea and saw they had a bunch of jars of tea, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with any of their offerings. Ultimately, I grabbed this Coconut Chai. I haven’t quite hit the best by date on it yet, but I’m getting close, it’s been so many years and I’m still trying to finish it off, I dislike it that much. It is a really weak chai. The base of the tea even looks weak in the cup, and there is just something that tastes sort of… chalky or barky about it. It just doesn’t have a nice, smooth blend of spices like other chais I’ve been spoiled by, and for a coconut chai, it doesn’t even have coconut in it! The coconut notes are only imparted through flavoring. Would adding some coconut flakes have been too much to ask for in a coconut chai blend? There is a mild spiciness to the cup, but the whole thing is just underwhelming. In order to finish it off, I’ve mainly been massively overleafing the brew and making it by the quart iced, and then adding a bit of vanilla almond milk and coconut milk creamer to actually give it some coconut flavor. It’s still not the most exciting chai latte, but it is tasty enough to drink (the coconut creamer is a definite improvement!)
Flavors: Coconut, Spices, Sweet
For a store bought tea this one is pretty darn good. Soothing and crisp & refreshing. I saw someone mention stevia on a previous note but I can’t find that as a listed ingredient and I sure don’t taste it. If you love peppermint tea, another good one to try is Casablanca Twist from Adagio.
Flavors: Licorice, Menthol, Peppermint
This is the first tea I’ve tried since taking a break from tea for many years (long story), so I kind of feel an attachment to this smooth and tasty green. Temperature was 170 degrees, but I’m seeing others have gone a little higher than that so I will try it.
I love this tea, it is one of my favorites! I don’t use any sweetener with any of my tea and this one is perfect for my morning tea, it gives me a perfect boost and the hint of vanilla is the right amount of sweetness. I love the round sachets, they fit perfectly in my portable bottle I use at work!
Flavors: Earth, Green, Sweet, warm grass, Vanilla