1696 Tasting Notes
I had this straight up. Not bad for a bagged type. I bought the entire box for $1!!!
Honestly, that kinda scares me… But it looks to be a sister brand to Basilur the fact that it is a known brand might mean it is legit. and yanno, not full of cancer. ha.
Cuz it actually really does taste like Irish Cream. At that price I was expecting maybe a bit of generic “dessert” tea notes. But there is something very reminiscent of Irish cream. I mean, it actually tastes like there is dairy in it. Ingredients only list “flavouring” and Ceylon tea.
I can definitely taste the Ceylon base. My coworker tried as well and agreed it is very much Irish Cream. I wouldn’t say its a great tea, it is a bit dusty. For that price tho? I’m ok with using my too cold office water on it!! :P
Need a bigger mug as well, it steeps up a bit thick in my small one at work.
Oh and it packs some nice caffeine. Which is required!
Vegetal. Yup! Crisp, yeah I see it. Peas? Hmmm. More like green beans, I think. Or maybe edamame? I dunno. Not quite peas. Either way, I quite like it. There was a time this was my fave tea. (err. well, next to Assam which is kinda my forever tea home)
Unfortunately… This is starting to lose flavour. I have a few cups left. I don’t crave straight while teas often, so it takes awhile to get through samples. Maybe I’ll try cold brewing like Ms. Strange mentioned.
Then again, I find that non black teas… They are good to have in my office as our water filter system has a hot water feature, so I can get 90c water anytime (and wait a minute or so for it to cool if I need). So many decisions to make :P
My desk is far enough away from the kitchen area that filling the kettle and waiting for it to boil is a pain, esp since it has no whistle to let me know its done haha. Mine at home beeps.
So all of that said, does anyone know of a black tea that takes milk well, and can be steeped around 90c? I’ve tried it with my regular blacks and they’re “ok” but not as great as I know they usually are, which makes me want to just save it for later. Making it at home and trekking it in is a pain as well since it means I have to lug it on my 15+ min walk from the go train to work. Doesn’t sound like much but that is in addition to my gym gear and lunch. It adds up! Plus I generally don’t have caffeine until after I get off the go train.Cuz naps yo. So it doesn’t make much sense to carry. Anyhow. Sorry for the ramble. Input is welcome!
A pleasant tea. Fruity with a slight refreshing zing to it, from the peppermint mixed with nettle I presume? The mallow leaves a nice lingering aftertaste as well. I’m not a fan of the occasional peeking licorice note, and the fact that it is slowly overtaking the mallow in aftertaste. Bah.
Funny. I wondered why it seemed to have more depth than your average herbal. After looking at the ingredients, I see that there is decaf green tea in the blend. Hmmm. So technically not herbal? the residual caffeine would be very minimal, but for the caffeine sensitive, it can make a difference. It seems to perk me up a bit. Eh. Could be psychosomatic.
Either way, for a wellness tea it works.
This is delicious. And very creamy!! Definitely an oolong, hanging out in the background. Needs more infusions for me to say more regarding the oolongness. That’s fine! I love the sweet lingering aftertaste.
For anyone who has tried the redleaf tea cheesecake matcha, the flavouring is pretty much identical, it just interacts differently with the base tea. Bonus, seeing as you can steep this multiple times, unlike matcha where you drink the leaf.
Oh! when I took the steeper out of my mug, a cloud of tea poofed. I love it when the tannins bloom like that :P
Yup. This is good. Nommmmmms.
Similar in flavour chocolate wise to the 52teas Chocolate eclaire tea, which I also adore.
The floral aspect isn’t strong, but softens up the tea somehow. Nicely done!!
I love how gorgeous the rosepetals are. Is this tea… or potpourri?
I’m not a huge rose tea fan so the fact that I like this is really saying something
Spiccccccccy!! I had to add milk, or else I’d have never gotten through my mug comfortably. Chai is preferable with milk for me so I was ok with that.
Dealing with my headcold still, my ‘buds must be dampened. I wonder if I’d have found it overly strong otherwise.
I really enjoyed the marshmallow notes. Didn’t see any “chocolate” though.
Would I buy it again? probably. I really dig the blend of spices. No peppercorn. yay! It was the perfect mix. But I have so many chai varieties in my cupboard at the moment. Responsible me says no. Le sighs. This is easily in my top five chai faves so I’m a bit sad to say its a sipdown.
This has lost a ton of flavour. One of those teas I’ve started to suffer through because I must finish what I started darnit.
Today though? Babying my headcold, I opted to indulge with a wallop of honey and a few drops of milk. Oversteeped so any remaining berry flavour would peek through the additives. And it worked. I was quite pleased with the bready, pastry like result. I’ve never seen real baked bread notes in this tea. It must be my sinuses.
Now that cuppa is done, I’m sipping on a cup of boiled/redcuced ginger with more honey. It seems to be helping.
Didn’t pair very well with the cashews and pecans I had. But with my limited appetite and the fact they were right there, I thought it best to get as much protein as possible. Anyhow. I’m off to watch some Bull. An interesting premise for a show. and something I don’t need much brain power to follow haha
First experience with this tea was meh, in my travel mug. Vaguely fruity green with no spice. It could be that I need to deep clean my mug. I added a tiny bit of sugar, which didn’t help.
This time, I am at home, and found it to be delish. Just the right amount of spice, and it works well with the herbs added. And its giving my headcold a run for it’s investment :P
Added a half tsp of honey as well. I’ll have to see if my taste receptors are different when not sick. This definitely isn’t fruity today!
Strange, as I can’t stand the smell of this one dry!!
Intersting. In a good way.
Hot, I saw some serious malty beer notes. I quite enjoyed that even though it was a tad weak. So I let the bag sit for an extra twenty seconds? maybe thirty? (as per my timer) and a slight bitter note emerged. I’ll have to pay attention next time and find my optimal time.
Now, that bitter note IS very remnicent of beer. And I love beer, just not exceptionally hoppy ones. I tend to enjoy the lighter varieties, which are about as far away from Guinness as you can get. That said, once I got into my cup, towards the bottom, I found myself quite pleased with the bitter note. Perhaps my dislike for bitterness in beer is only present when the alcohol intensifies things, as that does tend to make it much stronger, and longer lasting in the aftertaste, for me. This requires further investigation. Colour me intrigued. As for the rest of the tea notes, beyond malt and bitterness, the green tea note hung around in the background. I can’t say much more about that at the moment, but I hope to one day soon.
Oh! also, for anyone who has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a good friend of mine has it, and she cannot have most beers, but for some reason, Guinness gives her absolutely no trouble. I looked it up, and apparently Guinness has no wheat in it, but it does have Barley, and the strain they use doesn’t have gluten, just a “gluten like molecule” which appears not to trigger any symptoms. I know there are a bunch of true GF beers out there as well, but I’ve heard they aren’t very satisfying. Sorry for the ramble. I find this all rather fascinating.