1696 Tasting Notes
Thank you Kristaleyn for this sample! what a deeelish tea :)
I have to agree, the black tea part comes out a little weak, and that was with a 5 min steep. It was about to get bitter so I had to take out the tea basket.
That said, the coconut part is great!! just love it!
With some milk n sugar, I do get a cream pie sortof texture. Yumm!!
I’d consider buying this, if I could figure out how to make the base stronger.
Meh. I dunno, this one was ok… but not great.
Rather bubble-gummy actually, and in my world, that is like the “friend zone” of teas. Once you fall in, there is NO getting out.
I couldn’t really identify the apple or any other notes. It was just… candy like and that was it. shrugs
I don’t see how it tastes anything like Ice-wine. It’s drinkable… nothing wrong with it. but it reminds me of so many other boring teas that I likely wouldn’t know the difference if someone swapped out my mug.
SO, the rating for this is so low, because it has such potential! but fails on so many levels!!!! and now I’m tempted to go back and find every “bubblegum” review I’ve written and change those scores to.
Ugh, I am not in the best mood. Don’t you mess with me tea. Not today :/
Oh wow I just noticed. This review is #555. I don’t know why but that strikes me as odd! in a good way, I think?
Ehhhhh. I so badly want to like this one. but the smell… it’s so cloying and ugh!
The taste? well it’s ok. Freshly hot, it was full of vanilla, which is so not my thing… and then as it cools, I get alot more hibiscus. I’m not sure which one is worse?!? That said, it is a little creamy which I find odd for a juice tea, and the only enjoyable part.
Anyhow, DaisyChubb is right… rocket candies, berry flavoured ones all the way (once it cools a bit).
It didn’t help that little bits of berry snuck out of the pyramid bag.
What am I going to do with the rest of these pouches?! Maybe they’ll be better iced, and walloped with a spoonful or five of agave.
Overall, a thoroughly unimpressive tisane. I don’t know why but I expected more :(
I accidentally oversteeped this. Eeeeeeek!!!
No fair. I was so looking forward to a full round of cups. Hmph.
Oh well, that’s what I get for trying this at work. and the cup was still very drinkable, just rather heavy is all.
I did get three steeps out of it. The second one was the best, very lemony and sweet.
There is enough there in my sample for another cup so I will be extra careful with that one!
Thanks SO much for sharing Kristaleyn!
Wait, I saw that Azzrian has sent some of this out as well. I hope I didn’t mix them up!! I know it wasn’t you Bonnie, because yours had tape on them. Hmmm.
Spicy. Mango… … …
Yep, that is all. No “tea”. Just overly spicy mango.
If you like a serious punch in your food, then this one might be for you.
However, the sample I had… it was so spicy that I couldn’t enjoy the other parts of the flavour. I like some spiciness in my food. In fact, I love me some jerk chicken or Tikka Masala. But those dishes are not ALL about the spicy. They have texture and other flavours.
Seriously, I think this should be labelled a tisane. Was there any camellia in there at all???
It might be interesting to cook with.
Okay so when this was hot… and I mean really hot, I didn’t like it at all. Bleh!
but then I added way to much sugar (for my liking, just to make it ok) and let it cool down… and oh my goodness it’s mulled wine! I can’t believe they made it taste like I am actually drinking wine. I even have the dry-mouth pasties!
I don’t think it’s worth buying again, but I certainly appreciate the experience. I certainly would never turn away a free cuppa…
The hibiscus works perfectly here. One time I really did not mind it.
If I had tried this tea before the Sweet Temptation from Tsaa… this would have definitely gotten a higher rating from me.
However, ST is superior in so many ways! It requires no additions (either milk or sugar) and has a cleaner, smoother flavour.
This one is a bit to astringent, and rougher around the edges. Also, the flavour is not as deep or complex.
Oh well. sighs It’s pretty good otherwise :)
Longest week ever… ugh. So much going on, so very many many things… one of which has me saddened. (My Aunt-in-law passed away today. Cancer. Oh how I hate that vile word)
So I needed something to calm me down and I wasn’t feeling chamomile.
Also, it gave me the chance to try this tea while un-sick, and guess what it’s more than just a mint tea! ha.
Yep, there is something else in there, the juniper berries I am guessing. They aren’t very strong, and have a sortof woody berry taste. Not bad, really.
Without sugar, it reminded me of your average ayurvedic tea, but with some sweetening the various notes came out a bit more and I found it much more palatable.
Now that the cup is pretty much drained, I can say that it did work. I feel soothed, a little.
Thank you… to whoever sent this to me! Was it* SimplyJen? or NinaVampi?* Hmmmm. I had them in nice n neat piles but they got mixed up when we cleaned out the cupboards a few months ago. oops :/
Anyhow, the tea…
This is interesting. Chocolate is the first note. Light and juicy, not heavy the way I pictured chocolate would be. Behind that is an equally light minty flavour. Somewhat distant compared to the chocolate but that part is nice. I wouldn’t want it overpowering the tea.
However, it did taste a bit plasticky, and I’m not sure why! I’ve seen that in green teas before.
The second steep was better than the first. Much more balanced with the tea flavour, however I found it rather scratchy as well.
Oh and I made a cup (of the first steep) for Dad and he hated it! I was shocked, as he has never, to my knowledge, poured a cup of anything, much less tea, down the drain. I mean, it wasn’t terrible. Really!! and the face he made… well, that was priceless. ha!
Nonetheless, it was a pleasant experience. I’d drink this one again!