72 Tasting Notes
This tea has never been a favorite, but every so often I just have to drink it, and today is one of those days. It’s light, flavorful and slightly creamy, with just a subtle hint of fruit. It’s incredibly smooth, and one of the rare DT blends (like Checkmate) that forms a cohesive flavour above and beyond the individual ingredients, rather than ‘hmm this tastes like white tea with chamomile with mango!’ The whole is better than the sum of its parts…
Drank this on New Year’s Eve to ease my newly started cold in the hopes of partaking in the celebrations. Unfortunately, as it was the first day of symptons, my nose wasn’t blocked and I was able to really taste this herbal. And, turns out, I don’t really like the taste. But, the intense eucalyptus/menthol smell in the hot vapors definately screams ‘Cold be gone!’
Did it actually help? Well, I was able to stay up til 2am. Whether it was a credit to the tea shall have to be determined another time, so I’ll hold off on rating. For now, Electric Lemon is still my go-to cold tea.
One of the teas I bought myself to celebrate the end of the semester, and thought I would see how well it puts me to sleep seeing as how I need to wake early tomorrow for work.
The liquor is a beautiful (and surprising) color: steeped this in my glass infuser and was treated to a pleasant delicate pink. Smells mild and minty. Mint teas are actually growing on me, and this one is nicely balanced by the lemongrass. I don’t actually taste the camomile at all. At that end, I get a bitter note that I don’t really appreciate, but I can’t place it – possibly the valerian root?
I’ll have to try this one a couple of times to see if it actually makes me sleepy, or if I’m just beat from staying up late last night…
OK Kay, one exam to go, you can do it!
Today’s companion tea – the wonderfully playful Elf Help. With a little dash of honey, just because. For some reason, I find it to be a tad tart today, not sure what may have gone wrong. Perhaps I should buy some of the new batch. (I’m still finishing off the huge amount I bought last year, just in case…). Yep, I’ll definately do that, so I can ‘vote’ for a tea I love, and because it seems to be the underdog this year compared to Santa’s Secret and Oh Christmas Treat.
I have a feeling my post-exam DT celebrations will be a bit pricey this year…
Can’t believe I haven’t commented on this tea yet! Well, finishing one of my courses today allows me a bit of down-time to review this one. Especially when it was my companion at the end of that darned essay!
First impressions – Love the smell of this one. It reminds me of sunshine. That is all.
Taste – I really enjoy it. It tastes like mango-peach. It is borderline for me on the sweetness factor, but other than that I really love the taste. And the second steep is just as awesome. Plus, as you guys might be starting to figure out about me, I definately appreciate a tea that can be left to steep a long while without becoming nasty.
Loveability – Now, that’s a hard one. This was one of my favorites for a while, but it then got pushed aside come fall and the bajillion new teas DT came out with. When I pulled it out today, I was reminded of how awesome this tea is. But, it has artificial flavoring. And, because I am who I am, that bugs me. So, as much as I like this one, once I finish off what I have, I think I’ll have to pass on buying some more.
This was my chosen sidekick this afternoon while I was attempting to write a term paper. And another term paper. And a presentation. Hmm, unfortunately, my sidekick didn’t increase my productivity. It did, however, taste delicious. And keep me warm as my condo got colder and colder and I refused to turn on the heating. It’s all about layers. And tea. Warm candy cane tea. Mmm…
And now I must decide what shall keep me warm through my work tonight…
New rule: I will stop tasting teas that are not permanent, as it only leads to heartache in the end.
First impressions – I would have never bought this tea if it were not for the wonderful Anastasia at my local DT. I don’t like mint (except recently in Santa’s Secret). I don’t like lemon. This tea was not even on my radar, and she convinced me to try it before it was too late (never again!). It leaf smell is pretty nasty to me (but only because I dislike mint). The liquor smells like a concentrated version of the leaf, so still not a fan, however it is a beautiful pale yellow.
Flavour – Surprising! VERY mild. Oolong with a supporting role of something and a dash of lemon. I hardly taste the mint, yet the tea is so much more than oolong. Wonderful balance, and smooth flavour.
Loveability- It has this wonderful effect of making me feel cleansed and energized and healthy. It’s a great study companion. It helped settle my stomach. AND it didn’t get disgusting as I let it steep in my teapot for a half hour. Plus, (I’m probably speaking as a mint/lemon novice here) it is unlike any of my other teas, filling a gap I didn’t even know I had.
Damn you, DT, and your horrible habit of making teas appear only to disappear!
I have only heard good things about this tea. Unfortunately, my first cup of it was sadly lacking. I got a good whiff of Earl Grey bergamot, but… the flavor was all lemon (not even orange…), and the green tea base was just weak.
I’m not going to grade this one just yet. I’m going to wait a couple of days, and then try it again. I’m still hoping to like this one!