4414 Tasting Notes
Received a bit of this as a sample in my last 52teas order. It’s not something that appealed to me based on the description, so I wasn’t overly interested in trying it, until I read ShanieOManiac’s note on it… but even then, the thought of a green/green rooibos blend turned me off somewhat.
Ran across it yesterday, and decided to bite the bullet and try it – and I was very pleasantly surprised! The dominant aroma is definitely jasmine, as was noted by others, but chocolate is a strong secondary flavour. I can’t say I recall ever having that pairing before, and it’s actually rather intriguing. The jasmine, of course, is quite pleasant – no soapiness, just a clean, sweet flavour – and it’s grounded by the nib/shell chocolate, which is rich and given the source, not at all fake-tasting. Berries are present, but only barely, and in some sips. The bases suit the blend – I don’t taste either specifically, though there’s definitely more green tea than rooibos (which I can’t taste at all, and didn’t even really notice while measuring the leaf out, either).
Overall, an interesting tea that’s considerably better than I was expecting. Jasmine-heavy, so it wouldn’t appeal to those who dislike such florals, but a different take on jasmine with the addition of cacao shells/nibs. Not a tea I’d likely reach for often, mostly because I don’t like to drink jasmine teas too frequently, but I’ll look forward to my second cup of it, and wouldn’t even mind having a bit more in my cupboard!
Ugh. I’m all confused right now because somehow this package of tea isn’t listed in my spreadsheet? Also because I apparently sipped down some Electric Lemonade fairly recently, and it was from Aug 2015, while this is from July 2015… I don’t usually buy a tea twice unless I like it, and I’m really not a fan of this… (I have two other packages of it as well, but one was part of a set I didn’t buy, and one came along with some teas I purchased.) Now I’m wondering if I mistook Electric Lemonade for Electric Lemon? Or…? So anyways, confused because I definitely thought I had accurately recorded at least all my DavidsTeas!
This tea is suffering from too much blackberry leaf. Is it because it’s the bottom of the bag? I don’t know. Either way, they’re imparting both a sweetness and a bitterness (well, I guess it could be anything providing that bitterness), and it’s not pleasant. There’s a hint of cleaner-y lemon here, but it’s mostly a mess of bitter sweetness. Rating it now, but might change it in the event that the new bag of it that I open has any redeeming qualities.
I think this is a sample from either Sil or VariaTEA? It wasn’t listed anywhere though, so maybe nobody actually reviewed it here (perhaps it wasn’t intended for that, but I figure it’s so much after the fact that it probably no longer matters).
Anyhow, this is a very sweet matcha blend. I assumed it would also contain the latte portion, but it definitely is just matcha + sweetener or some sort, likely just sugar. I added some milk to the second half of it, and it makes quite a nice-tasting latte. I imagine there was some sort of comparison being done at one point, given that this is labelled #3, but as a standalone product, it tastes fine. I still prefer things unsweetened though, and have now located my decently large, decently old RLT matcha stash, and will be slowly making my way through it. (I don’t actually have all that much, about 4 partial small packets, and 2 unopened small packets, but it’s enough to last me a few months, I think!)
Thanks, whoever this was from!
Made a large mug of this tonight just to finish it off. Yay for sipdowns of old things! I’ve been drinking a lot of new stuff lately. Anyways, this is one of my fave chamomile blends – sweet and creamy and delicious. I can taste caramel, but not as much banana today – which I’m totally fine with. And the coconut, which I think I’d remarked was on the way out, is just fine today. Fingers crossed this will counteract the effects of 3 cups of caffeinated tea before bed! Haha. (What good is a chamomile tea for helping you sleep when you pair it with a bunch of caffeinated beverages?)
Stressblocker… sounds like a good tea for me right now. The teabag smelled lemony and kind of a herbally sort of sweet, but not overly so; the herbally aroma predominates in the brewed cup, however. Likewise with the flavour – there are certainly lemony overtones, but it kind of tastes mostly like a herbally blend, which I can’t pick out specific ingredients from. But – something in here is bitter, like citrus pith. It lingers on the palate after swallowing, and I’m not the biggest fan of it.
I grabbed the packet to look at the ingredients, and this is a strange mix of ingredients! Mistletoe(?!), bean peels, birch leaves, lemongrass, nettle leaves, St. John’s wort, gingko leaves, flavouring. I’m not sure what is contributing the bitterness, but I’m unfamiliar with the majority of these ingredients, so who knows! Maybe I’ll be lucky and it will have some sort of stress-reducing effect, though.
Thanks for the share, Roswell Strange!