4414 Tasting Notes
Trying to finish off some old bagged tea that I was given/bought before I discovered DavidsTea (and became all discriminating!)
I like tart teas, so I tend to enjoy the Celestial Seasonings ‘Zinger’ teas, although they don’t always all appeal to me. This one’s out of one of the sampler boxes. Steeped, the smell is fruity and tart, which I like (and haven’t been able to find in a DT so far). And, it actually tastes nice and tart too! A bit cardboardy as well, but that’s probably because it’s a bit on the old side… ok, a lot on the old side, and hasn’t been stored very well. My bad.
Anyways, this one is not too bad, other than the “old” flavour, which is unfair to judge it on. I probably won’t ever drink these bagged ones again though…
Oh wow. This is amazing. The dry tea smells good, sweet and cinnamony, but oh man is the tea ever so much better! First off, the tea does actually glitter! Bonus points for the cool factor, if nothing else, since I was soooo skeptical about it. The smell of the steeped tea mostly smells like sweet cinnamon. Definitely delicious, but nothing overly intriguing or different. But then you taste it…. and it’s like a gentle, sweet cup of cinnamon, backed by what tastes to me like a light black tea base. Oh, it’s so good. Why can’t all DT teas with cinnamon incorporate this delicious flavour?? I am really not tasting either cloves or orange peel – I did noticed one piece of peel in this cup, but no cloves. As long as either of these flavours is not too prominent in future cups, I think they will blend in nicely.
The only downside I can think of is that this tea is sweetened with sugar crystals/gold sugar balls. Yes, the quantity is small, and I’m sure their sweetness is critical to this great-tasting cup, but I prefer to go sugar-free. That said, I am still not adding additional sugar, so I can deal :)
ETA: Second cup, steeped for maybe 15 min (oops), is pretty good as well. Fewer sparklies (of course), and less flavour and smell, but worth it. I suspect a third would now taste like cardboard though, so will not attempt.
Beyond everything else, this tea just smells like CHOCOLATE. The dry tea maybe has a hint of chili to its aroma as well, and the steeped tea is a bit mellower and creamy-smelling, but it’s definitely predominantly delicious, delicious chocolate.
Taste-wise, however, I’m a bit disappointed. Yes, I can taste chocolate. One of the better teas I’ve had that contains chocolate, actually, so that is a good thing. However, I’m finding it to be very lacking in both “chili” and “chai”. Sure, there’s a tiny bit of chili coming across, but as I’m drinking hot tea, I’m finding it difficult to separate from the temperature heat. And chai?? I am getting no chai flavour whatsoever, whereas in the pumpkin chai it was quite apparent and delicious. I think a more appropriate name for this tea would be “Chocolate Hint-O-Chili” or something to that effect.
Anyhow, not a bad tea; I just find that it doesn’t live up to its name, and the chocolate flavour isn’t enough to keep me interested.
ETA: Second steep smells chocolatey… and tastes a bit chocolatey… but definitely not great. I’ve let it cool by accident and now it’s kind of gross. Might just dump this one out…
Seriously, the smell of this tea is absolutely DIVINE. Dry or steeped, it’s light and flowery (jasmine comes to mind….), and the taste is very much the same. Of course, I only read the brewing instructions upon looking it up to add to the database (1 tbsp/cup, 3-4 30-35s steeps), so my tea is definitely weak today, as I only used ~1 tsp of leaves and steeped it at who knows what temperature for 45s and then 1min 15. Nevertheless, it is yummy and relaxing, and exactly what I wanted tonight.
Felt like a cup of amazing today, so had some of this. First cup was good, but second steep very disappointing today. Oh well! I think I need to be sure to put extra tea (2 tsp?) in the teaball because I like this one best when I can really taste it. I can’t believe that the instructions call for only a 1 1/4 tsp. Anyways! Have a lovely 50g tin of this now, so have lots to play with :)
A friend gave a sample pack of this tea to me for my birthday, and I was of mixed opinions. Pumpkin pie is not my most favourite thing in the world. But I do like chai. Anyways, I have no choice now but to try it, which I’m always game for anyways!
I have to admit, the dry leaf smells pretty amazing. It absolutely SCREAMS holidays to me, and takes my mind to a fabulous Christmassy place (even though I associate pumpkin pie with Thanksgiving, which is not usually white and snowy). I can’t figure out what exactly the smell is, though – it’s not quite like the pumpkin pie my mom makes, it’s more like… pumpkin bread? Pumpkin muffins? Either way. Yum.
Surprise, surprise, the steeped tea smells even MORE like pumpkin bread/muffins. It now has a kind of “baked goods” scent about it, and the spicing has been turned down a bit, but it still smells delicious. Please, Pumpkin Chai, be one of those teas whose flavour is faithful to its smell…
Holy crap. It’s like I’m drinking a piece of pumpkin bread! Real pumpkin is the first flavour I can taste, followed by the delicious spicing appearing at the end of the sip. Ahhhhhhh, why didn’t this taste so good the first time I tried it, so I could have gone and bought a big tin of it? Maybe there’s still some left… somewhere. (Intermission while I check the DavidsTea site… and yep, they still have it. Whew!)
Seriously. I am quite impressed. Definitely tasting the cinnamon as the dominant spice, but it’s mellow and delicious. Why oh why do I already have so many chais to get through??
ETA: Second steep smells considerably weaker, and tastes much the same. A bit disappointing, but I will live. Perhaps 5 minutes of steeping wasn’t long enough!
I picked this one up to compare it to some other rooibos (Alpine Punch, Rooibos de Provence, Creme Caramel Rooibos) before making a decision about what to purchase – Rooibos de Provence enchanted me with its lavender, so naturally a lavender-coconut blend might be something I like, right?
The dry tea smells quite sweet and the lavender is there, but perhaps not the most prominent smell of the bunch. Reminds me of what I thought Creme Caramel would be like (while instead it smells absolutely sickeningly sweet).
While I didn’t smell a ton of lavender from the dry tea, once steeped… that’s ALL I can smell! I’m not sure how I feel about this – this was one of my concerns with trying lavender in tea, that I wasn’t sure I wanted to drink a flavour I more commonly associate with bath products. Here’s hoping it’s just the smell, and not the taste too.
Ok, first sip… tastes like lavender. And minty – maybe that’s a bit of the lavender too? I actually am not minding this flavour in my mouth like I was worried I would. Along with the lavender, I’m definitely tasting creaminess (coconut), and a bit of a caramelly sweetness, both of which show up late-sip. Interesting combination. I’m feeling a bit of scratchiness as it goes down my throat – not sure what causes this, but I get it from many teas, particularly if they’re steeped to be on the strong side (extra leaf), or oversteeped. It’s somewhat annoying and detracts from my enjoyment of the tea, but I usually just deal with it.
Aside from the scratchiness, I’m finding this to be a nice, relaxing tea. Nothing super special, but I think it would be a good drink to accompany bedtime reading. I don’t think it will be one I keep stocked, but I’m glad to have tried it! And now I know for certain that lavender does not, in fact, taste like soap in a beverage!
ETA: Second steep is pretty good. Seems that rooibos tend to have at least two flavourful steeps in them, which is excellent.
Trying this today as I realized it has been discontinued, but it appears that my store still has some left (so since I bought it, I had better try it now so that I can buy more if I like it!)
The steeped tea has a dark, fruity fragrance which is probably the figs. The first flavour I taste is melon, perhaps honeydew, which is followed by the rich sweetness of the figs, and I think it’s the oolong tea that leaves a bit of a creamy aftertaste. I almost taste a bit of chocolate in this tea, which is odd. The more I drink it, the more I’m liking the late-sip creaminess (definitely thinking it’s oolong now), and I’m liking the melon less (even though ever since I tried Goji Pop I’ve been super excited to try any tea with melon in it!)
ETA: Not too enchanted by the second steep. Yes, it accidently sat overnight, and I thought it tasted so-so before reheating it, but now that it’s heated all I can taste is weak cardboard?? Strange.
Not too disappointed to know that this one’s gone forever, but I won’t have any trouble finishing my little bag of it.
Another tea from advent calendar leftovers. Unfortunately, I steeped this one rather long and have not had the chance to drink it, so now it’s cold. As a result, I don’t believe that this will necessarily be a fair assessment of the tea, but I’ll talk about it anyways!
To begin with, it smells just like chai. Yum. Although spicy, it seems to be warmed and tamed a bit by something – perhaps the rooibos? Taste-wise, it’s a bit chocolatey, and has excellent chai spicing. I did skimp on the leaves a bit though, so as to leave enough for my roommate to have a last cup as well, so although it isn’t as strong as I would like, that very well may be because I just didn’t use enough tea.
I think this would be great for evening caffeine-free chai lattes! Might be worthwhile to keep a small bag of in the cupboard, but I really need to use up the ~500g of Tea Desire chai I received for Christmas first.
ETA: Second steep (for 8+ min, ~95C water) is quite nice! The spicing is still there, but it is quite mellowed by a sweet chocolatey flavour… a really nice twist on a chai. I don’t taste any rooibos whatsoever (and didn’t during the first sips either). I think I like this a fair bit more than Chocolate Chili Chai (although I think that name would far better suit this rooibos!)