308 Tasting Notes
2nd steeping. I’m still meh on this tea. This time I steeped it for 9 minutes. It does have more flavor this time, but maybe it’s just too delicate for me. I dunno, maybe the allergies are preventing me from tasting anything without a punch. But, I am just getting a little peachyness and not much else. The scent is pretty strong and has an odd strong earthiness to it (for it’s lack of taste). It’s thankfully not grassy or spinachy. I think I’ll send the rest of this to my friend Jim and see if he likes it any better than me.
Hrm. Not sure what I think of this one. Withholding rating for now. I brewed 3 horns in 11 oz cup. At 4 minutes (with a 15 sec boiling pre-rinse), it was golden but tasted like water. Stuck the leaves back in for another 2. Now I am getting some flavor but it doesn’t taste like much. Did I not use enough horns? Did I not steep it long enough? Wonder what temp I should have brewed that at?
Last weekend I had a craving for chocolate. I searched the tea drawer in vain not believing that I didn’t already own a chocolate tea… not that I ever remember ordering one. So, Monday morning I did A LOT of research into the best non-caffeinated chocolate teas out there and decided that this one must be it. I placed an order Monday morning and it arrived at my PO box on Weds morning!
On to the tea… everything about this tea is amazing and exactly what I wanted in a chocolaty dessert tea. The smell in the bag was like I’d opened up a tin of hot cocoa mix. The rooibos is mixed with large chunky bits of cacao husks and is quite interesting to look at. You rooibos haters stay with me. I didn’t taste any rooibos in this tea. I tasted a thin hot cocoa. I say thin because it’s tea… not a comment on flavor. The chocolate was nice and deep. The whole house smelled like hot cocoa. I think if I’d added some soy creamer to it, it would have had a thicker mouth feel, but it didn’t need it. This tea only held up for one steeping, but that is generally what I expect from Rooibos, so I was not disappointed. If you want chocolate, and nothing else, this is your tea.
I love hot cocoa and never drink it because I can’t take those kind of calories on a daily basis… so usually the hot cocoa comes out for the first snowstorm of the season. Now, I’ll bring out the Choco*late (and a lot more often than the cocoa came out of the pantry).
If you think it sounds like I am in love, you might just be right. ❤ I think this is the first 100 I’ve given out. It’ll be interesting to see if that opinion holds over a few cups.
Sweetened with a bit of agave nectar. 2 heaping tsp to 12 oz.
Wow. This tea is great.
I bought a sample of this tea after reading others saying it was not exactly the same as SpecialTeas Almond Cookie. I didn’t like that tea and didn’t think it had much flavor, except bitterness. It looks the same in the pics, so I wouldn’t have ordered this if I hadn’t read the reviews.
This tea has lots of flavor. It tastes like fresh challah bread with raisins with a touch of cinnamon. Amazing. I don’t know how they do that! I don’t like many flavored black teas because I feel like they just taste like black tea. The flavors really come through in this tea.
The smell in the bag is just as great. Bready, raisiny.
The shipping on this tea was amazingly fast. I ordered this and Choco*Late on Monday morning (after having some intense chocolate cravings on Sunday). Package arrived today (Weds).
I love this tea. But, I do feel that it has a sweet spot of brewing temp/amt of tea/amt of water. I don’t know what I did to make it bitter that one time, and I don’t know what I did to make it great today (and the first time I tried it). When you get it right, it’s amazing.
almost 2 tsp/11 oz
Iced – This tea makes an excellent iced tea. I’ve tried many different teas as iced tea over the last month and I had started to think that I just hated any iced tea but plain black. This tea is better than plain black. It’s yummy. I don’t get blackberry from it when it’s iced though… strangely it tastes like blueberry tea when iced. I don’t mind that at all. I think I am definitely going to order some of this one for summer.
Also, I cold brewed this forever because I just kept not getting around to straining it. We’ve had a high of 45 here this weekend, so iced tea was not on my mind. I think this cold brewed for at least a day and a half. It still tasted great.
AuraTeas sent me 4 free Oolong samples (an offer on their facebook page). This is the first one. This oolong is a little grassy and is chewy. It has floral and fruity (peach) notes at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. The beginning of the sip is grassy. It brewed up to a beautiful golden yellow color. I like it. I don’t love it. But, I don’t personally like teas on the grassy end of the spectrum.
Oh man! I was all ready to love this tea. But I don’t. I want to scrub my tongue with a rough towel. I got it because it was a green rooibos, which I’ve been wanting to try… and I figured berry was pretty safe. I’ve been saving this sample for a long time and just totally expected it to be lovely.
The tea leaves are green leafy with beautiful pinkish and blue flowers. It’s a beautiful golden/orangy color when brewed. The taste it kind of like a mango tea with roses and the scent is potpourri. bleah. So floral. No berry. H8.