440 Tasting Notes
Apologies for all of these entries, I’m totally behind on Steepster-ing!
Sweet Orange was my travel tea on both days, and it was almost exactly what I needed. Something with a slight kick but mellow enough to not distract me from driving. Putting 1000km on a rental car over two days is very very tiring!
This tea is lovely hot, but the orange seems to come out more the more sweetener that is added. If you’re not a sweet fan, you may not get as much orange.
Wait, a Teavana blend that isn’t overloaded with hibiscus? Can it be?
This one surprised me. Hot, it really isn’t that great or different than the million other fruit teas that Teavana has, but I cold brewed it overnight and wow. I really enjoyed the cup I had this morning. I didn’t sweeten it at all, which is rare for me in my iced teas, and got a nice slightly dry cup of fruit flavour. I can’t pick out individual fruit notes, but overall this is lovely for a summer iced tea. I think it would be amazing as a punch with gingerale as well.
A lovely tea, and an excellent caffeinated version of a watermelon flavour. On its own I certainly would love this, and I can see it being an amazing iced tea. I got two steeps out of this one. The first steep was lovely, and full of flavour, with the watermelon being the dominate but undernotes of the tea. Second steep was much lighter, but still enjoyable. There was little tea flavour, but still much fruit. I didn’t try a third.
The way I drank this was a contrast and compare to my previously reviewed Luscious Watermelon from Davids. As a single tea, I prefer the one from David’s. The flavour is slightly more watermelon and has more of a body to it. However since it is an herbal, it doesn’t rebrew nearly as well as this one. Those who like more of a tea flavour would definitely prefer this one, as well.
Note, first steep at 2 minutes, second steep at 3.
I’ve been in the mood for this one for a while, and since my friend gave me a watermelon tea, I had to try this one first in order to do a fair comparison. I pulled the cannister from the back of my cupboard and nervously opened it up. I hadn’t touched it for months through the winter so I was afraid of how well it would have lasted. Thankfully it smelled just as amazing as ever and so I blissfully brewed up some summer tea.
I love how this one tastes. It has that light sugary flavour of watermelon. You can tell there is a flavour, and sweetness, but trying to pin down what exactly you’re tasting is nigh on impossible, just like the fruit itself. I’m hopeful that this one is coming back this summer, because I don’t have as much left as I thought I had!
All of these lovely teas I got from The Green Tea House are from a friend who lives in the local area of the store. She offered to grab me some I was interested in when she sent me a couple of her favourites, so of course I excitedly chose some. Because I’ve had mostly bad experiences with pu’erh, I thought this was a great time to try one from a place that I wouldn’t normally have access to, and that seemed to have good ingredients.
As a pu’erh, this is probably a decent starter tea to try it. I say that because I didn’t notice until after I brewed it, but it’s half green leaves. Because of this I didn’t notice much of any of the usual pu’erh characteristics, good or bad. There was a bit more earthiness and body to the tea than there would have been if it was purely green, but I definitely felt like this fits more into a green family.
Tastewise there are raspberry notes, most definitely, however they seem fairly generic, even once the cup is cold and drank as an iced. Overall it isn’t a bad tea, but there was nothing about it to make it stand out for me, either.
This tea is definitely a winner. The smell after brewing is solidly caramel. And not that cheap fake stuff either. This smells like that english toffee that you bite into and it drips all over your chin in the best and messiest way ever. (Sssh, Aisling, I already know what you’re going to say so nyah :P )
First sips definitely had a nice caramel flavour, with some backhint of chai like spices. The tea was a little light on flavour for me, so I added some sugar to see what that’d do to the tea. And wow, there was the flavour that I’d been looking for. Caramel and spice notes and just a slight underhint of apple and damn is this tea a winner. Maybe a little out of season since it feels like the middle of summer outside right now despite it being March, but mmmm I do love it!
Edited to add: They call this a black but it really is a rooibos with black added. There is no way I’d call this a black tea.
I had this one as a go-to-work cup this morning, and since I felt like crap I let myself sweeten it with a full teaspoon of sugar for a change. Dang but did that bring out the raspberry flavour. I loved every sip of this cup this time and was sad when the well became dry. Bumping the rating a bit because of it :D