222 Tasting Notes
An interesting cup so far. I am not terribly impressed with it, yet. I do taste the pineapple and peach, a sweet with just an edge of peachy tartness. I don’t really taste the odd after taste that some people have mentioned, maybe it’ll show up when it cools down.
Despite my not being impressed with this tea, I am not opposed to getting more. As I need more teas that strictly herbal/non rooibos blends for times when rooibos doesn’t appeal to me.
With the change of the website, I’ve decided to go back to rating my teas, I stopped before because it was set up kind of weird and was hard to adjust.
The temp I used was 190, though the average temp used by users on this site was 195, that is not a option on my kettle and I hate trying to guess when the best time is to pour, so I went with 190. My tea thermometer/timer is broke…(The day I got it, it accidently landed in a pan full of water. It worked…more or less after that quite a few times, but then I got out of the habit of using it. So I guess it just fizzled. Ahh well. Not sure if I’ll get another one, if I do it won’t be from Teavana.
Update:I just took a huge swallow of this tea, there was a distinctly metallic taste…so lowered the score even lower. (Was an 80, which is the ‘Interesting’ catergory. Now it’s 70 which is the ‘Not cupboard worthy’
While I might change my mind…I highly doubt it. Bah!
Truthfully…it’s just as well this tea was a brief offering. Overall it’s a nice sweet cup, but there is a weird rough aftertaste that almost makes me want to pour the rest of this cup down the drain. I still might do just that.
Flavors: Orange Zest
I took one sip of this and it just sucked. However, it is kind of my fault that it sucked, because I didn’t look at the directions before hand. I had assumed that it was a black tea, so boiling water on. And let it steep for to long. Total noob move there, lynxie. So will have to remember for next time.
This is a sample from Janelle
Like others have mentioned…the taste of this has a strong resemblance to Pink Passionfruit, but without as much tart. I think I may have oversugared it, which truthfully is a bad habit, but I am leaning towards getting a bag of this soon, and trying more of…definitely iced! If nothing else I’ll have it around for when I’ve run out of Pink Passionfruit.
Guava-To my memory, never had it, so no idea how close to guava this tastes like. But…I think I saw guava at my fruit market…(I love my local fruit market, they always have some very interesting fruits and veggies!) and since I’m going up there on Friday/Saturday to pick up some peaches…(Yay! Peaches are back!lol.) Mind as well get a guava.
LOL…Steepster….you acting a little strange….(Took over a minute for the tasting note window to pop up. though of course it could be my computer making the trouble.)
On to the tasting note!
Ok received this sample from Janelle.
I admit I was a bit surprised to see such a low temp suggestion on DTT’s website, but I am adaptable:) 1st sip out of the gate was…sweet marshmallowy clouds. Another…hmm this has some depth. I don’t really taste any pineapple though. I do taste kind of a almost bitter but not in a bad way. I am leaning towards getting a sample of this later on so I have more to decide whether or not I like it…
Sighs Been so long since I’ve done a tasting note that I wanted a really stellar tea to review.
This ain’t it.
Granted, there are many factors that could be standing in my way, such as being exhausted from snow shoveling all day to not preparing this tea correctly. (The bag said 2 min steep, the description on this site said 1 min. steep.)
At any rate, I have to agree with the assessments of the majority in that this tastes like candy or cough syrup, (Though thankfully not the heaviness of cough syrup.)In principle I am not against artificial flavors in tea, though with cherry…ehh. My favorite artificial cherry flavor is Luden’s throat drops, which this tea tastes alittle bit like…but I don’t like the taste in tea.
Probably doesn’t help that I am not a huge fan of cherries in general, (I do eat them when they are in season and I like many recipes that use cherries, like chicken salad.) But they are not my favorite fruit.
Anywho….I will try and remember to review this again and try for a 1 min steep time. Maybe that will improve it. If nothing else I can either save it for iced tea season or give it to my Dad, who is the cherry nut in the family. LOL.
I caved. I had planned on not hitting Teavana’s till the Heavenly sale, but then I caught the email about the sale on certain teas…and of course 2 of the teas on sale were favorites of mine (Opus Rouge and Spiced Mandarin Oolong.) And of course I decided that since I was buying that mind as well buy more Cranberry Singapore Sling (Tastes great with the Spiced Mandarin.)
And Citrus Lavender Sage (Tastes good with many of their teas, though I got it to have with Opus Rouge.) Also got more Dragonfruit Devotion because I was almost out.
Then, because I was informed that I was just a few ounces away of getting the LBS discount, I figured “What the hell.” So got this one.
At first, I was thinking it smelled and tasted alot like Dragon fruit Devotion, and was feeling kind of grumpy about that. But, as I continue to drink it, I am thinking there might be some subtle differences. And, I used significantly less then I usually do with teas, so that maybe a factor as well.
I will have to do a side by side comparison, if they are similar tasting, then I will probably get whichever is cheaper.
Pouts I’m beginning to think that due to my allergies acting up with the weather change (slightly.) that it’s affecting my taste sense. I had thought that a few days ago, but I had hoped tonight I was more or less over it because my sinuses aren’t hurting, I just have a slight cough and chest congestion. But…I don’t know….the taste seemed a bit off with the last tea I had tonight, Pomegranate Oolong but I thought that maybe it was just that tea. Hmm. Maybe I should have a cup of tea that I know pretty well and see how that tastes.
This would mostlikely be good as a Iced Tea, but probably won’t find out til next Spring, because while it was in the 80’s earlier today, I get the feeling that this coming week if even then will be the last of the summerish days. But I could always be wrong.
Anywho…not sure if I would buy this before next spring, (If I remember…heh.) to see if it would be good as an iced tea….maybe as an sample.
Just had a thought…this might improve with german rock sugar…alright I think I’ll ice down the next cup I make with this, use some rock sugar, see how it rolls. Sometimes I do like iced tea during the cooler/colder months.
Got this as a sample in my recent tea buy from here.
I’m not wowed by this tea, and as usual not sure if I’d actually buy it as a tagalong if I could find one…maybe as a sample pack. This definitely tastes better hot, because when it cools, it just tastes kind of bland with bitter chocolate and coconut coming up as an after taste. Some people I guess like that…I usually prefer my flavors to be up front…not quite in your face, (Though that can be fun too.) but enough that you can’t deny it’s presence. I’d only do this as a pot if it was with a friend, and a small pot at that.