125 Tasting Notes
Such an amazing tea! Strong lemon aroma when I opened the pouch before brewing; brewed mine longer than the recommended eight minutes (about 15 minutes), and it was fantastic. Strong but not bitter lemon flavor, and as odd as this might sound, held up very well with milk and sugar, still being able to taste a LOT of lemon. This is really excellent.
One of the better Earl Grey teas I’ve had; I let my steep a minute or so longer than the recommended steep time (I like my Earl Grey strong). Good all around aroma and flavor; the stronger it is the better it holds up with milk and sugar (the way I prefer my black teas). Don’t notice that the decaf detracts from the flavor at all.
First thing to notice: Nice aroma, notes of pumpkin, a bit of spice, and white chocolate in equal parts; very warming.
When brewed (5 minutes, boiling water), the white chocolate chips melt and make the tea a bit murky, but the flavor isn’t as heavy and oily as I thought it might be. (The NecessiTeas’ Tuxedo Strawberry, which also has chocolate chips and chocolate flavoring, is a bit heavier and slightly oily because of the chocolate.) Still has a nice warming aftertaste, not much sharp spice as one might find with other spiced teas / chai, but a nice smooth all-around subtle pumpkin spice flavor. Must add milk (full milk or half-and-half) and a bit of sugar to round out the tea.
When I opened the container, I first noticed just how gorgeous the tea smelled and looked: It smelled strongly of chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite flavor), complete with chocolate chips and small bits of strawberries. The aroma was just amazing.
The brewed tea itself was not as good as it smelled, though. It tasted a bit heavy and slightly greasy (because of the chocolate chips melting); it also looked and tasted slightly murky (for the same reason). It did hold up very well with milk and sugar, and I would not drink this tea without adding regular milk or half-and-half (adding 2% or skim milk would not be good). I could drink this tea a cup at a time, but not several cups in a row.
Nice subtle aroma of chocolate marshmallow, and a few notes of cherry, too. Nicely rounded, held up very well with milk (in my case, half-and-half) and sugar; very smooth! Not too sweet; a small amount of sugar did the trick to bring out some of the subtleties of the sweetness in the tea. Good dessert tea.