615 Tasting Notes
Tea #44 from Another Traveling Tea Box
Dry this smells really creamy, but not strongly of either chocolate or mint.
As always, for me, the best feature of a rooibos tea is being unable to taste the rooibos, and this one pulls that in spades. The spearmint masks it completely.
I didn’t get much in the way of chocolate, but every once in a while it would come through. It’s a sweeter chocolate flavor, and less dry cocoa power than a lot of them. It also doesn’t have any sort of chemical component.
It’s a pretty nice decaffeinated mint tea, but not something I’d order myself.
Tea #41 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This one smells really spicy and not too terribly good in the bag, but once steeped it smells sweeter, but still has a rather zippy feel.
It is definitely reminiscent of pumpkin pie, despite the lack of pumpkin flavor. The spices are surprisingly mellow, and strongly clove and ginger, with a more subtle nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. I’m also really happy with how not-rooibosy this is. This would pair so well with Thanksgiving dinner!
Tea #40 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is another rich, black tea. The cocoa notes in this are the most prominent. It made me realise that the previous cup had some honey notes that this one is lacking. There’s also some slight bitterness going on; it’s the same bitterness that dark baking chocolate has, so it’s not offensive, but I’m wondering if a shorter steep time or a drop in temp would help it.
It’s another really nice black tea, but I’m partial to the Black Monkey.
Tea #39 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is actually more evocative of Black Dragon Pearls than a Golden Monkey. It has fantastic dark cocoa notes and a warming maltiness.
Definitely a toasty tea and perfect for the weather. I’m definitely taking the last cup of this out of the box.
Tea #38 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is a nice mint tea with a background of vanilla. The addition of the vanilla is really nice, and adds a depth I wasn’t expecting to find. It hits at the end of the sip and reminds me of buttermints — a little creamy and quite smooth. Really yummy blend~!
Editing to add: I just got the coolest mug ever. The Cheshire Cat disappears when I add tea.
Tea #37 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This looks almost exactly like (ATR’s) Brioche! Not quite the same taste (or concept, really).
There’s definitely a roasty cookie element, and strong almond flavor. There’s some astringency to the base, and very mild bitterness until it cools. I find myself preferring Georgia Tea Co. Almond Cookie and California Tea House’s Almond Butter.
I’d take Brioche before any of them, though.
Tea #35 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This tea is creamy and buttery with flavors of almond milk, peaches and freshly steamed broccoli and spinach popping up. It’s less floral and more green tasting than I was expecting. There’s also a lovely dry wine feeling to drinking it.
What surprised me most is that (at least when Western steeping) the first steep was the most pleasant. The quality held up for about four steeps, but the first one was easily the creamiest and sweetest. The veggie taste started taking over in 2 & 3.
It’s a very pleasant milk oolong, and honestly on that first steep (which was pretty much perfection), I was having a really hard time figuring out if it was going back in the box or not. But the following steeps made me realise I have others I prefer to this one. I’m still really glad I got to try it!