41 Tasting Notes
All American apple pie. That is seriously what this tea is.
Sweet without being overwhelmingly or deceivingly so (none of that fake sweetness but instead a robust sweetness from spice and the lighter sweetness of apples).
Takes strength and body from the black tea base.
This is a tea you can both depend on and enjoy…a perfect representation of Captain America :)
First impression: This tea isn’t bad, but it’s not overly great either. A good tea for when I just want a cup of tea and am unsure if I want spices or something more defined.
Later impressions: This is somewhat bland. It’s a green tea with candied pomegranate or raspberry enhanced pomegranate flavoring and aftertaste.
Bottom line: It’s a decent enough cup. I’m glad to have the sample, but don’t plan on purchasing in the future.
Today I experimented…I wanted something caffeinated but also good for an ouchy potentially crabby self.
Here’s what I ended up with:
1.5 tsp honeyroo vanilla (my own blend of honeyroo by spice and tea exchange and honeybush vanilla by teavana)
1 tsp chocolate by adagio
1 drop vanilla
8 oz water, 200 degrees, 4 minutes
My honeyroo vanilla is starting to lose its vanilla notes and the rooibos is becoming more prominent. It smelled quite medicinal when I pulled it out. Hence why I decided to add an extra drop of vanilla. The nice thing about this tea though, is it’s great for the achy ouchies…especially PCOS fueled ones.
The chocolate was just because I needed a) something caffeinated, b) to work through the chocolate I have and, c) because I thought it would blend well with the vanilla.
I’m pretty happy with the results. I think half the reason I like it is because it’s strong and hot and it’s crazy windy cold outside, but yeah. It’s tasty enough, I’m slightly more awake and a bit less achy.
Steeped this up this morning and it tasted like disappointment. I realized that this tea really needs additives to be truly tasty, so I’m knocking it down a few pegs.
(I’m sorry tea…you’re still super yummy with soy milk and extra chocolate.)
Today I cold steeped a blend of two teas from Teavana – Java Vana Maté and Cococaramel sea salt (herbal).
I did a taste test at 4 hours and then strained the rest into a 16 oz glass at 7 hours.
The verdict? I am never steeping this hot ever again :) Though I don’t think I’ll let it go over 6 hours next time.
Sip by sip this tea greets you with a heavy roasted flavor followed by strong cocoa notes. A sweet hint of caramel finishes off the flavor.
I’m going to give this a tentative 70. It’s tasty but it’s also a little rough on the acid right now. I’m going to experiment with the steep time in the future. I’m thinking I’ll end up with a happy medium between 4 and 6 hours.
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa
To be completely honest, this reminded me of Teavana’s matevana (a roasted mate with oolong). Butttt there’s no mate in this. Tasteception?
It definitely had coffee and vanilla notes and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t amazingly good either. Kinda a meh for me.
Thanks for sample Ladyfriend :)
First review for this tea! Yay, I’ll try to live up to it :)
This tea is absolutely gorgeous. I drank Oerba Dia Vanille first and loved it only to love this one even more. The spices carried through making this a perfect follow up cup so just a truly wonderful afternoon for tea.
Let me officially begin by saying that spice is a fickle mistress. She has many sides to her that, when mastered, continually gift you and when underestimated, can bite you in the ass. This tea shows mastery in taming Lady Spice’s ways. The initial sip is a sweet, dark side of spice. Flavors play upon your tongue as you at once experience the bite that spice dictates as well as the sweetness it later soothes with. The chocolate chai, along with some sweetness from the coconut, is an absolute delight.
But wait, there’s more. As the flavor of the spice fades, hazelnut bursts in like a white knight. Having come to your rescue only to find you need no rescuing, the hazelnut marries with the earlier sweetness for gorgeous finishing taste.
Will definitely need to keep this tea on hand as the treat it so definitely is.
ETA: This is my 25th review on Steepster! Yay milestones :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nuts
((First of all, first review on this tea! I’m honored.))
Allow me to set the scene for you. The setting is either Victorian or neo Victorian. High tea. You are dressed in all finery. Silks and lace and ribbons adorn you. You sit in a high backed white chair at a white outdoor serving table. You and your closest companion exchange smiles and small talk over Jasmine tea and sugar cookies (or perhaps snickerdoodles). That is what this tea tastes like.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Flowers, Vanilla
Ladyfriend gave a small sample of this to me as part of an AdvenTEA calender and I’m finally getting around to drinking it >.>
This tea is so weird to me. I mean, really really really weird. It’s not my first time having a blueberry herbal tea, which is surprising enough in itself from the girl who claimed to heavily disliked blueberries as recently as two or three years ago (I digress). The really surprising thing is that I’m having something called blueberry SYRUP.
I don’t do fruity syrups period. I love pancakes. I have accepted Pan as my personal lord and satyr and he gifted onto me the way of the pancake. I just don’t do fruity syrups. Sugary sticky sweetness + Diabetes = No. Which is why this tea is so strange to me. It honestly tastes like I’m drinking blueberry syrup. I’m expecting my blood glucose level to run high only it’s unsweetened. Huh.
So bottom line. It’s got definite fruity flavor and it’s sweet without being sweetened. Tasty enough and I probably wouldn’t turn down a cup, but I won’t seek it out for myself.