375 Tasting Notes
Thanks to AliceG for the swap! This tea bag claims it makes a quart of tea, but there wasn’t much leaf in there, so I just used it for my 18 oz mug. The flavor is nice and strong. I left it in the fridge so that I could drink it cold. It might have leaned a bit more to the candy-like watermelon, but I enjoyed it. This is definitely a tea I would pick up at the store to make pitchers of for my fridge. The flavors are nothing new, but they’re enjoyable.
Thanks very much to teakruthi for sending such a generous number of samples! I was drawn to this one first, and it was pretty delicious! The tea tastes high quality. It’s flavorful, not at all bitter. The lemon doesn’t overpower it at all. It’s just a tasty hint. The resteep tastes only of the black tea, but it’s still good. I don’t drink teas with this much caffeine often, and I could really feel it when I finished my cup, so this could be a good morning brew for those who are looking for that kind of thing.
Thanks to tea-sipper for allowing me to continue my Earl grey obsession. I must be really used to the weak decaf versions I usually drink because this was quite brisk. I had to add more sugar and milk than I’m used to. Hot, I tasted mostly the brisk tea flavor with the bergamot following in the aftertaste. Cold, the bergamot shows up a lot more, and the black tea smooths out. I suppose I’ll drink my next cup cold! Not one of my favorite earls, but it was solid. Nice bergamot.
I got a sample of this from tea-sipper last year before I was posting reviews on here. Since I had no written record, I didn’t remember what I thought of it, and I bought more. That was a mistake. There is just such a strong, unpleasant smoky flavor, and the other main flavor is a strong orange. There’s nothing bready or cinnamon about this. I swear the formula must have been different before because I would have remembered this level of dislike. If you like smoky teas, maybe you’d like this, but it’s sadly not for me. I find it very unpleasant no matter what I do to it.
Thanks to tea-sipper for this one! Despite ambivalent reviews, I was still curious to finally try it. I wasn’t a big fan at first. It’s rather astringent and plain. It has kind of a strange flavor seeping through that I can’t identify. The spices are mild. Maybe a bit of clove. Certainly nothing I would identify as baklava. With milk and sugar, it tastes decent. Like many other lightly flavored black teas. The more I drink of it, the more it’s growing on me. The spices somehow seem to show up more now. It’s not a great tea, but it’s enjoyable enough to finish the quantity I have. I really wish it tasted more like its name – that would be unique and tasty.
Okay the whole time I’ve had this tea, I thought it said cocobanana, so I was expecting banana and coconut. You can imagine my surprise when I opened it and was smacked in the face with a strong grapefruit scent. Not at all disappointed, just very surprised. The flavor is almost entirely sour grapefruit. Or maybe it’s other fruits since everyone else seems to be getting different fruit notes from it. It wasn’t the best hot, but cold it’s pretty nice. Definitely needed sugar to balance out the sourness, but I’m enjoying the fruitiness a lot. The flavor is strong and refreshing. Don’t purchase this unless you like sour teas.
My first time having this tea, even though I drank a huge mug, I must say that it didn’t leave much of an impression. The main flavor was a light, tangy, artificial red fruit. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it was a bit disappointing. I didn’t get chocolate cake at all. The resteep tasted similar to the first steep, meaning not that flavorful.
The second time I tried it, I went for a longer, cooler steep, and I made sure lots of cocoa husks were in there. This time, it did taste like chocolate, along with a tangy cherry flavor. It tastes best with sugar and milk. It’s not a tea I’d reach for often, but it has a unique thing going on that makes me glad to have tried it.
Thanks for the swap, tea-sipper! It was difficult to choose what to try first! This one tasted pretty light with a little bit of creaminess. Sadly, I’m missing any spices, but it’s a light, creamy tea that I’m happy I have enough of for a second cup. The resteep may have been even creamier than the first steep. The only reason I’m a little disappointed is that I was promised eggnog. With a different title, I would be perfectly pleased with this tea. The cream flavor is very light, but it’s nice.
This one needs sugar to bring out the flavors. I seem to end up with different flavor notes every time I make a cup, so it’s been difficult for me to craft a review. I usually drink it cold, and it’s sweet and refreshing with a pleasant red fruits flavor. I totally do get a hint of pomegranate, which is pretty nice. It’s like fruit juice – I’m always a fan of B&B strawberry teas! I will say that I’m drinking it right beside Jelly + Ice Cream, and well…I’d prefer the other tea any day. But I’m having a decent time! It’s a better than average fruit tea.