935 Tasting Notes
This really is like eating a piece of vanilla cake! The caramel comes in in the aftertaste like caramel frosting. The flavor here is pretty accurate, which I’m really enjoying! I will say that it’s a little artificial and definitely tastes more like an herbal than a black tea. I don’t mind these things in a tea, but I can see where all the negative reviews are coming from.
I probably should have used less water, but this doesn’t taste strong like it says. The black tea is a bit weak, and it’s more floral than I expected. Really it was quite a mild EG, perfectly tasty, but I’ve had better EGs from Teapigs, and I prefer something bolder overall. And this is my last 2019 advent calendar tea! Finally!
I didn’t check the ingredients for this one when I picked it, so the floral scent was very surprising! I’m not a big rose fan, but luckily violet was the dominating flavor. (I also cheated and tried not to scoop up much rose) I added milk and sweetener, and it’s like having one of those violet candies. Again, I’m not a floral tea person, so I would reach for this one very infrequently (but I would reach for it!) I think it does a really good job at accomplishing its flavor goals. The second steep is quite strong as well. Thanks for sharing this one tea-sipper! I’m really glad I got to try it.
Last traveling tea box sample from 2020. Hmm this is much more mildly flavored than I expected. Hot, it tastes like rather plain black tea. I’m not really getting caramelized sweetness here. I imagined it being much richer than this. Once it had cooled, the base was a bit more metallic than I prefer, but I also got some burnt caramel hints, which were pleasant. I feel like I did get some nougat in the end, but I wish the flavors were stronger.
Today I say good bye to what turned out to be one of my favorite teas. I haven’t had the reblended version, so this is a review of the old one. I’m sad that they messed with a formula that really worked though. It definitely succeeds at tasting like pumpkin butter. The spices go together perfectly, and I don’t really taste the rooibos individually. I always had it with milk, and it makes a strong second steep as well. The flavors all mesh so well, some fruitiness from the apple, along with spices like clove. This is the only time that I’ve finished eight ounces of a tea and immediately wished I’d had more.
The fake berry plus the rooibos here are just not working for me. The berry is a bit too fake, and it just doesn’t taste good. It’s like medicine. I’m a huge rooibos fan, but this is the sort of rooibos blend even I can’t enjoy. I mean, I could probably finish my 1 oz bag if I wanted to, but I wouldn’t have a great time doing it.
Grabbed a small sample of this from a tea box. Hmm this one is pretty plain. The flavor is sort of boring, not chocolatey at all. The black tea isn’t very tasty warm, a little sourish, not rich or full enough. I had the rest cool with milk, which helped and made it taste much better, though still no chocolate. There were very few cocoa shells in this sample, so that probably impacted my experience, but this just isn’t one I’d like to seek out again.
I’ve had a bit of a rollercoaster experience with this tea. The first time I had it, the maple came off as a weird synthetic smoke. The blueberry flavor is pretty fake as well, like the blueberries in store-bought muffins. I had it with milk, and I sort of liked it, but it was also fake and weird. Then I started having it with almond milk, which really draws out the nuttiness of the honeybush (plus a bit of pepper, but not too much). I don’t really notice any maple now, but I’m still getting the fake blueberry. It’s not bad in its fakeness, just not fresh tasting. It’s hard to know how to rate this because I quite enjoy it now, but only with almond milk. I only have one serving left, and I’d actually consider purchasing this one again now that I know the best way to drink it.
This one smells like B&B’s other chocolate teas, which somehow smell a bit nostalgic to me even though they’re not my favorite. Hot, the flavor…doesn’t taste like much? Very mild chocolate, and I’m not getting much else. The ratio for this one was way heavier on the black tea than on the cocoa shells, so I guess that’s why. Once it cooled, more chocolate flavor came out, and it tasted very similar to other B&B teas. I had some of their hazelnut rocher tea the other day, and they basically taste the same. I guess I’ve had too many of them at this point, so I’m not too enthusiastic about this one. It’s just more of the same.