624 Tasting Notes
I’m really sad about the hibiscus in this blend, because I’m enjoying the balance between the earthiness of the beetroot and the bright, zesty citrus. Unfortunately, that tart hibiscus aftertaste kind of ruins the experience for me.
Flavors: Earth, Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Tart
I really liked the other Verdant roasted oolong in the tea box, so I had to give this one a try as well. Unfortunately, this one’s not for me. The roasted flavor is much stronger, leaving a bitter, ashy aftertaste in my mouth. The resteep was a bit lighter in flavor and I enjoyed it more, but still not something I’d want to drink again.
Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Char, Roasted, Smoke
I don’t think I’ve ever had a chai with fruit in it before. I don’t specifically get blackberry from this one, but there’s definitely a sweet, fruity note that adds an interesting twist to what’s otherwise a pretty traditional chai blend.
Flavors: Fruity, Spices, Sweet
This was another unique flavor combination that I just had to sample! I kind of expected the rose flavor to take over everything, but there’s definitely a nice buttery shortbread note going on here. I’m so sad that AQTT has gone on hiatus, because Lauren’s blends are brilliant!
Flavors: Butter, Rose, Vanilla
I love discovering new favorite teas in traveling tea boxes, but I also love the opportunity to sample blends that I never would have found or purchased on my own. Even if I don’t love everything I try, it’s super fun to experience new flavor combinations! On that note…I grew up eating fresh mulberries every summer off the mulberry tree in my best friend’s backyard, but I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a mulberry tea. I was also intrigued by the fact that this one was a genmaicha…not a combination I ever would have thought of. Unfortunately, I didn’t really get much mulberry flavor from this blend, but it was a nice sweet, nutty genmaicha!
Flavors: Sweet, Toasted Rice
I’m not usually the biggest fan of roasted oolongs, but this one is nice! A good balance of the nutty roasted notes with the honeyed floral flavor of the tea itself. The finish is super smooth and not at all drying. This one may be staying with me!
Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Honey, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth
What a unique blend! I was disappointed by my first couple of sips, but the flavors really began to pop as my cup cooled down. Passionfruit is definitely the dominant element, but I’m getting hints of dark chocolate from the cacao nibs and a little spicy kick in the back of my throat thanks to the cayenne. It is just a bit drying, which I don’t enjoy, but otherwise a fun flavor combination and a nice change of pace.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Drying, Passion Fruits, Spicy
This is nice…smooth, sweet, and fruity. Honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure exactly what kind of fruit this was supposed to be until I read the description, but I do sort of get cherry from it now that I know I’m supposed to. :) Nothing super special or memorable, but I enjoyed it!
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet