1500 Tasting Notes
I’m a bit embarrassed to say I love this tea. I found it about six years ago while house sitting in one of my favorite places in the world (Nelson, BC) and loved the town so much I named my son after it. However, I digress.
My favorite way to make this is when I’m feeling a bit stuffed up or foggy, and then letting it steep overnight. It’s an overly cinnamon-y tea, yet I absolutely love it oversteeped so that it gets thick and syrupy. Zero sweetener needed. I always have a box of this hiding somewhere.
Second steep, and I much prefer this one to the last. It’s bolder somehow, although still missing that punch-in-the-face flavor I love. Definitely a bite to this steep, even though the color is more light caramel to the first steep’s earthy brown. Zero sweetener this time around. Long finish on the ginger, as if to taunt me into drinking more… more… more!
Freebie #3 from Teavana after purchasing a Breville from them.
Pungent-smelling as I opened the bag, and I assumed there was some form of anise in it from the smell. Nopers, I’m wrong (yep, I checked). Can smell the nutmeg and cloves quite strongly, both steeped and dry. Very chai-like.
There’s a dry smoothness upon tasting, and while pleasant, it’s faint at first sip. I like a more “punch in yer face, I’m gonna smack you with awesomeness” kind of flavor. So, I added a bit of Truvia. Would do well with a bit of cream as well.
The ginger becomes more apparent as you wait… obviously, I’m a bit lacking in the patience department. Surprised that it’s an oolong. If I didn’t read the package, I’d think it was only herbal. Has a nice kick that’s making my nose run, which is always a good thing in my books. I’ll definitely finish this bag, however I’ll probably buy other chai-like oolongs instead in the future.
Ah, Tumeric Snap. If I’d known you were going to be discontinued, I would’ve bought a lot more of you a year ago. This is a favorite tea when sick, congested and/or stuffy. Think spicy, heated, warming with a touch of sweet. You’ve got to love ginger, fennel and turmeric however (as I do) to really appreciate this one. Maybe I’ll try and make a version of my own.
Freebie #2 from Teavana after purchasing a Breville earlier today.
Strong smelling dry, fruity, luscious. Smells similarly as it steeps. Unsweetened, this was unpalatable to me: soapy. I wondered if it was the Breville, as I normally love tea. I almost dumped it before adding some Truvia, and now it’s infinitely better. Still a soapy feel on my tongue, but now I can taste the fruit, although it’s still very tart and dry. I’ll drink it, however I doubt I’ll ever make this again.
Splurged on a Breville tea maker today, and the lovely manager at my local Teavana gave me 200g of free tea with my purchase. Four different teas, this was the one that spoke to me the most, so it’s what I’m trying tonight.
First off, the Breville takes some getting used to, so I oversteeped this one. Not that I mind… usually a good rooibos tastes even better to me if I’m steeping it longer than I should. I was surprised as I measured it out how much fruit there is in this one, and how little actual tea. All large pieces? Interesting.
Dry, it smells very fruity like a tart raspberry punch. Zero mint smell that I could decipher.
Steeped, it smells less fruity. Less of everything, really. Maybe a more faint raspberry taste than anything. The mint is hard to place, although it’s definitely there, almost as a cooling action midway through and little else. I had to sweeten it to bring out some of fruitiness (I found it bland on it’s own), which may have dampened the mint? Dunno.
The smell is now wafting throughout the house though, so it does have a lovely odor. It’s just… sneaky, like my 5-year-old wearing his superhero costume.
I’ll try it again to see if I like it more with less steeping (or maybe cold?). At this point, I doubt I’ll ever buy it.
Okay, it’s grown on me a little bit. Like kristinajoie mentioned below, it’s very much like marzipan. The coconut comes through a bit later, however faintly, and the ginger is almost imperceptible – although it does linger longer than the other flavors. Will try with some coconut milk and more sweetener next time. Really torn on this one.
Smells strongly of almonds right as you open the tin, and just as much as it steeps. Ginger is very faint, which surprised me considering how high it is listed in the ingredients. Spiciness apparent on inhalation; it actually made my nose and lips tingle a bit.
Weird. All I taste is almonds. That’s it. It’s nice, however something completely different than what I was expecting – brisk, spicy, earthy, and “Kapha” fighting (so basically to increase energy). I’ll keep on sipping and see if it changes.
An amazingly generous RedditGiftor gave this to me, as well as several other POUNDS of tea, during last year’s Tea and Coffee exchange. For whatever reason I waited until this week to crack it open and try it out. I wish I had sooner, as it’s now in my favorite rotation.
Surprisingly sweet, even without anything added to it. Light, refreshing, crisp. Smells amazing, and the taste reflects the nose-feel well. I love this with a bit of Truvia (yes, I have a sweet tooth) and oftentimes mixed with something else along the same palate, such as Adagio’s Honeybush Mango.