249 Tasting Notes
Apparently this is only available in some Tea Forte collections – I don’t know if it used to be available in larger amounts or not. At first I wasn’t impressed, as it’s pretty weakly flavored compared to its overwhelming strawberry fragrance. But as I sipped, it really grew on me and I get the apple and strawberry very strongly, with just enough lemon to cut through the sweetness. There’s something very cozy and comforting about this, and I wouldn’t mind having a small bag for those times this would fit the bill. However, since I’m generally underwhelmed by Tea Forte, it’s unlikely I’ll be buying a collection just to get one or two cups of this. :(
Flavors: Apple, Lemon, Strawberry
I really enjoyed this, which is saying something because I haven’t been thrilled by Tea Revv and I don’t often like red rooibos. This is strongly almond flavored and scented. I don’t really get any tartness from cranberry or orange, or much in the way of distinct spices, but I suspect they’re contributing to the overall cookie-type flavor. There’s only a slight woodiness to the rooibos, which actually works well and gives it some backbone. I wouldn’t place an order just for this one tea, but I would include it on a list if I buy a few.
Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Wood
Wow, this tastes exactly like the tea version of a Gewurtztraminer wine I used to drink. I liked the wine, not so much the tea. It definitely tastes of pear and maybe a bit of honey (the stuff the bees make, not the candy). I don’t get anything spicy out of it, and it’s very astringent. I will give them points for unique, as I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything quite like this, but I just don’t like it.
Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Pear
The fragrance of this is exactly stereotypical Christmas tea, but in a good way. It tastes pretty much how I’d imagine, a little softer on the spices than some I’ve had, and the orange is more evident. I see mentions of floral and almond flavors – I definitely don’t pick up any florals, but the almond might be there faintly. This one isn’t too heavy on cloves, either, which make it so easy for a spice tea to go bitter. Very nice and inoffensive – nothing spectacular about it, but definitely crowd pleasing.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spices
Another inoffensive offering here. It’s nondescriptly lightly fruity, a tiny bit floral but not offputting (I generally dislike floral). The weird thing is it leaves an oddly metallic feeling across the middle part of my tongue. I’ve never experienced anything like this, and it really is almost more of a feeling than a flavor. Based on that combined with the fact that there’s really nothing to hugely recommend this tea, I actually don’t recommend it.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Metallic
This was a nice white tea and peach mix, as the name suggests. It does have that honeyed apricot taste, as well. I am finding Tea Revv to not overly flavor their teas, which could be a good thing or bad thing depending on your preference. It’s not a good thing for me, as part of the point of drinking different teas is having them taste distinctly different – and I’m not a particularly skilled person at detecting subtle nuances. So this is certainly a nice tea, but nothing I’d rush out to buy when I run out of it.
Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Peach
The fragrance is pure watermelon Jolly Rancher. That’s probably not good for tea, but I can’t help it, I do love those things and the mere scent makes my mouth water. My whole kitchen smelled like it after I brewed some. It’s probably a good thing that the fragrance is much stronger than the flavor, but I can’t help but feel like there’s something missing. It just underwhelms. Did you ever try to melt hard candy in water as a kid, figuring it would give the water some great flavor? And it would smell like the candy, but it just tasted kind of like slightly different water? That’s what this tea makes me think of. It’s tea that someone dissolved a Jolly Rancher in, and it just makes me kind of sad that it doesn’t taste that way, too. It does have a sweetness to it, just not as much as I want with a tea that smells like this.
This does smell exactly like one of those chocolate oranges you can buy around Christmas! It has that same powdery orange and dry chocolate fragrance. Unfortunately, the tea itself doesn’t have too much taste…I’m going to try using double the leaf next time to see if that helps. Right now, it’s mostly just basic tea with a very faint aftertaste of both chocolate and orange. Withholding final judgment until I try with more tea!
Update: I have now tried it with (a lot) more tea, and it just didn’t really change the flavor. I think you do need to go a little heavier on the leafing than not, though. I don’t actually dislike it, there’s just not much to like. It’s still better than not, it’s basically a fairly smooth black tea with faint chocolate and faint orange notes. I just wish there was MORE of that good stuff! I’ll now assign a numerical rating to match that.
Flavors: Chocolate, Orange
I love the balance on this, very nice and spicy sweet without one spice note overriding everything else. It’s strongly spicy but not overwhelming and makes me want to try their other chais. However, there’s a note to both the fragrance and the flavor that I really dislike – I’m assuming it’s the yerba mate, which I know I’ve had before but not much. It’s a flat woody smell that has a somewhat rotten smell/flavor to me. It’s not too strong but I really dislike it. If not for that, I’d drink this tea 24/7, but with that note, I can’t stand it. I think it’s not fair to give it a numerical rating because of that. I would probably give it an 85 without, but like a 10 with.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Wood