78 Tasting Notes
This tea is bergamot-forward, but the lemon myrtle and ginger are right behind! I think this is the first tea I’ve had with bergamot that doesn’t quite seem like an earl grey to me, not that there’s anything wrong with earl grey. It’s a different blend entirely, and I like it. It’s perfect for enjoying with friends who are a bit mad.
Flavors: Bergamot, Ginger, Lemon
It’s hard to pick out the individual flavors, but I think that’s a good thing here. They blend together in my mouth quite nicely, like a good mulled wine. I can imagine Tyrion enjoying this on a rare day where he wants a few minutes of sobriety.
It does remind me a bit of Bigelow’s Constant Comment, if it were remade from better ingredients and blended better.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Red Wine
Brewed tea tastes of cinnamon! The main flavor is cinnamon, with a bit of pumpkin flavor. It’s summer here, but it tastes like fall! I may have to try it with vanilla almond milk. It’s good for such a simple blend of flavors.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pumpkin
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There is something mildly cotton-candy-like about this black tea, right at the end of the sip. It’s also quite floral throughout. It tastes a bit of rose with a hint of strawberry too. I’ll bet it would be great iced.
Flavors: Astringent, Cotton Candy, Floral, Rose, Strawberry
The leaf smells delightfully lemony!
I was tapping out this tea into my gravity steeper on my kitchen scale, going for 4 grams. I hit 3 grams, and then a bunch lept out, hitting 6 grams! I put some back into the pouch but didn’t want to return any wet leaf from rinsing out the steeper. So I compromised and went with 5 grams.
The lemon myrtle is really the star of this tea. Like the name suggests, it’s like a walk through a garden. A garden with a lot of lemon scents, with other smells peaking at me in the background.
Oops, I let it get cool. So I added a bit of ice. It was slightly overleafed anyway, and it balanced out. Now I’m sitting in that garden on a warm day, cooling off to this tea. A slice of lemon would be great in it, I’ll bet. The vegetal notes come out a bit more for me when iced. This is really a fun, nice tea.
Flavors: Lemon, Vegetal
I mostly taste the honeybush, with a bit of rooibos and coconut. I can’t taste the banana. I made it hot and let it cool for five minutes, as instructed.
It cooled off a lot before I finished it. I added some ice, and it’s good that way too. The rooibos stands out a bit more when iced. Something tastes almost minty now, odd. I like it.
Flavors: Coconut, Mint, Rooibos
I got this recently with a 52teas sale. I tried it with my friend Sara while enjoying this week’s Doctor Who. She got it in the same sale.
The brewed tea smells of black tea and vanilla.
The assam itself has a nice, rich flavor, with something like a citrus note. The vanilla is a nice complement for the flavor. I don’t taste any marshmallow, but I’m still happy with this tea. Oh! I have marshmallows, and I was kind of hoping for that flavor, so…
Floating a single marshmallow in the cup doesn’t change the flavor from what I can tell, but it is fun. Thanks, 52teas! I like.
Flavors: Citrus, Tea, Vanilla
This came stocked in my hotel room at the Spencer Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. I like it best with a shorter steep. I drank it plain. For a breakfast tea, it’s not overly bitter. I detect a slight malty note. Overall it’s pleasant and drinkable, good for waking up / staying awake when you need to keep to a schedule because of jet lag.
Flavors: Malt, Tea
At the San Francisco International Tea Festival last year (2018), I received a sample box of Yorkshire black tea. I wanted to pick up something simple to make at work, and found they had regular Yorkshire, and Yorkshire Gold. I had to try the Gold.
The bags come two-by-two (have to separate them) and without strings, just like Celestial Seasonings.
The brewed color is very gold! I think it would stain easily.
This is an excellent CTC black tea. I taste some malt and molasses notes. It’s similar to their regular black tea, but a little naturally sweeter and brighter.
Flavors: Malt, Molasses, Sweet, Tea