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As afternoon tea I took this one from their Single Steeps solution. I have it for ages, but it was small foil wrapping with loose leaf – I thought it will be still okay.
And it was – okay.
Expected some weird, bad spicy notes and alcohol, but apparently I did not noticed any of them. I experienced mostly cloves and another spices with chocolate notes. Yep, it was like chai hot chocolate but somehow mild. It was pretty nice. Maybe little notes of biscuits were there as well.
If I take into account that it is really old one (I really have no idea), it was still pretty nice.
Prepared grandpa, 300 ml glass cup; almost boiling water.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cloves, Spicy
Arby Advent Day 13
I accidentally knocked this over in my fridge and spilled most of it, so I only have a few sips to review. I definitely get both the hibiscus and the berry. It’s pretty tart. The flavor isn’t that tasty for some reason. There’s just a weird third flavor in there that isn’t great. I don’t mind sour hibiscus blends – this one just isn’t done that well.
This is maybe my favourite of the sampler!? But it’s a hesitant maybe…
Started off ok; sweeter rooibos based chai with the generic cinnamon/ginger notes to it and a nice, strong vanilla element to the cup as well. Weirdly, it loosely gave me rootbeer float vibes at first between the cinnamon/mild spices and assertive vanilla flavour combined with the natural sweetness of the rooibos base. I left the teabag in while I drank though, and boy oh boy that was a mistake! It got sickly sweet, and the spices took on this unpleasant taste that was almost like body odour. But sweet body odour…
Might be ok; but keep steep time short is my advice.
This one was really weird; it tasted so distinctly of raspberry and chocolate that I really did get the “Raspberry Ganache” imagery quite clearly but it achieved that in the most artificial way possible. Nothing about the tea felt natural, harmonious or balanced. 100% gave a “chocolate flavouring” impression over, well, “chocolate”. Accuracy can only get you so far if the quality of the flavouring is just shit.
Miss for me.
This tea was the entire reason I picked up this Tea Forte sampler; I was just so incredibly stoked about the possibility of a good Rum & Raisin profile – I don’t know why but I’ve been craving Rum & Raisin ice cream so much this summer…
Sadly I did not like the tea. To quickly summarize, it was a bit too much biscotti and not enough rum or raisin. Elaborating, though, it was just a sort of flat tasting black tea with more of a bready/baked goods type of note and a hint of cinnamon – with the barest possible hint of rum; no raisin. Also a little bit drying…
I think what I really wanted was more of a sweeter and creamier rum & raisin that truly matched the ice cream I was craving – and this just wasn’t that.
Picked up a small Tea Forte sampler from McNally Robinson while I was in Winnipeg – looks like it was a holiday sampler with different limited edition holiday flavours. Mostly I was just deeply curious about the Rum Raisin Biscotti flavour in the kit…
This was the first one I tried after getting home to Montreal; I had low expectations – “spiced plum” is a rather played out holiday tea flavour/offering and one that’s usually done pretty poorly; plum is a deeply hard flavour to do well. As expected, the infusion did not remind me of plum – but it was still a decently nice cup. Very much a marriage of sweet cinnamon and ginger, with a tart hibiscus-y “cooked fruit”/raisiny note. By far not the worst tea I’ve tried in this vein conceptually, but still has a generic quality to it.
I’m not a spiced fruit tea fan, so this one was kind of unlikely to be a favorite. I’d say it does taste like a mulled cider type of thing. The flavor is difficult to describe, but I found it sour and a bit unpleasant overall with a touch of spice. It’s difficult to get a plum flavor without the sourness. It tasted slightly better cold, but to my taste buds at least, this tea was a bit gross to drink. It took two days to drink because I was kind of grossed out by it. I hate having to say negative things about a tea! I’m never sure whether to leave a low score or no score at all in case personal tastes are interfering too much. The flavor for this one was pretty weird though.
Oh, I’m rather surprised by all the low ratings for this one.
Not sure why it ended up a bit bitter since I used my family’s temperature controlled kettle and only brewed it a few minutes. After it cooled completely, for some reason, my last few sips were free from bitterness. Weird. Anyway, this one is pretty good. It reminds me a lot of a Teavana tea I used to like, toasted nut brulee. But I feel this one is rather accurately named. The leaf has nice big raisins and flowers in it. The second steep is okay, but most of the flavor is gone except for the black tea. It’s difficult to point to specific flavors I taste in here – black tea, sweetness, and rum maybe, but I’d say it’s a fun desserty flavor that I wouldn’t mind having again occasionally.
My sister got me a Tea Forte sampler box for Christmas and this is the first tea out of it I’ve tried so far.
This tea is just okay. Possibly I was spoiled with my good black tea over the holiday but this one is just not as good and is making me wish I was drinking something else. There’s something almost grapey to it that I don’t like. I’m not a fan of Darjeelings after all. I will not be resteeping it.
It tastes medicinal, and not in any good way. —It tastes like I’m drinking my grandmother’s Tiger Balm. It has a plastic-like menthol aroma and flavor. The aftertaste reminds me of Vapor Rub, if I mixed it with hot water and sipped it from a teacup.
Flavors: Medicinal, Menthol, Olive Oil, Orange Zest
TeaForte and I may have slightly different interpretations of how much tea is in a “single steep” – I didn’t think to measure this before dumping it in my infuser, so I was then scraping it out to get an idea of the quantity.
Suffice to say, even with dropping the steep time to 2 min there’s still quite a bitter overtone. I’m definitely picking up the nougat and alcohol (?) notes, but it’s somewhat lacking in the caramel I’d hoped for. Very tannic, dark and rich, but just not a flavour profile I find particularly enjoyable.