62 Tasting Notes
This tea is excellent.
I’ve gotten fanatical about jasmine teas (not reflected in reviews because lately I’ve been reviewing teas on paper scraps, but they will be on Steepster later), and what I’ve noticed is that some lack the freshness of taste that really makes a good jasmine tea delicious, which is a real shame. This tea does not. It’s fresh, heady, and makes a thoroughly good iced tea. It’s almost a bit perfume-y, but that gives the impression that it’s fake tasting or excessively strong, which is isn’t. I don’t know how they’ve achieved this strength of jasmine flavour without making it taste perfume-y in the negative sense. It’s balanced very well. It’s the best jasmine I’ve had, and I’m now so glad that I have a big pack of it in this hot weather.
I have something like eight or ten more jasmine teas on the way to me from Upton Tea Imports, and another bag that I got from a critically praised tea shop in Sydney, so my mind might change, but at the moment, this is the best to me. It’s just so damned good, and when mixed with a little freshly squeezed orange juice makes an iced tea to die for.
I drank like a litre of this out of a mixing bowl from the freezer today, after having drank a giant three-cup mug of it earlier. I’m not even ashamed of those facts.
I was reluctant to buy this and the other (Melbourne Breakfast) T2 tea that I got, because T2 doesn’t offer sample sizes, and I didn’t think buying full-sized boxes of chain store tea would work out well, but in this case, my reservations have been really unfounded.
When I’ve been buying/ordering tea lately and there’s been so many jasmines, a tiny part of me has thought, “Do you really need to try more jasmines? Can’t you have too much jasmine?” This tea has simplified the answer: NO!
Oh, I don’t know what to say. I got this tea because a while back, when I first heard of lapsang souchong, I thought it seemed like an interesting idea. Today, I saw the mini 10 packs of this for sale at the supermarket, so I thought I’d give it a try. I had it with sweetener and soy milk.
The aftertaste of this, especially at the end of the cup, reminded me of when I was young and stupid and used to smoke sometimes. That’s not a good thing to be reminded of, because as a firm non-smoker these days, an ashy taste in the mouth is pretty repellant. Otherwise, this tea smelled a bit like bacon before brewing, which was also not promising to me. But I do love the smell of burning wood, and mixed with the creaminess of the soy milk, it was kind of cool. I think this tea could be better mixed with something vanilla-y, like a black tea with vanilla, or some vanilla bean. The smoke element is very strong here. Maybe it wasn’t a good choice as a first lapsang souchong, but I got it mainly because I didn’t want to spend heaps of money on a fancier one when the smoke could be a deal breaker from the get-go.
I’m going to drink this at least one more time, for a better review and to really get my thoughts about the combination of tea and smoke together, but it’s really weird. If you don’t eat meat, it might make a good thing for cooking, because it’s strongly flavoured, and the smokiness is reminiscent of smoked meats and wood smoke, which is always good in savoury stuff.
Pretty good, and perhaps a bit better in terms of flavour complexity than the bagged vanilla rooibos varieties I’ve gotten in Germany (which have been pretty decent). There’s a nice balance of a vanilla flavour and that woody element of rooibos. I don’t want to be pointing this out in all of my rooibos reviews, but it still can’t compare to a good vanilla black tea.
I got this because I read somewhere that green rooibos “tastes a bit like green tea.” I thought this would possibly be like a green vanilla tea, which would be delicious. It was not at all like that! The vanille tastes kind of weak and the tea doesn’t taste fresh or flavourful. Nothing here really tastes of quality and something in the aftertaste reminds me of that gross taste you get in your mouth if you accidentally eat an ant. Before you get that taste, there’s a nice, woody, kind of vanilla-y taste. If that were the whole tea, this would be delicious. That second taste is inescapable though, and it’s not good at all. This product just kind of tastes cheap and of low quality. I don’t recommend this product or anything from this brand, which I unfortunately bought five products from online.
This is kind of crap. It’s a bit like a vanilla rooibos gone wrong, with some kind of wood and off fruit notes in it.. I had it with milk and sweetener, and I kept taking sips, thinking that it might be one of those times when you need to keep drinking it to suss the flavour out, but no. Also, I used two tablespoons of the tea for one large cup, and it was still a bit weak (which was perhaps good, since the flavour wasn’t nice.) If you can think of nothing better than to drink something very weakly vanilla, with a lot of wood, and a fruity tang, this is for you. I’d have to question your taste in that case, though. Overall, I think this brand is of pretty poor quality.
Not bad for a tea that combines lemongrass with mint. I expected it wouldn’t be very good, because it seems so easy for lemongrass teas to go wrong, and mint teas often taste pretty bad. The use of spearmint keeps it fresh, and the lemony flavours keep it from tasting too leafy. Light, fresh, upbeat.
Fora supermarket quality herbal tea, this is unexpectedly delicious! Maybe I just like it so much because when I was growing up, I drank a lot of blackcurrant and apple juice, and Ribena. I don’t know, but it tastes really good to me. It’s a lot like what you’d probably expect less sweet, hot apple and blackcurrant juice to taste like. That maybe doesn’t sound so good, but this is yummy.