333 Tasting Notes
This is an old sample—so old I forget who shared it with me. I was excited for this one, since I’ve enjoyed the blends I’ve tried from Organic India in the past and because I love mango. As it turns out, though, that’s the one note that I’m not getting from this blend. It’s mostly tulsi, which I like quite a bit, with the rooibos coming in as a fairly distant second—and it’s the good kind of rooibos, not the nasty tobacco-tasting stuff. I can detect the chamomile, but it’s not overwhelming. While I’m sure I’ll buy from Organic India again—I find tulsi makes for a nice caffeine-free option—I probably won’t go for this particular blend just because the mango flavoring seems not to add anything much to the experience.
I got a sample of this one with my Lupicia newsletter a while back and am just now getting around to trying it. And, fan of Indian teas that I am, I’m finding it a really pleasant blend. It’s a very smooth blend—as a Darjeeling lover who can’t get enough of that hit of astringency, I might even say it’s a little too smooth and could benefit from a bit more of a kick. For that reason, I don’t think this’ll necessarily be something I’ll purchase next time I place an order with Lupicia, but I certainly wouldn’t be averse to drinking it again should another sample come my way.
This is one of my favorites from MF, though it doesn’t seem to get much attention. The ginger is just right (for this ginger lover, anyway), and the rose is lovely. It doesn’t have that excessively perfume-y quality some rose teas have; it reminds me more of fresh rose petals than anything else. The base is nice and smooth, too.
I finally got around to trying my very old sample of this blend (so old I forget who sent it to me), and even after a couple years languishing in a cardboard box it was delicious. It’s all sweet, creamy lime; the base rounds things out nicely without being too intrusive. If this one were still available it’d be a restock for sure, but since Della Terra’s gone MIA I think it’s going to end up as yet another addition to my ever-growing list of unavailable favorites.
Teavivre kindly included this in the green sampler pack the sent me for review a while back (and that I’m just now getting to, whoops!). This is one super spinachy tea—I see other reviews mentioning notes of hay and even cocoa, but to me it’s all vegetal. It’s a nice tea, and quite smooth, but I do have a preference for greens on the milder/sweeter/nuttier side. I brewed this up hot and then chilled it for iced tea, since it’s been hot here, and while I don’t think it’s one I’ll purchase just based on my personal preferences it’s made for a refreshing drink.