132 Tasting Notes
Bleeeh! This is very astringent to me, slightly bitter, a bit woodsy and I can smell muddled grass. IMO this is just a bad combo of teas…black tea, oolong and green tea? Perhaps it had potential if the tea ratios were different? I even added some cream and sugar to help mask the taste of this and as it did help I still wasn’t able to drink a full cup.
I love this iced tea! I can never seem to make a pitcher of iced tea to save my life!!! So I came across this tea and loved it’s flavor profile for an iced black tea right off the bat. To me it’s a lot more complex than most simple black tea profiles. I also like that it’s made with pure cane sugar instead of refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup like many do. They also make an unsweetened version as well.
I tried this last night, and let me start off by saying I am not an avid black tea/chai drink…er-um aka “maker”. See, I love chai but I always buy it already prepared at a tea bar or coffee shop. I do this, because I am lazy to brew it on the stove and then strain it. Alright, so with that being said I made this in my brand new Stump teapot that I got from Zhi tea (very cute btw). Now, I made this for one 6oz cup…well since I never used this teapot before I didn’t know 6oz doesn’t even come up to the filter :-( so I guessed on how much extra tea leaves to put in there to make up the difference for the water so that it would actually cover the bottom of the filter. That cup was weak as water, but smelled good! So I tried again with the same tea leaves and added another tsp. and that one was a bit stronger but still weak, so I tossed it as well and decided to start over another day.
SO from the look for the loose leaf and the smell and what little taste I got, this seems like a good chai, but just a bad user error this go around.
But on another note I ordered from them Monday and got my order Thursday!!! That is by far the fastest shipping I have had so far so I was pleased with that ;-)
So I had this last night since I had just had Teavana’s Jasmine Pearls the night before (my taste buds and memory were still fresh)! I know I really should just do a side by side comparison, but I think I am just too lazy…or perhaps I simply don’t have the patience to do so? Eh, either way it hasn’t happened yet so this is the best I can do LOL. Now, the first time when I had this it had been a while since I made a cup of Teavana’s Jasmine Pearls and I think I may just been yearning for a strong jasmine flavor to it. Well, after last night I must say that this jasmine is a bit too perfumey for me and just didn’t have the same spunk and balance as Teavana’s Jasmine Pearls… it just did not compare! So for this reason and for the noticeable perfumey taste I will have to knock my rating down; I think the first time I tried them I was just in a jasmine pearl withdrawal and any pearl would have just knocked my socks off!