576 Tasting Notes
I am at home with no loose tea but dealing with health insurance questions so tea is a must! Found this one and decided to go for it. I’m letting it steep as long as possible, out of curiosity. I like strong, bold teas and want to see how chocolate-y this can get. I am triple-dog-daring it to be more chocolate than mint. :)
I am totally biased but I love this blend! (In the words of London Tipton, “Yay me!”) I mixed one cup of licorice root with a generous cup of peppermint and the results are perfect. I love how licorice root leaves a sweet aftertaste in your mouth; combined with peppermint it’s awesome.
Another important note – steeping time isn’t important. I was called away from my blend for a few minutes leaving the bag alone and no worries, no bitter taste.
Next I’ll try this blend with spearmint too. :)
Thanks again to Frank for providing the licorice root. I will be back for more. :)
This is my first mate. (I was a mate virgin!) Honestly, I’m not impressed. Mate is very fine in its loose form. I use tea filter bags over an infuser and I’m glad I do because using an infuser with mate would be a big ol’ mess.
On to the taste. Weird. (Wow, so descriptive.) Nutty, toasted. But smooth. A good basic tea base. It reminds me of something and I can’t put my finger on what, but the taste is very familiar. Hearty and woodsy. The aftertaste is nutty, almost like coffee. Maybe it reminds me of weak coffee? There is a sweet smell to it as well…weak but sweet coffee, that’s what I bid. Kind of like free coffee you get while waiting for a service: car repair, real estate, insurance.
I got this as a sample and I don’t think I’d buy it again. No offense, maybe it’s my mate ignorance, but I don’t drink tea just to drink tea. I enjoy the flavors, the aroma, the experience. This one just didn’t thrill me.
I really enjoyed the simplicity of this tea – simply cinnamon and simply delicious! I usually add a packet or two of Splenda to my tea, but with this one is sweet on its own. It smells soft and buttery too, which is a nice touch.
This is a hearty breakfast tea too – perfect to get the day rolling. Hence the name cinnamon roll, eh? Please ignore my awful puns but do enjoy this wonderful tea!
I fixed this tea on Adagio by using just 10 percent of the smoky Lapsang Souchong and the remaining 90 percent split between vanilla oolong and cream black tea. I LOVE how this one turned out! It’s bold, strong, and in-your-face vanilla/cream with a smoky aftertaste, just like a toasted marshmallow.
The original blend was good, but I’m not a big fan of Lapsang Souchong apparently. A subtle smoky flavor – like a marshmallow fresh from the fire – works perfectly. YUM!
One thing – don’t drink before bed or you’ll be wired. :)