20 Tasting Notes
I can’t find anything good about this tea. There’s absolutely nothing that ‘wows’ me about it. I’ve tried to spruce it up with everything… milk… honey… agave nectar… sugar… brown sugar… extra cinnamon… etc, but I am left unimpressed. I think a certain crowd will like this though, and do encourage you to try it if you haven’t… you can have the rest of mine ;).
This damn tea. Let me tell you about this tea. It’s… it’s… ….. :-\ I can’t do this. This is potpourri in sacks. I came into this with optimism and high hopes, but ended up with a fairly large let-down. Okay, so the tea itself may be great, but who would ever know through that tart, sweet, bitterly-rich flavor? It’s so sweet that they should use this tea to sweeten teas- paradoxtastic! I still have a TON of these satchels left, so I may experiment with them, but it’s not looking good. v_v
Made with milk and sugar, this is by far my favorite chai to date. I am asked to make this regularly for people I know- I’m not sure if it’s a prepper thing, or a tea thing though. It’s karha isn’t to normal standards… it’s very vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and clove heavy imo (I like this). As far as the tea itself, I think it’s really great for a grocery aisle tea.
The actual tea leaves taste great to me. Did I say great? I meant good. For Lipton. The blueberries are wonderful though. I would like a blueberry Lipton bagel in the near future. I’m not a huge fan of pomegranate, so I’m not going to comment too much on that. There is TONS of licorice in this blend… and if you brew it wrong so help you god you’ll be sipping on black jellybellies. This tea is okay, but I probably won’t buy this specific one very much if ever… though I’ve had worse.
Protip: Brew it a bit hot and it’ll mute those licorice notes.
So when I bought this tea, I wasn’t expecting much because I wasn’t paying much. First few sips… I definitely wasn’t impressed. I compared it to Raman noodles… you never say “man I want raman”, but when you’re eating raman you eat every noodle. However, I now use two bags and just steep for less time. The fuller body really does add that extra ‘oomf’ that I thought was missing from my brews. It is worth noting that even though this is really whole leaf, there’s also a lot of dust too (incase you’re like me and open up the bags normally).
Meh, it’s tea. Does a 1/2lb box @ $5.00 compare to David’s Tea for $6.00/50g? Hell no. Is Lipton prepared wrong by 98% of the pseudo tea-drinking population? Yes. Everyone can point out goods and bads about most teas, but on thing is for sure… this tea is a generic taste that cost very little and can be bought at 24/7 stores and gas stations. I think that in the tea world where everyone has become used to cornflowers, oranges, berries, and blooms within their pots… this minimal tea is left out in the cold. It gets a bad wrap, but I’m sure it was a “gateway tea” for many people here.
I actually expected very little from this tea, but it exceeded my expectations. You can read other notes to get the details of the taste, but one thing that I noticed that really seemed abnormal was it’s peppery taste- but a little dairy calms this down. All in all, it’s like there’s a party in your mouth and everyone is drinking BTC Earl Greay Citrus.