19 Tasting Notes
Admittedly I’m new to breakfast teas. My pallet lately is having me search one that is strong and mildly astringent; enough to slap me in to the morning. I drink it straight with no cream/milk or sugar. This tea walks the boarder between naturally sweet black tea and the slapping tea I crave. The astringency isn’t really there but I’m really enjoying the departure from the musky malt flavor my others have. It’s incredibly smooth and mellow but still holds a boldness that I feel morning teas need to have.
The name of this tea fits perfectly. It tastes like a delicious vanilla birthday cake. As a result, it is a VERY sweet roobios tea. I love it for dessert when I’m craving something sweet but it’s a little much for an every day thing. I do keep it in stock at all times because when I do drink it I absolutely love it.
The one downside is I think the freeze dried ice cream bits leave a really sticky film in my steeper and cup so you have to wash out everything fairly well afterwards.
This tea isn’t bad but it’s not great. If I’m craving something REALLY sweet I’ll grab this. Something about the chocolate flavoring is a little too fake for my liking but for $3 a tin it does the job. It’s also better than most chocolate flavored teas I’ve had. The taste can best be described as “Chocolate birthday cake tea”. Be mindful of the temperature and steep time as it gets weird if you brew too hot or too long.
I don’t like Dr. Who but I was able to try this fandom blend. I wasn’t impressed. It tasted like Earl Grey that was watered down with berries. There was nothing exceptional about it and I felt like the flavors stacked on top of each other rather than truly blending together to form a complete profile.
This is a heavily flavored tea that I find divine. The bulk of the flavor lies within the Mocha Nut Mate which is a richly sweet hazelnut mate that has a mild chocolate finish. The roobios chai adds a depth to the Mocha Nut that was truly unexpected; it’s a cinnamon spice undertone. Both teas are wrapped up together with the cream. I love this tea in the morning when I need a swift kick of caffeine. This is a decadent treat.
This has more than enough room for tea leaves to fully expand and holds enough water to brew an extra large cuppa (but not enough for two cups). It doesn’t seem to absorb scents/flavors of past brews hardly at all and if it does a quick rinse or light scrub will dissipate anything that lingers. (Even my Lapsangs come off easy). Mesh is fine enough for even the smallest roobios needles.
My only gripe is that cleaning it can be a pain in the butt for those of us without dishwashers. There is one small nook in particular that requires me to take a Q tip to clean out. As a result I don’t really like brewing things like David’s or Teavanna tea in it because I worry about residue getting in there and possibly molding. But if you DO have a dishwasher this shouldn’t be an issue as it is safe to pop right in there and sanitize the easy way.
The tea itself smells like vomit and brewing it just intensified that. It is one of the most awful things I’ve ever drank. It’s sweet with an acidic tinge similar to bile and hits you with an almost menthol after taste. I had to soak my steeper afterwards because I could not get the smell/taste out of it. I liken this to the flavor in the back of my throat the day after Christmas when I’ve had a few too many brandy eggnogs.