7 Tasting Notes
Wow. Gotta say this tea really is amazing. I have always been a fan of the almost honey like apple flavor associated with chamomile tea. This has got the flavor down PERFECTLY. This tea is amazing also in calming the drinker. I feel sleepy just typing this review. The only thing I could say negative about this tea is just how cloudy and clumped the liquor is, even with 3 solid minutes of whisking VIGOROUSLY in the chawan. But honestly, that doesn’t matter. This tea is delicious. Just a little messy is all. Sorry tomorrow-me! This was the last tea I sampled by chi whole leaf, and it is the best by far. Hats off to you guys. Now I am going to catch some zzz’s…
Flavors: Apple, Dandelion, Dry Grass, Flowers, Hay, Honey, Lemongrass, Mint
This is a very tasty chai! Of all the teas so far, this one is definitely a favorite. There is a burn in the back of the throat often associated with ginger beer that I adore. I normally dislike rooibois, but this is actually really good mixed with the spices, giving it a vanilla taste with the earthy and spicy cinnamon and cloves. Overall, a very good tea and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Earth, Ginger, Rooibos, Vanilla
This tea is very tart with hibiscus as the prevalent flavor. I am having trouble picking up any of the rose or jasmine flowers. Not a favorite for myself overall, but for those hibiscus lovers out there, this is a marvelous tea to try. The tartness almost reminds me of a grapefruit. The liqour is very pretty and smells wonderful. I am however cautious to recommend this to anyone unless I am sure they like hibiscus.
Flavors: Apple, Astringent, Biting, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Green Apple, Hibiscus, Lemon, Sour, Tart
Second of the samples I have had. This tea is okay overall. I am generally not a huge fan of mint tea, but for some reason, I can enjoy this particular mint tea. The Peppermint flavor is the largest note here, that has eucalyptus notes hiding behind it. The green part of this tea is masked entirely by these two strong herbs. This tea is very refreshing, hot or iced, and leaves a almost spearminty aftertaste long after the last sip. Very crisp and very fresh. If you like mint, you will like this tea.
Flavors: Eucalyptus, Freshly Cut Grass, Herbaceous, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint
Very interesting take on yerba mate. I have always associated a very vibrant bitter taste with yerba mate, yet this blend really tones the bitterness down and allows for the licorice to shine through, giving this tea a very sweet flavor. I added no sugar at all to this tea, yet it feels like I did, with the first sip. The licorice overpowers the mate flavor at first allowing the sweetness to hit the palate first, and this is then followed by the earthy grassy tobacco and wood taste I have associated with yerba mate. Overall, an excellent tea if you like sweet teas. I probably won’t get any more of this because I don’t care for this intense of sweetness, but I can definitely recommend it to any who do like that flavor! Last note I have about this tea is the amount of caffiene. I was almost falling asleep, but this tea jolted me up. It works fast.
Flavors: Anise, Brown Sugar, Dark Wood, Dry Grass, Dust, Earth, Licorice, Sugar, Sweet, Tobacco, Winter Honey
Pros: This tea maker strains even the finest tea without any leaves or debris escaping into the cup. It doesn’t leak at all. It is durable and perfect for travel. It has perfect visibility for tea leaves within. And lastly, it makes brewing tea incredibly easy.
The cons: This tea maker is, regrettably, plastic. My reasons for this being an issue are less due to the health risks of brewing black tea at boiling point in plastic, but more so of the fact that plastic is extremely absorbent of flavors and scents. Brew one chai tea in this thing and all your future delicate white teas and green teas have a aftertaste of spices. That being said, if you intend to use this tea maker, then intend to use it for one type of tea. My second con on this item would be the difficulty with which to clean this tea maker.
I swear, every time I pour tea in this mug, I immediately make the tardis noises as the tardis miraculously disappears from the streets of london to reappear in the depths of the time vortex. Any whovian would be thrilled to receive this mug as a gift.