1497 Tasting Notes
Ooh, the Prince has arrived!
The smell wafting up from this tea is a rich, malty chocolate. It surprised me, but even more so the lovely long leaves. I have a special fondness for teas where the leaves are all long and twisted, unbroken, beauty in a cup.
The flavor wasn’t as punchy as the smell, and I was a bit surprised that I didn’t coax out a stronger flavor from it. It was smooth like a French rose, light, and malty with a hint of coffee chocolate notes. The smell is way stronger than the flavor. I look forward to a few re-steeps to see what I can coax out further.
I prefer my black teas a bit thicker and bolder, I’ll admit. This felt a bit thin. Yet, it’s obviously an extremely high quality tea, and I’m thrilled to have gotten the chance to taste it.
I love it when tea packaging includes very specific instructions, including re-steep suggestions and the number of grams per pot or cup. TeaBento does an excellent job with their packaging, labeling and instructions.
A huge thank you to TeaBento for sharing this tea with me so that I could review it. Soon, I’ll have it over on my instagram account, too. http://instagram.com/teatravelninja
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
So… I love white tea. Especially the straight whites that taste like nectarine stones, with a hint of honey.
Yes, this is that kind of tea. Oh my goodness, yes!
While it isn’t as full-bodied as some of the higher-end whites I’ve had, it was darn good. I’ll savor the rest of what I was sent, and could happily keep this in my tea cupboard if I could get my hands on more easily. (I can’t, it came from Australia as a sample so that I’d review it).
Look for it soon on my IG account! http://instagram.com/teatravelninja.com/
Flavors: Grass, Honey, Stonefruit
Oooh, this is some tasty chai! Mind you, I did add a whack of cayenne, only because I’m fighting off some sort of nasty throat thing, so that may have tainted the tea. Somewhat.
I could easily drink this alllll day.
Flavors: Ginger, Malt
Dear Steepster Friends,
I know you salivated over this tea as soon as I posted it. I get it. I did as soon as I received it, too.
The idea of candy bar tea? Yaasss. I’m in. Like Flynn.
Sadly, I didn’t get what I think I should have out of this tea. Why? The super cute tea spoon that it came with didn’t allow for enough room to portion it out (leaves = big = good). Plus, I had no idea as to how much – there’s nothing listed on the bag other than the name, the really cute logo (a tea stain!), and a note about not drinking things you’re allergic to.
Okay. But how much leaf?
I guessed, dear friends. And I failed miserably.
I put in (about) a tablespoon of tea and caramel bits, into a 12 oz cup of 200F hot water.
Yea, it was just flavored, weak tea. Nothing I can even grab to say, “yes, that’s what it tasted like”.
Just weak, thin, tea.
I’ll try again tomorrow.
Not a fan of this tea , which started well before I drank it… so I’m not rating it.
a- Ingredient list is merely “berries”. For someone with a strawberry allergy, this is problematic. I searched through the tea, didn’t see anything but round dried berries, so I took a risk.
b- papaya. First and only other time I’ve ever had it, I got sick from the smell. Opening this bag… yuck. Same smell.
c- passionfruit. Not my favorite tea ingredient.
d- hibiscus. Too much of this and I’m out. Steeping it, I think there’s quite a bit.
Steeped, this is a dark, bloody purple. It smells MUCH better steeped than dry. Whatever offputting odors I (personally) smelled from the papaya, were gone.
Unfortunately, I took one sip and I had to dump it. It’s just not something I’d ever seek out, and that papaya flavor… nope, not for me.
Anyone in Toronto that likes this sort of stuff, want to try and review it for me? I can’t do it justice.2
Haven’t had this recently, but, did really enjoy it when I did. Kinda wish it was more accessible and cheaper ($9 CAD for a box seems a bit excessive).
Still, for bagged medicinal tea, it’s tasty – orange punch, in a good way.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Orange
I’ve had this tea every morning for a week, bulletproof-style. THIS IS THE PERFECT BULLETPROOF TEA.
Phew. Now that that’s out of the way…
Seriously, I love this stuff. It’s okay on its own, but not amazeballs. A hint of cacao and mint, yes. No real strong mate taste (a plus in my books), a touch of the tulsi, can’t taste the ashwanghanda (not spelling that correctly, I know). A little sweet from the stevia…. I still needed to add more.
BUT AS BULLETPROOF – this stuff bloody well shines. OMG. I can’t get enough of it, and I’ll run out soon.
Bulletproof just means you’re blending the hot tea with coconut oil and/or grass fed butter, and then drinking it as you would a latte. (Trust me, this is WAY better than any latte you’ve ever had). Folks into noortropics, keto, or performance athletes drink this sort of thing. Lots of reasons why, won’t go into it here, but let’s just say this.
IT MAKES AWESOME BULLETPROOF TEA.
Flavors: Cacao, Herbs, Mint, Smooth
Oh, hello Forever Nuts (DAVIDs Tea). How I’ve missed you…
Yep, same tea, same ingredients, I’m assuming the same supplier. I love both just as much — although I might love this version more, because The Tea Time Shop in NYC sent me a HUGE bag of teas to sample and review. This was in it.
Cinnamon apple pie. In a hot mug.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon
Zesty? Yes. Turmeric? No.
Really, there’s no turmeric in this tea – or, at least it’s not on the ingredient list, and I couldn’t taste, smell or see any in the blend.
Still, it’s quite tasty! A bit of a spicy zing to a citrus peel twang, along with a LOT of hibiscus (I say a lot, but really, it’s just my tastebuds… I don’t love hibiscus). There’s a touch of woody rooibos in the mix, and I swear something more spicy too, but again, nothing on the ingredient list to say what it might be.
Regardless, with a bit of sweetener, this is really tasty and easily drank. I’ll happily finish this generously sized sample bag (good for about 5-6 cups of tea).
A beautiful hug in thanks to The Tea Time Shop in NYC for sending me an enormous package of sample teas for me to taste, test out, and review. Like, we’re talking a dozen teas with about 5-6 cups each. WOW. Many thanks!
Full review and sample links at my site, or IG account when I get a chance to post. http://instagram.com/teatravelninja
Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Spicy
Out of the freebie teas that Davidsons sent me, this was my favorite.
Creamy coconut with the mystery ingredient made it oh-so-delicious! I couldn’t believe it when I read the ingredient list, I’ll be honest. YUM.
Note: MUST be steeped at less than boiling to get out the proper flavors.
Not as “tropical” as I’d like, but still delicious. I’ll definitely seek this one out again.
Flavors: Creamy, Tropical