181 Tasting Notes
This tea is very heavy on the mint – a heady rush of peppermint that lingers on the palate and in the nose – but there’s also a slightly unpleasant taste on the back of each sip that I find decidedly unappealing.
I’m not particularly picking up on the citrus flavours, to be honest, and there are definitely many other mint teas that I would choose to brew over this one…so (as many teavana teas go) I’m not all that enthusiastic about this one.
This one brews up nicely sweet due to the generous amounts of shiny sugar sprinkles in the mix…it even has soft hints of honey and clove layered over a comfortingly nondescript black base.
It’s not the best tea I’ve ever had – nor is it the worst – but it’s one I’d go back to in a heartbeat as a sure thing. I approve.
This strong tea brews up a bit too heavy for my tastes – I’m not sure if I overleafed or what, but it was far too thick and powerful for my palate. If I decide to have another go at brewing it I’ll definitely try cutting the leaves down by half.
So it’s an interesting tea, but not for me…
This tea smells like candy…a little like jolly ranchers and a lot like that sour gel you can buy in little squeeze tubes. Just opening the bag was enough to make my mouth water, so I had to brew up a cup to accompany my creature-smashing evening in Torchlight II.
The pungently fruity scent persists after brewing…and the tea lives up to the smell! The black base is relatively quiet, but the combination of freeze dried fruit and flavourings results in a surprisingly natural tasting cup. I’m primarily getting raspberry (and a little watermelon, strangely enough) in addition to a bunch of fruits my palate isn’t sufficiently well-developed enough to discern.
I think it might be a little better cold, but for today’s purposes a nice hot cup was exactly what I needed.
T&C TTB Rd2
I’ve had a serious desire for tropical teas lately and this one totally fits that bill…it’s fruity and purple with hibiscus – although I know some of you heathens don’t like that sort of thing – and it takes to sweetener well.
This cup was tasty hot and cold, so I’d gladly buy more to restock once I pass on the TTB.
T&C TTB Rd2
This is a very spinach tea…the leaves steep up to a delicious looking light-green and the resultant liquid is lightly grassy and tastes somewhere between collard greens and cooked spinach. That’s a good thing, by the way. :D
One cup of the stuff is more than enough, though, and I’m not a big fan of it overall…so that’s going to have to lower the rating somewhat. It’s interesting, but not something I’d like to keep around.
T&C TTB Rd2
Apparently I’ve reviewed this tea before – and liked it a lot less – so I’m rather glad that I forgot about my opinion and threw it into my thermos for “oh gods I need something to keep me awake during physics”…
This tea brews up thick and almost unbearably sweet to smell, but the rich caramel flavour just lingers inside your mouth after every sip and is all kinds of delicious (and the second steep is much the same).
I’m not sure what went wrong in my first tasting of this tea, but this is one that’ll definitely be going on my wishlist for the future. Yum.
T&C TTB Rd 2
I’m reviewing this with the caveat that my cup was 99% rosebuds plus a few wisps of what looked like black tea (though I see that nowhere in the review) and a few bits of fruit.
Even with the limited scope of ingredients this was still a delightful cup of tea. The rose provides a musty sweet backdrop and you can just pick up hints of hyacinth and fruit layered in the middle…it’s a cup that goes down easy and I have faith that the full blend would be similarly tasty.
T&C TTB Rd 2
I want to like oolongs…I really do. However, they all seem to have this salty note to them that I can’t quite get past.
If I ignore the saltiness, this one is actually rather tasty. It’s fairly mellow and the flavours remind me of the smell of a forest after the rain…but I still can’t quite enjoy the cup, so it’s not a favourite.
I’ll refrain from rating it since my palate clearly isn’t tuned for oolongs.
T&C TTB Rd 2
This one smells heavenly! I was salivating as I prepped the cup to steep…and then I burned my tongue because I was too excited about getting a taste. :/
In any case, this one brews up to a purplish-dark liquid that’s clearly influenced by the whole – and yes, they are WHOLE and huge – blueberries tossed into the blend. I wound up muting it somewhat with whole milk because I wanted to try and bring out the “cream cheese” notes, but even with that the black tea and blueberries definitely pushed their way to the front of the flavour profile.
With that said, this wasn’t a tea that really impressed me. It was good, yes, but not one that I would want to have again in the future.