18 Tasting Notes
I’m going to just rip off the band-aid: I think this one was over-hyped.
OK, I guess I’m just weird. Everyone else thinks it is the most amazing tea ever…I don’t. It’s not bad, just not teagasmic. I get the pre-brew smells. Yup, Chocolate in abundance. Trouble is, it just doesn’t come through on the steep for me. There have been several descriptions of the taste, but for me the thing it tastes most like is…ready?…boiled peanut shells. That’s not necessarily bad, and I love boiled peanuts, but maybe not in my morning tea. I mixed some Dawn with some Assam, and I thought it was infinitely better. As expensive as it was with shipping, I probably will not order more. Nomex suit is donned; fire away!
Desserty. For me, it is a must have with 1/2 and 1/2 or milk. It seems sweet enough for me that I don’t need to add sugar. It is good, but almost too rich and special to drink very often. I mostly have it at night after dinner as it is a bit much first thing in the AM.
I think this is fantastic. Green is good, but the banana really shines through. Peach is subtle, but given the choice, I’d opt for more banana anyway. I just ordered more, and this bag was just opened. Great hot or iced, but I think the fruits come out more as the tea cools. Excellent with honey or without.
I’ve had some tart/sour teas before, but this one isn’t one. This one surprised me. I ordered it for the kiddies and brewed up a Tetsubin for them and served it with a little honey. Perhaps the honey took the tartness away, but I was flat out surprised that I would like this tea so much. It is hands down the best herbal I’ve ever had, but then again I haven’t had many because I usually don’t like them. It is a bit strong and would cloud your tastebuds for any further tastings. Kids love it by the way…“Princess Tea.”