326 Tasting Notes
As I suspected, a shorter steep gets rid of any bitterness here. I decided to try them for about 4 minutes, which seems perfect for me as when I tried a sip of my boyfriends cup at 5 minutes the black tea was really starting to overpower. As before, jasmine and caramel dominate the cup. I really am happy with these little gems.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Jasmine
From other reviews, it seems a lot of people prefer this iced. I’ve tried it iced several times, yet it always seems to lack to mango punch I get from this hot. Hot, I get a nice, lightly fruity white tea with an intense, juicy mango aftertaste not unlike having just eaten a mango. There’s also a nice sourness, as if that mango was slightly under-ripe, which is usually the stage I eat my mangoes at. While it makes an okay iced tea, it’s not a winner for me at colder temperatures. Indeed, this is one of the few fruity teas I don’t prefer iced.
Flavors: Mango, Pleasantly Sour
Is having green tea at 10pm a good idea? Probably not, but with the cups of mate this afternoon, a 2 hour nap, and a cup of black tea this evening I’m already doomed so might as well enjoy some of my new teas.
I have had this one before, but it’s been a few months and I didn’t remember much about that particular cup aside from that it was pretty good. While there is a noticeable pomegranate note in this, I wouldn’t say it’s the dominant flavour. Overall, it more reminds me of a strawberry/berry tie-dye Fruit by the Foot, though there’s also a hint of apple. It does kind of remind me of a cross between Queen of Tarts and Redberry Tonic. For those who tend to avoid green teas, this would probably be an excellent pick as it could easily pass for a herbal. Will probably try this as an iced tea pretty soon as I’m sure it’ll make for a refreshing cold beverage.
Flavors: Apple, Berries, Candy
This is not a tea I would typically go for. It’s a straight black tea, which rarely appeals to me, as well as rather pricy. However my boyfriend LOVES green jasmine pearls and given I had several free 50g teas from DAVID’s I figured it might be fun to try something different.
For what it is, I really do like this one. It’s a little astringent, but for now I’ll attribute that to steeping it a little longer than I should have. The strongest notes in this are the jasmine and creamy dark caramel. In the middle of the sip, there’s a fairly strong earthy note, while towards to end there’s a slight smokiness. Occasionally there’s a hint of chocolate to, which mixes well with the caramel. This won’t be something I go for everyday, but it’s very different from anything else I have in my cupboard and I don’t regret my selection.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Earth, Jasmine, Smoke
Cold brewed this last night in anticipation of needing an after work caffeine boost. That being said, while drinking it I almost forgot that this wasn’t herbal; there’s no taste of the guayusa at all! The cold brew resulted in the perfect balance of sweet and tart (for me). Yes, it’s a pretty tart tea, but the name would imply as much. It pairs awesomely with the pomegranate/dark berry flavour and is probably one of my favourite teas so far with this much hibiscus.
Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Tart
I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now, though when I heard it had coconut and pineapple I did hesitate (which is probably why I’ve put it off for a while). This is not what I would have been expecting based off the name alone. It starts out with the coconut and toasted walnuts, true to the name, which then merges into a really intense, juicy, caramelized pineapple. Finally it mellows out into a light pine nut/almond note. This is great if you’re looking for a light flavoured green tea (the tea its self doesn’t really stand out much) that is a little more multi-dimensional. A happy addition to the cupboard.
Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Nuts, Pineapple, Walnut
I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit. That being said, I’m not sure I’d call this Shirley Temple (though admittedly it’s probably been close to 12 years since I last had a Shirley Temple). I found it had more of a red licorice vibe, or some kind of red/cherry candy at any rate. The aftertaste does leave you with a bit of a fresh, juicy orange feel, but it’s not prominent. I will probably pick up some of this though.
Flavors: Berries, Candy, Cherry, Orange
Tried this hot for the first time. This is very nice if you’re looking for a basic tea with a fruity kick. The base is orange pekoe, and this stands out in the beginning of the sip, with just a hint of fruitiness (mostly mango). The aftertaste, on the other hand, becomes very fruity. The flavour overall reminds me of a Mango Hurricane smoothie from Booster Juice. Very surprised by how much of a fruity after taste this brought. Going to up my rating on this one; it’s very enjoyable hot.
Flavors: Fruity, Guava, Mango