1718 Tasting Notes
At first, I just thought this tasted and smelled like a very mild coconut. Now that it’s cooled down and I’ve looked up the food it’s based on, I can sort of see what it’s going for. I taste a very mild dessertiness. It’s mostly coconut, but I could see it also being a cookie of some kind. This one would likely do better overleafed. The flavors are very light when brewed as recommended. I had this a second time a few months later, and I’m still not wowed, but it’s also not a preferred flavor profile for me.
This was a free sample from a Necessiteas order, and it’s sort of strangely tangy? The ingredients sound like they’d be great together, but they’re really sort of at war when you drink it. I taste a lot of weirdly artificial apple, some nuttiness, and some spices that are a little tangy too. I don’t know why nothing gets along in this blend, but it somehow doesn’t work at all.
I discovered this single serving packet from the TTB on the floor covered in chew marks from my cats, so I guess this one has been cat approved. My partner knows a little Chinese, and he says the packet says “dew pearls chestnut matcha”. I actually really like it! It has a nice desserty flavor. I wouldn’t have guessed chestnut specifically, but it’s really pleasant sweetened with milk. This is a nice quality matcha.
I almost skipped this tea from the TTB because I didn’t feel like looking up the translation for what kind of tea it is, but I’m glad I bothered! The mint is quite fresh and tasty, and it goes surprisingly well with the mellow black tea. I enjoy stevia, so I didn’t mind seeing it in this blend. I drank a cup of this cold with only a bit of sugar, and it was pretty refreshing and lovely. It’s a simple blend, but I would totally drink it again.
I found this in the TTB, and the bag says it’s an herbal, so I was a little intrigued. To be honest, the flavor is a little bland for me. It’s sort of like very weak black tea, but with a bit more of a plantlike flavor. I mixed most of my cup of this with another tea I was drinking that I had accidentally oversweetened, so this was handy, but not great. I prefer really hearty black teas though.
Another TTB tea! This has a nice, light fruity flavor. It’s always fun to find pear teas. I don’t taste much black tea, but I think I would have preferred it without any so the pear could shine more. It’s not tart, just mild and fruity. I enjoyed it more cold, but I don’t really need it again. The second time I had this, I found the flavor to be a bit too light for my preference.
Lovely to see some green rooibos in the TTB! Unfortunately, this doesn’t turn out as light and lovely as many green rooibos teas. This one has hibiscus, which adds a lot more tartness than I’d prefer. It doesn’t allow the sweet, smooth green rooibos to shine. This just ended up sort of tart and plain.