21 Tasting Notes
It’s okay. It’s a bit too sweet for me, I prefer my pumpkin more spicy or more squashy. I suppose I should’ve known Pumpkin Cheesecake would be sweet, and yet here I am… surprised, haha. I basically only like it as a hot latte, made with 4 PS. Anything else just tastes like vaguely sweetened milk. The good news is I don’t mind using a lot of this when I drink it as it means it’ll go down faster.
Not bad, but just not to my taste. I don’t get any of the woody taste that others get, but I actually love rooibos tea so it may be that others are tasting that when I just taste warm, sweet rooibos. It definitely seems like a nice tea for children as well, as it’s sweet and warm and not terribly strongly flavored.
Flavors: Creamy, Pumpkin, Rooibos, Sweet, White Chocolate
I love this tea! I steeped it for 5 minutes, near boiling water, about one-and-a-half Perfect Spoons, and had it black. I’m able to taste all the ingredients, but the most predominant to me is the rose & black tea. I’m very happy with that balance personally. It’s got such a lovely fragrance and really feels special to drink. I can imagine it being quite nice with a bit of milk, but I think I’d avoid making a latte out of this one as the rose is a rather delicate flavor and I feel like it’d be overwhelmed easily by too much milk.
This is definitely a tea for floral fans, it tastes about the same as it smells but just a little less sweet. I’d also love it as a perfume, haha.
Flavors: Creamy, Rose, White Chocolate
This is a smooth, sweet and pretty true to caramel flavor chai.
It’s not very spicy, it’s hard to overbrew (not a big deal if you forget it for awhile) and generally a very agreeable chai. It takes well to a splash of milk and definitely doesn’t need any additional sweetener. I get an interesting cheesecakey note, like it’s just a bit tangy.While it doesn’t knock my socks off as I do prefer slightly more spicy chais, it’s definitely a nice one to have around for times you crave something sweet and a little spicy, or when you have guests.
Flavors: Caramel, Cardamom, Cheesecake, Vanilla
This tea doesn’t take well to being oversteeped, it gets very bitter and chemically pretty fast. So I steep it near-boiling for 4 minutes exactly, and it comes out pretty nice. Not mind-blowing, but it tastes about how it smells when steeped under those conditions. To me, it smells and tastes like maple syrup flavored cake. I don’t get much in the way of pineapple, but I get a bit of cherry & I get a lot of sweetness and a hint of malty black tea.
I like it either black or with a little splash of milk – when I’ve tried to make this as a latte it gets pretty overpowered by the milk – unless you oversteep it, but then it’s kind of bitter and unpleasant anyway. I wouldn’t bother repurchasing this one as I’ve got quite a few teabags of it, but it’s quite nice. I’d recommend trying it.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cake, Cherry, Maple Syrup
It’s a very unique blend! I’ve only had it steeped for a long time, but I’ll be trying it shorter soon to see the difference. If steeped for about 5 minutes, I picked up on loads of pink peppercorn, a little fruity sweetness (not artificial or candylike in the least) and some greenery. It’s got a beautiful fragrance, and a very unique taste. I imagine it’d be nice cold brewed as well, very refreshing in a herbaceous spa sort of way.
Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Green, Peppercorn
Love this one! To me it’s just the right level of sweet for a dessert or treat type of tea. I steep it for about 4 or 5 minutes, and enjoy it “black” (although given the white chocolate, it isn’t really black at all, haha), with a splash of milk, or as a latte. It tastes far mintier to me than the similar Santa’s Secret does, but also much sweeter. Where Santa’s Secret is a nice sipping tea all through the day, Candy Cane Crush is more indulgent and flavorsome. The black tea taste itself isn’t very pronounced, but all the lovely mint and sweetness does get a nice malty background from it. Definitely a favorite and it’s hard to resist having it all the time, but this blend has quite a bit of sugar for it to be an ‘every day’ tea. Glad it’s limited edition for that reason, haha.
I can imagine it’d be lovely as a strongly brewed latte topped with whipped cream – maybe next Christmas I’ll try it like that.
Flavors: Cream, Malt, Peppermint, Sweat, White Chocolate
The secret of this tea for me is TONS of milk. I’m talking…double the amount of milk to the amount of brewed tea. I don’t really bother with a latte as I find for whatever reason this blend eliminates my foam anyway. Maybe I’m not foaming it enough to stand up to the oils of this tea?
Either way – this one is rather difficult to brew. When chocolate is included in a blend I think it needs to be closer to boiling in order to melt, but when mint is in a blend I know too hot and you really risk embittering the leaves. When I’ve done it too hot and for too long, there is an overwhelming ‘chemical’ taste like others have described. So I brew it for about 4 minutes at a little less than near boiling, then drown it in milk. ;)
If treated with kid gloves like that, and a little luck, it’ll taste like a weak minty hot chocolate – no weird chemical after taste. It just needs a lot of milk – is it worth it? Well, not really. I’ll be able to get through my stash but I’d not repurchase.
Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Grass, Mint, Sweet
A bit less zippy than a peppermint tea, more naturally sweet and less likely to mentholate your nose and throat. That might be good for some people, but I’ve found out that I do prefer peppermint. If I overbrew this one it turns my stomach a bit, so I do no more than 3 minutes at a near-boiling temperature.
Flavors: Spearmint, Sweet
It’s like a gentler Earl Gray. A black tea with a hint of citrus, not in the form of bergamot but more along the lines of a bit of orange peel. There are subtle hints of jasmine both in fragrance and taste, and it’s subtly sweet. It goes very well with a tiny dash of milk and is even nice black. I’ve had it iced as well, and the floral notes come out more. One of the loveliest perfumed teas I’ve tried, and the taste is sweet and delicate as well.
Flavors: Earl Grey, Jasmine, Orange Zest, Rose, Smoke
I’m not a huge fan of this one. I’ve tried it a few different ways, and the best I’ve had it is a near boiling 5 minute brew with a splash of milk. With that, it tastes like a Tootsie Roll but sweeter. I’ve had it as a latte and the taste goes so muted you may as well just have warm milk with honey, or better yet, melted sprinkles. It’s a cute blend and a nice name, but it doesn’t impress me taste wise. It even just smells like sweet “chocolate” taffy. It’s drinkable, just not to my taste I suppose!
Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Sweet