14 Tasting Notes
I got a sample of this along with my recent Harney purchase and it was one of the teas I was most curious about. Now that I’m making tea in my dorm and not in the comforts of my own house, I realized I haven’t been drinking as much tea. So I had to fix that. (Buying five shipments of new tea might have been a bad idea though, or so my wallet says).
I’m not really a oolong drinker, as straight oolongs tend to taste a bit bland to me. However, this tea had just the right amount of fruitiness and it didn’t even overpower the taste of the oolong base. I don’t know if it’s just me but I also tasted a kind of milky aftertaste that reminded me of milk oolong. But I’m just weird.
So yes, this is a fairly light tea that I probably wouldn’t go to except for when I am craving a light cup to finish my day.
After reading a few reviews that said this had a caramel flavor, I decided I had to try it. I don’t usually drink teabags since they always taste very thin and flat to me but the lovely caramel sweetness is persuading my sweet tooth to like this one. And I do. It’s doing wonders for my sore throat right now. I had my honey all set on the table while I steeped this tea but promptly put it back after I had a little sip. It’s very sweet and perfect to drink without adding anything, except maybe milk which I will try next time.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Spicy, Vanilla
The sad thing is that I bought around five different pouches of tea that I wanted to try and got this as a sample, but this tea is the one I ended up liking the most. It reminds me of an Earl Grey because of the Bergamot of course, but a sort of floral, vanilla-lavender earl grey. Which is really good :9 Whenever I drink a new tea I always categorize it into either ‘would buy again’ or ‘would not buy again’. And this, I can’t wait to go back and purchase more of.
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Vanilla
So I’ve gotten into the habit of picking out some of the hibiscus pieces before I steep the tea :P Which improved my rating of this tea drastically since the first cup. Overall, it’s a very nice fruity herbal with a strong melon flavor, and I can’t say no to melon! Not sure if this will be a rebuy though because I’m still on my strawberry teas craze _
Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Melon
This is my first Darjeeling, and I’m not particularly a fan of black teas but this one is quite good. Creamy yet with an apple-like crispness, and hardly astringent. Good without milk. I’m drinking this while eating nilla wafers and it’s like a slice of heaven :3
I guess I’m the first to review this one! PalaisdesThes is one of my favorite tea companies :3 Great customer service too, which is always a plus. Anyway, on to the tea. I was planning to get the Vive Le The but they were out of it since apparently it’s one of their popular ones…
So I got this instead. And I don’t really regret it. It’s strikingly similar to DavidsTea’s Kiwi’s Big Adventure, but this one is actually cheaper so yeah now I know which one I’m keeping in my cupboard xD The only difference is that the sencha is more pronounced in this tea, especially in the aftertaste. Which I actually prefer. So overall this is a pretty good tea :)
Continuing my journey through strawberry teas! This one is not as bad as Strawberry Cream at least. I had it in store blended with Blood Orange Sorbet and it was pretty good so I was curious about how this would taste alone. The mint is more pronounced than I thought it would be judging from the smell alone, but the fruitiness really shines.
…and wow I JUST got the pun in the name. wow. okay.
Drinking my second steeping right now and added some Vanilla Oolong. Not bad :)
Flavors: Apple, Mint, Strawberry
Lately I’ve been strangely craving strawberry teas (any recommendations would be great!) so I bought a few from Teavana. I decided to start with this one and bleh. It’s unpleasantly sour and doesn’t quite have that nice strawberry tartness as Davids’ Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait.
I blame you, hibiscus.
So what I actually did for my second cup was go through the leaves and weed out the dried pieces of hibiscus ( I know .) and well…at least the sourness was gone. Haha.
It just became a rather bland strawberry tea. Then I realized that it would taste like that since it’s in a white base. I guess I’ll try mixing and matching it with some other teas or cold-brewing it. Bottom line is, would not buy again.
Flavors: Sour, Strawberry
This tea was on my to-buy list every time I went to DavidsTea but I always backed out last minute because I was never sure I would like it. I hate hate hate hibiscus, and the thought of drinking a tart tea (despite my love for strawberry) would surely prevent me from enjoying this tea.
Yeah, I was wrong. There are some teas that from the very first sip, you get that pleasurable tingling all down your spine because it’s THAT good. You all know the feeling, right? I’m not crazy? Okay.
It’s all strawberry and rhubarb goodness with a creamy finish. A re-steep of the leaves is not so bad, either. Would definitely recommend to those who like strawberry yogurt!
Flavors: Cream, Strawberry, Tart
When I went to DavidsTea to get a bit of each tea that I wanted to try, this was the only tea that I got a whole 2oz of before even knowing how it would taste, because the smell got me. I went with my friend who is new to tea and she wasn’t planning on buying any but she loved how it smelled too and bought 2oz as well. I’ll be honest, she went home and tried it and told me that it was “weird.” I tried it and it was….meh.
After forgetting about it for quite some time, I was suddenly reminded of this tea that was haphazardly thrown in the back of my cupboard and decided to give it a second chance. This time, I lowered the temperature of the water and shortened the steeping time. And it. was. amazing.
All sweet and full of creamy goodness, I am definitely planning to buy more of this. Thankfully, it’s one of the more relatively cheap teas available :)
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla