249 Tasting Notes
It’s good at what it does, if that makes sense. It does taste candy-cane like (not just peppermint), and I really like finding a decaf green tea. I love real teas, but have to tightly restrict my caffeine intake, so decaf is always a good find. It’s a forgiving brew as well, seeming to taste pretty much the same with warmer or cooler water and all different steeping times. I don’t taste much of a cinnamon flavor, at least nothing obtrusive and artificial. It does taste pretty sweet to me even without adding anything else to it, and my daughter (8) loves it. There’s just something about it I don’t love, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. For the price and convenience, it’s definitely worth it if the description appeals to you. Even though it isn’t my thing, I can still understand why many people really love it.
Flavors: Candy, Peppermint, Vanilla
I have both the loose tea and the bags specifically made for iced tea. I’ve only made the iced tea one, but I LOVE THIS! It isn’t a complex flavor, but it’s what I want out of a tea like this. I can taste the tea, the lemon, and the lime. I added just a hint of sugar (I think it was 2 teaspoons for a bit over a quart), and that was delicious. I haven’t tried it hot yet, but I’m guessing this is one that is pretty much ideal for iced rather than hot. It’s smooth and not at all sour, which is perfect for iced tea for me.
Flavors: Drying, Lemon, Lime, Smooth
What a lovely little lady of a tea! I wanted something gentle and, well, ladylike, and my box-o-tea came in the mail today so I had to try this one. It was just lovely. The dry aroma is sweet and lemon oil. There isn’t as much fragrance in the brewed cup, but it is still noticeable. It wasn’t as lemony flavored as the dry aroma led me to expect, but it was definitely a creamy lemon taste, mild yet not weak. It was kind of the flavor of a lemon meringue pie (sans crust, lol) – not a super lemony one, but a nice one. The only reason I’m not rating this tea higher is because of my general personal preference for a stronger flavor, but I do feel this is very nicely done and will enjoy it immensely at the right times. I want to add that on the basis of this one tea and the speed of shipping, I’m already sorry they are closing. :(
Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Meringue
Oooh, I quite like this! I’m not a huge ginger fan, but I love gingerbread, and this smells exactly like the gingerbread from a box my mom used to make 10 zillion years ago when I was a kid! It definitely has a ginger flavor, but it’s more a “baking ginger” than a zingy, fresh one. A touch of cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla or cream or cake flavor…I added some sugar to it, as I felt like something very sweet tonight, but it probably didn’t require it. A bit of milk would probably taste good, as well, but I wasn’t in the mood for it this time. I got a good 10 oz from my one steeping, and it tastes sufficiently strong, so maybe mine was fresher. I did get it straight from RoT, not retail, so that may have helped.
Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Ginger
Well, on the bright side, it had noticeable flavor. :P
Seriously, I hate teas that are too weak. Therefore, I must give this tea some points. It really does just pretty much taste sour. I can taste the licorice, but I am pretty sensitive to that flavor. I added a ton of sweetener, and it really didn’t help. I am going to save it for trying with a couple of bags of Luzianne in the summer – there’s a chance that diluting it with some ol’ Southern sweet tea will make it palatable. Then again, I could just rip up all the bags and dump the contents into the garden for compost…
I finally hit a real winner! I’ve not had green rooibos before, so I can’t speak to that flavor per se. The fragrance and the flavor match pretty well – I get peaches strongest, but I do get the strawberry and more of an orange zest than orange. There is also the faintest spicy green taste, which may be the green rooibos but it reminds me of a green mango somehow. This tastes almost as if it could be a light green tea backbone rather than herbs. It manages to very carefully balance between sweet and sour, which I rarely find. Definitely a summery feel to it, but it has enough body to be drinking it now in the dead of winter. Loving this one! I did use more than the bag recommended (not quite 2x in fact, but I like strong flavors).
Definitely smells like buttered rum Life Savers! The taste is very sweet, but still has the underlying hit of tartness from the apples. There is no actual butterscotch type flavor until the finish, with just a hint of it lingering in the mouth. It’s a super-strong fragrance dry (my 6-year-old son walked in the kitchen and wanted to know what smelled so good!), and it was honestly cloying. But the taste is much cleaner than the fragrance indicates. I’m not sure if I’ll reorder, but it is pretty good.
Flavors: Apple, Butterscotch, Sugar, Sweet