249 Tasting Notes
This was a bit lighter than I think of as breakfast tea, but a nice simple black tea. I wouldn’t seek it out, but I’d drink whatever I had. (This was just an advent calendar sample, so I don’t own more, but I’d consider it as a basic tea addition if I ever order from them.) Not overwhelming, but nice enough in the basic cup of tea category.
This was just a bitter, harsh Earl Grey with a teensy tiny hint of creaminess in the finish. I admit I’m not the world’s biggest EG fan, but this was just gross and not well done. I drank about half the cup because I was stuck with it in my car and I have a sore throat so warm felt good – but once I got home, I dumped the rest.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Burnt, Cream
This is probably my favorite Palais des Thes yet. It is light as their teas seem to be, with floral and fruity notes that complement but don’t overwhelm. I can’t say exactly what all those were, though – it is one difficulty I tend to have with their teas, where a lot of flavors are not identifiable. Regardless, I enjoyed it!
I like the lightness of Palais des Thes teas. This one doesn’t disappoint me, with sweet orange and just light spices (mostly cinnamon?) but somehow not tasting heavy like some Christmas teas do. The green tea is unremarkable but supports the flavors sufficiently. All in all, I enjoy it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange
Once again, I’m liking a non-tea from Tea Revv. This is a constant for the most part so far. There is nicely balanced cranberry and apple in here. There’s that puckery scent and flavor that is quintessential cranberry, but just a nice hint of it and it doesn’t overpower. I get a hint of some sweeter berry which I’ll assume is the elderberry, but since I don’t know how that specifically tastes, I can’t swear to that. (I just listed it as “berry” in the tastes, since I’m not 100% sure.) Something weird I am noticing is that I’m also eating some pretzels (yes, weird combo, I admit) and after that saltiness, the tea tastes rather dusty somehow.
Flavors: Apple, Berry, Cranberry
There was nothing special about this “special blend.” It was a fine middle-of-the-day, medium bodied black tea that went well with sugar, but I didn’t really get any flavor other than basic tea from it. It did brew to a really pretty deep red brown color.
ETA the scoring rubric sometimes really annoys me here. I am the first one to give it a rating, and I give it a 70, so the rubric gives it an overall of 75? I’m not truly griping as such, I just don’t understand at all.
Almost but not quite. The spice blend is nice but just not quite enough oomph, and the tea is a little bitter. As usual with Tea Revv, the fragrance seems to promise something that the brew doesn’t quite deliver. It’s good, but not great.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cream
This was nice. Very apple-y, sweet cinnamon (not the bitter astringent kind you sometimes have, nor cinnamon candy), and a light green tea background to keep it from being too sweet. Simple but nice, and I enjoyed this one. It would probably be good iced but would need to be made much, much stronger.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Sweet