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Hmm I’m not a big darjeeling person, though this one didn’t seem to have the usual qualities I would expect. Actually, it was a little bitter/harsh for me. With milk and sugar, it was okay, but I wouldn’t choose it. My friends at afternoon tea really liked this one, so I left most of the pot for them.
I know St James gets some of its teas from Adagio, and I don’t like Adagio’s chocolate or cherry flavoring, so I’ll admit I was nervous when this one was served. I’m pleased to say this was great! Upon further research, it looks like this one is from somewhere else. The chocolate and black tea were well-balanced and tasty. There was a hint of cherry beneath that. Nothing was too fake, just smooth and delicious with milk and sugar.
This was my favorite tea of the afternoon. The carrots and fruits were super tasty, and they said not to put milk in it, but I did anyway, and I felt like that only made things tastier. They gave me a sample to take home, which I had cold so I could try it in a different way than they served it. The flavor is really layered and interesting. It’s a mixture of herbaceous and fruity flavors, but it all works. Not one of my favorites herbals, but one I certainly don’t mind drinking. The berries come through really well with sugar.
St James sent us home with this free sample for their Willy Wonka themed month. It smells like fake low quality chocolate, but I tried to be optimistic. Yeah, the flavor is mostly fake alcohol-tasting chocolate, unfortunately. I get a bit of black tea too, but sadly I think this is my least favorite tea I’ve had from St James. I didn’t have this one while I was there, and they’re brewing magicians, so maybe they can make it taste good if you try it in-house.
I don’t love fruity red rooibos. Here, I tasted berries and the medicinal rooibos, and at first I didn’t really like it. It’s supposed to have white chocolate and persimmon, but I don’t taste that. Milk makes this taste more desserty and pleasant and a little bit fruity. I guess most teas can be tasty if dressed up enough.
This tastes like strawberry and decent green tea, though there’s a little bitterness. I prefer green tea cold, and this was served hot, so I added some milk. I wouldn’t necessarily want this one again. As it cooled, the candylike strawberry showed up more, which I enjoyed. I like the strawberries and cream vibe the milk adds.
When I had this at St James, I thought the spices were pretty clear and strong with some sugar and milk. I tasted clove and maybe ginger and some other things. The rooibos base was perfect. They gave me a sample of this to take home, and I didn’t enjoy it quite as much – I guess they’re better at brewing tea than I am? At home, it was a little thin and I tasted something almost like turmeric. The spices also weren’t quite as strong. Still not a bad herbal chai.
The flavor here is simple and mildly appley. It’s not really better than bagged chamomile, but I happen to really like bagged chamomile. The fruit flavor is authentic and not tart, just warming and pleasant. I had it warm sweetened with milk. If I’d been at home, I would have liked to put some in the fridge to try it cold to see if more apple appeared that way.
The first time I had this, I thought it tasted nutty and mildly spiced and really pleasant with milk and sugar. It was a little fruity, but mostly nutty, and the spices were warming and nice. They often include this tea as an herbal option at St. James, and the second and third times I had it, it tasted really grapey, but in a nice sweet way. The apple and nuts are still there way in the background. The last time I was there, I finished all my teas early and they brought me an extra pot of this, which was a nice surprise.