326 Tasting Notes
I’ve never really been a fan of Tim Hortons’ teas or Earl Greys so my hopes weren’t high for this one. Overall though this is one of the best teas I’ve had from Timmies (which isn’t saying much), probably because it tastes nothing like Earl Grey. Actually the only really distinct note I got was a hint of anise, which was rather unexpected. However, since the all around flavour was pretty mild this wasn’t so bad. If I had to get something at Tim’s this is a pretty safe bet.
Made a big old pitcher of this iced right before bed only to realize as my head hit the pillow that I used twice as much leaf as I should have. Sigh… So I decided to do my best to remedy this by adding 50% more water (as much as I could fit in the pitcher).
Tried it this morning and it seems not to have suffered. Strawberry notes are much more dominant iced in a very strawberries and cream kind of way. This is basically what I wanted Strawberry Fields to be like when DT came out with that a few springs ago (as opposed to the monstrosity it was). All in all, this is good cold but I find it more complex hot, with more tart notes to contrast the fruity. I shall enjoy the rest hot (after I finish off this pitcher that is).
Aimed for a shorter steep time today as I’ve found it almost too “thick” in the past but maybe I took it a little far by bringing it down to only a minute (vs. 5) as I’m not really getting any chocolate or nuttiness here. Overall taste is hard to place. Kind of boozy, maybe. Nothing special.
I’m getting the feeling that my rating of this might have been inflated by my excitement to finally try it, as it doesn’t stand out in my memory as being THAT good. However, I think I’ll give it another go before I adjust.
This tea isn’t as bad as I was expecting based on the reviews. The cinnamon is a little more present than I would like, but not by much. Sure, it doesn’t scream maple, but there’s definitely a nice maple note. The dry leaf does kind of smell like maple oatmeal to me so I was more expecting that than pure maple and I’d say it’s pretty accurate. Hint of apple as well.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Maple, Oats
Well THIS was a lovely surprise.
I think I saw this briefly at DAVID’s when I was first getting into tea and I though “ew, swampwater…” (maybe they should work on the marketing for that one). And then I saw it was a rooibos, which didn’t help its case. However, reading some of the reviews had me intrigued (plus brought to light the fact it’s a green rooibos, which I haven’t had a chance to try before now (at least that I know of)).
Well this truly lives up to the hype! Fruity with a hint of sour (really getting a kiwi vibe here). Not much else to say about it, but it’s good, not too sweet, and packed with flavour! I would like to see how it preforms cold. Will very much enjoy what I have left.
On a side note, the murky green it brews up to is not necessarily the most appealing, though it adds to its charm as a Halloween tea.
I can see why this is a Halloween tea, because it’s basically Halloween in a cup. That being said, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I certainly can’t see myself craving this outside the month of October.
But this is October, so it’s not bad. It brings back nostalgic feelings of the fun Halloween is when you’re a kid. The flavour itself is a strange mix of every Halloween candy I can think of — chocolate, caramels, gum, Rockets… There’s also a hint of apple and cinnamon that just gives it a general fall vibe.
The biggest downside is that there’s kind of a chalky aftertaste, particularly as it cools, that’s really off putting. If it weren’t for that I’d give it a higher rank because while it really only is good as a Halloween tea, it does Halloween tea VERY well.
Went into DAVID’s today to pick up some of the Halloween teas and decided to give a cup of this a go, though I recall not hearing great things.
In general this tea was just kind of confusing, though overall not great. At times it tasted exactly like apple strudel. At times it just kind of tasted like an apple-y English Breakfast. Most of the time, however, it just kind of tastes like stevia…
Now I know I knew it had stevia. I know reviews were negative because of it. I know stevia is terrible. It’s always terrible! And yet I bought this anyway. Sigh…
At some point I should stop getting mad at DAVID’s for putting this disgusting stuff in their tea and just be mad at my self for buying it anyway. Fool me once…
Sadly I haven’t been drinking as much tea as I’d like and what I have been drinking hasn’t been new or brought out any new notes I hadn’t noticed before so I haven’t really been on here for a while.
This was a sample leftover from last year’s advent calendar. From my memory, this had been more almond-y than green, but today it was definitely more green than almond-y. Actual a very typical straight green tea (actually rather salty) with a hint of almond. I don’t know if it’s the age or just the sample, but this is definitely not the same as the last time I had it. Overall, not an unpleasant cup this morning, but I won’t miss this one. Lowering my rating.
Flavors: Almond, Green, Salt
Visiting Japan and starting the day off with whatever the hotel gave us, so all I know is this is “roasted tea.” The opening note is a very typical genmaicha, perhaps with a hint of seaweed. It really stands out, however, with the end of the sip, which is an intense apricot. I’d rate it higher if I was a bigger fan of apricot. Not bad for free tea.
Flavors: Apricot, Rice, Roasted, Seaweed