47 Tasting Notes
I had a bagged version with a little addition of milk along with breakfast. It’s a pretty strong tea that stands up to milk, but not the strongest Irish Breakfast. Decent morning cuppa, but if I’m buying myself a breakfast tea from Harney&Sons, I would opt for the Keemun based English Breakfast.
Another sachet tea bag from Lupicia’s Tea Latte set. I was not eager to try this, because as a general rule I’m not a fan of rooibos. The distinct scent always feels too “sweet” for me. But it was late at night and I wanted a warm tea latte, so I gave it a try.
I don’t know if I will like this straight, because the smell was almost overwhelming when I first took the bag out. You can smell all three: caramel, rum, and rooibos. When you add milk and sugar, the rum and rooibos stand out and caramel, not so much. But I like it that way because it doesn’t taste exactly like other caramel flavored teas. I would buy this again for a nighttime tea latte.
Smells like… well, strawberry and vanilla. Has a bit of matcha on top of the green tea base. This was a part of my tea latte set that came with eight different tea bags, so I tried it with warm milk and a cube of sugar to make a flavored matcha latte and liked it. I’d buy this again.
I made myself a tea latte. I usually don’t like my chocolate flavored tea straight because they usually end up tasting like watered down hot chocolate. I like the fact that I could taste both chocolate and tea, which is not always the case. An affordable choice too, since you need a lot of leaves to make a decent tea latte. But nothing special, just what you’d expect from a chocolate flavored tea.
I used all my remaining tea leaves to make myself a warm tea latte to accompany me through the horrible morning of Michigan snow storm. My first two tries, I thought mostly berries and faintly floral, but today the floral notes are definitely there. That’s what separates it from other strawberry or other berry flavored tea. The flavor stands out very nicely even with the addition of milk, and sugar truly makes a strawberry shortcake like drink that is sweet and aromatic but not overwhelming.
Recommended brewing time is pretty short, 2-3 minutes. Smokier than other Keemun teas I’ve tried, like a lighter version of Lapsang Souchong, and also more astringent compared to smooth Keemun like H&S English Breakfast, with a slight citrus note. Not my favorite tea, but this would be nice with an Asian light meal or snack.
I’m not a fan of Rooibos. I usually don’t like citrus in my tea (exception: bergamot). I am particular about how I like my Cinnamon, and I hate cardamom. Never been a fan of lemongrass either.
Having said all that, this tea wasn’t half bad, which is very strange. I don’t see myself buying this myself, but I won’t completely rule it out either. I had a big meal, somewhat greasy, and wanted something refreshing. None of the black or green tea was appealing, and I didn’t really want berry flavored stuff. I don’t particularly like this tea, but it was a very good herbal choice for this afternoon. Thank you, Janefan! It’s always nice to try something new.
Okay, guys, you were right. Second try, made a strong cup and had it with warm milk and a La Perruche brown sugar cube. Strawberry shortcake it is, and a good one too! It was pretty good straight even though I’m not a fan of sweet berry scent, and very good with milk. I would buy this next time I get a chance. Thank you, SoccerMom!
My first impression upon opening the package was, “bubble gum?” Berry, yes, but very sweet and somewhat artificial. But when steeped for a minute, the artificial sweet scent is mellowed out and drinkable, and you taste a bit of the green tea as well. This indeed feels summery, and I wonder how it would taste iced. I wouldn’t mind this, but it’s not on my shopping list either.
SoccerMom was so kind to send me three heaping teaspoons of this along with her giveaway. Mariage Freres is rather expensive and a bit difficult to get in the US, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to invest in a whole tin before I got to try any. So here it is, the famous Marco Polo.
It smelled wonderful, so sweet like strawberry candy, but it was the very same reason why I wasn’t sure if I would like this tea. You see, it turns out that I can be quite conservative when it comes to flavored teas, and when the tea screams out dessert, I get intimidated. But that extreme sweet scent was slightly mellowed out as I steeped it, and I have to say I see the appeal, though it may not be my absolute favorite. Mostly fruit to me, with faint floral notes, perhaps. I certainly enjoyed it, though I don’t know it will be my regular cup. I will have to try it with milk, because people seem to rave about it!