59 Tasting Notes
Day 12 of my do-it-yourself scavenger hunt advent calendar.
Well…the smell is divine. The taste…meh.
As Cavocorax pointed out, the “cake base” of this tea is exactly the same as red velvet cake which I wasn’t a huge fan of. In the 10 g sample bag I got, I only had 2 teeny pieces of pineapple so it’s not like I can vouch for a pineapple flavour. This scoop didn’t have any. And cherries? What cherries? Unless the cherry pieces are microscopic, I didn’t have any. I certainly didn’t get the flavour of cherry. It just tasted like fake-cake. Blech.
In reality it wasn’t THAT bad, but when all of the other teas in my calendar have been so GOOD, this one was a real disappointment. It just tasted like a basic black tea base with some artificial cake flavour.
Verdict: will not buy.
Day 10 of my do-it-yourself advent calendar!
I was VERY surprised with this tea. I love strawberry rhubarb pie, and so was afraid that there would be no way for this tea to live up to my love of pie. And carrots in it?! Give me a break. No one puts carrots in strawberry rhubarb pie! That’s just silly. And yucky. Stilly and yucky.
Steeped: carrots? What carrots?! I still don’t get why putting carrots in tea doesn’t give it a carroty flavour; in fact, I don’t get what carrots add to flavour at all. But I guess that’s why I don’t make tea blends for a living. I just drink them :) The yogurt bits give the tea an awesome creaminess, and the actual flavour of strawberry and rhubarb is bang-on. And this one, unlike others where the main ingredient is apple, doesn’t give me an apple-y taste at all. I LOVE it. I don’t know if this has overtaken White Chocolate Frost as my new favourite of the calendar, but it’s awesome.
Verdict: will buy a boatload.
Day 7 of the scavenger hunt do-it-yourself tea advent calendar.
I’m not sure what everyone else is so poo-poo about, but I really like this. Maybe I just got a lucky scoop, but I get hardly any licorice taste. Sure, there’s a bit of the sweetness from it, but it’s not overwhelming or something I don’t like. I get a strong chocolate flavour when I’m sipping it, and the after-taste is definitely nutty. I’m not so sure I’d go as far as HAZELNUT nutty, but definitely nutty. I don’t get much of an oolong taste of the tea; I can definitely taste the black tea that is mixed in with it. Even looking at the steeped tea, there isn’t the characteristic rolled-up oolong leaf in the mix. Again, maybe I got a weird scoop from the big container.
Verdict: will definitely re-buy.
Day 6 of my do-it-yourself scavenger hunt advent calendar.
I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Yes, it’s good. But…I feel like it has changed since the last time I drank it. It’s fruity, a bit tart. Predominant taste I get is apple, and then “something else”. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’ve also never had goji berries on their own before so I don’t actually know what they taste like. It might actually be those. Who knows (well, someone probably does…).
Verdict: may buy again, may not.
Day 5 of my do-it-yourself scavenger hunt tea advent calendar!
Oh. My. God. If heaven offered tea, this would be the one they would have. Tastes minty, has the creaminess of white chocolate, and a nice zip at the end from the peppercorns. Yes, it’s oily on top. Cocoa butter, the only ingredient in good white chocolate, is oil. That’s why it’s called cocoa BUTTER. Come on, people. You complain about artificial flavours, and when they use chunks of white chocolate you complain about drinking cocoa butter. Poor muffins. I’d prefer an oil slick over a lab-created chocolate “flavour”. I definitely could do without the stevia, though. This tea is definitely sweet, but not so sweet I couldn’t drink it. It was a bit rough to have something so “desserty” in the morning. Would have been an awesome after-dinner bevvie. That will be my next cup! And I love that this is truly herbal; white chocolate contains no caffeine (the caffeine in chocolate is in the chocolate liquor, which is only added back in while making milk and dark chocolate). My mom would also love this.
Verdict: Will buy a kilogram. Ha.
Day 3 of my do-it-yourself scavenger hunt tea advent calendar!
I was pretty sure that I had tried this tea as a sample in-store sometime a long time ago, but turns out I likely didn’t…this doesn’t taste familiar at all. But that’s OK! Because it’s darn good. It’s creamy, it’s limey, but it’s…not tart. I think it’s probably the pineapple pieces in it, and perhaps the apple, that take away what would have been a very unpleasant tea if it had of just been lemongrass, green tea and lime yogurt thingies. I think it would be a really nice iced tea during the summer months, too. Since I only have enough left for one more cup and it’s -10 C out today, I think I’ll have it hot :)
Verdict: would definitely re-buy, and want to try it iced.
Tea #2 of my scavenger hunt advent calendar!
Well, this tea has changed. Yes, it’s still darn good, but certainly not good as I once thought. Despite having big pieces of pear and cranberry, it just didn’t taste…fruity. It tasted artificial. And the black tea pieces were more like powdered black tea, not actual leaves. It was weird. And it looked like a whole lot of tea stems, not necessarily tea leaves. Also weird.
I originally tried this tea as one of the 24 days of tea teas way back when I got the calendar the first year it was offered. I remembered liking it, and so wrote it into the Winter Catalogue of teas that I liked so that my parents could pick and choose which teas they wanted to buy me for Christmas. (since the 24 days of tea calendar was sold out by the time I got around to buying one. Ugh. Must plan ahead earlier next year)
So what do I find this year? A scavenger hunt of an advent calendar that my dad put together, and on day 1 is a 10 g bag of Sleigh Ride. Awesome! I wonder if I’ll have my own version of a 24 days of tea calendar?! I’m more excited this year for my advent calendar than any other year of my life, 5-year-old-me included.
Tasting note. Right. Well, I still like it. It could be because it’s so similar to Forever Nuts, but it might not be. Yes, I do love Forever Nuts, but I DO NOT like coconut. At all. I didn’t remember there being coconut in it last time I had it. But apparently my memory sucks. Live and learn. But you know what? I like it! Not as much as Forever Nuts, but I really like it! I like the slightly-tartness of the hibiscus (I actually like tart teas, so this shouldn’t be surprising) and the popped rice is fun. And the best part is that even though I could see it, the coconut wasn’t an unwelcome addition. Just gave a bit of creaminess to the blend that Forever Nuts doesn’t have. I’m also not one to say no to some candied pineapple :)
Verdict: would re-buy.
Went to the Tea Haus a loooooong time ago to get a cup of tea with my dad. I tried this one, since the smell was “blow your sinuses out” mint, with a hint of green tea smell. Well, the taste was more like the other way around. This was my first try of gunpowder green tea (which I have now come to know and love).
At the time of my first few sips I thought it was OK. Then I liked it more and more. I should have bought some while the urge struck, but didn’t. I’ll have to go back to try it again to see if it’s as good as my mind remembers it. If so, I’m buying a bag.
This used to be my go-to tea for after dinner tea sipping. I love the intense flavour of it (tart, but not sour. Just enough balance of the rosehip and hibiscus with everything else), and the bright pink colour is my favourite :)
Just finished my last two scoops of it (from a long time ago…this tea doesn’t necessarily “age well”, although it wasn’t terrible) so I need to make the trek back to get more.