2248 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! (31 | 104) (I’ve made several shipdowns since my last note!)
Don’t ask me why I ordered a sample of this…
For some reason I feel the need to keep retrying some of the more popular Harney teas, even though I know I don’t love them. This one is the silliest of all, considering I know I don’t like chocolate flavoring in 99% of cases…
Anyway, unsurprisingly, I don’t love it. The hazelnut is nice enough, but the chocolate just tastes artificial to me (as usual).
Oh well, I gave it a fair shot! Lol…
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Nuts, Sweet
Sipdown! (23 | 96)
I’ve been neglecting my straight black tea samples. Well no more!
This is very yummy. It has a rich malty, bready flavor and a thick body. There’s a little touch of savory that reminds me of smoked meat or something similar. But also here is a creamy, starchy honeyed sweet potato sprinkled with dark muscovado sugar, and a tart yet deep syrupy dried cherry note.
Such an interesting combination of flavors! It’s a highly satisfying tea that makes me feel as if I’ve just eaten a small meal. And the sweet potato with the dried fruit and deep sugar tastes like autumn in a cup!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Meat, Molasses, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Tart, Thick
Sipdown! (22 | 95)
I didn’t realize I only had one serving left of this, I’ve never tried it but sent it to a couple of people. So that was a nice surprise when I opened the pouch!
Wow, there’s a lot of anise going on here! It ends up tasting a bit like fennel, even though there’s no fennel here. I do taste some creamy cocoa and a nice toasty grain note from the barley.
But really, I feel like the anise is out of balance here. I do like anise, but it’s overpowering the other flavors a bit, and the tisane comes out tasting like black licorice. A shame, because the ingredient combination sounded really good to me…
Flavors: Anise, Cocoa, Grain, Licorice, Roasted Barley, Sweet, Toasted
Nope, this is revolting to me.
It’s all amaretto and medicinal cherry throat lozenges. There’s a bit of anise as well, which is something I generally like, but here it’s just making the artificial and boozy flavors even more cloying.
Into the rehoming box it goes!
Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Anise, Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Marzipan, Medicinal, Powdered Sugar, Sweet
Sipdown! (21 | 94)
Like most of Deb’s other mint teas, this one is just okay for me.
I don’t get much matcha going on. There’s a bit too much mint for me, and I think I would prefer a bit of spearmint for a more refreshing flavor. The peppermint tends to get a bit too herbal-tasting, which takes away from the concept of mint meringues.
Anyway, it’s pleasant enough to drink, but it mostly tastes like peppermint leaf with a hint of coconut.
Flavors: Coconut, Herbaceous, Peppermint, Sweet
Sipdown! (19 | 92)
I made a lazy hot latte with the rest of this today. And by lazy, I mean pouring oat milk into my milk frother and then adding the matcha in once it starts swirling. I generally make matcha lattes by preparing the matcha by hand with a small amount of warm water and then adding frothed milk separately. But in this case I was using oat milk, so I just put the matcha right in since plant milk is always more watery than dairy milk. I added a drizzle of vanilla syrup as well.
It’s really yummy! I like the flavor of oat milk with matcha, and since this matcha is a bit nutty it really brings out those notes well. I can still taste the yummy vegetal notes as well as some grassiness.
Yum yum. I only have one more package of plain matcha, and once that’s gone I think Ippodo will be the source for my next restock.
Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
Sipdown! (18 | 91)
Wow, the leaf for this one is tiny! There were some big dried cherries/cranberries but everything else was in very small pieces. I really like chocolate and cherry together, but I tend to be disappointed by chocolate teas, so we’ll see how this goes…
It’s not bad. The chocolate isn’t terribly artificial, which is saying a lot for me. There’s a definite boozy note to it that I don’t love, and the cherry along with it is making me think of amaretto. But there’s also a deep, syrupy bordeaux cherry flavor.
My only issue with this one is the base. It’s an Assam, and it tastes very generic and tannic to me. The astringency is conflicting with the other rich and smooth flavors, which makes me sad. So this probably won’t be a repurchase because of that…
But it’s quite good for a chocolate tea, and that’s coming from me, a self-proclaimed chocolate tea hater!
Flavors: Alcohol, Astringent, Bitter, Cherry, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Marzipan, Sweet, Tannic
Sipdown! (17 | 90)
I requested this as a sample with one of my orders. I never seem to be that impressed with these marshmallow treat genmaicha teas, so I figured I would try a smaller size. I love that Deb lets me pick my own free samples, she’s the best! I saw on Instagram today that she’s planning to ship out the subscription boxes sometime next week, squeee!
Anyway! I actually do enjoy this one. It’s not really a marshmallow square to me, more of a mildly coconutty genmaicha. I suppose the creaminess of the coconut does sort of emulate marshmallow a teeny bit, but it’s not quite there for me.
But I do like it! I’m not sure I’d feel the need to keep it around in addition to a plain genmaicha though… But would definitely recommend it to coconut lovers! I’m honestly shocked at how low the rating is. o.o
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Dry Grass, Smooth, Sweet, Toasted Rice
So I recently subscribed to Bokksu, a Japanese snack subscription box. I’ve been doing some casual short little reviews of the snacks on Instagram, and for the last few I’ve been pairing them with teas. This is the tea I chose to have with an absolutely scrumptious white peach castella cake.
Honestly though, this one’s just not great. There’s barely any peach or osmanthus at all. Mostly I taste the generic Chinese sencha base, with its dry grass notes. There’s no bitterness at least, but there’s not much else either…
So, a bit of a rant. I’m having a really hard time with New Moon Tea Co lately. I noticed that this and one of their other new Spring teas – White Strawberry – are very obviously sourced from Shanti Tea. And while I get that a lot of places resell blends from wholesale sources, the packaging states these are “small batch, hand blended, farm to cup teas” and that this is “proudly made in British Columbia, Canada”… Which is clearly a load of crap when it comes to these two teas, and I assume many others.
This is a brand that I’ve been so happy to support in the past, but now I have to wonder how many of the teas are falsely advertised like this. I don’t know whether to (tactfully) bring this up to the owner, or just stop buying from her entirely…
Have any of you have this issue before…?
(ETA: I confirmed with the vendor that this tea is sourced from Shanti Tea. I would delete this note, but I don’t want to lose the comments!)
Flavors: Dry Grass, Grass, Peach, Sweet
Sipdown! (16 | 89)
I really need to get cracking on sipdowns this month! I guess I’m still at more than one per day, but I’d like to be at two per day, if I’m honest.
This is one of those ones from Harney where I feel like I’m missing something… A lot of other people seem to really love it, but for me it’s sort of just meh.
It’s supposed to be cranberry almond I think? There’s a tiny hint of cranberry tartness here, though I would like a lot more. Perhaps a bit of marzipan at the end of the sip? Mostly it tastes like a very musty and earthy base tea to me…
Oh well, I’m glad to not love them all, hah! And yet I always feel compelled to order another sample and give it another try… (shrugs)
Flavors: Cranberry, Earth, Marzipan, Musty, Sweet, Tart, Wood