2245 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! (12 | 85)
Another one from Courtney!
So I tried steeping it a bit less for this second pot, because the first time I didn’t find much bergamot here. But the shorter steep doesn’t seem to have helped much.
The rooibos here is nice, it has a biscuity sort of quality and doesn’t taste medicinal at all. And there’s just a little hint of bergamot, but I would like a lot more.
So pleasant enough to drink, but not something I would order for myself.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cookie, Smooth, Wood
Sipdown! (11 | 84)
I really should stop ordering teas with chocolate flavoring…
There are some elements of the chocolate here that are pleasant, like the tinge of bitterness that makes it seem a bit more authentic. But there’s a booziness that knocks it all the way back to the other direction, into super fake chocolate territory… Also the base seems rather thin and flavorless.
I do enjoy the roasty nut flavor here. But otherwise it’s a no for me.
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Bitter, Chocolate, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Nuts, Roasted Nuts, Sweet
Sipdown! (10 | 83)
This smelled nice and tart-fruity in the packet, so it was chosen to be tried next.
I didn’t look at the description before trying it, and was confused by the somewhat strong toasted nori aroma with the tart fruit. It turns out, it actually is supposed to be seaweed-like, which makes me feel better. I’m not familiar enough with gooseberry or sea buckthorn to be able to comment on those, but the fruitiness here is tart and bright, and it comes off a bit green apple candyish? Not quite, but that’s the closest thing I can think of. Somewhere between pineapple, green grape, and green apple?
It’s pleasant and I’m enjoying it! The seaweed isn’t actually very strong in the taste, so it’s mostly the fruity element. Yummy!
Flavors: Candy, Dry Grass, Fruity, Grapes, Grass, Green Apple, Pineapple, Seaweed, Sweet, Tart, Umami
Sipdown! (9 | 82)
The last Tea Hippie tea from Courtney! I admit, I’m not looking forward to this one, as the base tea in the other two wasn’t great.
Yeah… The base tea here is just so disappointing to me. It’s like a super generic Ceylon with quite a bit of astringency even with a short steep. And honestly I’m not getting much maple at all, perhaps a vague sweetness toward the end?
I added milk and a drizzle of maple syrup to the rest of the pot to finish it off. Somehow it came out tasting a bit like banana, which is odd lol! Happy to be finished with it though.
Flavors: Astringent, Metallic, Sweet, Tannic
Sipdown! (8 | 81)
It’s nice to finish this one off, this was a box of sachets that I must have bought on clearance or something? Otherwise, why sachets?
Anyway, it’s a tasty tea! The flavoring is a bit more subtle than I would like, but it has a nice cranberry-like tartness to it that I really enjoy. The base is very smooth and lightly earthy with some woody notes to it.
I really like having a red fruits black tea around, so I’ll have to figure out which one to reorder. Maybe I’ll try a new one from Dammann!
Flavors: Cranberry, Earth, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Smooth, Tart, Wood
Sipdown! (7 | 80)
Another one from Courtney (and VariaTEA)!
Black, green, and white tea? Really…?
Anyway, the first time I tried this one it mostly tasted like a generic peach green tea to me. Inoffensive but nothing special. Odd, because there’s no peach here.
This time, though, I’m getting more of a grapefruit and quince situation, which I like much better. I’m also getting more of the hay notes from the white base. There are some nice honeyed notes too, and perhaps a bit of rhubarb?
Anyway, it’s tasty! Not something I would order because of the weird base situation and the inconsistency, but I enjoyed the second cup.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Grapefruit, Grass, Hay, Honey, Peach, Pear, Rhubarb, Sweet
Sipdown! (6 | 79)
Another cold-brewed turmeric tisane!
I really do find these quite palatable this way. The earthy turmeric is somehow very refreshing, and the lemongrass is nice here as well. Luckily the licorice is quite mild, though there is a slight sweetness that creeps up at the end of the sip. I could probably do without the black pepper, happily it’s not very strong.
I dig it! I’m so relieved to have found a way to finish off these Vahdam turmeric tisanes, I was really dreading them…
Flavors: Black Pepper, Earth, Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Licorice, Smooth, Spices, Sweet
Sipdown! (5 | 78)
So this one just never worked for me…
The apple and hibiscus pretty much take over the cup and it’s just a bit tart and one-note. This last cup has a bit more maple and/or sugar to it which helps a little, but mostly it just tastes like a very acidic apple tisane.
Certainly not my favorite from Deb!
Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Maple, Sour, Sweet, Tart, Wood
Sipdown! (4 | 77)
I finished all of my subscription teas, and that section of my countertop organizer was conspicuously empty. So I decided to fill it with my remaining swap samples from Courtney and work on finishing them off!
Without looking at the description, I thought this was a rhubarb and cream sort of tea. I wasn’t that far off I suppose, but actually it’s red fruits with vanilla and toffee. Maybe it’s the combination with the rooibos that’s making me think of B&B’s Rhubarb + Custard.
Anyway! It’s perfectly tasty, though I could use just a bit more flavoring and I don’t really get toffee at all. It’s fairly rooibos-forward, which isn’t a big issue for me, but I know it could be for other people. It’s not one that I would buy because of the similarity to Rhubarb + Custard, but it was enjoyable to try. Thanks, Courtney!
Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Cream, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Rhubarb, Rooibos, Smooth, Strawberry, Tart, Vanilla, Wood
Sipdown! (3 | 76)
Despite butterscotch being one of my favorite flavors, I found this one just a little disappointing?
I think it’s because I don’t really taste the rice much, if at all. The rooibos base and the strong flavoring are just overpowering it, I think. So it ends up being sort of a one-note butterscotch rooibos tisane. And don’t get me wrong, it’s still perfectly tasty, but I guess I was hoping for a bit more?
I had ordered a 50g bag of this, but that order still hasn’t moved from the UK and it’s been over six weeks now. So mostly likely it’ll need to be replaced and I’m sure they don’t have any of this one left by now. Oh well.
Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Rooibos, Smooth, Sweet, Wood