71 Tasting Notes
Happy New Year and hope you all had a great holiday season. First tasting note of 2014. It’s almost hard to believe how quick time passes and how some things change and remain the same. Unexpected meetings and new outlooks on life. It’s all quite refreshing and familiar all at the same time much like this special Chai.
It’s much like “Splash” with its medicinal properties and detoxifying benefits. But its new in its spicy qualities and taste of the tropics. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loved “Splash” and to any Chai connoisseurs who want to experiment with all the various types of Chai. For those back east it’s just the trick for those cold evenings, to melt the Winter ice.
As for those in the West, it keeps that mild ambiance going no matter where your journeys happen to take you. Best of all worlds, wouldn’t you agree? To conclude I raise a “Cheers” to my fellow tea drinkers and hope we continue to prosper in the new year. Best wishes!
If you liked the Red Velvet Cake you’ll love this one. It tastes very similar and has a similar aroma. What sets it apart is the pineapple and cherry notes which gives it a fresh light quality. I found a boost of energy too with the variation and with holiday season around the corner that is ever the good thing. Between decorating, gathering gift ideas and taking pictures for my photography business I can appreciate the extra boost every so often. In any case this one was a highlight of the Winter Collection for me and well recommended. Happy Tea Drinking.
It is a little bit deeper in flavor than say the toasted walnut but in the same regard it is a bit more mellow in all-around nuances that much I can admit. I would most likely recommend this as a good tea to start the day with as it is very mild and pairs well with morning toast. As a Winter tea I can imagine this making a great base for hot cocoa and as something to drink by the crackling fire with a cozy blanket just for the nostalgia this tea provides.
If we can’t have “Merry Cranberry” this is the next best thing. It’s sweet, rich and very soothing. The cloves give it this sort of nostalgic warmth while the vanilla elevates it to that satisfied dessert quality we look for in a holiday tea. In dry form, I admit to finding it worth a try, if not as a topping but as a novel addition to trail mix. Not that I do it often but it is very possible. Haha, in any case if you’re looking for that holiday pudding kick be sure to try this one.
Almost like a Winter pick-me-up. While shopping around for holiday ideas and taking some pictures of the decorations this morning I was reminded of how lovely this tea was. The heat of the peppercorns seem to elevate the flavor of the mint to a frosty quality. The white chocolate rounds out both notes with its creaminess and gives the tea a smooth quality. It’s a great way to have the peppermint bark candy of the season without the guilt and well worth trying. I highly recommend it.
I admit I was a little skeptical when I heard there was carrots in this tea. I was like “No…not Carrot Cake again.” Not that Carrot Cake was bad but it took a lot to get used to it which is probably why I still have a full harvest tin. But I digress. Slowly I approached the big old silver tin and took a sniff.
It smelled heavenly, like spice cake or gingerbread. The vanilla totally added this warm note to it that sent the tea to a sweet place where it was all good. When I finally took it home it tasted just as good as it smelt. Very gingerbread without the ginger. If I was to compare this to any other chai it would have to be “Glitter and Gold” which is probably why it was able to win me over as it did.
I recommend this highly for anyone who loves chai and the joy of the season. Thanks David for bringing this one back. Especially for those who never got to try it when it first came out. Bon Appetit.
A mix of Mulberry Magic and Toasted Almond. Very creamy without too much actual cream. Sweet, savory and very comforting like its parents. Of all the three new blends this would be second place. I can imagine sitting by the fire enjoying this one for months until the Winter collection easily. I also imagine that due to its neutral flavor it could blend well with the power house chai blends on the Fall Menu.
Say for instance Pistachio Cream mixed with Pumpkin Chai? Can you say Pumpkin Pie A La Mode? The possibilities are endless. I just found out I had a lactose sensitivity recently so these teas may just be my way of enjoying those specialties without worries. So this could be really cool! Cheers.
Between Jumpy Monkey and Cocoberry I admit to liking this one a bit more. Mostly because the berries are more pronounced than the coffee. That being said I find that the coffee actually is what brings out the flavor and scent of the berries. But it could be just the buzz talking. (I had this one night that I was on very little sleep).
In short if you like the idea of having coffee without actually drinking it straight this might be a good option. Since you can fool your mind into thinking it isn’t drinking coffee. As you can tell I am no coffee drinker…so before I ramble on even further. Give Cocoberry a go, you might be surprised. Cheers!
When choosing through the two marzipan flavored options. I have to admit I’m glad I chose the one that leaned closer to the berry/grape side of the spectrum. It’s like a rich Merlot when brewed. Both in hue and flavor notes. The marzipan flavors simmer and tantalize the taste buds in the background like a perfect back-up band.
If going by dry mix alone one might flip that notion around. Because like Scribbles wrote it really is strongly aromatic. Much like a perfume really, in a good sort of way. If amaretto is your choice of perfume. In any case it is a great introduction to autumn to have this lovely fruit tisane and almost inspires one to visit a vineyard. It’s kind of cool that way.
A delicious fruity champagne that will tantalize your senses in dry form and when brewed. The combination of ingredients equal a sweet yet tangy pink elixir that is very fragrant indeed. I picked this one up today, looking to round out my collection of champagne and wine teas and I was pleasantly happy with this one. Because of that perfume more than anything else!
In my “Summer Valentine’s Week” mindset it just fit well with the music choices of the night and the lovely backdrop of a summer sunset. I do really recommend this tea for fruity tea lovers as the black tea notes are not as apparent as one would think. I believe it is there most likely to round out all the other flavors. Cheers and hope you get a chance to try this tea with your loved ones.