595 Tasting Notes
I had two sample teabags, so I made them two different ways. The first was 175 degrees for 4 minutes. This produced a cup with very little in the way of mango or peach. If I had to say one of them was in there, I’d pick mango. But mostly, it was really lacking in flavor. This tea may be called Green Mango Peach, but I think it would be more appropriate to name it Green Ginger Mint, as these were the only flavors I could easily identify.
With the second teabag, I tried boiling water for 3 minutes. This produced a much more flavorful cup. I got more mango and peach flavors, while the mint and ginger were still apparent. However, the boiling water turned the tea bitter and astringent. So, I can’t recommend this brewing technique.
Overall, I can’t say I’m impressed with this tea. I tried it two ways and both were underwhelming to me. Oh well. Can’t say I didn’t try!
Second tea from my Tea Forte sampler pack! This is a really delicious fruity tea, even sans additions. The black base is mild and smooth and complements the black currant very well. There’s no hint of bitterness, which is awesome. The black currant flavoring is light but flavorful. The notes vary from grape candy to a generic fruity sweetness that reminds me of blueberries.
Overall, I am really enjoying this! I thought for sure that I’d have to add some milk and sweetener, but I was wrong. This is great just the way it is! And as if my day couldn’t get any better, I GOT A PROMOTION TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My dad gave me this sampler pack for Christmas a couple years ago. I’m ashamed to say that I’m only now making it a priority to drink. Luckily for me though, it was shrink-wrapped and marked “best before July 2014.” So, I think it’ll still taste fine despite its age. It is definitely an impressive looking sampler! Check out a photo here: http://instagram.com/p/gUPj9Hl-ge/
First up, Chamomile Citron! I think my tastes are changing. I used to gag at the mere aroma of chamomile, but now I’m starting to like it. I like this bagged version in particular because it’s blended with a small amount of lemongrass and mint. These three flavors meld into a delicious and soothing cuppa better than I would have thought possible. It’s still primarily chamomile, but the other undertones add depth to the flavor. Color me impressed! I am thoroughly enjoying this! :)
This is from my split order with tattooed_tea that I’m finally getting to. I’m not gonna’ lie, I sort of lost this in my cupboard. LOL! Well, there’s no time like the present! The dry tea aroma isn’t quite as potently watermelon as it used to be when it first arrived, but I can still identify it.
The taste is very subtle and light. There’s virtually no aftertaste though, which is a bit odd. I’ve only encountered this aspect in Liu An Gua Pian teas. The aftertaste I can detect is from the watermelon flavoring and not the base.
This is a lovely tea and definitely worthy of the V.I.T. (Very Important Tea) distinction from 52teas. I’m surprised there aren’t many tasting notes on here considering this is fairly old. Did everyone else lose this tea in their cupboards too? Anyway, I really like it, and I’m glad I have a good bit of it to enjoy. Thanks again, tattooed_tea!!!
Why is it that when you want a baby, everyone around you from your co-workers to your childhood friend gets pregnant? I turn on the TV and “A Baby Story” is followed by “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.” I put on one of my favorite shows instead and two characters get pregnant in the same episode. I get a letter in the mail informing me that my insurance has increased maternity coverage to 100% in 2014. What’s going on? *Sigh. Waiting to start a family is so hard. Might as well enjoy my giant tea stash in the meantime!
ON TO THE TEA!
The dry leaf aroma is sweet and fruity. The brewed tea aroma is green and fresh, fruity and a tad chocolaty. The flavor is melt-in-your-mouth delicious! The cranberry adds a noticeable tartness, while the Ti Kwan Yin lends a smooth sweetness as the base. There is still something going on in this cup that’s reminiscent of cocoa. I think it’s a trick of the flavor profile though. Or perhaps it’s the way I stored it.
Nevertheless, this is a really delicious tea! Subsequent infusions were less cranberry/cocoa and more fresh and green from the base, although the tartness did remain apparent and tasty for multiple cups. I really enjoyed this tea. It was the bright spot in my not so happy afternoon since my Mac hard drive failed and it’s going to cost me $265 to replace it. At least I had everything backed up! Thank you to Sil for sharing this sample!
I’ve made this tea a few ways recently. I hot brewed it and then poured it over ice. It was okay that way. Not nearly as flavorful as I remember it being from past experiences. Then I re-steeped the same leaves in cold water. I’m not gonna’ lie. I kind of forgot I was cold steeping this one for about 4 days or so. It just sat in the refrigerator.
I took the leaves out and then left the pitcher in the fridge for about a month or two…I’m not joking. I just completely forgot about it! Well, I broke out the pitcher today and was surprised to find it’s actually really yummy! LOL! I think I even like it better cold-brewed and forgotten about than hot-brewed and enjoyed right away. Both versions were enjoyed iced, but the “mistake” turned out incredibly delicious!
It’s a light fruity tea with the white base shining through nicely. The flavors even cut right through my lunch of leftover pepperoni pizza. Who knew? I’ve enjoyed this one, but I’m happy to say so long. I think this is the third 52teas I’ve ever sipped down. I am really hoarding them. So, this is a very hard-earned sipdown!
Thanks to my husband, this has finally become a sipdown! It’s funny, the last time I tried this tea, he was only my boyfriend. Now he’s my hubby. ;)
My love let me have a sip and it was significantly more drinkable than I remember. It mostly tastes like kiwi and Bai Mu Dan now. No more rancid funk from whatever that tequila flavoring was. Nevertheless, I’m going to leave the rating unchanged, although I’d probably rate this particular cup around 65.
After forgetting about the re-blended batch of this tea in my cupboard for 7 months, I decided to break it out and try it again. And I’m so glad I did! To anyone else who was disappointed in this re-blend, it actually tastes really good now!
I guess it needed a looong time to sit and chillax because it’s turned back into the blueberry cream cheese heaven dream I remember it being. Hooray! I feel like celebrating! (In fact, I’m doing a little happy tea dance in my kitchen right now). Balance and order have been restored, my tea-loving friends! This tea is delicious again! :D
I think the worst part of tea is waiting for it to cool before you can drink it. I amused myself by watching Daniel Radcliffe’s audition tape for Harry Potter. You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7KbQLJLBAo
I love Harry Potter. Who doesn’t? It’s a wonderful story in a wonderful world. I recently visited the set at Warner Brother’s Studio in Leavesden, England. It was AMAZING! Here’s a picture of my husband and me on the Hogwarts Bridge: http://instagram.com/p/fDqizKF-iA/
I don’t want to give too many things away because discovering all the sets and costumes was really fun. If you’re ever in London, I strongly recommend a visit to Leavesden. It’s very easy to get to by train, and it’s easily one of my favorite parts of our honeymoon trip. I wish I could go back every day!
The Chamber of Secrets is playing on HBO right now, and I recognize so many set pieces and props! I watch the movies from a completely different perspective now. Knowing the secrets behind the filming doesn’t ruin anything for me. It’s quite to the contrary, really. I’ve always loved movie making, so the studio tour experience just adds to the magic of the films for me. But this isn’t a Harry Potter review. It’s a tea review!
ON TO THE TEA!
The aroma of the dry leaf isn’t anything too special. When I saw whole candy corn pieces in the blend, I was afraid that Frank had just taken some black tea and added candy pieces to it. I was worried that the tea was lacking any additional flavoring and wouldn’t taste anything like candy corn. But the reviews here are glowing, so I’ll reserve judgment until I actually taste it. ;)
The brewed tea aroma is somewhat recognizable as candy corn. I enjoyed the first cup sans additions. It is definitely an enjoyable tea! Without being told that it is candy corn flavored, I’m not sure I’d be able to distinguish that for myself. For the second cup, I added a little honey and a splash of skim milk. Unfortunately, I think these leaves had only one good steep in them. This cup mostly tastes like milk. :/
Whoops. Well, live and learn. I did like the first cup a lot. It’s not the most amazing of Frank’s blends in my opinion, but it is a delicious novelty. And just in time for Halloween too! Who’s dressing up this year?
This was my husband’s choice of afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason during our London honeymoon. (For more details on our fantastic afternoon tea experience, see this tasting note: http://steepster.com/Charoma/posts/199271).
He generously shared a few sips with me. ;) And wow! This was one delicious tea! It was buttery and crisp and smooth. Not bitter or astringent in the least. Just a perfect cup of Gyokuro! I highly recommend it to any green tea lovers.