702 Tasting Notes
Thanks to jessiwrites for this one too!
I can smell the raspberries and chocolate as it’s steeping. I despise fruit and chocolate together but this one has quite a high rating so I had to give it a shot.
The chocolate seems to be overtaking the scent now that’s it’s steeped and I’m waiting for it to cool.
Well I can see why most people would enjoy this tea, and it’s certainly smooth, but it’s not for me.
Gah the deep pink steep colour of hibiscus :|
But it smells so delectable. Like a cross between strawberry rhubarb and warm apple pie. Both of which are delicious.
First sip and I’m actually enjoying it. What?! Enjoying hibiscus? According to David’s website it’s actually hibiscus flowers. There it is.
It’s looking good for this tea. Yum!
The second steep is not as flavourful but still drinkable :)
Update April 17/13: I’m so upset now that I’ve decided I love this one enough to keep around, it’s gone. Bleh. jessiwrites was awesome to send me a few more cups of it, thank goodness.
I love pears but this tasted nothing like pear to me. It tasted almost like some sort of weak syrup maybe? Bleh.
I put some in the fridge to cold brew so perhaps that will be the saving grace for this tea.
Thanks to jessiwrites for such a generous sample :)
Update: I let this one chill for at least 7 hours in the fridge. It’s definitely an upgrade from before but still not all that amazing. With a name like Perfect Pear I was expecting it to taste just like a pear! Perhaps pear is a hard taste to master. But this is only my first pear tea and often when they don’t work out it just spurs me on to find the perfect one :)
Oh yes. There are no words.
Okay maybe I have a few words. So this morning I drove my fiance to work at 6:15a. Now normally I come home and get ready for my class. This morning I was exhausted, which has been a near permanent state for some time. So I decided to lay down, just for 5 minutes. I think we all know how that went.
Two hours later I woke up and yep, I had missed my first class. But there was a silver lining. I went outside to empty the recycling when the mailbox caught my eye. What was in there but two tea swap packages! I have so many new teas on my counter at the moment it’s slightly ridiculous but I’m so excited! Thanks to jessiwrites and Shmiracles for turning my Monday back around :)
And this tea is amazing. I’m quite sure Butiki could make anything taste amazing. This will be a permanent in my collection.
Having my second steep of this to motivate me to study. But it’s making me daydream of summer days at the beach. Oh summer. Beach. Happiness.
The second steep actually turned out well. Still a fair amount of flavour.
This is so good cold brewed! How have I already used half of my tin of this in a week!?
Update: Looks like someone else discovered just how amazing cold-brewed Bamboozled is. I went to get a cup and half my jar has disappeared! Still enough for a cup tonight. And I just put together a fresh batch to be ready for tomorrow.
Duuude. This one smells amazing. Like some sort of homemade banana baked good my mom would be baking. Maybe banana chocolate chip loaf. Yum. I can only hope it will taste as it smells. Though I’m pretty sure I could just have the scent waft at me all evening and be perfectly happy.
Oh yes, this one is delicious. I don’t know that it tastes as it smells. But it does taste good. Very good. I imagine it would be good chilled as well but boy am I enjoying it hot. I know what I’ll be drinking for the rest of the evening (perhaps interspersed with Coconut Oolong).
Update: This one is pretty good cold but I think I may prefer it hot. The chocolate comes out a bit more when it’s hot. Yes the flavours are definitely more muted when it’s chilled. And on that note, I’ll steep myself a hot cup of this now.
This one is nice and light. This one will be easy on my upset stomach.
The flavour is very light, I’m getting a hint of mango but nothing overwhelming. I was hoping for a little more mango flavour to be honest. I may try steeping it a wee bit longer to see if I can get a bit more flavour. I’d say this one’s pretty good but not amazing.
Update: I steeped this one longer this morning to see if I could get some more mango. No dice. I’m getting lots of green tea, but no more mango. Then I tried adding some agave. The agave got me slightly more mango but nothing spectacular.
This one is fascinating.
The description is pretty bang on – a cross between your favourite breakfast tea and fruit juice – perhaps not my favourite breakfast tea, but certainly a black breakfast tea. Yes, the more I drink it, that’s exactly what it tastes like. Fruit juice mixed with black tea. The mango really comes through at the end.
Update March 29/13: I’m giving this one another go because I really didn’t care for it hot and I couldn’t manage more than two sips cold. It’s slightly better this time but I’m still getting a bit too much of a fake taste? Although everything seems well balanced, I’ll give it that. Maybe my taste buds are off because everyone else seems to love this tea!
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one. But I do so love melon, any kind of melon, so I couldn’t resist picking some up.
The scent is definitely melon. The taste is actually quite nice – not too heavy. There’s an initial taste of melon with an aftertaste of mate. I’m not a mate fan unfortunately but I’m still able to enjoy this cup. I can imagine this would be amazing iced. Perhaps I’ll pop the remainder of this mug in the fridge.
Update: Tried this one chilled and the mate comes through much more so this one will be a pass for me. The melon flavour would great in a green or white tea I imagine.
OMG I’m so excited! I could hardly wait to go to David’s. I ever so impatiently, sat through my lab, watching every minute tick by on the clock agonizingly slowly, until finally I was free! Then I raced to my car and drove across the city to David’s to pick up all the new teas and my awesome new purple elephant mug. I don’t know what it is about the mugs with creatures on the inside but I love it. Hence why I couldn’t resist picking this little treasure up and why my other Perfect Mug has blue birds, clearly with birds on the inside as well.
This one smells heavenly. They all smell amazing actually. But I could hardly keep it together driving from the David’s to my house. It’s only a short drive but my mind was whirling with steeping times and temperatures and calculations for just how soon I could be tasting all my new teas. Gah!
This one brews up a nice pale yellow, typically oolong colour. I can smell both the coconut and oolong evenly. Ah yes. Now if it would just cool down enough to drink!
This one is balanced perfectly. Sometimes I wonder how they do it. It’s just right. I imagine people who aren’t too fond of coconut may actually enjoy this one as well. It’s not in-your-face. It’s smooth. Very smooth. It’s a keeper.
Also this is my 150 tasting note :)