426 Tasting Notes
Ok, months have passed since Cavocorax sent me a sample of this. I dismissed it at the time as being too sweet and cloying for me, but shortly after I finished the sample I began CRAVING it. Nicole’s descriptive comment of an actual Pineapple Upside Down Cake on my old note reinforced that craving. I finally caved in last week and ordered some more, along with my staple Lime Chiffon.
Yep, It still tastes like rich citrusy cake. I’m actually getting some fruity pineapple before the finish/midsip, and their is a citrus sour aftertaste. This is not an everyday tea but I’ll keep it tucked away for when I really need a slice of cream-filled cake.
And here I was just complaining about how over-the-top sweet the winter blends from David’s Tea are. To give this tea some credit it’s less oily looking then RVC, Coffee Cake, etc.
I’ve since amended my ways, but as a six year old fruit loops, particularly the blue variety, were one of my favourite things in the whole wide world. I only encountered them when we stayed in hotels with continental breakfasts- aka, when we stayed overnight at the pit stop, Santa Nella, on our way down to Disneyland.
The smell of this tea brings back memories. Hello fruit loops. Hello Santa Nella. Are we at Disneyland yet? Nope.
The chocolate is a nice touch to the candied blueberry note; I never thought to try fruit loops with chocolate milk! I think there some pop tart undertones here too. Aw.. I haven’t had a pop tart since elementary school.
Quick Summary: the tea has a profile of candied berry fruit, limp chocolate, and malt. Like fruit loops, or pop tarts, there’s something cheap and fun about this tea. It has its own appeal and the ghost candies are cute. This cup is hitting that nostalgic satisfying spot right now.
Thanks for including this as a sample, Della Terra, and also for the speedy delivery! This got here in less than four business days.
I could do without this in my life.
Tastes and smells a bit like bubblegum. Salty, smokey bacon pops into the finish and aftertaste, but the cup has more of a candied citrus thing going for it.
Not bad, actually kind of neat, but I still wish it would leave my life forever.
I’ll give it a rating when I finally work through my packet. Only then will my deepest, darkest feelings for this rooibos be fully realized.
It turns out I was doing it wrong. All I need is almond milk, a magic bullet-like shaker/blender, and maybe a banana. This Royal matcha grade seems less inclined to clump, which is optimal for mixing.
I’ve determined that the distinctive flavoring level is the best setting for me. It’s still incredibly rich and creamy, and a tad less ‘sour’ than my robust flavours. The caramel smells divine too, although I don’t know how to feel about the hostile invasion it launched in my room. It’s not going to stay like this forever, right?
Distinctive level, white matcha base. I was worried this flavour level would be weak but the pumpkin spices are what they say they are, “distinctive” (Edit: correction, got my own flavour level mixed up). Maybe the gentle white matcha is playing a role in the prominence of the flavoring, or maybe this is just a good amount of pumpkin pie for me!
I used two scoops in almond milk, and blended it up with half a banana. This a rich and creamy beverage. It’s also mixes well with a little bit of spiced whiskey and some vanilla bean ice cream.
I am so disappointed and angry with myself. I had this small test that I should have aced in every way, but I failed to read the very fine print. I unwittingly didn’t write a quarter of it. Ah, I’m so choked! My friend also missed out on catching that “part” of the test. What are the chances? The two of us are clearly friends for a reason. I wonder if we were the only ones.
I can still get an A in this class if I work at it and pay attention to the elusive emboldened phrases in front of me.. but I need something to help me get over myself first. That’s where this matcha comes in.
My parcel finally arrived today- definitely the main highlight (it surely wasn’t watching Behind Enemy Lines in class)! It’s distinctive flavoring and royal grade. The aroma up close is a tad alcoholic, although if I waft the scent I only get caramel.
I debated whether to let the blend sit to see if it would become less alcoholic. However, my roommate insisted I try it out tonight anyways. I mixed up one scoop with some almond milk and half a shot of spiced whiskey, which turns out to be an amazing combination. I think this may become my official post-test, pick-me-up drink. Life goes on.
This smells a lot like the Red Velvet Cake blend, with a flick of spice to it. I made up a cup yesterday, steeped in almond milk. It yielded an exceptionally sweet, rich cup, even if it was a bit bland.
Today I decided to throw in some raw ginger into the steeper and take it without milk. The cakey creaminess is still present but there is a load of fruit that I didn’t notice before. The pineapple and currants are definitely apparent. Maybe there’s more zing to it today, from the extra ginger (and the pineapple?). The whole citrus cream rooibos thing makes me think of Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon.
In the finish I do get some delicious cinnamon spiced gingerbread cookies. I wish it was more pronounced and spiced.
Lots, of cloves, a little apple, minimal figs, and a dash of vanilla makes for a strange kind of spicy sugar water, not thick enough to be a cake. It isn’t amazing but I’ll finish it off easily enough. I might even grab a hot cup to go, if the fancy strikes me and I’m passing by.
I really want cider now.
Unlike Banana Nut Bread, it’s almost too sweet to be eaten like a trail mix (the clove note is not prominent when dry). The Figs and dates are delicious though.
The loose leaf smells dominantly of peppermint but this steeped up (ha! unintentional) to having a very creamy “Christmas” aroma. Think peppermint white chocolate bark, maybe.
The flavour is still heavy on the peppermint with a light (not to sweet) white chocolate finish. It reminds me a lot of Cocomint Cream from last year. Of course this doesn’t have the coconut, the blackberry leaves, and I’m hoping the apple (there’s something fruity in the flavour though).
Freshness and cream are both good things in my book. Right now I like this one the most out of the new 2013 winter blends. My main complaints are that there’s stevia in here, the surface is oily (chocolate), and I get funky lime green droplets on the inside of my mug. The last one might be kind of cool actually. I’ve mixed feelings about it.