628 Tasting Notes
This cup is reminding me of TWG’s New York Breakfast tea. They both have that same malty base, but this one lacks the notes of chocolate. I’m having it with some cream and it’s a really nice breakfasty like cup. I’m enjoying it, but I think NYB trumps this one.
Have I really never reviewed this tea before?! How is that possible as I near the bottom of my 2nd tin?!
I really love this chai. It’s a good staple in my cupboard. I’m trying to get my stash under control and haven’t bought any tea yet this year in that effort, but I’m going to have a hard time not immediately restocking this. Zhi chais tend to be heavy on the cardamon, which I really enjoy. This also has a good clove zing and a bit of cinnamon in the end of the sip. The cacao is more noticeable at the end of the sip and really shines in the aftertaste making it smooth. The Zhi blends that I have tend to be well caffeinated, which is appreciated on sluggish mornings like this one where I need that bit of extra help motivating.
I have one more cup worth of this tea and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye, even if I know it’s not permanent. Once my tea hoard is in a manageable state, I can start adding favorites like this one back.
A rooibos that I like?! Impossible! Got this sample in the most recent Lupicia tea magazine. I wouldn’t have thought to try it otherwise. It has a really creamy yet strong and earthy peach flavor. I can taste a little rooibos in the aftertaste. It isn’t the bright peach flavor like their Momoko, but it is still really good. Adding creamer obscures the taste on the sip a little for me, but the aftertaste is just as nice. Adding sugar just makes it sweet and doesn’t really change or amplify the flavors. I might actually consider buying some of this for more evening options!
Second cup of this from the sample that Janelle sent me. :)
The first cup was had when my nose was pretty stuffy from allergies, which I feel are getting a little better. The tea has that fake chocolate and nutty scent to it. The tea base has a little malt to it on the sip which merges into a hazelnut flavor at the end, met with a tiny touch of chocolate. I’m not getting much of an aftertaste at all. Adding a little cream and sugar really brings out the nuttiness of the hazelnut. I’d say the chocolate could do with being amped up a bit, but I really dislike the chemically taste I get from H&S’s chocolate flavored teas. I’m enjoying this cup, but I feel like there are better versions by other companies. I think this concludes my venture into H&S teas, which gets a thumbs down from me both in flavor of the teas and customer service in their store. :/
Allergy season is super bad right now and I’m suffering! My sense of taste and smell is flickering in and out today as I sip this tea. Sometimes I get a bit of nutty chocolate and other times nothing. It isn’t quite a nutella taste, which is always my comparison with chocolate and hazelnut. I have enough of this sample from Janella to have another cup and will have to save it for the return of my senses.
I kinda wish I could hibernate through the spring allergy season. :/
I have been wanting to try this tea for a while and thanks to Janelle, I finally get to! I have been so busy lately with school, work/business and home life that I have only had time to drink tea on the go and no time to log. Today the marching band festival is in town, so I’ll be darting off to go see that shortly.
The first few sips, I taste mostly malt. I just ate sourdough french toast and wonder if that is influencing flavors. I get a little more depth to the malt flavor… maybe a little toastiness, but no chocolate. Maybe on the aftertaste if I think about it. It is really nice tho! I’m trying to remember what my experience was with the Laoshan black and how it compares, but it has been so long that I’m not sure which I prefer. Super glad to have gotten to try this tasty tea!
Steeped at 175 for 3 minutes and poured over ice!
I’m liking this cup! The ginger is there, but is mellow. I still don’t get the juicy orchards, but the tea in the background is really well balanced. There is something a little more in the immediate after sip, but I can’t put it into words. I think I’m going to become well acquainted with this tea as the weather heats up!
Holy crap, I’m loving this tea! I cold steeped it in the fridge and added a little soy creamer to it… amazing! I’m getting creamy blueberries with a danish flavor that matches it well. I could drink this all summer long and summers last about half the year here in Austin. I really hope they bring this one back. DO YOU HEAR ME 52TEAS?! BRING THIS ONE BAAAAAAAAACK!
Pulled a serving of this out of one of the traveling boxes. I’m wondering if this is the right tea. It is a little smokey and not really EG like. A few sips in and the tea base is what I mostly taste. It’s mellow and smooth, a little bit of dry grass/hay flavor on top of malt. But that isn’t right, is it?! I feel like I need to walk away from the cup for a few minutes and come back later. Nope, still not what I would expect with the name, but also a very enjoyable cup.