672 Tasting Notes
Trying this cold steeped now… this is odd. I want to like it. There is a slight tang to it, like someone actually used an appropriate amount of hibiscus for once. It doesn’t taste like caramel corn on the sip, but at the very end and definitely in the aftertaste it makes an appearance. There are little chunks of apple floating in the cup, but I really can’t pick out any apple taste. They don’t really taste like apple either. There is a definitive caramel corn flavor to this and I’m glad to have tried it, but now I can move on. I have conquered the caramel corn tea.
Chocolate macaroon, I’m so sorry I hated on you at first! I take it back!
Steeped hot, yes, this tea is pretty gross. Cold steeped is a different story tho! It’s perfect! I taste chocolate, coconut and macadamia nuts. It tastes like the chocolate coconut covered macadamia nuts that you can buy in Hawaii, but in tea form! That weird sweetener taste that I complained about when this is hot is muted and almost undetectable. This is pretty enjoyable and I wish I had tried a cold steep last month when it was still in stock and I was near a store where I wouldn’t have had to buy it in 250g increments. Maybe they will bring it back next summer… and I’ll be wiser.
This is MUCH better cold! Hot steeped and poured over ice. I added some sugar to amp it up a bit and make it more true to cotton candy. It is almost a little fruity. I get a bit of rooibos at certain points, but it isn’t consistent. I’m cold steeping the rest of this sample in the fridge. Sipdown? That’s a rare thing for me!
I see that Fauchon has a rose and litchi as well as a rose and apple tea! Alas, all that was at Marshall’s was rose. Poor me, right? :)
I was concerned that this tea might have that baby powder flavor that I loathe in some French teas, but I wanted to try it anyways. It is a little powdery, but not overwhelmingly so. It definitely tastes and smells rose like, very floral and I got a smooth cup out of this. I steeped it at 200, a little lower than I normally do blacks at, but I was trying to avoid any bitterness and it worked! It is really nice with a little bit of sugar and tastes lighter and more floral with a little cream. I think I like this one!
This time I did 175 at 3 minutes. Still feeling like there is room for improvement. Maybe a slightly higher temp next time to bring out a little more depth. I’m having this with cream and sugar and it’s pretty tasty. Chocolate, a little bit of malt, some cream. It’s tasting pretty good.
After shampooing my kid’s head today, I got the sudden craving for strawberry tea. Smelling strawberry shampoo = wanting strawberry tea in my brain! Kusmi, I choose you!
This tea is SUPER fragrant in the tin! I find myself lured to a bunch of strawberry teas by scent and then find them a little weak when it comes to taste. Because of that, I used 2tsp for this cup. It turned out quite strong, which is fine because I wanted to add cream and sugar. With those additions, it’s pretty delicious! The overleafing is mellowed out by the cream and I get a yummy creamy strawberry flavor. I can pick up on the fact that there is some tea in there if I think about it, but mostly I get dessert in a cup. So far I’m pretty happy with this purchase.
After reading the description, I’m not sure why I chose this tea. I do like ginger. Maybe it was the combo of different types of teas? Maybe I’ll never know what I was thinking. I ended up steeping it at a low temp for a short period to avoid bitterness from the green and white tea, but not all of the leaves uncurled.
The ginger is odd here! Usually I find ginger to be a very bright high flavor, but it has a lot of depth to it here. My brain first thinks smokey and then I realize there is no smoke flavor. Adding sugar makes the ginger a little more crisp, but doesn’t do anything other than that. Cream really doesn’t add to it either. I get a hint of a hearty black tea that I didn’t taste before. It isn’t a bad tea, it just isn’t meeting my ever rising bar of expectations. I might try it cold steeped before I totally give up on it.
Overall, Istanbul is kind of boring. I think I might spend my weekends elsewhere.
- edit * Second steeping at 195 for 3min is better. Ginger seems a little perkier. Still not wowing me.
I bought this quite some time ago and I’m getting a little worried about the shelf life of my teas with coconut. I have one that is questionable at the moment, so I’m rushing to get through them before they go bad!
I cold steeped this in the fridge overnight and it turned out pretty good. I can taste a hint of the green tea in the beginning of the sip, but coconut dominates all other aspects. The coconut has a nice buttery aftertaste that I enjoy. It’s a nice cup, but not something I will restock.
WTH is this?! It’s like they took a bunch of left over tea parts and tossed them together with a few other random spices. I tried steeping it hot and it was awful and now I have tried cold brewing it and it isn’t as bad, but it’s still gross. I get a little cardamon in the aftertaste if I REALLY think about it. It smells slightly fruity, but I don’t really get that in the taste. I have about 5 or 6 Palais teas that I really like and when visiting their NYC store I really wanted to get another to try. I sniffed a ton of different teas and this was the most interesting, but it was the wrong choice. Straight to the get rid of pile!