436 Tasting Notes
After having this tea in my cupboard for a while, the smell still doesn’t fail to impress me! I open the bag and can smell rich caramel and chocolate that tempts me to brew a cup. I’m trying this cup unsweetened. Usually I add a bit of sugar which makes the flavors quite rich and delicious. Without sugar I don’t get much flavor on the sip, but the aftertaste is a delicious mixture that reminds me of tiramisu. I’m getting this chocolatey roasted coffee taste that is quite enjoyable without the lingering bitterness that comes with coffee. For those who love dessert teas, this is a very delightful and decadent choice!
There is a jukebox that lives in my brain and it plays what I’m thinking to the tune of various songs or sometime the original songs. For example, this cup is a sipdown and whenever I have a sipdown I hear it repeated in my head to the tune of Jungle Boogie. When I see the word rocket, like in chocolate rocket, I hear a part of the Flight of the Concord’s Boom Boom song “Like a rocket taking off to the moon”. My head is a ridiculous place to live.
Onto the tea? Roasty, with a chocolate raspberry candy aftertaste. It was interesting at first, but as it cools I’m getting a flat cardboard like flavor. It just gets worse as it cools further. Pitty, roasty chocolate raspberry has so much potential.
I have had this sample kicking around for a while. I know I tried it before, but don’t remember if I reviewed it or even liked it. Dry it had little to no scent and once brewed I smell something like kind of like rice with something else. I got only one juniper berry in my infuser and left six or so in the last serving of this tea, so I’m curious as to how it will affect the taste.
It kind of has a weird citrus like taste to it, but it is nothing like lemongrass. The more I sip it, the more I think of broth without salt. I’m getting a little ginger. Tempted to sweeten it, but I’m enjoying the savory broth taste and don’t want to ruin it. WOW, so I added a pinch of salt to it and it is like a really good soup base! Is it the juniper that makes it so interesting? Now that I think about it, it is a little gin like. I’m going to have to look up how much this tea is, if they still sell it and think about cooking with it!
I set aside a portion of it to try with sugar and the sugar really changes it. It has an almost caramel finish to it once it is cool. This. Tea. Is. SO. Weird!
When the tea was dry I thought it smelled a little heavy on the lavender. Once brewed I’m still smelling it coming off my cup, but finding only a hint of it in the taste. Vanilla is the main flavor I’m getting in each sip with the spearmint adding a gentle touch of accent mint. I’m not sure what guyusa tastes like on it’s own, but I’m not picking out any flavors aside from the mint, vanilla and lavender.
Last time I had guyusa it had a kick in the butt type caffeine effect on me. I’m hoping it is the same this time because I really need a jump start this morning. The last sip of the cup was a little grainy, but I should have seen that coming. This is pretty tasty and I have a feeling it is going to grow on me even more.
I am just starting to explore breakfast tea and have little concept of what they encompass or have as defining characteristics. I’m smelling a little smoke and something else that I can’t name once this tea is steeped. The taste is hard to describe as well. It tastes hearty. It is smooth at first in the way I have come to expect MF teas to be and then the smokey aftertaste kicks in with a little bit of bitter in it. Adding sweetener brightens the flavors a little, but doesn’t really enhance it much. The aftertaste is now a little more leathery. Adding milk mutes a lot of the flavor in the sip, but makes the aftertaste stand out a little more. I’m not quite sure what to think of this tea. It is puzzling and I’m not sure I can appreciate it for what it is.
Sad sipdown! I’m finishing off the last cup of this that I have had around forever. I think I was trying to keep it around just so I wouldn’t have to face the fact that it is gone. There is something about the marshmallow creaminess that takes the usual edge off the spearmint and makes this an extra enjoyable tea. I have been trying to stay off the fan bandwagon with this one, but it has grown on me. I think it has got to be in my top 3 best minty teas. It isn’t a super wild and crazy flavor fest like many other 52teas blends, but what it has it does REALLY well.
I got a sample of this from the very generous Dinosara! Thank you so much! I love almond teas and don’t think I have tried one with chocolate yet, nor have I tried Talbott!
It smells very chocolatey when steeped! It smells like the chocolate on a scratch and sniff sticker! I took a few sips of it before I sweetened it and it tasted… strange. Chocolate taste without the sweetness is something my brain isn’t used to. It is pretty darn tasty once sweetened, but I need to step back and let it cool before I burn myself in my eagerness to drink my first cup of the day.
Once cooled a touch I can taste a whole lot of chocolate! Sweet caramel like chocolate! I’m not tasting much almond at the moment, but I’m trying to remember to go easy on judgement during allergy season. I’m getting a little bit of astringency on the back of my tongue each sip, so I may try a shorter steep next time. As it cools even more, the almond starts to come out a bit. Almond or not, this tea is pretty delicious and I’ll have to keep my eye out for this brand and this tea in the future!
I’m trying really hard (maybe too hard)to figure out what it is I’m tasting in this tea this time. Malt? Yeast? Barley? I’m not really getting Irish cream, although I’m not certain what I’d expect Irish cream to taste like translated into tea without that overwhelming heaviness from the cream and sugar found in the liquor. I’m still getting the cheesecakeish after taste I got in a previous cup. I’m liking it better this time. This tea is slowly growing on me.
Thank you to Skysamurai for the chance to try some of this tea!
I haven’t had many Zhena’s teas, but I see them around a lot and have been meaning to explore. This tea is perplexing. It is spicy, warm, nutty with a little kick, but I can’t seem to pinpoint any of the flavors. I can pick out clove in the aftertaste. I know what ingredients are in it, I just can’t detect them individually. I thought I could taste the black base when I first sipped this cup, but now I don’t. The flavors are strong and I appreciate that. I added sugar, but I would like to try it with some milk on the resteep and see if it takes it up a level.