707 Tasting Notes
I’m not quite sure what tea I should post this under, or if I should post it in all the contenders profiles, so for now it will go in the winner’s corner!
Malty cocoa toffee tea taste off! I have a few teas in my cupboard that remind me of eachother, so I thought I’d do a taste off and compare them side by side. All teas were steeped at 205 for 3 minutes.
First sip, very smooth, lots of cocoa, only the tiniest bit of bitter in the back of the sip.
Adding cream… Oh god! Delicious! The cocoa is rounded out with creaminess and the flavor sits on the breakfast base. No bitterness at all and the flavor is the same throughout the sip. I sink into a cup of this every time! It is so well rounded. Coming back to my cup after 20 minutes I swear I taste a slight coconut creaminess to it.
American Breakfast – Marriage Freres
Very tangy and bright. Almost has a citrusy green feel to it. Not really getting much cocoa, it has a slight breakfasty base in the background. No almond like
Adding cream… Much smoother! The bitterness is gone. It still has that brightness to it that is familiar, but I can’t quite place my finger on. I must have had a tea that has similar qualities to it before.
Wedding Imperial – Marriage Freres
First sip was a little bitter and shocking, but also full of caramel on a deep black base. A few more sips in and the bitter fades letting the caramel shine through a little more.
Adding cream… Smooth. Caramel. Light. The base isn’t heavy on this and I think I would prefer that to carry the caramel better. It seems like a lighter version of NY Breakfast. There is a depth to NYB that WI lacks.
Toffee – Palais De Thes
First sip was smooth! It is light. The scent is sweet and toffee like. I could enjoy this one without additions, even tho it isn’t as deep of a flavor as I would like. There is a slight alkaline tang to it, which could very well be my water source.
Adding cream… Still so smooth! The toffee is still present, but maybe not as prominent as I would like.
These teas are all so similar, but so different at the same time. They all have that malty/cocoa/toffee way about them and at the same time they have different depths, intensities and nuances. When I drink one I am reminded of the others similarities. I definitely don’t need all four in my cupboard and think I could be happy with just NY Breakfast, although I will be out of NYB way before I finish off the others. If I had to list my preference starting with the favorite, it would be NY Breakfast, Toffee, Wedding Imperial and American Breakfast.
*side note: I keep running into other teas I should have included in this comparison. Lupicia’s Cookies would have been a good one to add.
This has been cold steeping in my fridge for a few days now. It has a generic tropical fruit smell where I can’t quite pick out the individual fruits, but it’s not the more common non tropical fruits. I want to say I taste mango, but I also get that alkaline taste that happens for me in pineapple teas. I don’t get any coconut this time. Maybe a little creaminess on the end of the sip. It baffles me which of the Hawaii teas Lupicia decided to keep and which they discontinued. I think this is one that they kept while cutting out Loki Lani, which makes no sense to me. This one really doesn’t come across as anything special.
After eyeing F&M teas online, I finally came across some at William Somoma and picked up a tin! I decided to cold steep this overnight and it turned out quite light. I get a little malt to it, but not nearly as much as I’d expect with a breakfast blend. Adding a little cream to it is nice. It is strange, but now that I read apple is one of the flavors, I can definitely pick it out on the after taste! So far this tea is nice, but not amazing.
This tea is a totally different animal when cold steeped! Much more enjoyable and refreshing. It still has that weird tang that leaves me suspecting stevia like a couple other David’s Teas that have sugar added. The tea is sweet, but has a slight sour tang or pucker to it. I’m still not head over heels about it, but if cold steeped, I can easily finish the rest of this sample.
I’m smelling peaches. It reminds me of Lupicia’s Momoko, but on a black base instead of green. Oh ughck! I steeped it hot, poured it over ice and it tastes disgusting! Does pineapple flavoring go bad? It has this horrid bitter aftertaste followed by this dirt/alkaline taste. I seem to remember some other pineapple tea having the same dirt taste to it. Adding cream makes it better and brings out the vanilla, but there is still underlying yuck. Maybe cold steeping this would be better?
Note to self: try cold steeping
Response to self: Nope, other Dustin, cold steeping was no good either. Time to chuck this tea.
I don’t know what to make of this tea. Hot steeped and poured over ice. It has an artificial cherry taste that I’m not opposed to, but there is this underlying tang causing me to search the ingredients for hibiscus. It is much better with a little cream added, which tones down that tang! I’ll have to come back to this one and visit again.
This tea used to be one of my favorites. Now it is more of a background tea. I found an unopened pouch of it in the back of the cupboard last night and cold steeped it overnight. The coconut in the tea I had in a tin had the coconut go bad in that soapy sort of way, so I was surprised to find this pouch still in decent shape. This tea seems a little weaker than I remember, but maybe that is the difference between a hot and cold steep. It is still pretty good and I get a bit of almond cardamon flavor with a creaminess to it. Maybe I’ll cold steep a pitcher of it and kill the rest of this bag before the coconut turns on this one too!
It really tastes nothing like Thai iced tea, btw.
I am still loving this tea! Today I steeped it concentrated, then poured it over ice with a little sugar and cream. It reminds me a little of several other chocolate malty type teas like MF’s wedding imperial and american breakfast. I feel like I should have a face off with those three tea, choose my favorite and restock the winner when I’m done with the others. I’m trying so hard to narrow down my favorites and get my cupboard in order!