1573 Tasting Notes
I just realized that I skipped the very first day of the 12 days of X-mas sampler – I found the package for day 14 at the bottom of the box underneath everything else. Oh well, I’ll get to it tomorrow, I hope.
Frank has made some very nice cheesecake honeybush blends in the past (the coconut cheesecake one comes to mind), but somehow this one feels a little bit lacking. I can pick up the cheesecake flavour and the sweetness of the honeybush base goes really well with any sort of dessert flavour. But I’m not really getting that chocolate/peanut butter taste- instead the flavour reminds me more of caramel. There’s maaaaaaybe something a bit like peanut butter if you squint. I might just have to do a longer steep.
So this is day four of the Twelve Days of X-mas sampler. I’ve been eying this tea with passing interesting but I’ve never tried any because I assumed it would be very similar to Pancake Breakfast. As it turns out I was wrong. I swear I was smelling freshly-cooked french toast when I opened the bag it smelled so authentic.
It’s got the flavour pretty well down pat too – I can taste the toasted bread undertone flavoured with a bit of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. And it’s all covered with the flavour of sweet, delicious maple syrup. It makes me crave some actually french toast right now.
Well I sort of missed the ‘Third Day of Christmas’ thanks to work, but I’ll try and catch up today. I think I could have steeped this one a bit longer because the flavour is rather weak but I prefer to err on the side of caution with green teas as there’s nothing worse than over-steeped tea.
I have to say that I really don’t like the smell of this tea – like other reviewers have remarked it smells chemical and musty. I think I noticed something similar with the Browncoat Genmaicha so maybe it’s something to do with the cacao nibs?
I’m afraid this blend doesn’t taste anything like s’mores to me. I’m not tasting anything that makes me thing of marshmallow and the cocoa flavour isn’t smooth or sweet enough to convincingly impersonate the chocolate. I won’t give this a rating yet – I’ll try steeping it for longer first to see if that improves matters.
This is a big, bold Assam that doesn’t waste time trying to be subtle – very tiger-like. It has that characteristic malt flavour that leaves an aftertaste on my tongue that makes me think of burnt sugar. It’s a bit on the astringent for me to be really wild about this one and oddly enough it doesn’t seem to go well with milk, which is unusual for this type of tea.
I’ve tried other Assams that I liked more, if I’m honest. I might be alone in my opinion given other people’s ratings, but I’d consider this to be a good, but not fantastic tea.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeeeeeee……
A cup of delicious banana pudding tea. I’ve had my eye on this blend for ages but I always either miss it or am too broke to justify a purchase when it gets reblended. So I’m glad I finally got the chance to try it out.
The dry leaf smells a lot like banana cream pie while the flavour of the brewed tea is smooth and creamy and slightly sweet. It’s not too heavy on the banana and there are hints of coconut lurking in the background just to make things interesting.
I hope Frank does what he’s done in years past an have all the teas in the sampler available for purchase after Christmas, because this is one I’ll definitely pick up.
First tea from the Twelve Days of Christmas sampler. I actually already own this one, but this tea is so good I don’t mind having more. Frank has somehow managed to replicate both the scent and flavour of rootbeer almost perfectly. The tea also has the smooth, creamy flavour of ice cream – helped a bit, I think, by the milk I added.
Excellent tea – so much better than a partridge in a pear tree. ;)
The local Bulk Barn had a bunch of boxes of holidays teas on for super cheap so I picked this one up. It smells absolutely delish, like fruit cake – the good kind of fruit cake that’s homemade and soaked in booze (I’ve never understood the fruitcake hate – I can’t wait to try my aunt’s fruit cake every winter).
Unfortunately the scent didn’t transfer over to the flavour – at least not initially. I had to add a bunch of milk and honey before the flavours came out. With those additions it was nice enough though I would have liked a bit more spice. Cloves are probably the most prominent spice present that I can taste, and the sweetness of the honey brings out the rum flavour which I couldn’t taste before.
I can’t seem to find this tea on Sloane’s website, oddly enough. I would have preferred to have this blend as a loose tea rather than in sachets because I find that they sometimes skimp a bit on the amount that is in each individual bag.
This blend is fairly middle of the pack as chocolate teas go – I do find that the chocolate flavour could use a bit more oomph in this case as it’s a little bit weak. However, it does go quite nicely with milk and a bit of honey for my morning cuppa.
I had to double check the label on this sample because I’m not really getting any chocolate at all from this tea. When I opened the bag the smell that hit me was gingerbread – actually it reminded me very much of that Holiday Gingerbread Loaf they sell at Starbucks. It has a distinct gingerbread flavour as well – not surprise as there are big chunk of dried gingerroot and cinnamon bark in the tea. If it were marketed as a straight-up, regular chai or something, I’d rate this higher, but there is literally next to no chocolate involved in this tea and that feels like false advertising.
Since I suppose iced tea season is over all the summer-ish teas and whatnot were discounted at work – so I picked this up at 75% off. It’s a bit more time-consuming than the instant Lipton powder stuff because you have to use warm water to dissolve the mix and even if you add ice cubes it still needs to be stuck in the fridge for a bit to get properly cold.
That being said I’m so glad that this isn’t super sugary like generic iced tea mixes. I can actually taste the green tea and the mango doesn’t taste fake at all. There’s a bit of an astringent tone to this tea but it sort of works with the coldness giving it a sort of crispness that I find refreshing. Not a bad investment, I’d say. ;)