1585 Tasting Notes
Well I couldn’t find an ingredients list so whether there’s actually any caramel in this tea will have to remain a mystery for now. I’ve noticed that adding a few squirts of agave nectar does give the tea more of a sweet, honeyed flavour – although I half-think that’s just the natural sweetness of the honeybush talking.
I’m hardly a pu-erh conoisseur but I only found this one to be rather mediocre. The flavour lacked much of the earthy flavour I’m used to associating with pu-erhs and what’s left was a tannic taste that reminded me a bit of leather. I’m also not sure where the description is getting ‘licorice’ from, I certainly couldn’t taste any!
Despite its faults, it does have good staying power, keeping its flavour well through three steepings.
Thank you to AmazonV for sending me some of this tea. I love anything chocolate and Valentine’s Day seemed like a good time to try this tea out. :D
The tea smelled deliciously rich, the chocolate scent so strong I almost want to eat the leaves. Some teas seem to smell quite nice, but taste disapointingly bland – fortunately that isn’t the case with this tea. This is a chocolate tea, ladies and gentlemen, it’s like an explosion of pure dark chocolate inside my mouth. It’s not a bitter, cocoa powder flavour like many other chocolate teas I’ve tried, this is definitely chocolate in its finished form, with a light dash of creamy sweetness.
I think I’m in love. ;)
This tea seems to get more hibiscus-y the longer it’s steeped, so I think I’ll keep it at 5 minutes in the future. It’s still not bad though, as I can definitely tell that there’s a lot more to this tea than just the tartness of the hibiscus. It makes a decent-enough hot drink before bedtime.
I had this in latte form when I visited the T teashop during Boxing Week and I loved it so much I decided to try a bit of the loose tea as well.
It tastes just like biting into a warm gingerbread cookie, managing to mix the bite of the ginger with the other spices in just the right amount. It’s absolutely delicious and it really warms me up nicely on a cold, wet sort of day like this.
Increasing the steeping time and temperature helped to improve the flavour somewhat, but I’m still left feeling like the green tea base is rather on the bland, flavourless side. It’s not bitter like some low-quality green teas can be, it’s just not really there at all, I guess. The berry flavours mixed with a faint touch of rose are nice and pleasent, and I think they could be even better with a bolder tea base. It’s almost a shame really.
I made this up with half hot water, half milk to make it a bit thicker since the last David Rio chai I had (made with just water) I found to be too watery. The end result is surprisingly fruity-tasting – mango isn’t normally something I’d associate with chai, but in this case they go quite well together. The spices in the chai are rather tame, partly so they don’t drown out the fruit I guess, but I can still tell that this is tea is a chai. It’s not too sweet and I think adding the milk was a good move because it made the mix rich and creamy without adding too many extra calories. Yummy!
This tea is absolutely loaded with strawberry bits, which made me a happy tea-drinker. I’ve never eaten strawberry zabaglione before (it’s an Italian thing, right?) so I can’t really say how accurate it is in that regard, but I can say that it is one delicious cuppa.
The strawberry shines through the flavour of the black tea – it’s deliciously fruity and lightly sweet with hints of creamy vanilla. I brewed this cup up fairly light because I was drinking it plain so the whole thing is a little on the mild side, but I bet it would be awesome stronger with some milk.
The resteep at 5 minutes is lighter but I can still distinctly taste the strawberries in there.