425 Tasting Notes
Noooo! I’m out! But that’s ok, because I have more on the way.
This really is a perfect winter tea. Just a bit of sugar really brings out the maple flavor. I’m making a new note because I managed to overbrew the last of this. The timer went off and I just completely forgot to actually take the brew basket out. The risks of brewing when you’re trying to do eight other things and make it out the door in time. Anyway, the point is that this ended up steeping for about 8-10 minutes. Don’t let that happen. It ends badly. The result was very bitter. I would have poured it out except I needed the caffeine pretty badly and I was already out the door. So. Lesson learned.
I picked up some more of this during BrewTEAlly Sweet‘s stash sale. So, so tasty. I still find that it tastes just like tiramisu. Definitely one to be kept in regular rotation. I also just learned that it’s fantastic iced. It tastes like a latte, without the calories. Good enough to make me rethink my position on teas that taste like coffee.
Of course I had to pick this up when I saw it at David’s. I had to know how it compares with my beloved Butiki Pistachio Ice Cream. As it turns out, these two teas, while similar in concept, are radically different in execution.
I should note that this blend does not age particularly well. I bought it on Oct. 15, 2013. I quite liked it, so I kept hoarding it and only finished it on February 28, 2014. That was stupid. The tea completely changed flavor over time (and not for the better). However, I remember my initial impressions quite clearly. My rating is based on those first impressions.
Once upon a time I worked in a different office. On the way to work, there was a diner where I liked to pick up breakfast when I was feeling indulgent. They had the most fantastic pistachio muffins. These muffins tasted like bready marzipan with pistachios and green food dye. Ok, I couldn’t taste the dye. But this tea brews up the exact same color. More importantly, it tastes exactly the same. Pistachio-inflected marzipan. So tasty! Really, really wonderful. But it is to be bought in small quantities and consumed promptly. The most recent brew came out sweet and berry-like, with nary a hint of pistachio. Basically it just tasted like mulberry tea. Meh.
Another sipdown that doesn’t improve my tea count because it never made it onto the list in the first place. Oh, well.
Sipdown. Sadly, it doesn’t actually lower my tea count because it somehow never made it onto my list in the first place.
This one is ok. Nothing amazing, but not terrible. The brew smells like equal parts ginger and peach. It doesn’t smell artificial, but it doesn’t smell juicy either. The actual taste is more ginger than peach. The ginger tastes nice and sharp. The peach tastes a bit fake. The green tea and matcha don’t come through at all, except to leave a somewhat unpleasantly dry aftertaste. Afterfeel?
I bought this because I ran out of tea at work and needed a caffeine source. It served adequately in that regard. Won’t be a repurchase, though.
Whispering Pines has yet to disappoint. This blend is both simple and simply perfect. It has a rather thick mouthfeel, though I wouldn’t go so far as to call it bready. The initial flavor is sharp ginger. Spicy cinnamon finishes the sip and builds over time. Definitely lives up to its name. Thanks for checking another tea off my wishlist, MissB!
Hmm. This one really isn’t working for me today. The cream isn’t coming through, the strawberry tastes rather artificial, and there’s an unpleasant dryness going on. I’ve been storing it in an airtight package in a dark, cool place, so hopefully the tea hasn’t gone bad since I bought it 10 months ago… I won’t change my rating for now.
Whoa. This is hands down the best chocolate tea/tisane that I have ever had. Rich, thick, creamy, and a touch spicy. Just fantastic. I think the vanilla is contributing to the creaminess, but I can’t taste any vanilla flavor per se. It makes me terribly tea-sad that this blend is also giving me more tingling in my mouth and throat than should be happening. I think I’m allergic to some ingredient here, though I can’t figure out what it is. This would absolutely be in my must-have regular rotation otherwise.
This one comes to me courtesy of the ever-thoughtful MissB, who noticed that this was on my wishlist and included it with my stash sale purchase. Thanks!
I really wanted to like this one. I’ve tried different amounts of leaf, different steeping times, with and without sugar… this just doesn’t work for me. Hot, the mango taste just doesn’t sit right. I do find this more pleasant when it cools. It tastes almost like mango nectar. I’m learning that I don’t often like tea that tastes overly like juice, though. If I want juice I’ll just drink juice, dangit. But this could be nice for anyone who can’t have juice for some reason or another.