411 Tasting Notes
Thanks for sending this my way, RogersCK!
The dry leaf smells like vanilla and something sweet that I can’t quite place my finger on. Almost rosy, but there’s no rose in this blend. Brewed, the tea smells almost like chocolate. The flavor is sweet, creamy, and tart. I’m picking up more strawberry than raspberry, but it’s nice. This has a medium body. Best as a fruity breakfast brew, I think.
I picked up a sample of this from Adagio because I’ve been looking for a non-black tea chai spice blend. Also because I love vanilla and have startlingly little of it in my expansive tea collection.
Alas, this disappoints. The clove is so overwhelming that it makes the flavor almost entirely one-note. There is a background of spiciness and a touch of vanilla smoothing out the end of the sip. Mostly clove though. Lots and lots of clove. This is drinkable, but not exactly a well-balanced blend. Sipdown!
So I’m pretty sure this came from Fuzzy_Peachkin at our Taste of France swap. Thanks! I really like this tea. Citrus and mint are just a good combo. The lemon here tastes very juicy and natural. It’s more prominent in the second steep. I suspect I might be able to get a third steep out of this, but it’s just too much black tea for my poor tummy. See previous tasting note for a more thorough review!
Sipdown number four for the day!
Aaaargh Steepster lost my note! Seriously, what good is the fancy overhaul if all the effort I put into a note goes to waste anyway?
Here’s the short version:
Flavors are roasted mate, chocolate, and almond. The almond is overwhelming and tastes very artificial. I’m not a big fan of the chocolate either, but I’m starting to think that I just may not like Davids chocolate flavoring. I resent that the taste of this tea lingered in my travel mug long after I finished drinking it no matter how many times I rinsed. Sipdown
I picked this up at our Taste of France swap, I think from Fuzzy_Peachkin. Thanks!
I really wasn’t expecting smoky here. I really don’t like smoky. Just no. Gah! There are hints of lemon coming through. I have enough left for one more cup, so I’ll try that one at a lower temp with some honey and lemon as suggested in some of the other tasting notes. But not today. It took me 20 minutes to get the smoky taste out of my mouth just now. Blegh.
No rating, because my profound dislike of smokiness makes it impossible to evaluate the quality of the blend fairly.
This has been my go-to morning travel mug tea for the past week or so. It’s just fantastic for icy snowy freezing mornings, and it resteeps well so I can use the same leaves two or three days in a row (don’t judge me!). I love the maple flavor – distinct, natural, but not overwhelming. I’m actually upping my rating on this one.