500 Tasting Notes
Gah! Peppermint! It’s good, but…brisk. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Actually, perfect for the faint of heart. Like smelling salts, this tea will revive you. It’s a rooibos though, so don’t expect the kick to last.
The dry leaf smells overwhelmingly like peppermint with an undercurrent of white chocolate. Brewed, the peppermint smell mellows out and I can make out white chocolate and some of the woodiness of the rooibos base. The flavor is actually overwhelmingly peppermint with a distinct honey tone. No white chocolate, though. As it cools, the honey turns into white chocolate. Iced, the white chocolate flavor is dominant with a lingering peppermint note. I quite prefer this tea hot. There’s something addictive about this one. It’s nice to help soothe a migraine, too. This tea may well end up in my permanent rotation.
It’s my birthday! Whee!
I am very much one of those people who make a big deal out of birthdays. I decided to ring this one in with something light and sweet and summery to distract me from the cold. This tea tastes like optimism tonight.
Next up is some Butiki Lavender Chamomile to lull me gently to sleep…
I picked this up during BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale. It called out to me a few nights ago, during my New Year’s Eve tea cocktail streak. I’m calling this concoction a White Chocolate Snowman.
1.5 tsps Della Terra White Chocolate
7 oz water
½ oz Baileys Original
The result is a creamy drink full of rich white chocolate flavor with a strong vanilla note. I actually used 1 oz of Baileys, but it came out too strong. I changed my recipe to call for ½ oz instead. Alas, this is a sipdown, so I can’t test out the mod.
This came out of the foil package in a cloud of dust. But ok. I tried it anyway.
Actually, this is quite nice. The mandarin and orange flavors lay nicely over the sweetness of the honeybush. Not a “rush out and buy” tea, but I would reach for this if it was complimentary at a hotel, conference, training, etc.
This is earthy, but… more like dirt. The caramel toffee flavor is delicate but pleasant. The aftertaste, on the other hand, is less than pleasant. I think this might be what people mean when they complain of pu’erh tasting fishy. I was going to play around with multiple steepings. I couldn’t even finish the first one. Thankfully, I only picked up a little bit of this during BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale. This is a sipdown.
Um. No. Just no. This is all peach and almond. The almond is slightly more dominant than the peach. They’re both fairly natural-tasting, but way way way too strong. An almond aftertaste lingered on my palate long after the sip and long after I was done with the cup. I couldn’t taste the tea base at all. The best I can say for this beverage is that the flavors are distinctly themselves (i.e., the almond tastes like almond, not marzipan, and the peach tastes like peach, not generic stone fruit).
Two wrapped sachets of this tea came in the sampler I picked up at David’s Boxing Day sale. I pawned the other one off on my officemate first chance I got. This is a total miss for me.