1067 Tasting Notes
My Della Terra order arrived today from my Black Friday frenzy purchase. Just in time really because I had a few Christmas themed teas to try, including this one. My stomach has been a little off recently so mint teas in general have been my go to teas when I stick the kettle on. I’m lucky that mint especially peppermint reminds me of Christmas so ill as I may be at least I can still participate in some Christmas frolics.
Opening the packet I can smell a beautiful candy cane medley with subtle hints of chocolate. A candy cane coated in chocolate ….. oh my! Genius! The peppermint is sweet and thick but also fresh and creamy, definitely candy cane…more so than their (Della Terra’s) actual candy cane tea actually.
It’s nicely balanced in flavour, the peppermint is smoothed out by both the vanilla and the chocolate which gives a sweet, refreshing and rather light blend. More subtle than the scent but still packed with delicious flavour. The chocolate is the most subtle but it does become present in the after taste briefly.
Such a lovely blend, glad I picked this one up.
Following the banana train I felt it was the right time to try this blend. It smells like dry and powdery cocoa with a sweet finish. I cannot smell banana per say but there is something amongst the cocoa, it’s just hard to work out what it is.
Once steeped it smells like hot cocoa without the milk or sugar. Still no banana to speak of, or cream for that matter.
Flavour is better at least than it’s scent though honestly not by much. It gets props for being organic but it just doesn’t taste like my idea of banana dream pie. Instead it’s like a dry chocolate biscuit. I still cannot taste or smell banana though there is a lightness to it that may be considered creamy but only just.
Compared to 52 Teas – Banana Pudding this is just unbelievably disappointing.
SPOILER – This is the third tea in this years 12 Teas of Christmas box by 52Teas. It’s funny because the last thing I said to my husband last night is that I’m craving banana, then this morning before I do anything else I scratch off the foil from the sachet and wouldn’t you know it…banana pudding.
Woah… the smell is overwhelming – strong, sticky banana and coconut filled the room with just a quick tear into the sachet. It’s overwhelming in a good way, the sort of way that makes me want to sit in a bathtub of this blend with nothing but a spoon. As fruity as this smells I can also note the black tea too.
The flavour matches the scent very well, the banana and coconut form a pina colada style blend but with added depth from the black tea and some richness. It’s a fruit tea without being comprised of purely fruit pieces, it’s magic. How does it taste so delicious and sweet and juicy? I cannot answer those but this is amazing, and I’m trying it without milk or sugar. Am I missing out by having this tea au-natural? It’s a risk I’m taking because for right here and right now it tastes perfect.
Banana Pudding tea? Heck yes it is!
Spoiler – This is the second tea from the 12 Teas of Christmas 2013 box by 52Teas. It’s been one I have wanted to try for a while now. Though I have never had a rootbeer float I do enjoy the idea of one, I like rootbeer and I like ice cream so fundamentally I should like it.
Oh wow..that definitely smells like rootbeer. It’s strong and thick but in an almost sticky sort of way. I have no idea how to describe the smell of rootbeer to anyone that has never tried it…medicinal? herbal? It just smells like rootbeer, that is as best as I can describe it.
It tastes like rootbeer though somewhat milder than it’s scent but with added vanilla which adds a perfect creamy finish. I’m having trouble detecting the black tea, it just tastes exactly like rootbeer that has been warmed up with a touch of vanilla added. Delicious!
My second Bluebird Tea Co Christmas blend. It smells like citrus gummy sweets rather than mulled wine, it’s not spicy or especially orange enough to be mulled wine. It is still a pleasant enough scent but just not mulled wine.
The tea is dark hibiscus red and smells like orange and cinnamon, much more like mulled wine than it’s raw state.
It tastes sweet but with waxy orange and sour hibiscus notes. The cinnamon is coming through in the after taste but I still don’t think it’s spicy enough to be mulled wine. Needs more clove and less hibiscus, maybe some nutmeg. It just tastes like a hibiscus heavy orange tea with a touch of cinnamon. Great if you like those sorts of teas but I hate hibiscus.
Another disappointing Christmas tea from Bluebird. I have one more to try and hopefully it will be better.
Thank you Scheherazade for this tea.
It has strong clove and aniseed flavours and as I sip it really is does remind me of Christmas. Though it’s not my favourite of flavours I still find myself enjoying it. I think it works well with the Rooibos base, keeps it light and with some sweetness. Besides the clove and aniseed I can taste cinnamon and pepper but the other ingredients are very subtle and I can’t really detect them specifically.
Not a bad blend at all, very Christmas appropriate.
Quick notes on this one. I’m watching Breaking Bad (on series 4 now) and I ordered an Indian takeaway and felt like having a black Indian tea while we wait. This one is nice, it’s bold, malty, smoky and wooden with a slightly dry after taste. It does has some astringency and the more I drink the dryer the after taste becomes and it also has a leather like taste.
I like it, not one of my favourites but a nice Indian black all the same. The strength would also make a good breakfast tea.