843 Tasting Notes
I’ve spent three hours today making a four tier chocolate fudge and banana cake with chocolate sprinkles for my husband birthday. Luckily I had some candles saved in the cupboard for a birthday cake I made last year and forgot to use so that saved me a trip to the shops. My dinner prep is also done, we are having home made spaghetti with vegetarian soya balls and my super strong garlic bread. It was going to be three course but with such a huge cake between just the two of is I don’t think we could eat another course. Plus with all that chocolate it’s going to be super rich.
Tea Horse sent me this blend in the monthly club so it’s yet another little treat for us to share today.
The blend smells like sweet apple with a soft, smoky background. The chilli also adds a bit of a kick which tickles my nose.
It tastes like a normal smoky black tea at first but in the after taste it offers sweet apple and gentle spicy chilli. It picks up in strength a little as I drink more of it and whilst the black tea is rich and strong it’s not astringent.
A nice gimicky tea that’s tasty and festive. Thanks Tea Horse. :)
Thank you Scheherazade for this sample.
This tea is strong with malty and smoky tones. Thick and velvety with sweetness and a touch of astringency. A drop of milk smooths it out nicely and brings out more strength whilst lowering the astringency. As it cools the smoke becomes stronger but the sweetness continues into the after taste.
A nice breakfast tea, my husband was also a fan of this one.
I have 2oz of this tea thanks to darby who was willing to split her Ovation Teas order and ship them to me overseas. I got 6oz of Ovation Teas for $20.43 including the shipping. Bargain :)
This lavender blend could be just what I need before bedtime tonight. I have a craving for something black based and lavender makes me sleep like a new born kitten.
The blend has a sweet orange and lavender smell but overall it’s only mild in strength. Much more subtle than expected but that’s something my husband will be happy to hear, he hates lavender.
The steeping instructions estimate a time of 5-6 minutes which in my opinion would be a bit too strong. The blend has a lot of black tea, I feel it would only harshen the flavour. So I shortened the time but will eventually try the full 6 minutes, depending on how this cup tastes.
The first few sips reveal a malty and subtly smoky black tea with an after taste of lavender with a sweet and sour orange tang.
I think I was correct to lower the steep time, I think it would have been far too thick and astringent otherwise. As it cools the black tea dominates quite heavily and it thickens. The base is so strong I’m wondering what this would be like as a night time iced tea? Will have to try that at some point.
The good – The lavender is mild and fresh
The bad – For an Earl Grey the bergamot/orange is too mild
I enjoyed this tea but wished it was a little better. It’s not quite what I imagined when I thought of a lavender early grey. But never mind, it’s still a pleasant night time tea.
Thank you Scheherazade for this sample.
My husband is a fan of apple teas so this one was chosen with him in mind.
This smells super sweet and appley with a hint of spice..cinnamon perhaps but just a pinch. The apple pieces are soft and squidgy.
The black tea is thick and malty but the apple sweetens it up amazingly well without being too much or too little. The apple tastes fresh and juicy, also natural. The black tea actually tones itself down the more I drink.
I may have to add this one to my shopping list and buy some after Christmas. My husband is not such a fan, he says it tastes bland but the after taste is pleasant.
Carrying on down the chocolate tea river with this blend.
It has an amazing chocolate caramel scent, like an actual chocolate bar or those caramel chocolate sweets you get in mixed tins/boxes for Christmas. As strong and delicious as this smells it’s also a little on the dry side.
The caramel comes through nicely, not too sweet but very nice against the rich chocolate base. It also has a wafer like flavour present amongst the after taste. Luckily there is no real dryness in flavour to this tea so it must have been in the scent only. The caramel grows stronger as I pour myself another cup, becoming more creamy and sticky like too.
I really like this tea though my husband said he prefers The Malt Shop by Della Terra which is the last chocolate tea we had together earlier on.
“Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being ‘round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me”
Why do I have Help by The Beatles stuck in my head? I have no idea, though that particular song suggests that perhaps I am stressed and need help. I think I know why I keep replaying that song. I’ve been cash stricken lately and very low on funds. It’s my mothers and my husbands birthday tomorrow (5th November) and not have I had to ask my hubby for money to put into my mothers card but I have no money of my own to buy him a gift. I feel like the worst wife in the world. I agreed to pay for a tattoo for him when I have the money to compensate for the lack of a birthday gift but it’s killing me to think of him not opening anything for his birthday. It’s not like anyone else buys him anything, the only other person that buys him anything is my mother and he’s already been given those gifts. ….Woah that was a lot to get off my chest. Moved on to Let It Be by The Beatles now and it’s got me in tears. Perhaps I should move on to the tea review. Lord knows I need something chocolatey right now.
This tea certainly smells chocolatey, not cocoa like or nib but actually chocolatey. Also malty but it’s not as strong as the chocolate.
It tastes sweet, chocolatey and malty. The sweetness is very strong and dominates the malt too much for my liking. Not that I like strong malted drinks (like Horlicks) but more would have been nice in this blend. The chocolate tastes almost artificial even though it smelled like pure, indulgent chocolatey goodness. Maybe not artificial chocolate but the cheap chocolate that you may try at one time or another and it leaves a filmy feel in your mouth? Well it’s like that. Dry and filmy in the after taste.
It’s ok but I may struggle to drink the large pouch full, it’s much too sweet for my usual moods.
I also want to apologise for my rant/break down at the start of this review. My husband will have to settle for a 2 tier chocolate cake (home made), a 3 course Italian meal (home made) and the promise of a tattoo in the next couple of weeks.
Wow this tea has received such a wide range of rating scores. It would seem that you either love or hate this tea. Time to add my review for this one.
The pyramid tea bag is lovely and see-through so I can clearly see the tea. There are a few pieces mixed amongst the the black tea but it’s hard to define what they are from the list of ingredients. It has a sweet yet subtly spicy scent, the pumpkin isn’t coming through as strongly as I would like.
The black tea is the strongest element to begin with but towards the after taste there is a delicate creamy squash with a touch of cardamom and spice. It’s a very mild blend with some sweetness. It is a little astringent but I feel that a drop of milk would sort that out, a spoon of sugar may also bring out more flavour but for me it’s sweet enough.
I quite like it. It’s not great but nor is it terrible. I would drink it again but would not buy it again.
The leaves are brown with some golden tips amongst them. Not the best quality (no hairs or reflectors on the tips etc) but it is at least fair quality. They have a wonderful sweet malted scent with hints of dried fruit.
Flavour is sweet and malted with rich and creamy tones. It’s beautifully smooth with no astringency or harshness. There is also a dried fig like flavour present in the after taste.
A delicious tea that may not be of the best quality but offers satisfaction for an every day cup of tea.