209 Tasting Notes
So the rule is I will not add creamer to a tea until I have had it first without it because I’m still in the process of figuring out all the differences between teas. Can’t learn squat if they all taste like hazelnut creamer. Most times I won’t add creamer at all (North African Mint and hazelnut creamer anyone? Didn’t think so) but some of the chocolate teas are screaming for it.
This tea, which I should not be having at 10 pm, tastes a little like java but mostly like mate. Can’t taste any black tea, nor was I able to smell it. Also not entirely sure about vanilla. While I might not be able to pick out anything specific beyond light coffee, it all comes together to make a tasty tea.
See, Dexter3657 ? I told you you’re batting a thousand today.
After reading my notes from yesterday, Dexter3657 was getting worried that she’s made poor choices for me when picking teas. Well, Dex, you’re batting a thousand right now. All teas tried today were good. Not va va voom or anything, but good.
This tea is one that delivers. The smell of the dry leaf, and the flavour are bang on chocolate and caramel. Clear caramel liquor. I sweetened it and added creamer and I am already looking forward to steep 2. The tea itself is actually pretty weak, I had to brew longer than my usual rule of thumb for black tea so I doubt it will resteep 3 times with good result but another round should be just fine.
Sample sipdown from Dexter3657.
I’m brewing a cup of this now so I can leave it on the counter to cool off. I’m starving and I want tea. I won’t be able to drink hot liquids today so a nice lukewarm cup of this will be nice.
I had the first cup a few days ago, at work, but didn’t have iPad with me and I didn’t want to add notes from memory. I remember it being nice. Now I’m going to have it again, in not the best of circumstances, but someone said the tannins in black tea help curb residual bleeding so… I’m sacrificing this one somewhat. Although a sacrificial tea, I didn’t want to drink something barfy as my first tea post-op.
This tea delivers on its promise of flavour: chocolate raspberry. It’s pleasant, not astringent, not bitter, exactly what chocolate raspberry tastes like in my mind. Not having had anything like this before I have nothing to compare it to so I like it.
And now I’m going to go get me some new chompers!
One more tea from Dexter3657 tonight before I switch to a tried, tested and yummy tea. Not that some of these were not yummy, but for my last tea of the evening I don’t want to try a new tea, I want to go to a tea I know for sure will deliver. For me, today it will be the organic buttered rum from DAVIDs. Although I have been staring at the organic blueberry jam from them and I really want to try that too.
Back to the pumpkin Rooibos though. Dry, it smells spicy like pumpkin pie spicy. Maybe some nutmeg, in there somewhere. The brewed smell… Well, I can now say I will be able to recognize Rooibos in the future. It has the same funky smell I found earlier today in the pineapple bacon (52teas) and in the Neapolitan honeybush (52teas).
I’m beginning to think I don’t care for Rooibos. Although its funny, DAVIDs pink lemonade is Rooibos and we like that one.
With this tea, I’m getting pumpkin mostly in the aftertaste. Can’t get past the smell though, with every sip I take it’s there. Maybe if I put some ice in here so that I no longer get the smell wafting up with the steam. Umm… This tea is not for me! I love pumpkin though so I don’t think it’s the pumpkin’s fault here.
In the bag, it doesn’t smell like pineapple or bacon. It smells like wood maybe. Once brewed I get a bizarre smell that if I try really hard I can agree it’s a maple-smokiness of bacon. The funny thing is that it tastes nothing like bacon. And no, I am not going to add salt. It tastes like Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Or something. Someone said bubble gum. I agree with the gum part, but not the bubble part. Of course it’s been a while since I chewed bubble gum…
I am not going to do a second steep on this one, I do not like it enough to have back to back cups.
For my first honeybush I decided to try this one because it’s a big favourite of Dexter3657 ’s and she generously shared this with me.
I might have overstepped, I didn’t put a timer on and I kinda forgot. I didn’t forget for too long but hit might have been a minute or so over the recommended time. Maybe 7 minutes? Will do this properly the next time.
I had Neapolitan ice cream only once many many years ago. I am not a huge chocolate fan so if I wanted strawberry ice cream, well, I just bought strawberry ice cream. Chocolate is growing on me in the last few years. It came with a 3-month pastry chef stint. When you have to taste everything, and it surrounds you, you start eating it.
This tea, therefore, does not bring memories of Neapolitan ice cream. It has a funky smell when brewed which I’m sure I will later learn its probably the Rooibos. Thankfully the funky smell is not in the taste too much. Maybe more so on the aftertaste and as it cools. I think this is a tea that could grow on me.
Must try other Rooibos teas so I can compare and figure out flavour. I do get the sour note people are writing bout.
If you subconsciously associate the “Chunky Monkey” ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s with this tea, well… Try not to.
I had a visions of a sweet almond caramel nutty tea, maybe even banana. You see, I was so certain what it would taste like that my mind just glossed over the ingredients when I read them online before buying. Because I must have read them, I’ve been looking at this tea for a good few weeks now.
So I bring this home last night (along with forever nuts and a few others) and I just got around to making it. Stick my nose in the bag and I see something very similar to North African mint. I see some green grass looking things, brown tea leaves and so on. If you have both these teas, go look at them now. They both even have cloves. You will see what I mean. Now the smell. Mostly cloves. Let me tell you, I’ve been drinking strictly coffee until about a month ago. This stuff does NOT smell like coffee. I just get cloves and some grass.
So I brew it even though I’m already sceptical. I brewed using their instructions. Des it taste like coffee? Nope. I can’t tell a predominant flavour, it all kinda blends for me. I do taste the clove though. Not overpowering, more like a…. "What is that taste back there? "
I don’t hate it but it’s so very far from what I thought it would be that it will take a few cups to decide if or how much I like it.
It’s good if you like apple juice. Mostly apple with good cherry aftertaste and distant, barely there coconut. Looks like apple juice also. I’m drinking it cold. Not iced, just cold. I steeped it a couple of hours ago and left it on the counter to have later. This was later :)
Thank you to Dexter3657 for sharing this.
I really was going to have the pineapple bacon from 52teas this morning but in the end this tea won me over with its colourful additions to the dry leaf. I decided to drink it almost before I knew what it was about but once I read the description the decision was solidified. Marshmallow and caramel? But of course! It smells sweet. It is sweet but not enough for me, of course I had to add sugar. (I can hear some of you gasping from way over here!).
Golden brown liquor, slightly opaque. Astringency, zero. I think I remember a note where someone said it was very astringent. Ummm.. 1 tsp for 8 oz, 2 minutes with boiling water gave me no astringency at all. I would never dare go for the 5 minute steep, I’m just not there yet. I am not fond of astringency. And for those enjoying the wine references, you’d typically lay down a very tannic bottle of red for a couple or more years so the tannins can mellow out. Nobody likes to feel like they took a big bite of paper napkin.
As for this tea, as it cools to a drinkable temperature, it is marshmallow but theres a funky taste to it. I don’t know enough about tea to tell you what this is. There is a powdery sediment in my jar and usually nothing goes through the fine mesh of DAVIDs Steeper.
Aftertaste is marshmallow with funk. The rating is mostly for my future tea purchases because I doubt I’ll remember all of them as I continue to drink increasing amounts and wider varietals.