209 Tasting Notes
I bought this in the fall from one of the local tea houses I’ve been meaning to check out. I can’t say I dig pu’erh (the only exception was the one that tasted exactly like a Cinammon bun and no pu’erh taste in site) but vanilla mint pu’erh I might be able to handle, I thought to myself.
I sent some to dexter3657 without trying it beforehand. It’s a good thing I did because had I tasted this, she wouldn’t have gotten any. Cause it ain’t that good! It’s really minty. I don’t find it muted like I thought it might be. And gosh, it smells so dirty. I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish this cup, my stomach lurches every time I bring the cup to my nose. OMG. How do people drink this stuff. Lol
ETA: the cup cooled a little so it’s a lot less aromatic. The taste is not bad, it’s just the smell that’s revolting. I can’t even tell you if this is good pu’erh or not. I might be able to finish it, I’m halfway through.
A looong time ago this sample came my way via none other than Dexter3657. Although I do enjoy mint teas I wasn’t in the mood for it back then. And then, well, we all know what happens to samples if we don’t drink it shortly after we get them.
I have been going through a mint phase. Santa’s secret, read my lips, then yesterday I went to Starbucks with a friend and opted for tea (a first for me. Green tea frap doesn’t count). I had the Tazo refresh which is a mint tea with tarragon — of which I tasted none, since we are on the subject.
This tea was sorta “meh” at the beginning. I thought it was herbal and found out it wasn’t only AFTER I poured boiling water over it. Realized mistake quickly enough, pulled out the sachet, dumped an ice cube in the mug and put the sachet back in. Saved the cup for sure. No bitterness.
At first I didn’t think it was much like a mojito. I actually didn’t think it was like a mojito even later. It’s hard for any tea to mimic alcoholic beverages. But as the cup cooled I could pick up the lime behind the mint. I only added a bit of honey to this. I did try a few sips without but it wasn’t happening for me so I fixed it.
All in all, a good mint tea. Conveniently packaged in sachets, I so would stock this if it was more available to me. As in, go and buy when I want, not pay for shipping and wait weeks for it to come to me. Because, you know, I’m flighty. My desire for peppermint might have changed again by then.
Many thanks to Dexter3657. Luckily for me she hates mint.
I fished out a clove. I will take the suckers out where I see them.
This is better with my ever present vanilla creamer. Last time I didn’t have any creamer because we were leaving for three weeks and didn’t want stuff growing in my fridge so we emptied everything out.
The tea is better with the creamer. It helps the mouthfeel be more like pie. Otherwise it’s a bit watery. Also, the taste is better as it cools. The last dregs in the bottom of the jar are way more awesome than the first sips.
Yes, yes, this is good. What I mean by good is that I can drink it without sweetener — I need a few more of those kind — and while I can tell it would probably be way better sweetened it is enjoyable without.
I’ve had my fill of sugar this morning with my two cups of coffee that had both vanilla creamer and sugar so I figured I would stop ingesting empty calories, it’s but 1 o’clock.
Which is why I grabbed this tea. It smells sweet and apple and popcorn-like. The dry leaf is mostly other stuff and then some tea. Looks like goji pop in that respect. I was quite afraid to steep it at the recommended 201F because last time I steeped a green that high (Kokomo green) it was awful! So I started to be a little mistrustful of their steeping instructions. But then again, you look at the giant chunks of stuff in here and treat it like an herbal. Ditto for steeping times. 5-7 minutes? Someone’s surely on crack. But I did it because I have a large enough bag to take a chance.
It tastes good. (Sorry, keychange! We don’t agree on this one) I do detect a slightly sour note at the back but not an unpleasant one. And yes, the aftertaste is total popcorn. I wouldn’t smuggle it into the movie theatre though. It is not THAT good and part of the movie experience is filling up on the bad shit there.
Speaking of movies, I’m going today. August:Osage County. Oscar countdown is on folks. Got a lot to catch up on.
Gosh darn it I love this tea! Only ever drank it iced. Well, ok, one time I wasn’t patient enough for the ice to fully melt so I did get a taste of it warm but it doesn’t count. I ran out a while back and I waited — I don’t know why because it’s my go to “juice” tea. Ok, who am I kidding, it is my only juice tea. It is so good that I stock no others. God, is that bad to admit?
So anyway my order came and I am so pleased to have this in the house again. I don’t know what I will do if they ever pull it. I mean, even if I buy several 250 gram bags, I will still run out at some point. That’s how much I like it.
I don’t even know what to say in a tasting note. Because really, how do you talk about love? Talking about love is like dancing about architecture. :)
But ok, since someone who hasn’t had this might read this I shall give it a go. The dry leaf is chunky because of all the dried fruit so you need a lot which would make it a bit expensive. It tastes like melon. It’s red from hibiscus but you can’t taste hibiscus — at least I can’t. The second steep gets a bit more tart but the first steep is all melon and goji berries. Which is odd because apple is the first ingredient on the list.
I’m all out of this as of last night. Of course it meant I had to immediately place a DAVIDs order for this and a couple of other favourites. (I’m not even gonna bother removing it from cupboard since it will be back in by mid next week)
This is such a good peppermint chocolate tea. This and butiki’s Peppermint Patty are head to head for me in the peppermint category. You have to have them both if for no other reason that one is herbal and one is black.
It smells heavenly of mint, both brewed and dry leaf, it is very forgiving with steeping screw ups, it is not astringent, has a nice mild base and takes sugar oh so well. It’s just delicious. A staple for me.
I think I now understand what people on here say about some (most) Della Terra tasting the same? To me, the smores and the eight candles are quite similar probably because of both having marshmallows.
Well, this one and pineapple upside down cake are quite similar also.
If I close my eyes and smell I can’t quite tell the difference. Ditto for the aroma of the brewed tea. This is not really a criticism it’s just… why would I buy different ones if they’re all the same? Just buy a big bag of the one and Bob’s your uncle.
Smells cakey. Brewed, it doesn’t deliver what your nose picked up. It actually gets better as it cools. A lot better. Ah, maybe I just miss my vanilla creamer to add the creaminess and mouthfeel. All I added was a bit of sugar. Not making this one a staple either. (I am, however, making a staple of the almond biscotti from Della Terra. Wowza!)
I am out of Florence but had an unopened 2 oz bag of this tea. I was oh so hopeful. I mean, double chocolate, right? I cringe at the name as they write it, by the way.
The dry leaf smells like chocolate and it looks a tad moist. Eagerly dumped 2 DAVID’s perfect measure into the 16 oz steeper I have from there, pour boiling water over it and tick-tock, tick-tock, waited the recommended 3 minutes. Added 1 tsp of raw cane sugar and took the tentative sip. Umm.. it’s bitter. Like dark chocolate bitter. It’s not a bad thing, just not what I expected.
I know all about how dark chocolate, couveture and the likes should be superior to milk chocolate (especially since I’m a chef with a short stint as a pastry chef) but the mouth likes what it likes, right?!?
I don’t like the taste of milk so I knew adding some would be a mistake but did it anyway. I added a splash. Probably a teaspoon worth of milk. It’s a good tea, folks. My partner had a sip of mine and promptly asked for a large cup of her own. So between the two of us we drank quite a bit, with resteeps. BUT be prepared for dark chocolate taste. I so wish that tea companies specify when they say chocolate. Because I think most of them use milk chocolate as opposed to dark and therefore that’s what a drinker would expect. Something about managing customer expectation comes to mind.
Florence continues to dominate the chocolate tea podium for me.
It’s ok, this tea. I can taste the caramel, oh how could one not for it is loaded, and it really is a pleasant tea. Not sweet enough for me so I would normally add sugar except I am really trying to eliminate sugar especially now that we are trying to lose the weight gained overseas. I know a sugar free diet is not sustainable for me but if I can get used to less, I would love it.
The dry leaf smells great. It is quite dark, has bits of caramel throughout but it also has those darned yellow petals I could do without.
Steeped for 3 minutes and added nothing to it. It is pleasant indeed. It could be oh so good for me with some sugar. It brews dark. Not caramel dark but black tea dark.
I am getting no citrus whatsoever but I am ok with that since I am not into citrus all that much.
Should you buy it? You can get a small pack, it won’t disappoint. You might get bored with more.
After a traveling ordeal which ended 60 hours later with us getting home (at least I am thankful for that), we are without luggage. ALL that’s important to us is in those suitcases. power cords, medications, three weeks forth of clothing…
anyway, I am home and I am alive, for which I am thankful. But I am cold, starving and exhausted. Can’t go anywhere until we chip away three weeks worth of snow that’s now frozen. Somehow have to make it to work tomorrow on whatever fumes I have left in me. Not in my car, in ME!.
So I made a pot of this. It’s gotta be good if you reach for it after weeks of deprivation, right? :) I sweetened it. Got nothing else I can put inside (unless curdled cream is your fancy) but it is so good. It raises my blood sugar enough that I don’t feel I’m going to pass out from exhaustion anymore.
Now I have to deal with more pressing problems. Happy 2014 everyone!
EDIT: I am not sure this is going to work but this is a shot of pearson this morning. There are THOUSANDS of unclaimed luggage. all the cancelled flights’ luggage being sent back, plus all the passengers who made it somehow, their luggage. there is not enough staff to deal with it all and some aircraft is frozen so the bags cannot be obtained. anyway, for your entertainment… hope it works.