361 Tasting Notes
OH MY. This was so good! The rooibos isn’t really obvious. I get a hint of cinnamon, a little clove, and the ginger is like the bow on top, wrapping it all together. My daughter was nearby and asked to taste it, and I didn’t think I would get it back from her. Her advice was to take a drink and then breathe out through my nose, and I tried that. Pure ginger bliss. It wasn’t overpowering, just deliciously fresh. I could see getting this one again.
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I mixed with filtered cold water and whisked it, although it was easy to mix up – a spoon would work fine, or whatever you have. The color of both the dry powder and the mixed drink is just amazing. This one is a mixture of hibiscus, rose and jasmine. Don’t worry hibby haters – I couldn’t really identify it here. I think it just added a little punch to the flavor. What I did get was a really refreshing drink that had some floral overtones. I liked it, and I am usually not a big fan of floral drinks. I added a litttle sweetener – no haters please
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I feel like I am drinking dessert, but not a dessert that is too sweet. Just comforting spice bread, maybe with a tiny smear of butter. So many times with flavored black teas, the base doesn’t stand up to the added flavors, but that is not the case with this tea. I still taste the tea. The front of the sip is cinnamon, and the aftertaste is where the raisin sneaks in. The almond is not heavy, but I can definitely identify it. It is blended in perfectly. I steeped mine for the recommended four minutes and have just the tiniest bit of astringency, so I might try slightly less next time. I’m really happy that I ordered this again!
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The tea description on the DF site is flower petals, poppy, biscuit and almond paste. The packaging also says raspberry, violet, vanilla and cherry. I am getting definite raspberry, and a tiny bit of floral. Nothing that is overpowering. I have learned that I love any DF blend that mentions their “biscuit” flavor, and that’s biscuit in the sense of a European cookie – not an American biscuit. Any blend that has that flavor is going to have a bit of aftertaste that makes it like a dessert, even if it isn’t a sweet dessert tea. I have also learned that one thing DF does really well is a tea that has many different flavors versus the ones that are just one flavor and a base. Those are good too, but the ones that have a lot of things blended are just masterful. This is an example of that.
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Dolphin sprinkles. I could end the review right there.
Of course I had to order this! It’s actually really good too. Strong blackberry note, and as a first tea of the day it’s working well to wake me up. I may have more to write once I have had more of it. It’s still pretty hot.
But, dolphin sprinkles!
I keep doing this thing where I buy teas because they have unusual flavors (like mangosteen, and now this one, with lichee). Then I drink them and I don’t know if they are a good representation of the flavor because I have nothing to compare to. With that said, this is really delicious and I am enjoying it a lot. I would have guessed strawberry and a little chocolate if I hadn’t read the description. There are cute little sugar hearts in it, which I also love.
I think maybe Cameron sent this to me – thanks Cam! I actually really like it.
I am making myself go through my sample basket and get rid of some of the stuff that is just hanging around, so that’s my theme this week. I packed this up to bring on campus. When I smelled the leaf it didn’t smell like much (actually didn’t smell like anything), so to be honest I wasn’t very excited about it. I figured it was old and wouldn’t taste good. Surprise! I could smell it while it was brewing and I got definite citrus notes from it.
As I drink it, it’s making me happy. I would reorder this. It’s a bit of bergamot and a bit of lemon. Just citrus-y but not overly so, and very nice and satisfying.