1431 Tasting Notes
More decaf teas this evening as I enjoy Lost Girl, a poorly named show with a decidedly sexy sci-fi bent as I write a newsletter, get through oodles of email, and try to finish knitting my first shrug.
This still tastes like cinnamon bread to me, and I so wish there was a hint of icing. ;)
So this was in Amoda’s box for January 2013, and I already have a huge bag of it, unopened. Why? Because few of Naked Teas Galore’s offerings have wowed me, and so I had actually planned to sell the bag before cracking it open. This sample was an excellent opportunity to try it out… even though really, I should try everything I’ve purchased! :$
There are a lot of rose petals in this tea, which is what initially turned me off. Having said that, the ingredient listing is fantastic, so I thought I’d try it just to see. Out of the bag it smells strongly of cherry, and a chemical one at that. Aie…
It smells more like black forest cake brewed however, and I’m VERY pleasantly surprised with the taste. Hot, there’s a stronger floral quality to it, and cold it’s more of a cherry cake. With a tiny bit of pure Stevia, this is really quite delicious!
Steeped this one a bit too long as well. Still yummy.
Strong flavoring again that assaults the nose even before you open the box it’s mailed in. It surprises me how much this tastes like an almond cookie. I’m missing the sugar bit (and that’s fine by me) however almond baked goods come out strong and clear.
This is one of the more fragrant of S&V’s offerings, and thus covered in tinfoil whenever I send it, as well as in my stash.
Steeped, it’s less flavorful, which surprised me. I wonder with S&V; I’m one of those people that steeps tea up at the temperature and time I think it should be if there’s zero instruction on the packaging. So, I guessed. 1 tsp per 8 ounces, boiling water, 4 minute steep. Perhaps I need to overleaf it?
It’s a lovely tea, full bodied and rich, however there’s only a hint of english toffee at the very end of the sip, and it lingers. Buttery is definitely covered however – a decadent treat in that respect.
Ah, yes. Okay, suggested steeping is boiling for 3 minutes. Will try that next time.
EDIT: The description says “light butterscotch” which is accurate. I guess I just expected more from the initial, delightful smell. Upping rating slightly.
First off, I LOVE the concept of this tea. The base is absolutely divine, and it’s a stunning pot with all of the needles so beautifully unfurling as they steep.
Having said that, there’s something off for me – and it’s likely me, instead of the tea itself. Something drying and a bit offputting that makes me want to try this as a cold brew, or even brewed properly and then left in the fridge. I get the juiciness, the fullness yet lightness of the tea… it’s all there. Really, truly delicious. Perhaps it’s just that, to me, watermelon is always juicy and cold, instead of hot?
I’ll definitely play with this more, as I have quite a bit now, including some sent to me through several buys and swaps with fellow Steepsterites.
I bought a lot of this during Butiki’s Black Friday sale, and only just got it now. (Long story, my fault getting to the border late to pick it up). It’s a big tea, in that it takes up a lot of space, which is likely why I feel like I grabbed more than I really did.
Brewed, this is a VERY creamy, lovely tea. I get more cream than anything, with only hints of eggnog -like flavorings, and think there’s another eggnog tea that I had recently (blanking out as to which) that I like more. Still, this is delicious, and I’m sure I’ll be able to easily drink it down. ;)