1264 Tasting Notes
Had yet another cup of this tonight as I’m feeling under the weather, and it’s become my go-to tea, along with Throat Coat and Super Ginger. I’m alternating between the three at this point, sometimes adding Throat Coat in here. Solid, and will need to purchase more sooner than I’d planned for.
My love affair with DAVIDs has pretty much ended, save a few holdouts such as Super Ginger, especially when I feel like I’m coming down with something. Whenever I imagine this tea, I think of my son’s too-short red cape with the blue trim that velcro’s around his neck, and that I found just before Hallowe’en with matching cuffs, shield and waist belt for $7.99. It’s cheap polyester, but boy does it get the job done. ;)
Note: I really wish tea companies, especially those with unusual offerings such as this one, provided some form of steeping suggestions. I’m sending a note to Dan now to ask him if they can both put some on the website, and offer me some as well to post here. I have the same complaint with 52 Teas, BTW.. and the only complaints I have.
Onto the tea! I was surprised at just how much cacao there is in here. Amazing, beautiful and delicious (yes, I tasted some). It smells like rich chocolate (as it should, it is!) and steeps up smelling similarly with a hint of mint.
Straight, I get mint first (very lightly) followed by cocoa. It’s dry like a dry red wine the cacao, and I really like it. I want more. I also want to sweeten it though, because that’s what everyone seems to say is how this should be enjoyed. And so, I do.
As I mix in the Truvia, the smell of cacao wafts up yet again. YUM. It smells like a very dark hot chocolate, and now tastes like it too. The mint has almost completely disappeared unfortunately, which is a shame – but I just add my own mint next time. I have a lovely Arabian Mint I’ve been waiting to use just for something like this.
I could easily drink this nightly. I’ll surely become an enabler of this tea now too. It would’ve gotten a higher rating if the mint stayed present in the cup (and was more present from the start), and if there were better steeping instructions. For future reference: overleaf and oversteep.
This smells identically to a creme brulee sitting next to a fragrant chai. Stunning, and surprising.
There’s something even more surprising in here, something I can’t quite find. Nutmeg, perhaps? Something spiced, deep, full bodied. I only had one sip before I made it into a chai (Truvia, coconut milk), and didn’t taste any of that. Once as a chai though? Holy moly. This spice, whatever it is, is unique and wonderful. There’s a hint of sweetness to it that comes at the very end and after the sip, sort of like egg custard tha’s been sweetened or even burnt slightly – in a good way. There’s something smoky in there too, with zero heat, yet spice.
Truly delicious blend. Dexter3657, I’ve already put some in the box headed your way next week.
Thank you to VariaTEA for graciously sending me her whole sample pack so that I could try it. The name brought out delirious visions of mousse cake for me, which is one of my favorite treats, and thus why I wanted to try it.
Dry, my son said it smelled “nice”. I left it to steep and then had to leave for a bit when I took out the tea bag, so I’m drinking this now slightly cooled but still warm.
If there’s mint in here, I’m completely missing it. Chocolate I get, sort of.. at least the richness of a milk chocolate, if not the flavor if that makes any sense. Zero cake. Lots of black base which is slightly bitter.
I had high hopes here, and while reality was about where it should have been, I’m really glad to have gotten the chance to try it. It would have bugged me until I could make an order! Thanks again VariaTEA.
Slept a good portion of the day due to being up until 5am. Ripped back the hat I’m making for a friend for his birthday tomorrow, because I read the instructions wrong. Luckily it’s just to the decrease section. Cancelled a first date for the evening due to said sore throat, and their response just confirmed I made the right choice: “I’ll resist the urge to comment on what I can do to ease your throat. ;)” Jeepers.
So, I was thrilled to see my first of two Herbal Infusions orders arrive today; this one I’ve been patiently waiting for since Oct 26th. It’s December 13th. Tracking from Canada Post says #2 will be here on the weekend, or Tuesday. Yay!
This tea called to me, in part because of having Whispering Pines’ Ginger Snaps last night and hoping this might be a good substitute for when I want a black.
Out of the bag it smells DELICIOUS. Almost like a rich chocolate with very faint notes of coconut to add some creaminess. Steeped it smells more like coconut than anything.
Drinking it is interesting. It’s creamy and full, and I can taste the Ceylon base quite distinctly – may be from the (yet again) oversteep, however there’s zero dryness or tartness even though there should be. Getting the ‘graham’ part is a bit of a stretch, even though I can see where it’s coming from at the start of the sip – a bit bready. Sweetened with some Truvia and this POPS. Wow. Definitely the way to drink it. More graham cracker sweet, with a slight touch of bite, and a hint of Ceylon.
I doubt I’ll reach for this daily, however it is very good.
Almost instantly I feel sick. Why am I feeling ill? I have this tea, and I’m about to be ill.
Crap. That’s because it has oolong in it. I keep on forgetting my odd reaction to oolong (several have told me it’s my stomach telling me it needs to ‘get used’ to oolong), and I keep on hoping I’ll feel or find differently. Then, I drink it unawares, and I get sick.
I want to love this. I love everything Whispering Pines. Alas…
Would anyone like the rest of this in swap? Most of the bag is left.
Hm. Cream inside a donut? Okay, I’ll try that.
Size: Small (30g)
Made with 8oz cold coconut milk, 1 tsp of Truvia and mixed with a chasen.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a donut of any kind, much less one with cream in it. Still, I like pudding/cream and I used to eat eclairs with bavarian cream in them like they were something I needed to survive.
Out of the bag it smells light and creamy, and it tastes pretty much the same. There’s a hint of lemon, but it’s mostly cream and butter. While I like it, it definitely requires more stronger flavoring. This would be fun to mix with maraschino cherry and belgium chocolate to see if I could make my own version of a black forest cake.