1431 Tasting Notes
I have two bags of this tea – one tastes okay, one tastes hideously. I opened the one that tastes hideous today, and I can’t figure out why the same tea – in the same shipment – tastes so different. It smells weird, like all the peanut butter teas do, but it’s just… this one is like paper, there’s really little flavor to it.
I’m finding that all of my 52 Teas haven’t aged well, and this makes me really sad, since I’ve spent hundreds of dollars, at least, on their (former) tea.
Flavors: Paper, Sweet
This is a weird ass tea. It smells really strange (like… dried apples and… something weird I can’t place), it’s ridiculously, painfully sweet (added stevia, didn’t know this beforehand), and, well.. it’s more like candied apple. I normally love ginger, apples, etc. but this just.. no, no thank you.
Flavors: Apple, Ginger, Sweet
Had a few cups of this last night, and enjoyed each one. Sweet, didn’t need anything added to it, comforting tea, and surprising taste considering the ingredients. Kind of reminded me of Kapha from TeaGschwendner, minus the spice/heat, and with a whole lot more sweetness/licorice added to it.
Normally I’m not a huge fan of licorice teas, but the smell of this one captured me when I was in Galway, Ireland. I quickly shipped it back to myself for enjoying at home, and am a bit surprised I did now… it would have served me well during my six months in Europe. Ah well, I’ll just have to drink it and grab more when I go back!
Flavors: Licorice, Smooth, Sweet
Gosh golly gee whilikers, I think this is my favorite tea right now. I’ve had it a few times in the past day, and have savoured every sip. I need to try it next to the normal (smoked) version, to see which one I like more… although I think this was a short-term offering, as I don’t see it on the site.
The base is exquisite, and there’s still a smokiness to it, but it’s not like a lapsang. It’s more of a richness than smoke per say, and then there’s the marshmallow, chocolate bits…. gawd this is amazing.
Flavors: Campfire, Chocolate, Marshmallow
I’m confused as to why I’d migrate my review over to a ‘newer’ version of this tea, as this is still the ‘older’ version that I have. And so, I’m keeping my cupboard and notes here.
Shared this with a friend visiting, and we’ve had a lot of tea together over the past few days. His first reaction? “Yummmmm….” I too felt the same way. It’s aged well, it’s a bit smokey (but only a touch) with some brighter fruit notes, and then the chocolate richness of like laoshan black, yet, a bit more full bodied.
Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Smoke
Somehow, I bought this tea about two years ago now (possibly shorter, but I think that’s about right), and never opened it. Huh?
As I’m going through all of my teas (yes, ALL of them), I’m making sure I have what I say I have, and removing the ones that have disappeared from my tea cupboard on Steepster. It’s quite the project…. so if I haven’t tried something, and I have it, well, I’m trying it. If I love it, I’ll drink it. If I don’t absolutely LOVE it, I’m passing it along. This tea? Passing it along.
Why? Well, it’s very much a coffee tea – which isn’t a bad thing. I’d call it a mocha tea, really, and it’s quite creamy, nutty, coffee-ish, with some chocolate in there to boot. Nice, yes. Rich and flavorful. If I want coffee though, I’d prefer to drink coffee, if that makes any sense. I guess this technically IS coffee, as there are bits of coffee beans in it. Still, it’s not a “madly in love” tea, so it’s off to the sale box. Woohoo!
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Creamy, Mocha, Nutty
I don’t think I can mess up this tea. I think I’ve shared more of this tea than I’ve drank it. I’ve also purposely gone to Lupicia in SF when I’m there, just to buy this. Yes, I think I will again, even though I’ll likely be traveling indefinitely very soon… yes, yes I will.