1434 Tasting Notes
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. ;)
I have so many notices in my Dashboard, I can’t access them (over 1400!) This is why I’m struggling to keep up and reply to folks on here. Bleh. I apologize to any and all that I’m seemingly avoiding. Really, it’s just my feed! :$
Marshmallow hits me first, then orange, then only a touch of chocolate. Subtle and lovely. I love the marshmallow in here!
Watching really bad television because I need to review it, so I’m getting into my wonderful stashes and swaps. Yay! Huge thanks to Janelle for sharing this with me; I’m a sucker for herbals and failed to grab any of this when it was still available.
I oversteeped this, yet it’s still tasty. A hint of ginger, lots of licorice (including sambuca flavoring? weird) and a touch of cinnamon as well. A bit of Truvia smoothed things out a bit and brought the licorice to the forefront.
Jeepers, it took me so long to get this from the border, that I’d completely forgotten I’d ordered some!
Smells strongly of licorice, of course, and tastes pretty much exactly like black licorice. Really, truly lovely drink. There are only so many postiive and yummy adjectives I can come up with for Stacy’s amazing blends!
Was it Tea Sipper that had this the other day, that also prompted me to go find this in my cupboard and finally try it? It was one of you, and whomever it was — thank you!
Smells of peppermint mostly out of the (sample) bag), more earthy after brewing. This is a nuanced blend, and quite surprising. I taste little of the vanilla, it just seems to smooth things out a bit, and then the peppermint is what’s mostly present, but it’s more of a creamy candy cane -type mint than an in-your-face mint. Will definitely need to order a normal amount my next Zen Tea order.