1157 Tasting Notes
Opening this tin makes me think of oranges. Pure, freshly squeezed oranges. It’s divine and lovely, and I inhaled quite a bit before putting 1 tsp. per 8 oz of water into my Breville.
Amazingly, this actually smells like those chocolate oranges I find everywhere in Canada over the holidays. They look like an orange, and you whack them against a table or something for them to “break” into slices… and then you take off the foil and eat the orange-flavored chocolate yumminess. As Fauchon specializes in baked delicacies, this is what I imagine what their chocolate orange would smell like. Heaven.
The first sip really surprised me. I took another few to confirm. This tastes EXACTLY like caocao nibs – the unsweetened globs of goodness I usually put in my cereal for depth and crunch. The mouthfeel is the same (dry and cocoa-y), the texture is similar (thick) and it’s quite shocking to me how similar it is. The orange follows almost as if it’s a child lollygagging behind; it’s there, but only if you’re paying attention.
This is my first 100 rating on Steepster, and now my favorite tea. Next cup, I’ll try it with some Truvia to see how it changes. Right now, I’m just going to inhale and enjoy this dry, almost tart, caocao orange flavor.
Okay. It’s cooled down now to room temperature, and there’s a bit more bite to it in this second mug. I added sweetener in the hopes of remedying this sip, and… well I guess it’s okay. I taste orange for some reason now, and still the dry bite at the back of my throat. I’m okay with that dry bite, just as long as there’s a flavor in there, and it’s only a whiff of cardamom. It easily could be in my dream-like sicko phlegmy state.
I’ve upped my rating a bit, because it is a bit better than before. Next time I try this, it’ll have to be with a longer steep.
I soooo wanted to love this, even though the whole tin was only $4.99, and that this company is almost non-existent on Steepster. A coco chai that will kick my butt as well as the viral bacterial into oblivion. Yep, a tall order.
Unfortunately, the smell of this out of the pouch (it was vacuum sealed in a pouch, inside the tin), was just meh. Some chai-like spices, but mostly rooibos. There were huge pieces of almonds and peppercorns though, so I had hope still. Steeped, just rooibos with a hint of cardamom.
My first sip, I was taken aback. Am I drinking a chai? This tastes like just plain rooibos. Still did for a few minutes, and now half the mug finished, it’s only now getting a bit of a spicey, peppery-like quality. Very drying, and a bit tickling to the throat.
The instructions were a bit odd; boiling water, 3-4 minutes, which seemed low for a rooibos, so maybe I’ll try a longer steep next time to see if perhaps things change.
This definitely smells like Christmas in the bag, which surprised me a bit that I’d have such a strong association to childhood memories and a smell. Orange, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and apple all came through easily, making me excited to try it!
Steeped, it smells like black tea, orange and cardamom. I’m okay with that, if a bit surprised. Sipping it too hot seems to give me zero taste yet again, however cooled it’s quite lovely. Mostly cardamom with a hint of orange in there at the end, and something drying, possibly the cloves. There’s something else in there I’m missing though, and it’s intriguing. Something herbal and light.
I wanted something spicy today, and I could’ve used something more chili-like, however this is still a very pleasant cup.
EDIT: I’ve pegged it now! This smell just like the scented oranges my Mom used to make during the holidays with me and my sister: fresh oranges pierced with cloves, and left out for the month.
Okay Spiced Fantasy, it’s time to wow me.
Dry, this smells lovely, like a fruity chai with a strong pepperyness. Steeped, it’s more fruit than chai, and the pepper smell comes out more. My first sip, as per usual, was too hot, and I only tasted rooibos. After I let it cool a bit, it’s definitely an unusual tea. There’s some almond in there, with pepper still, and a bit of coriander. Fruit still lingers (plum, maybe? hard to place) and orange notes. The spice tingles the back of my throat slightly, and I love it.
Sweetened with Truvia, it’s the orange that pops, followed by only faint spices and still the tingle. Is it cakey? I’m missing that, however it is smooth. I could drink this often.
Second massive cup (I drink from 2c mugs), and this time it’s quite different now that it’s cooled. I have to wonder if it’s my tastebuds/sense of smell, or if it’s really the tea.
Now, I get a very strong apple flavor, along with the same tartness mentioned earlier in the last cup. Almost sour, almost puckeringly so. Very dry. This time, it’s just the tea; I’ll leave the sweetener for another time, as it’s definitely sweet enough now. I’d say this is mostly apple and hibiscus at this point, which is okay if those were the only ingredients.
Again though, I feel harsh here. Maybe it’s just the cold.
I’m going to hold off on rating this until my tastebuds and smell return to full force. Fingers crossed that that’s tomorrow! :)
A huge list of ingredients here made me think this was what I should try out this evening, in the hopes of giving my immune system a kick in the pants to get to healthy again. I smelled zero anything dry, and steeped it smells like rooibos to me – how odd, considering this is just an herbal blend.
All I’m really getting is tartness here, enough that I’m puckering up a bit at the end of the sip. It’s quite dry, which is okay by me, I just thought there would be a lot more sweetness considering how much fruit there is. Adding some Truvia made this much more complex and interesting: definitely some lemongrass and orange, as well as a floral note, and lots of apple/fruit flavors. Much more enjoyable.
EDIT: This is another of those really heavy teas; 2tsp per cup, I always make a liter at a time (4 cups), which almost emptied out the 50g I ordered. There’s probably enough left to share a cup or two in a swap.