1400 Tasting Notes
As I watched the season finale of Castle today, I wanted an appropriately-themed tea. Well… I’ve yet to see a Castle blend (yep, I’m looking into it as I type) so I drank this instead. I’d call this an earthy, creamy chai almost, with a marzipan hint of creaminess, with some very mild cinnamon and… puerh? Really? Wow, that’s smooth. I’m missing any sort of orange, however it’s still very tasty tea!
Thanks jump62359, you’re my Adagio pusher, and I love you for it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Earth, Nuts
I should know by now that these blends have something in them that I’m allergic to (even though the ingredient listing for this one seems shocking accurate and thorough on here). Regardless, I made up another 2L batch of this iced for the kidlets, and wanted to try it as my teenage daughter said, “This is my favorite so far, Mommy!” Funny, as we had this the other day, however I only steeped it hot for 4 minutes then prior to icing, whereas today it steeped for a good 15 minutes hot before icing.
It’s tart, even sweetened. I get more lemon-hibiscus than lemonade, but I get why my daughter likes it. While it’s infinitely better than the last time I had it, it’s still something I’ll shy away from. It’s also convincing me I just need to buy a boatload of TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo and drink that iced all summer.
Preparation: 8 tsp tea in 4 cups of 200F water for 15 minutes, then with two cups of ice added and four teaspoons of Swerve.
Flavors: Lemon Zest
Last cup of this about 14 hours ago, and while lovely, it’s still missing some of the WOW-factor that I remember the first time I had it. It’s likely user error again (read: I need to clean my Finium baskets more thoroughly), so I’ll just order more! :)
Thanks again jump62359 for sending this along my way, twice now. It’s a new huge favorite, and one that I’ll purchase in as large quantities as Lupicia will let me.
Dammit! There are strawberries in here. Well, until I had the burning sensation take over (thank goodness I took my herbal antihistamine today!) it was sweet and mango, and surprisingly good… although only good iced, and only with way too much sweetener added. The kids will gulp this down in no time, even before it cools.
Meh. First off, there are more ingredients in here than DAVIDs lists (artificial and natural flavors). Out of the bag, this smells DIVINE. Like, I want my house to smell this peachy all the time. Steeped, it was okay, and iced it was just meh. My son wasn’t fond of it (said it tasted like “water tea”) and even my daughter just thought it was okay. Sweetened, it’s a bit more peachy and nice, and I have to wonder if I did something wrong to make it less…. less… yummy tasting.
I have another iced tea package of this to try, however it’ll take us a few days to get through this, only because no one is really loving it.
I’m doing something wrong here. It smells amazing — very much like Lucipia’s Golden Honey Dew, and I’m assuming the flavor is the same — however I’m getting less flavor than expected. My son however just gulped this down like it was candy, and told me, “Mommy, this is very good tea!”
… so I’m chalking it up to weird tastebuds from the April in Paris earlier, and just leaving the rating off yet again.
Mucho gracias to jump62359 (hopefully I got the numbers right this time!) for sending some of this along to me.
Oooh, I love Stacy’s samples, they always surprise me, and 9 times out of 10, I end up ordering whatever it is that she’s sent along.
Now, I’ve got some dryness to my mouth right now from the teas I had earlier (one of which had flavoring that I’m allergic to), so I doubt this will be a very accurate read on this tea. It still tastes malty, thick, cocoa-y, and has a hint of honey in there somewhere. While it’s less ka-POW than some blacks I’ve had, it’s still a delicious tea.
I like this, however there’s something in the end of the sip that doesn’t appeal to me, and I think it’s the base. It’s a spicy chai with little to no heat, and there’s a fair amount of cinnamon and clove here, because it’s numbing my mouth a bit. I’d love this if it weren’t for the dryness at the end of the sip.
Thank you to the lovely Suziqzer for gifting this to me!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
Bah! Why did I get this? I normally stay away from floral teas, and this one had the “flavors” of Paris, which is usually strawberry. So.. of course, it’s a floral strawberry blend, or something along those lines. All I know is? My lips are burning, it’s a bit astringent for me, and I really wish I’d grabbed something else. I have a feeling those with more… refined?… tastes, would really like this.