735 Tasting Notes
Had this earlier today, and gave my 5-year-old a sip. He’s recently discovered he loves candy canes, so I told him, “This is candy cane tea.”
“No Mommy, it’s not.”
“Yes love, yes it is. Try it again.”
He giggles. He tries it another two times before I realize he’s playing with me, and just wants to drink all of my tea.
“No Mommy, I still can’t taste it. Can I have some more…?”
I’m swimming in tea. I got (almost) everyone’s tea from Black Friday sent out, save anything from Butiki (looks like it was shipped today) and Herbal Infusions order #2. Woot! 13 packages now on to their varied destinations including Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.
I grabbed this tea because I’m a huge turmeric fan, and wanted a replacement for DAVID’s turmeric tea that they’ve discontinued (and that I love).
It’s a strong smelling tea, and of course the bag is stained from the turmeric. Strong, as in it smells like butter chicken sauce to me. Yum!
Drinking it, I mostly get licorice first, then heat, a slight touch of lemon, strong turmeric, and bite from the ginger. I’d love to try this with honey, it’ll just have to wait when I have more time.
Maybe I received a reblend, or perhaps adding some sweetener is the way to go with this tea. I’m unsure as to why my rating and enjoyment of this is so much higher than other’s experiences, and that makes me a touch sad. Because this is an excellent tea, and tastes just like a carrot cake cupcake, complete with vanilla icing on top. Maybe even cream cheese icing, depending on the sip. The spices all meld together well… very cake/cupcake-like, and definitely carrot cake. On my must-have-in-stock list now, which again, surprises me considering the low ratings from quite a few others.
My first Simpson & Vail tea! I’m so excited. Can you tell I’m moseying (very slowly) through the Black Friday tea boxes?
Many of the teas are exceptionally fragrant in the S&V order, for those of you who decided they wanted to share with me. Which, by the way, I’ve now packed up all the S&V and have gotten it ready to mail off. Four of you still have other boxes here for me to go through; the rest will get mailed or delivered tomorrow. Yay!
Onto the tea! Really fragrant, smells strongly of minty, creamy candy canes, with an almost medicinal smell to it, perhaps because it’s so strong. Brewing it is divine, and drinking it? Oh. My. Goodness. Creamy, mint candy cane. It’s a dead ringer. Love!
Ah, I’ve been hoarding this for reasons I’m still confused by. I can always re-order it, so why would I hoard it?
Anyway. Made a cup up earlier tonight, and it was, as always, absolutely delicious and divine. Smells and tastes identically to a lemon meringue pie.
Of all the 52 Teas blends, this was the one I hoped, prayed, that Frank would reblend. This is how, in my insanity that was Black Friday (NINE boxes of tea right now, NINE), I ended up cracking this one first.
This smells really… odd out of the bag. I was a bit concerned, only because it’s hard to put my finger on it. Sweet dirt, perhaps? Not a bad smell, almost like some pu-erh I guess. Just… odd.
Drinking it is okay, however I’m grasping to find much other than cheesecake (fairly prominent) and a teensy bit of peanut. I can smell chocolate after steeping, and there’s a bit of it on my tongue with mouthfeel. Sweetening it definitely gave it more punch, and more chocolate, but then I’m stretching for the cheesecake and the peanut.
I do like this, I may just need to play with it more to get the steeping directions right. Overleafed purposely (1.5 tsp/cup).
I suspect this comes from somewhere else and gets repackaged, although I have no idea where; this is where I purchased it from however.
A pretty straightforward vanilla rooibos, with a hint of something caramel in there after a few sips. I wanted more hit-me-in-the-face flavor, and it’s just okay.
Ooh, I got more the spice today out of this than last time, which makes me love it more than before. I loves me some spice, especially in my teas that (I think) are meant to get things moving! Great for cold winter mornings, or when I want things to start moving around in my sinus area.