1400 Tasting Notes
Hm. I like this tea – it reminds me of the amazeballs Kashmir chai in Edmonton, but that one is SOOOOO much better – yet it’s got a weird flavor to it that I’m just not digging. I think it’s partially one of the spices (too strong – and that’s saying a lot for me, I love me my spices) plus the floral/rose is a bit too heavy for my liking. Really, the French should teach EVERY TEA BLENDER IN THE WORLD how to use flowers in tea. For the most part, they’re the only ones where I can even tolerate flowers.
Having said all that – I do like that there’s a bit of kick and spice to this, some minor heat. It’s actually burning my tongue a bit (again, I love this) but it’s just too much, uh, flavor. Like, dial down the nutmeg or something, maybe cloves. It’s just too much.
Flavors: Clove, Nutmeg, Rose, Spicy
Ah, this tea. Normally a comforting cup of pure pleasure, I decided I wanted to try all my “vanilla mint” combination teas, to see if I could find a replacement for Twining’s Buttermint (which truly is divine for a cheapo bagged herbal – but only available in the UK and some parts of Europe).
This isn’t a replacement, sadly. It’s still lovely – creamy from the vanilla without really the flavor, cool from the mint again without the flavor, a bit earthy from the puerh, a bit rugged and windswept… this is kind of like the Fabio of tea, all smooth and sassy yet with an outdoorsy, bearded edge. Yep, I think this’ll do. :)
Flavors: Earth, Mint, Smooth, Vanilla
I want a melty, rich, decadent truffle with my chocolate tea, thanks. This ain’t it, sadly.
Definitely chocolate, stored well, a bit of paper flavoring in there somehow, and just.. too weak for me to fall in love with. Makes me want to go find some MF Mousse au Chocolat.
Flavors: Chocolate, Paper
Trying to decide what teas to sell, and what teas to hold onto for dear life ;) so I tried this one again.
Nope, nope, nope. Should’ve rinsed again, it’s super earthy, and I just didn’t get anything blueberry or lemon out of it. I really, really wanted to.
Perhaps if I had more patience with it? I didn’t last night though, I just wanted a comforting cup. This wasn’t it.
I’m cranky, I’m tired, I have more than I can possibly do in 24hrs, so I want tea. Waaah.
This really grew on me as I sipped it, and ended up quite delicious once cold. Sweet, a bit tart, creamy, lightly-colored tan, there’s definitely some flower/rose French thing going on, and I want to say… plum? Fig? Something-something. Oddly granular, like there are a few floaties in this tea that I can’t quite figure out where they came from.
Pretty sure I passed most of this along, but couldn’t find it in the database, so I added it. Almost positive it’s Mariage Frères, but, well, can’t confirm 100%.
Lovely tea, likely a fantastic tea for someone who prefers these kinds of flavors.
Flavors: Creamy, Drying, Fig, Plums, Rose, Sweet
Still a solid option. Yay!
Rich chocolate without being cloying, I definitely get the dryness of the roasted chestnut in there too — solid tea, one that aged well, one that I gulped down faster than I made it.
Flavors: Chestnut, Chocolate, Drying, Sweet
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