750 Tasting Notes
I should have followed the brewing instructions to a tee on this one (4 min, as opposed to the two minutes I chose) however I find I enjoy most of my teas at the two minute mark… a mistake in this case, sadly, and a sipdown to boot. It’s definitely got raspberry in it, and there’s a hint of chocolate, however the base is thin and there’s something off in the flavoring that sits poorly with me. Something metallic and bitter that I’m finding offputting. I wonder if I’d brewed it longer if I’d still find the same result?
Thank you to… whomever shared this with me. Shadowfall, perhaps? I bought it in someone’s sale a few months back.
This is the tea I was most excited about in my Beastly Beverages order, and thus why I’m having it as soon as I can (read: when caffeine will keep me pleasantly awake instead of tossing-and-turning awake). Mango, pineapple, chili? YES!
Parsing out the tea was an interesting experience: a huge piece of mango was in the middle of the brew, one longer than my hand. Yea, I have small hands. Still.
I only brewed this for two minutes, and wish I’d given it a bit more time. It’s a bit thin, the whole thing – other than the mango. That’s present and lovely and really authentic – as evidenced by the dried mango, of course. However the base is thin, the chili only peeks out momentarily, and there’s definitely something granular in the brew – almost as if the fruit pieces had disintegrated.
I’ll try again, hopefully with a bit more fleshing out and fullness.
1.5 tsp in 12oz.
Still far from my favorite cinnamon anything tea, although I did manage to get the cinnamon vanilla pastry thing out of it tonight. Added some heavy cream as well, which kept it pretty much the same, oddly enough.
1.5 tsp in 120z.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla
First of the Beastly Beverages to try out! Admittedly, I’m not a huge EG fan, especially when it lies in the floral side of blergamot. I’m cool when it’s got something less floral and more orange-like in there, or when something smooths it out. This unfortunately is 100g of floral bergamot though, and while it does mellow somewhat as it cools, it’s just outside my interest or tastes. I could see someone wanting a great EG with zero caffeine however loving this, so I’m keeping my rating off.
1.5 tsp in 12oz.
I LOVE spicy chai’s, or spicy teas in general. Kapha (TeaGschwendner) immediately comes to mind – when brewed right, it can burn your throat into submission. This tea? Yes, it definitely does the same, while still allowing for a chocolatey chai to peek through. Now, the chocolate is a bit watery I’ll admit, and the chai is difficult to detect specific spices (likely from the heat in my mouth) it’s still delicious, and right up my alley. FINALLY – a spicy chai that lives up to it’s name!
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Smells like pineapple, tastes like… pineapple mango, with a touch of something astringent and metallic in it – although I fear that’s me adding a touch too much sweetener than the tea itself. I get little vanilla anything, however it is a lovely tea, I’ll just need to make more and drink it straight to see if the weirdness is user error.
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Well, I get how to pull the sweetness out of this brew now: oversteep it by ridiculous amounts, and suddenly it’s an apple tea with faint notes of mango. It’s okay, and I should have made a note on it that I wanted to save the rest for cold steeping, as there’s now barely enough for a cup left. Ah well.
Thanks again to Dexter3659 for sharing this with me!
I find this tea much more enjoyable cold than hot, although it’s quite lovely both ways – it’s just that the floral notes are almost completely absent cold, and the peach gets sweeter and thicker – almost granular. Hot, the tea is more mild peach with a strong rose flavor, and a bit much for my tastes – although likely quite lovely for someone who loves roses in their tea.
Thank you to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me!
If you’re a green tea jasmine lover, I’d say this is must-try tea. It’s both scented and flavored fairly strongly of jasmine, with sweet notes of something fruity at the end of the sip. I’m surprised at how much flavor I got out of this in just 30 seconds, and am looking forward to subsequent steepings to see how it evolves.
Thank you akgrowngirl for this!