1157 Tasting Notes
Wow. This smells divine. Definitely like milk and cookies! Even steeped, the smell remains, and my office space smells lovely.
Hot, this is perfect. Like, I couldn’t imagine anything better. Creamy, buttery, and dark graham cookie – kind of perfection. Zero astringency or bitterness. I did make sure to overleaf slightly (1.25 tsp per cup) and had the water just below boiling for steeping. I did steep it WAY too long again though, and yet, still perfect.
Once cooled however, the tea gets bitter and astringent, in an icky way. Some sugar helps slightly (it was perfect as-is when hot), however it’s still really drying to the palate.
Note to self: only drink this hot. It’s excellent there, and less than excellent if I wait too long. Giving it a high rating for the taste when it’s excellent.
This is just lovely, and Day 13 in Dammann Freres’ advent calendar. I was so very happy with this purchase, even though it was a bit pricey for samples. The packaging, the labeling, the teas themselves – stunning. All of it.
This is a wonderful tea, and I’m contemplating buying more of it. Very light floral notes from the jasmine enhance a light black tea base, with something tropical and fruity in the mix. It makes me think of the black teas I’ve had at many an Asian restaurant, but with an added layer of complexity and sweetness.
EDIT: Oooh! The pineapple pops with sweetener, backed up by the jasmine. So lovely. Almost wish this was a exclusively a green tea, although it’s still lovely on it’s own.
Weird. I must have typed this up when my computer decided to short out again last night.
This is the perfect late night, rich, delicious, decaf tea for those evenings when you’ve had teas that have soured you and your palate, to tame you down and help you feel blissful again.
This is a weird tea. I think I’ve gotten used to Simpson & Vail’s amazing Candy Cane (rooibos) that I’m comparing all other candy cane -like teas to that one. This one? Uh… well it’s something other than candy cane.
Most of what I’m getting here is a musty licorice. Chamomile, perhaps? I normally like licorice, and lemongrass (which is definitely in here too). However I’m getting zero mint, zero creamy, just this really weird floral hollow taste after the licorice.
With this lovely review, would anyone else like to try it?
This is very unusual, and yet, I love it — although I should note this is very little vanilla, to me. If I was going by just the name, I’d be very upset. I actually had zero idea what this was when I first sipped it (yep, that kinda holiday here!) and I immediately thought, “WOW. What do I have in my house that would taste exactly like the best xocolatl I’ve ever tasted?”
Then I realized I’d cracked this open, and that answered my question.
I’m going to strongly suggest to Herbal Infusions to change the name of this tea to xocolatl, or something along those lines. This is decadent, yummy tea, and yet it’s bang on for the spices that I’ve dreamt about for years (and have had trouble re-creating): touch of heat, cinnamon, nutmeg, creamy chocolate. I actually enjoyed this more with zero sweetener.
So, poorly named, and still an excellent, satisfying, unusual tea.
EDIT: Had to look up Rosita as an ingredient, which was a bit tricky. When I found it, I laughed – this is why I’m getting xocolatl. In Spanish, this ingredient is literally called, “Flower of Cacao”, even though it has zero relation to the actual cacao plant. Even more fascinating, for me, is that it’s related to the baobab plant (something I studied for ridiculous amounts of time in Grade 3 with a teacher who loved Le Petit Prince), and is only really grown in the same part of the world that brought us Salvia and psilocybe mushrooms.
EDIT again: One more interesting tidbit! This tea has a strong similarity to the drink Montezuma drank as an aphrodisiac (and had up to 50 cups a day of it!) Another reason to rename this tea, I’d say!
A huge thanks to Ellyn for sharing this tea with me in the 12 Days of Steepster Christmas swap this year. Her packaging was beautiful – vacuum packed package of this tea, with a very professional-looking label detailing all of the ingredients, as well as the day it represented (Partridge in a Pear Tree).
This smells delicious, and has huge chunks of cranberry and what I assume are dried pears in the mix. It’s just as lovely steeped up in the smell department, and it does taste as described. I doubt I would have ever tried this on my own, or thought of it as a holiday tea. Yet, it really does fit the occasion, and is lovely to boot.
Thanks again Ellyn!
Spoiler alert for those wanting to keep the Herbal Infusions 12 Days of Christmas teas a secret!
This is day two of the 2013 lineup, and I’m a bit leery again of this tea. It has a LOT of ingredients, and of course I can only guess as to what they are. There’s definitely rooibos and cornflowers, and then the rest is a mix of… I don’t know what. Cavo did an excellent job with the pics; there’s something chunky and green, some large form of what looks to be a brown fruit (fig?), and a few other things that meld into the rooibos but aren’t obviously rooibos.
It smells interesting. Hard to explain. Fruity in a deeper, full way – again I think of figs, or something like them. Dates? Maybe even candied yams. Brewed up I didn’t notice the smell, and then had to help my son construct a superhero Lego universe, so this went cold on me.
Cold, it smells like rooibos. Drinking it is… confusing. My interpretation of pumpkin pie is very different than whomever blended this tea. I’m getting more yam pie than anything, with some really unusual flavoring I’m struggling to place. There is something flaky and cakey in the blend, which is nice. I assumed there would be spices in here (cinnamon, nutmeg, something) and I’m getting nothing along those lines.
I’m really unsure what to make of this, so am holding off on my rating.
Backlogged from last night’s marathon of sleeplessness and potentially fighting off a cold.
Tried it again, realizing that I’d grossly underleafed it last time (1/2 tbsp instead of a full one). This time I really got the cayenne and ginger, and it was delicious. Still had a large amount of dregs at the bottom that refused to mix into the hot liquid though. If this were unsweetened, it would be my tea of choice on many days.
EDIT: Upping the rating, as I really do enjoy this, it’s just still way too sweet for my needs.