1378 Tasting Notes
Thank you for the sample, Shmiracles!
Sadly, this was lost on me as a “Natasha Romanoff” tea. It tastes and smells like smoke. That’s it. I don’t get anything else from it. And so it blends with some of the other fandom blends containing lapsang souchong, like (IIRC) Tony Stark. They shouldn’t taste the same. They really shouldn’t.
Anyways, the tea itself was really tasty. I had it with maple syrup and cream. Just. The execution didn’t work so well for me as a fandom blend because the smoke takes over.
The last wee bit of my sample from Cavocorax.
While this is a white tea, and a bai mu dan rather than a silver needle, if I saw this tea somewhere I’d buy it. There’s this delicate creamy lemon flavour (cream enhanced because I’m eating maple walnut ice cream for dinner), and I really quite like it. If I had a lot of this tea I could see it being great iced or cold brewed.
And while I’m thinking about lemon teas, I can hardly wait to make a Butiki order and get some of the Lemon Macaron tea. Butiki is (funnily enough) more accessible to me, and also it’s a white Indian tea, which tickles my fancy a lot more than bai mu dan. :)
Thanks, Cavo! This is definitely a tea style I need in my cupboard.
A sample from MissB. :) Thank you!
I decided to cold steep this one based on some Facebook conversations about icing and cold steeping teas. I generally stick to fruit teas, and am trying to branch out.
So this. Overnight in the fridge.
Sadly, it was like drinking spinach water with a touch of seaweed. For some reason most green teas do this to me. I keep hoping they’ll be delicious cold, but then they aren’t.
I appreciate being able to try this, but I think that for me it would have been better hot.
This tea is so pretty with its magenta flowers. Yay!
I have samples of this from Dexter(3657) and VariaTEA. I think. The writing is different, at least. Unfortunately the non-Dexter sample is missing from my spreadsheet so I am sorry if I have mis-thanked someone. :)
Anyways. I do like this tea, but I think I’m almost over the H&S chocolate flavouring. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I’ve had a lot of Florence and this tastes quite similar.
Today I’m having this with some sweetened condensed milk. Yum!
Thank you Dexter3657 for this sample.
It is weird. I’m eating a cookie with it and I’m not getting much tea flavour. A bit of bitterness, a bit of weird mentholishness that must be from the sarsaparilla root, I smell but can’t taste a general fruitiness.
So. Weird and interesting. Not something I’ll pick up in the future (Unless it’s amazing cold brewed. I should try cold brewing this!), but really neat to try!
Edit: I missed it! This was post 1234! AHHH!!!
A wee sample from MissB.
It’s lavender. And smells like soap.
Let’s see how this steeps up, shall we? Ahh, there’s the chamomile. Why am I having problems smelling dry chamomile?
And it works OK with the tea cookies I made (I used my own GF flour blend and didn’t frost them because they are SO SWEET. Seriously, next time I’m using 1/2 the sugar.) so that’s good. http://cookiesandcups.com/southern-tea-cakes/
There’s just too much lavender. Boo.
So I, uhh, feel really bad about this one. It comes from Amariel ages and ages ago at the first meet-up! March, 2013. Yeah. I was sorting through my spreadsheet so I can drink up my oldest samples first. ~ hangs head in shame.
Thank you, Amariel! :)
I think I was scared of this because I looked it up online and there are some scary health things. But, everything in moderation, right? And it’s really, really good! The orange! The woodiness of the lapacho! Yum.
Not something I would have thought I would like, but now that I do I’ll keep my eyes open for it during future orders. :)
FINALLY this last cup tasted SO MUCH like strawberries! What on earth! If it was this good every time, I’d buy more. As it is, this is a lovely send-off for this tea. :)
Over ice, with a little sweetened condensed milk.
Thanks for the really old sample, CrowKettle! This is from the Victoria meetup last year!
Iced. With sweetened condensed milk.
Do it. Actually, try it with any black tea you can brew very strong. I love this in the summer, even though it isn’t the most healthy. :)
It is making me crave a root beer float, though. Ohh, that would be so good with fancy root beer and coconut “frozen dessert”.
(Steeped in 8 oz, added 2 tsp sweetened condensed milk, poured over enough ice to chill it thoroughly. I use mugs for this as I’ve had too many glass things break.)
Edit: Thank you, Fjellrev!!