1373 Tasting Notes
Thought I’d try this again, since I found it when I was cleaning up yesterday.
Smells like coriander and pine forests.
Anyone whose address I have want it? I have the 1oz blend club pack and I’ve tried it twice. It needs to go to a home where it will be appreciated.
A sample from Fjellrev!
This smells intoxicating. Candied violets! So cool! Because of the sweet smell of the dry leaf and the steeping tea, I added a couple tiny rock sugar bits to it.
Taste-wise, it’s not quite there. It’s floral (duh), green, and soapy. Boo. Violet candies are not supposed to be soapy. Well, they are, but in a good way and this is kind of more the bad way.
Thanks for the sample, Fjellrev! Too bad this isn’t for me. Doesn’t change the fact that I want to try other Violet teas, though, so it’s not all bad. :)
Flavors: Soap, Violet
I said I was going to use boiling water but I seriously chickened out. So. 199F for 2 minutes. Here’s hoping! Sample from Dinosara! :)
Dry, it smells strongly of coconuts with a hint of pineapple. Steeped, it smells very floral and coconutty, with pineapple in the background. Sipped, it’s like Sil reviewed ages and ages ago. A citrus-y pineapple. Coconut. Somewhat buttery, floral oolong. I think it’s better steeped at the higher temperature, really. It would take sugar really well, but I’m liking it plain.
So. For a pineapple oolong, I do prefer Butiki and DavidsTea. For a pineapple-coconut oolong, this is really nice!
(I also want to add “green” as a flavour, but I realize that is a colour. Still. It tastes green. Like fresh growth in the spring smells.)
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Flowers, Pineapple
I mixed up some of the 52Teas Eggnog Honeybush and Cornelia Bean’s Sweet Temptation Rooibos. It’s a good combo, as Sweet temptation is sweet, and the eggnog honeybush is kind of lacking.
Then I added maple syrup and cream.
Oh goodness. I added too much maple syrup, but it’s SO GOOD. Sweet, mapley, nougaty, not too rooibosy. :)
Iced! With honey! I’m so glad I have 3 ice cube trays now that it’s getting warmer.
I steeped 4 min instead of my usual 3 because of the honey, so it’s a bit bitey, but so so good.
It really is like blackcurrant juice or ribena mixed with strong black tea. Yummers!
Yep, still my most favourite chai ever. OM NOM NOM.
Today I’m actually having it with sugar. I picked up some organic less processed weird textured cane sugar to have with my teas, because it’s not quite brown but then it’s not white sugar either. I know, sugar’s sugar. But it makes me happy to try different things. :)
Anyways, the tea. So much spices. So delicious. Today I have a bit more clove than usual, and with the sugar and cream it’s such a comforting drink. Reminds me of the chai they served at my favourite, now defunct, Indian restaurant.
OMG, this is so good. I even added some cream to make it even more decadent. The oolong is fresh and green and reminds me of lilacs. The coconut is beautiful and toasted, like a coconut macaroon. Excellent as a latte if you’re not lazy like I am (heating milk is too much bother!), excellent plain, excellent with sweetener.
And SOKO just posted a picture with it in their clearance basket. I really, REALLY hope this is sticking around. It’s the best coconut oolong I’ve tried! (I am not a fan of the changes to the DavidsTea one, and also mine went rancid last summer. Zen Tea has a pretty good one, but the oolong isn’t as nice.)
I picked up some of this the other day because it was back in stock and I missed it.
Now with dried local blackcurrant berries!
Tastes the same as I remember, though. Ribena tea. This is gonna be so good iced, and also as a Hong Kong style milk tea.
Yup, I still really like this tea. I really like the marzipan flavour of almonds, so this with some cream and a little maple syrup = amazing dessert tea.
I kind of wish there were more honeybush options around, because I’d really like to try something like this as a honeybush rather than the woody rooibos. That’s something to think about.
I iced up my last two triangles of this today. It’s not bad. More pear than ginger, and what with not being a fan of the ripe pear taste, I’m not sure why I thought I liked this so much.
It’s pretty good, especially if you like very flavoured teas, and you find it on sale at Chapters. :) 1 triangle does about 1 litre of final iced tea product to my taste, they say it makes 24oz. But drink what you prefer.