515 Tasting Notes
[Backlogging] – I thought that I wrote a tasting note for this tea, but I guess not! This tea was really a bit of a miss for me. It sounded incredible! Banana bread is one of my most favorite things to bake and eat! When I made this cup, I was disappointed to be tasting mostly a dry walnut, a bit of fake banana and some astringent black tea. I really wish that I could bring out more of that buttery bread flavor, but I just can’t do it. I dislike missing out on the buttery flavors that others are tasting… not sure how I can get that flavor to develop in my cup. So sad that this blend was a miss for me. So sad!
This blend looks like it has a little bit of everything: pieces of fruit, flowers, lemongrass, petals, various herbs. Once water has been added, it smells… ew… not good. I smell lemongrass, lawn, dirt, leaves and flower petals. I’m really not sure if I want to take a sip now since it reminds me of playing outside and returning home with smelly, grubby hands.
Sipping… this isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I mostly taste citrus, lemongrass and something earthy. I wasn’t expecting the citrus as I didn’t smell any originally, but I’m pleased that it’s one of the main flavors. I’m not completely fond of the herbal flavor that lingers in the background and I especially don’t like the smelly finish that reminds me of those pungent leaves and grasses of my childhood.
I might choke down the rest of the cup since I want something hot, but otherwise, it’s really not for me.
The dry leaf smells sweet, rich and like an apple – ? When I say apple, I mean the tart skin and a little bit of the fruit itself. Strange…. I haven’t gotten that sort of scent from this particular kind of tea, but it still smells tasty. Once the tea has steeped, I do detect more of an earthy, starchy and almost musky quality.
Sipping… I was expecting something a little bit more milky and sweet. It is sweet, but also almost smoky. It’s dark, syrupy and earthy. I taste raisins, prunes, hay, sweet potato and leather. This is quite an interesting tea! It has such an intriguing depth that makes you want to keep sipping. Even though this tea has some notes that I wouldn’t typically enjoy, it makes my tastebuds curious and I love it when a tea has the ability to do that. I’m not sure if I would add this to my future order, but I do offer my thanks to Teavivre for this sample.
This is very interesting. Right out of the bag it smells like eggnog and caramel. I’m surprised how accurate the smell seems to be. As it sits on my bedside table, I get the nicest sweet scent that tempts me to take a sip. It primarily tastes like a caramel rooibos – sweet, woody, but a little darker than other blends. I enjoy caramel rooibos teas, but given that this is supposed to be something different, I am a little disappointed. Before I know it, the rum comes at the end of the sip, reminding me of those butter rum Lifesavers. It lacks the buttery sweetness that would take it over the top, but I’m content with the syrupy caramel & rum combination. This is a decent tea, but I don’t think I will buy more.
The scent of this tea is quite nutty and slightly metallic from the green tea. I’m usually not crazy about nuts, but this one sounds yummy and I adore Butiki’s other eggnog tea.
Sipping… mmm.. this is creamy and nutty, but the green tea isn’t lost. It lends a sweet, grassy flavor to the background. I find that the nuts sort of take over the cup and don’t really let the eggnog flavor shine. That’s not to say that it’s not creamy, but it doesn’t have the same eggnog/vanilla flavor I found in the other eggnog tea. I could see myself buying more of this if it ever were for sale, but I would have to be in the mood for a nutty tea and that doesn’t seem to be the case most of the time. Still, it is very yummy and unique!
I seem to go through these strange phases when all I want is a rich cup of hot chocolate. Sadly, when I actually have that cup in hand, it’s too much for me to be able to finish. I’ve decided that a tea version of hot chocolate would be the way to go.. I’ll get that yummy hot chocolate flavor, but not the tooth-aching sweetness.
I remember trying cacao tea from Tisano and not being too crazy about it. It smelled incredible, but didn’t translate to flavor well. I’ve also had the cacao shell blend from American Tea Room and wasn’t a bit fan of that one either. It was a bit dry and bitter… and I wasn’t all that impressed. I saw this version with vanilla bean and rosita and thought that it might be a nicer version of a cacao blend.
The scent of this tea is so yummy. It reminds me very much of hot chocolate made from milk chocolate shavings. Sipping… I taste a smooth, creamy, but watered-down chocolate note, mixed with a little bit of vanilla and a dash of spice. The finish is a little bit drying, but I think that can’t really be avoided due to the cacao shells. I expect a fuller mouthfeel because the chocolate flavor is so spot-on, but the cup remains thin and watery.
I really do think that this is the closest I can get to drinking hot chocolate, without actually having it. Sure, I’ll probably still have those times when nothing but actual hot chocolate will do, but this is a nice substitute.
I think that this is a good choice for this evening. One should always have something a little sparkly for New Year’s Eve. Even though it’s not actually fizzy, the concept is and that’s what counts! I had a nice evening out with my family. We visited some pretty Christmas lights and went out to dinner. The rest of my night, I think I’ll read a book and sip some tea!
The dry leaf of this tea smells a bit like spiced apple. Once water has been added, though, the honeybush kind of takes over and dominates everything. Sipping… it’s mostly honeybush with a little bit of spice. It’s not so much fizzy on the tongue as it is slightly tingly because of the spices. I do detect some fresh apple in the finish. The sweet honeybush returns to round out the sip.
I do like this tea and it’s different enough from other honeybush blends I’ve tried. I’m not dying to have this in my collection always, but it is such a lovely cup for this evening. Happy New Year!
The scent of this tea is very complex! I’m getting salt water, grass and flowers. It reminds me very much of a Japanese green tea. After it’s finished steeping, there is a strong floral note (orchid perhaps?) mixed with something buttery.
Sipping… this is a nice and smooth oolong. Flower and butter notes with a bit of mineral in the background. I also detect something like salt water, but it quickly disappears. It actually adds a bit of a sharpness to the sip. A lovely sweetness helps to round out the cup and it’s the last thing that lingers on the tongue. This is a very nice tea and would make a nice addition to a dessert.
It’s a bit late for me to be drinking black tea, but I feel like I have to keep up with the Twelve Teas of Christmas. I’ve already been bad about logging a few of them already, so here we go! This tea smells a bit astringent to me and I steeped it for around 2 minutes, 30-45 seconds. I’m really not sure what to expect… eh..
Sipping… This is not as astringent as I thought it would be, but it tastes like a cheap black tea to me. It’s just really not giving me any sort of flavor besides tea.. and tea without any dimensions. This would be fine if it wasn’t supposed to be something unique, but this is 52Teas we’re talking about! Some of the best flavored blends come out of this company! I’m staring down at my cup shouting… “WHY!!!!! I’m not getting anything from you!” Well, that’s okay, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s cup. Hopefully it will be better! Twelve Teas of Christmas: Day Seven
I was a bit bummed to see this one today only because I’ve had it before and it wasn’t all that great. I did like that it was a caffeine-free blend so it’s drinkable any time of the day. The dry leaf in the packet had a very strong smell of alcohol – it was so strong that I almost didn’t want to brew the tea. After it’s steeped, a bit more of the honeybush comes out, but I’m still nervous.
Sipping… yeah, still no peanut butter cup or cheesecake. What a disappointment. The honeybush is sweet and pleasant, but honestly I feel like that’s all there is for this one. I really like the idea behind it — how amazing would it be if all of those flavors really did come through? I’m lowering the rank since it tastes like a plain honeybush to my tastebuds. Twelve Teas of Christmas: Day Six