12 Tasting Notes
After a weekend away without my expansive tea collection, it was nice to come home and once more face the challenge of choosing which tea to drink. Like most of T2’s flavoured black teas, Madagascan Vanilla’s flavour is quite subtle, yet here this subtlety works well.
Although it may be considered dull, there are times when all one really feels like is something soft and soothing. This afternoon, comfortably relaxing back in my den, just happened to be one of those times.
No matter how long or brief the brew is, Pu-erh lets off a pungent, earthy scent that could almost make you retch. Fortunately, it doesn’t taste nearly as bad as it smells. This deep and heavy Chinese black will not, however, ever find itself amongst my favourite teas and, bottom shelf material, I shall indeed keep it on the bottom shelf where it will be out of sight.
I suppose it is an acquired taste, one that I have certainly not yet acquired, and the sad thing is, I don’t think I ever will. It’s really a tonic, a detox regime in and of itself, and we all know that medicine never tastes nice, even if you do take it with a spoon full of sugar… or six.
Although doubtful about its claim to the title of “tea” due to the fact that it is brewed by dissolving the sugary concoction into some boiling water, I have to admit that drinking Turkish Apple is quite an enjoyable experience. I would not, however, have purchased my own supply of it, had it not been for a discounted T2 Fruit Stack in which it was contained, along with Citrus Punch and Strawberries and Cream. Overall, pleasant either hot or chilled, Turkish Apple is a light, simple and sweet drink.