445 Tasting Notes
Tried this without milk for the first time this morning. I brewed it a little lighter than I would otherwise, to try and avoid an overwhelming bergamot/astringency experience.
I needn’t have worried, though, because it turned out perfect! Lovely, mellow black tea base, with a nice citrussy top note. I always find the scent of earl grey really calming, so this was a good choice for my first day in my new job. I’ve been moved to a different team to the one I was going to be joining originally, but hopefully it should be permanent if HR can be encouraged to jolly along. Anyway, it was a tiring, fairly stressful day, but this tea helped to make it that much better.
Gave this a try last night. I was going to have another Apple Strudel, but I gave in to the temptation to try something new. This is a bit of an odd one, as it turns out. Initially, I felt like I could taste all of the ingredients separately, and it was a bit weird and not very coherent. As I took more sips, though, the flavours started to come together, and I did end up with a taste almost exactly like aniseed balls. If you stop sipping for a while and come back to it, you have to build up the flavour all over again. It’s like all the separate elements only combine once you’ve tasted them a few times. At first, they’re kind of overpowering (especially the stevia), but they do ultimately complement each other well.
A little strange, but pleasant all the same. I think this is one I’ll have to try again a few times before I’m really sure of my thoughts. There’s a lot going on in terms of flavour, and the almost layered effect really took me by surprise, so it’s one I want to pnder over a bit more. Interesting stuff.
As black blends go, this is really good. It’s rich and full bodied, malty and slightly smoky, with the tiniest edge of astringency. I’m not 100% sure which teas have gone into this blend, but they certainly work really well together! I had a big cup of this last night after an enjoyable but tiring day at work, and it was absolutely just the thing.
Angrboda was kind enough to share a sample of this with me, so it’s her I have to thank for this experience. This is the most I’ve enjoyed a black blend in a long time, and it’s made me interested to try some of the other plain black teas I’ve got hidden away in my stash. There again, I doubt any of them will be quite as good as this…but you never know!
A really enjoyable tea. I’d go so far as to say that if you’re any kind of black tea fan, you really need to give this one ago if you’ve not already. It’s awesome.
Really enjoyed a cup of this before bed last night. The scent is amazing — it’s like freshly warmed apple strudel, just as its name promises, and the flavour comes out surprisingly well in the taste as well.
There’s a lot of apple in here — so much that the rooibos is sticking to it, and it comes out of the packet in clumps rather than smooth, free flowing loose tea. I actually quite like that about it — it’s not like the clumps are huge, and they look a bit like crumble topping. Funny how my mind works. Anyway, the taste here is pretty much dead-on apple strudel. There’s even that slightly gelatinous taste to the apples, like they’re in a thick, sugary sauce. I can taste something that reminds me of pastry, too, although I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that’s making me think that way. The spicing is perfect. Subtle enough that the apple shines through, and is the real star, but still easily tasteable. The rooibos here is a pretty good match too, I think. It has just the right herbally/woody aspect to offset the sweet, tart apple.
I love this, in short. So much that I think I’m going to have another cup tonight, rather than moving on to another rooibos/herbal tea. This is going to make a wonderful addition to my bedtime rotation this winter! Great stuff, Bluebird!
I’ve been drinking this at work recently, and have more or less given up on it. Whatever I do, I can’t get it to taste of strawberry. Today’s cup actually had two pretty large pieces of strawberry in it, but they made absolutely no impact on the flavour. Surprisingly. I get the tiniest hint of strawberry if I brew this at a lower temparature, but it’s not very satisfactory.
I have to admit feeling disappointed. I thought this would be my cup of tea, literally, but it’s tasteless and not very inspiring. A shame.
I’ve been drinking quite a lot of this recently, but only seem to have managed to log it once. I do really enjoy it — the apple comes out really well, and the cardamom is obvious and very much a central flavour. I have noticed that sometimes my mouth feels a bit numb after drinking this one — maybe there’s just a bit too much cardamom on occasion? I’m not sure whether that’s the cause, and it’s a bit odd, but there you go. I like the flavour, so I’m going to keep drinking it anyway. I’ll maybe just be a bit more careful how many cardamom pods go in my infuser each time — there are plenty in the pouch, that’s for sure!
I think I’ve only actually had one cup of this, which is a shame as it’s a really nice Earl Grey. The bergamot smells quite strong initially, but it’s not overpowering once brewed. The black base is strong enough to withstand milk, but smooth enough to drink without, too. I like a versatile EG.
I’m going to try and pay more attention to the MF teas in my stash, I think. They’re not crazily flavoured, or brightly eye-catching like some of the other teas I’ve collected, but they are really nice. Yay for that.
Long time, no drink. This one has been languishing in my desk draw for a while now, maybe because I’m drinking more tea with milk now the weather is colder. Anyway, I fished it out yesterday and gave it another try.
I still like it. I’m beginning to appreciate Dragonwell teas a bit more these days, I’m finding. Now I’ve realised they’re not the dark, strongly flavoured, murky bitter teas I’d somehow sized them up to be. I also find myself wishing that the cayenne pepper in Mayan Chocolate Chai could be more like it is here. Noticable, definitely there, but not OTT. I guess you can’t have it all, but I’ve always got Smaug to console me on days when I really want a spicy tea!
Another cup of this old favourite. I still like the toffee apple flavour this one has, although I’m becoming less keen on the base as time goes on. It’s not quite strong enough for me to happily add milk to, and yet it’s too astringent to really drink black. Still, the strawberry tinged toffee apple wonderfulness goes a long way towards making up for that. Still worthy of a place in the cupboard!
This is the last tea from my S & V order that I haven’t tried yet. I finally gave in and opened it last night, and was surprised but pleased to find red rooibos. The other couple of rooibos teas I got with the same order were both green, so I think I was half expecting this one to be as well.
I like this one — it tastes of chocolate cake! I’m not getting anything I feel is particularly specific to red velvet cake, but that’s okay. It tastes really good anyway. I drank this with a splash of milk only, so possibly I’ll try a little bit of sugar next time just to see whether that brings out any hidden aspects of the flavour.
It smells good, it tastes good, and it’s caffiene free so I can drink it before bed. What’s not to love? I’ll write a better note when I’ve tried a cup and I’m not half asleep, but first impressions are good!