1186 Tasting Notes
I actually meant to drink and log this one on my birthday (sunday gone), but I ended up being so busy I didn’t get chance! This one was a real surprise to me — somehow, I associate birthday cake with light, airy, vanilla. This is chocolate, and I knew that, but I think subconsciously I was still expecting something else!
What’s obvious straight from the off is that this contains DTT’s “cake” flavouring. It’s that mouthwatering, sweet, buttery bakey smell that Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Blueberry Crumble have…the scent of cake fresh from the oven. Rich and heady. It filled the whole kitchen by the time it was done brewing!
I gave 1 tsp of this tea 3.5 minutes in boiling water. The leaf is really pretty — red and blue sprinkles, and white coconut, scattered amongst the brown/black leaves. It really does remind me of a decorated chocolate cupcake! Once brewed, the liquor was a very pale golden, so I skipped milk. The initial taste is chocolate — DTT’s overly sweet, fakey chocolate. Then comes the “cake” flavour, with a hint of coconut and a kind of generic sweetness to finish (the sprinkles?). Taken together, it’s a reasonable combination. There are “birthday cake” teas I prefer (Butiki, Bluebird…), but this one is by no means a bad example. The fact that it’s chocolate sets is apart, although I wish the chocolate was a bit more…real tasting. I didn’t get to drink this on my birthday, but it was a pleasant cup anyway – happy belated birthday to me!
This is the second earl grey creme I’ve tried. I gave 1 tsp about three minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. To be perfectly honest, I think this would be fine without it, but since those are my normal parameters, I decided to stick with them for today.
This one looks (medium brown liquor) and smells (black tea, bergamot…citrus!) just like a conventional earl grey. As soon as I took a sip, though, I could taste the creaminess really well. It’s pretty much the main flavour, although it works well with the relatively mild earl grey here. My main complaint about Della Terra teas is that they sometimes taste artificial. I feared this would be the case with the “creme” here, but fortunately it’s not. It doesn’t taste half so chemical as coffee creamer, so it’s a nice alternative to earl grey with milk/cream when that’s the effect you’re looking for. I added milk of my own, so I think I got a bit of a double whammy. I love creamy teas, though, so I’m okay with that!
This one isn’t quite as good as my current favourite — Bluebird’s Earl Grey Creme — but I think it probably just needs time to grow on me! Fortunately there’s enough in my sample for another few cups, so I can get to grips a bit more with this one. First impression is good, however.
I gave this one a much shorter brew time yesterday, and was rewarded with a much more distinctive strawberries and cream flavour. I’d got used to the slightly bitter, slightly fake tasting strawberry, I think, so this cup actually came as a pleasant surprise! Who’d have thought that rushing held the key? This one can be finicky, but I’m happy that I’ve now found a way around that!
This is one of my older samples from Della Terra, so I pulled it out to try last night. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but after a couple of sips, I think I get what this one’s about. The first thing I could taste was the chocolate, and DTT’s chocolate isn’t always to my liking. This one was saved by the emergence of the strawberry flavouring, which reminds me of strawberry syrup rather than an actual strawberry, and a distinctive vanilla ice cream flavour. Very creamy and delicious! Happily, both these flavours are the main stars once they come to the fore, and there’s not much of the slightly artificial, basically weird tasting chocolate to be found. It’s probably not a tea I’d buy in quantity, but the strawberry/ice cream flavouring is nice enough that I’ll have no trouble drinking up the rest of the sample. A sweet, tasty summer treat!
A sample from ashleyelizabeth, and another delicious tea from Silk Road. The dry leaf smells deliciously peachy, and this translates well into the flavour. I gave 1.25tsp of leaf anout 3.5 minutes in boiling water. The result is a medium brown liquor, and I added a splash of milk.
The peach here is obviously the main attraction, and it tastes remarkably true to life. Sweet, mellow, juicy, fuzzy — it’s as close to eating an actual peach as I imagine it’s possible to get in a hot drink! The ceylon base provides the ideal background — it has a slight natural citrussyness of its own, and isn’t at all overpowering. It just provides a pleasant, smooth base upon which the peach flavour can float happily. A perfect summer tea.
What I have noticed about this tea is that it’s never the same colour twice. My first cup was green, my second cup was grey, my third cup was purple. Today it’s red. The sane part of my brain believes this is a logical consequence of the balance of ingredients in each bag. The happily insane part believes this is magic, colour changing tea. I’ll leave you to decide which is more likely.
Today’s cup has a nice sharp citrus note which offsets the cloying sweetness of the chamomile flowers. I can taste hibiscus a little more than I usually can; I guess that’s why today’s cup is red!
A sample from ashleyelizabeth Surprisingly, the most difficult thing about this one was opening the tin! I had to prise it off with a spoon handle. Having achieved that much, I gave 1.25 tsp of leaf 3 minutes in boiling water. The dry leaf is quite a pale brown, and covered in spice dust — it looks chocolatey and wonderful!
To taste, this is rather like a spiced, mild hot chocolate. The chocolate itself is a dry, almost dusty cacao flavour, and it’s fairly weak. It’s deliciously creamy, though, especially with a touch of milk added — the vanilla really shines here! The real star, though, is the spicing. Cinnamon is the strongest flavour, but I also get hints of cardamom and maybe ginger. It doesn’t taste at all chai-like, though — it just makes for a very pleasant combination with the chocolate and vanilla, rather like an exotic truffle! This isn’t the most chocolatey tea around, but as a blend it’s lovely to drink. A great early evening treat.
Today’s iced tea for work. This had the usual SBT treatment (which I’ll refrain from outlining again). I’m currently working my way through a pouch of the 52 Teas version of this one, and I’ve been impressed with the strength of the blueberry in that one. Sometimes I get cream cheese/pastry from it, but it can be a bit hit and miss.
I’m pleased to report that the SBT is similarly blueberry-centric. It’s the first flavour to develop upon taking a sip, and it’s deliciously juicy and true-to-life. Sweet, slightly tangy, blueberry amazingness. There’s also a distinctive cream cheese flavour that comes in second and offsets the fruity sweetness nicely, and, then, right at the end, a fleeting hint of buttery, flaky pastry. It’s a really nice combination, and it’s wonderful to taste all of the elements of this one — together they make a great combination! Drinking this has actually made me feel hungry, that’s how spot on danish pastry it really is. Another awesome SBT.
Second pouch. This is one of few oolongs I do genuinely enjoy. The caramel flavour is excellent — sweet, creamy luscious — perhaps no real surprise, because there are many chunks of actual caramel among the dry leaves. The oolong base is dark, and adds a slightly roasty, caramelised (burnt?) flavour which pairs well with the caramel. I did notice that the leaves in this pouch are much smaller and more broken up than the leaves in my first pouch, which came with the 12 Days of Christmas box. The taste is similar as far as I can remember, though. There is apparently orange peel in this one, but I can’t taste it at all. As caramel cream teas go, this is a flavoursome one! It’s not half bad for an oolong, either. Always an enjoyable cup.
I used hotter water today, and was rewarded with a slightly stronger orange flavour. The creaminess is still there, along with the sweet sugariness of a brulee! The oolong is nowhere to be found. I was hoping I’d like this one as much when brewed at proper parameters, and I do! A wonderful dessert replacement (or mid-afternoon treat, as the case may be!)