445 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Also finished the last of this today. I brought it home from work with me, and it went down all the easier for the addition of milk. I don’t know why I waited so long to try that, but there you go. I finally found the chocolate, and the milk dulls the tulsi a little. The mint works perfectly with both, and its a little smoky to boot. Lovely, atmospheric stuff.
I’ve got two days off work, and my Yankee Candle delivery arrived this morning, so I’ve been burning my new Black Cherry candle with my new shade, and my thoughts are turning towards winter. Now that I’ve finished these couple of halloween teas, I can get started on some of the ones I bought for autumn and winter. I need to organise my stash a little so I can see what I’ve got, but I’m looking forward to trying some new teas over the weekend. That, and my candles, and my books. Yay for long weekends!
Sipdown! Last cup of this today. It’s one of only a few flavoured blacks I’ve really enjoyed recently, maybe because it actually tastes like it smells (and thus lives up to its name), which seems to be such a rare thing. It’s also perfectly suited to this time of year, and it’s nice to drink something when its seasonal. I’ll miss this, but I’ve got plenty of other autumn teas to turn to now that Halloween is over.
Sipdown! Very sad farewell here. I think my previous notes say it all, really, but I’ve really enjoyed having this one in my cupboard. A definite repurchase for the future.
Sipdown! A sad one, because I’ve enjoyed having a cup of this tea in the afternoons. It’s probably one of the most unusual flavour combinations I’ve tried so far, but it works really well. The pineapple is sweet and juicy, it’s nicely offset by the corriander, and it’s beautifully creamy. I’ve been adding a couple of small pieces of crystal sugar to augment the creaminess, and it’s just wonderful. Lovely stuff, and definitely one I’d re-purchase in future!
Yuuuuuuum! I brought this one to work with me as another black tea to have on hand. I’ve said it before, but this is my favourite of the Simposon and Vail teas I’ve tried so far. It taste just like its name leads you to imagine, and that’s what I really want from a flavoured tea.
The apple here is quite subtle, but the cinnamon and cake elements are really prominent. I added a small piece of crystal sugar and some milk, and that’s brought out a creaminess that’s making me think of buttercream frosting. The apple develops a little more in the aftertaste, leaving behind a flavour reminiscent of apple crumble. I love it when a flavoured tea lives up to its name and description, and it’s brightened my day to find one as good as this!
First cup of this last night was a no-no. I admit that I felt a little trepidation before trying a sip, and I proved myself right because in the end it wasn’t a cup I could finish.
I love the secnt of this tea dry. The chocolate is the thing I can smell the most, so I was hoping that I’d get a strong chocolate taste accompanied by a very spicy chai blend. I like spicy things, so I was figuring this would be right up my street. I gave this about four minutes in boiling water, and added a fair splash of milk.
Unfortunately, that’s where things started to go wrong, because all I can taste is cayenne pepper. NOTHING else. There’s no chocolate, no other spices, not even any black tea. Just cayenne pepper. It’s not painful, but it’s the kind of spice that sticks at the back of the throat and makes you cough. Unpleasant. I would have put up with it if there’d been other flavours, but there weren’t. Down the sink it went.
So. Either I need to adjust the way I brew this, or it’s just really not the tea for me. I’m going to try again with a smaller cup, a shorter brew time, more milk, and maybe some sugar. I might even try putting it in a t-sac or something, to try and keep back some of the cayenne pepper. I really want to like this, but I want to taste chocolate and spice as well as the cayenne heat.
We’ll see how the next cup goes. For now, though…ugh. Sad face.
I actually tried my first cup of this on Saturday night, I think, although it looks like I didn’t get around to logging it. Anyway, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it, but I’ll have to try another cup to be sure. I brewed this as a latte, with a long brew for the leaves and plenty of milk. The spices are the first thing I could taste, followed by an intensely chocolatey taste (like a brownie…), a touch of smoke, and then the tiniest hint of creamy marshmallow. I was sort of expecting the spice to be one of the later flavours to develop, which is probably why I’m not 100% sure I like it. I do like the combination of fudgey chocolate, smoke, and sweet marshmallow, but the “chai” aspect really seems to dominate. Part of me wonders what I expected, because this is a chai blend…but another part of me insists that the flavour should present itself first, and then the chai as a base.
I’m going to have another cup of this before I rate it, just to clarify me feelings on the taste.
I’ve had a few cups of this today. It’s my first day back on reception full-time, and one visitor has already been rude and threatened to report me. For…doing my job? I don’t know what she’s going to find to say about me, I only referred her query and then discovered there was no-one around to answer it. Since when was that my fault? Days like this make me glad I’m leaving.
Anyway, this tea is going some way towards alleviating my headache, and it’s at least nearly home time. The chocolate and cocoa notes here are delicious, and I just find the whole thing really soothing. I was actually drinking a cup of Pineapple Cilantro Cream when “The Incident” occured, but I had to set that aside and find some black tea to calm me down. I’ve told my manager about it, and she says not to worry, but I would have liked a more successful first day back. It’s only Monday, and it’s got the week off to a bad start.
Still. I have things to look forward to. Don’t I?
I like this better than the black version, which is surprising for me as I’m usually a black tea person when it really comes down to it. Anyway, I’ve tried a few chocolate peppermint rooibos blends in my time, and this is a pretty nice one. The chocolate adds a lovely cocoa note, which the peppermint cuts through nicely. The rooibos is a little on the woody side, but it’s disguised pretty effectively by the flavouring. It’s like drinking an After Eight, really, and it’s always nice to have another caffeine-free blends on hand for pre-bedtime drinks. It’s nothing earth shattering, but the flavours here are well balanced, and it makes for a genuinely pleasant cup. Quite a successful Halloween in terms of tea!
I’m extending Halloween into a second day, while I finish sampling my themed teas. I love the smell of this one. It’s like blueberry compote. It’s strong, sweet and fruity dry, and most of that carries over into the brewed cup. I gave this 3.5, nearly 4 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.
The taste here is mainly blueberry. The ghosts are entertaining, but I don’t think they add anything to the flavour. At least there was no weird colouring this time! The chocolate bits don’t seem to add much in the way of taste, either, which is a bit odd. Perhaps I need to give it a stir next time to make sure it’s melted into the water rather than sticking to the leaves in my strainer. Hmm. I can’t say I mind, though, because the blueberry taste here is wonderful. It’s very fresh and natural tasting, and I can see myself picking out a cup of this pretty often when I want something desserty but not cloying. Major yum.