1000 Tasting Notes
Second soda-related tea of the evening! This one I’d not tried before, but it’s been lurking in my stash trying to catch my eye for a while now, and I figured it was time to give it a chance. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf and a piece of crystal sugar, and gave it 5 minutes. No milk this time, although it might be worth trying in future. The scent dry and while brewing isn’t putting me overwhelmingly in mind of root beer – I’m getting mainly rooibos.
I guess that’s why my first sip of the brewed tea is such a surprise. It’s a fairly dead-on recreation of a root beer float! The the slightly spicy, distinctive root beer flavour comes out in the initial sip, and then a delightful creaminess, just like vanilla ice cream, develops in the aftertaste. There’s also something that’s reminiscent of carbonation, a slightly bubbly fizziness on the tongue, although I have no idea how that’s achieved or where it comes from! This is a subtle tea, and the rooibos is relatively prominent, but the flavouring is just too good, and too accurate, for me to really want to quibble. This will be an enjoyable addition to my evening rotation, and possibly one I’ll look to restock.
I was in a soda tea mood last night, so I picked out one I’ve tried before and one I haven’t to round out the evening. This one I’ve tried before, although possibly only once or twice. The idea of hot soda-inspired tea is an odd one to me still, although I like soda (and particularly cola) flavoured things in general. This time, I liked this one a whole lot more than I have previously. I used a bigger cup than normal, 1.5 tsp of leaf, a piece of crystal sugar, and about a 3 minute brew time. I don’t know whether I was just particularly receptive to this kind of tea tonight, or whether everything just came together and worked, but it was an especially yummy cup.
I could taste cola, first off. Flat, supermarket brand cola, but cola all the same. Like a cola bottle. I could also taste cherry AND vanilla. Maybe the sugar helped with that. I’ll probably drink most of this pouch iced in the summer, but I need to remember how nice it can actually be when brewed hot. It takes a minute for my brain to compute what I’m tasting, but IT WAS GOOD. Really pleased with this one today.
I can’t remember whether I’ve ever logged this one properly. Something tells me not. Brewing, it smells wonderfully of warm, melted chocolate. The dry mix is really pretty, and well suited to a tea called love potion — rose petals, heart candies, a touch of sparkle…
The first sip of this one reminds me of Adagio’s Ripe for Romance. The chocolate is better here, though – less artificial tasting, and more silky and natural. It actually gives this tea a slightly thick, luxurious mouthfeel, although without being oily. The strawberry is subtle, but adds a fruity, fresh, summery sweetness to the middle of the sip. The strawberry is another very natural flavour.
I tried this one with milk first off, but I imagine it would be equally palatable without. That’s probably something I’ll move towards as spring develops. I’m impressed with this one, and I can see myself drinking it happily this spring/summer.
Another one I’m becoming slightly “meh” about. It’s fine as a latte, but that’s the only way I really enjoy drinking this one. Brewed as a straight tea, it’s just not really ticking many boxes for me at the moment. The chilli is a bit overpowering without a lot of milk, although I can appreciate that in a tea. The chocolate probably isn’t quite dark or bitter enough, and becomes a little cloying and sickly by the end of the cup. The chai spicing is good, though. Possibly I need to put this one away and come back to it fresh next winter. I seem to have lost my appreciation for it for the moment.
I’m slowly going off this one, I think. It’s been in my daily rotation for a good long while now, and I think I’m just over-familiar with its flavour. It doesn’t stand up to milk particularly well, so I stopped trying to force it. Without, the base tea is just a little prominent and tending towards bitter for me to really be able to appreciate the apple/caramel/strawberry flavour this is supposed to have. It’s good on the caramel apple, but strawberry isn’t something I’ve ever managed to coax out of it all that successfully. Something I did notice yesterday was that this has apple pips in it. I’ve never noticed before, but I can’t imagine what they’d add. They’re a cute addition, though, and no worse than sprinkles for pointless frivolity. At least there are actual apples in here, rather than just flavouring!
I do like this as a morning cup, although it’s not quite as strong as I would wish. If I could add milk, I’d probably be a lot happier. I’m going to try adding sugar to my next cup, I think. I need to rekindle my appreciation of this one before it sputters and dies.
I haven’t had a cup of Om in a long, long time. This is despite the fact that I brought it to work ages ago (before I last changed jobs) in an attempt to drink it more often. I guess it just wasn’t wintery enough for the last few months, although I’m starting to look towards spring a bit more now. Spring and white tea go together. Although the ingredients sound an odd combination at first glance, this actually makes for a lovely mid-morning cup on a warm day. I’d forgotten how pleasantly light and refreshing it could be. Today I’m getting mostly blackberry and nutmeg, with just the tiniest hint of cooling mint in the aftertaste. No cinnamon to speak of. This is definitely one I need to remember to pick out more often!
A very sad sipdown. I packaged up the last of this to go out in a couple of swaps, and am currently enjoying my last cup. I really hope this one makes a return next year! I’m sad now, but I think it’ll be good for me to have a small break from this one. Hopefully next time I taste some (assuming there is a next time…) I’ll appreciate it all the more for not having had any in a while. My current favourite pumpkin tea. I’d recommend this to anyone.
I’ve been drinking this at work recently, in an attempt to get it near a sipdown. While it’s still got a lot of mint flavour to it, it’s definitely not as strong as it used to be. In my first note, I was pretty overwhelmed with the punch the mint packed. Now, it’s much, much more subtle. That does allow more of the vanilla creaminess to come out, though, so I’m not too sad that it’s starting to fade a little. It tastes more like candy cane now than it used to, that’s for sure.
I still think this is one of the prettiest teas I’ve seen, with it’s green mint, creamy green rooibos, and pretty red flowers. Probably not one I’d restock, simply because I’m a little sad about how quickly the flavours seemed to deteriorate in this and all of the other teas I picked up in my first S&V order. Their packaging needs to improve.
A nice tea, though. A must try for any candy cane fan.
First cup of the day this morning, and my first try of this tea. It’s another one I’ve been saving a little, because I do like my breakfast teas. I’ve just packaged some up for a swap, though, and that kind of prompted me to get going on it. I don’t know why I was waiting, really, or what I was waiting for. It just seems to be something I do, and I must resist this turn toward hoarding. My cupboard is definitely substantial enough to stand some drinking.
Anyway, on to the tea. The leaves here are quite large, so I went for 1.5 tsp in my infuser. I gave it the recommended 4 minutes. The first surprise was how light this brews up — it’s a medium brown. I was expecting something much darker from a breakfast tea, but there you go. The second surprise was the amount of flavour this has, considering it looks like it doesn’t have much body. It’s rich, smooth and delicately sweet, perfect breakfast tea material, and it doesn’t need any additions. As far as I can discern, it takes the light colour and mouthfeel of the darjeeling, but the full malty chocolate flavours from the assam. The keemun adds a slight earthiness, maybe a tiny hint of smoke. It’s a surprisingly complex tea — full of flavour, but with an airiness that makes it very easy to drink in quantity. I wouldn’t choose it for a morning when I need a wake up slap, but for a slow-starting weekend morning like this, it’s perfection.
The final surprise was the amount of pale green leaves when I removed my infuser basket. I guess they’re the darjeeling, and the quantity of them explains the light colour and texture. For a tea like this, I think the name is perfect. It’s light, gentle and airy — like a lotus, but with a darker (black, I suppose) depth of flavour.
I love Butiki more and more every day.
This one surprises me with how different it is from its black counterpart. It occured to me that I’d never really compared them before, so I made a cup of this after finishing off my Marco Polo.
The rouge is far more floral tasting, and the fruit element is fairly muted. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what flavours there are, actually, unlike Marco Polo where it’s all pretty obvious. This is a far more subtle tea, and there’s a little too much brassy rooibos kicking about for me to really be able to say I like it.
I find this a fairly mysterious tea. The flavours flit across the tonuge just a little too quickly to be readily identifiable. I have a feeling I recognise them, but I can’t put my finger on them exactly. There’s a tiny hint of strawberry, I think, and I’d like to say jasmine although that’s somehow not quite right. Orchid? Something floral and scented. It’s nice enough, but I prefer the black version overall. I feel I’m on firmer ground with that, while this one consistently evades me. Sadly, all I’m really left with as a lasting impression is rooibos.