949 Tasting Notes
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!
Tried a second cup of this one a couple of nights ago. Brewing for a little longer melts the chocolate chips, and helps to bring out that aspect of the flavour a little more. I honestly think I prefer it without the chocolate, though. It’s just a flavour too far for me. The blueberry is sweet and juicy — it doesn’t really need the milky, slightly cloying flavour of chocolate. Still good, though. I do like a blueberry tea!
I’d been wanting to try this one for a good long time, so huge thanks to Angrboda for sharing this with me!
This is a big, bold, beautiful cup. It’s beautifully malty, with a really distinctive assam flavour — there’s no mistaking this one! I was half expecting it to be a bit astringent and rough around the edges, but it’s not like that at all. It’s not perfectly smooth in the honeyed way that some teas have, but it’s pretty typical for an assam. There’s certainly plenty of flavour, and it’s wonderfully suited to my big tea mug, brewed long and strong, and with a splash of milk added. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed another assam quite as much as this one for a good long time!
Excited note to say I spotted the bat sprinkles in this yesterday. I didn’t actually realise there were any until I looked on here. I saw the pumpkins, because they’re orange, but the bats blended in with the tea leaves a bit too well. Anyway, so cute! They melt on the bottom of my infuser and dry hard, though. Not so fun when it comes to scraping them off.
Anyway, I can live with that because this tea is so awesome. Smooth, liquid pumpkin pie wonderfulness. Autumn in a cup! Delicious.
On the strength of my experiment with Bluebird’s Dark Choc Chilli Chai, I decided to risk another cup of this. My first cup was ALL cayenne pepper, and it was not pleasant. This time, I’ve brewed it at half strength, and added plenty of warmed milk.
Tentative first sip.
It’s STILL cayenne pepper, and there can hardly be any tea in this cup. Given that it’s almost white from the milk, I would have thought hardly any flavour could come through, but it has. It’s more bearable than the first cup, but it’s still creating an unpleasant burn at the back of my throat, and I’m not really getting any chocolate or spice. Just cayenne pepper.
I really did want to like this one, but perhaps we’re just not meant to be friends.
Had another go with this yesterday, while watching an old episode of The Vampire Diaries on DVD. When I made the first cup a few days ago, I kind of forgot what I was dealing with and treated it much as I would any other black tea. I was “rewarded” with a very strong chilli kick, which was almost a bit much. So today, I decided to try and remedy that a little and brewed this as a latte instead. I used quite a big cup, added an extra teaspoon of leaf (with some trepidation, admittedly), and used half as much water as I usually would. After about 5 minutes, I topped it up with some warmed milk.
It’s much better this way. The chilli is still there, but it’s a spicy warmth rather than a hot burn. The other flavours are also a little more prevalent — there’s more chocolate coming through, and some of the other spices, like the cinnamon and ginger, are making their presence known.
It’s nice to know that there are a couple of ways I can brew this, depending on the flavour profile I’m looking for. It’s equally reassuring to know that I can tone the chilli down into something pleasant, rather than a challenge. I feel more at home with this one now.