682 Tasting Notes
This one surprised me this morning. I’ve been drinking a lot of green tea over the last couple of days, attempting to sip down a couple of smaller amounts I’ve got left at work before I go on leave (only for a week, but I’ll take what I can get). I reached for this one because I wanted a change, but I remembered my last cup at home, and how I couldn’t really taste anything but rooibos anymore. I was pretty convinced it had faded in its poor paper packaging.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I took a sip of my freshly brewed cup and found it actually tasted like carrot cake again! I use a smaller cup at work, and I did forget about it for a good few minutes while the left was still in, so maybe both those factors have something to do with this improved cup. It smells like carrot cake, delicately spiced and slightly creamy, and it tastes like it too. The spicing comes out first, cinnamon, maybe nutmeg, then a slight frutiness that reminds me of raisins. The spongey, vanilliary, cream cheesyness comes out last, and is very fleeting, but it’s there! It’s there! The whole thing is subtle and delicate, and I’m sure this was stronger when I first tried it, but I’m really pleased to have coaxed any flavour from it at all. I’d pretty much written this one off!
First cup! This is such a pretty tea, with its soft green leaves and yellow, blue and red flowers. Gorgeous! Just looking at it makes me think of balloons and birthdays. This was my last cup of the evening, so I was looking for a light, delicate, herbal tea. This fit the bill perfectly. I followed the recommended steeping guidelines for my first cup — 5 minutes in boiling water, with about 1.5 tsp of leaf.
This tea does have a very delicate flavour, but it’s there. I can taste mostly vanilla, a slight creaminess…it is very much like traditional vanilla-sponge birthday cake. I only have a small bag of this, so it’s one I’m going to have to savour at least a little bit. It’s totally yummy.
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.