1391 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! I’m having a very busy and stressful time at work at the moment, so I’m not getting in nearly as much tea as I’d like. When I do make time, I seem to be going for my rooibos blends rather than black tea, although I don’t quite understand why. Maybe I’m worried about sleeping at night? Either way, I finished off the last of this pouch today. Initially, I thought the cardamom was too heavy in this one, but that’s faded as I’ve moved down the bag. There are less actual pods now, which is maybe something to do with it. I enjoyed the distinctive apple taste here, and the wonderfully complementary spice in the back ground. A sad sipdown — a good apple tea is a wonderful thing!
Sipdown! This will be very sadly missed, at least by me. The flavour of gingerbread was absolutely spot on here — sweet, crumbly, slightly molasses-tinged gingeriness. I didn’t really think “chai” while I was drinking it, but then I didn’t need to. I had a piece of freshly baked gingerbread to drink!
I’ve been resteeping this one today, and I think I understand it a little better than I did. Not everything is there on the first steep, and I think that’s where I was missing some of the complexity. When I have a moment to savour this, I really enjoy the asparagus notes that come out prominently in the first steep. I find the second grassier, and the third more vaguely vegetal. I’ve been brewing this quite lightly, as it can get quite bitter and astringent if overdone. All in all, though, a pretty awesome green.
Sipdown! Finished up the last of this yesterday evening. It’s the tea from last year’s Della Terra Christmas box that I kept returning to the most, so I think I can probaby say it was my surprise favourite. I love the creaminess, and the hint of eggnog. As winter teas go, it’s pretty perfect in my estimation. Definitely one I’d seek out again next year.
Drank another of these this evening. I’m still not overwhelmed, although the flavour appealed to me a little more than it did last time. Maybe because I have a cold? I’ve been drinking a lot of minty teas recently, in an effort to try and soothe my throat. Don’t ask me why mint — it just seems to work.
Anyway, I noticed today that there’s actually very little oolong in here. There’s the odd bit here and there, but it’s mostly mint leaves. There is a distinctive creaminess in the flavour, though, which combines with the mint to replicate a candy-like flavour fairly well. As it cools, it becomes fairly dead-on peppermint cream, so I’m not sure why I haven’t liked it all that much before. As flavours go, it’s pretty accurate, and I like that in a tea. I’ve increased the rating a little to reflect this. I’d still like to have been able to taste the milk oolong, though. It gets pretty lost here.
Sipdown! Finished the last of this off at work over the last couple of days. It’s all that’s been keeping me going at some points, let me tell you. If I ever come across a strawberry tea as amazing as this one, I’ll be stunned. I think my previous tasting note says it all in that respect, though. It’s amazing stuff.
On a related note, I can’t work out how to “like” on here any more. Sad face.
This was nice and warming for my throat today. It’s been neglected by me, too, so I figured it was about time it took a turn. The cinnamon is a little milder than I remember, but I think that’s at least partly because I can’t taste much at the moment. I must remember to pull this one out more — it’s sad that it languishes at the back of my work shelf.