1652 Tasting Notes
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #4
I used up the last of this sample yesterday evening. I like the mango and green banana notes, but on the whole it’s probably not for me. The base is a touch heavy, there maybe wasn’t quite enough vanilla, and I was really looking for more fruitiness. It’s not bad by any means, but I’ve definitely tried more successful tropical blacks. A pleasant cup nonetheless.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #3
Sunday morning’s tea, and a wonderful cup it was. Very creamy, light notes of bergamot, and a robust black base. A perfect wake-up tea! I did get a little bitterness as this one cooled, but I’m guessing that’s because of the higher proportion of broken leaves at the bottom of the bag. I’ve never had that problem with this one before, so I’m leaving the rating as is. This is one I’m sure will make a return to my cupboard when I’ve made more of a dent in it. It’s absolutely delicious!
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #2
Second sipdown! I’ve had a difficult relationship with this tea — sometimes it’s amazing, and sometimes all I get from it is rooibos. It’s never a patch on 52 Teas Raspberry Cream, which I’m sure I’m judging it against, so I’m probably being unfair anyway. This cup was an average one — I got a tiny hint of raspberry when I added some milk, but it was mostly overpowered by the heavy, woody taste of rooibis. I love the name, but this isn’t one I’d look to repurchase. Good to have tried, though.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #1
I’m off work this week (and glad for it, because I was so tired I honestly could not have gone back this morning). That being the case, I’m taking the opportunity to drink up the one-cup remainders I’ve been storing for just such an occasion. Hopefully finishing the box will make a decent dent in my cuboard, and I’ll get to say a fond farewell to some wonderful teas.
This is the first, and my last cup was really gorgeous. I actually drank it on Saturday night, while watching the final episode of Wallander (the ending of which actually made me pretty teary). The banana and coconut in this were just perfect, and together they helped to create a really lovely pudding flavour — the mouthfeel was thick and sort of pudding-like, as well. I’ve said pretty much everything I have to say about this one previously, but I’ve enjoyed this pouch so much. I’m not sure I’d buy a reblend — I actually tried the 12 Teas of Christmas pouch first, and I wasn’t keen on that version of this tea at all. The original is definitely where it’s at! Farewell, deliciousness :)
This is another Bluebird tea I have at work with me, and that I’ve been drinking a lot of over the last couple of days. It needs a good, long brew in order for the honey flavour to properly develop. A shorter brew time gives a more herbal, chamomile flavour, with a strong background of rooibos. Five minutes or more, though, and this becomes almost like drinking runny honey! I like teas that have a couple of “personalities” that can suit different moods. I went for the runny honey option today. It’s sweet, rich, and decadent, and also very soothing. It makes a great bedtime tea. Tomorrow is my last day at work before I’m on leave for a week, so I’m pretty tired already. No more of this for me just yet, I don’t think, or I might fall asleep for real! 6 day weeks are a real killer.
Second cup of the day. With sugar and milk, this is quite a different tea. It was fairly dessert-like anyway, although with an edge of spice and bitterness that pushed it away from that a little and more towards the realms of chai. With sugar and milk, the slight bitterness is completely gone, and the spice becomes a more integral part of an overall sweet, cookie-dough like flavour. It’s so desserty and rich — liquid gingerbread man!
I like this equally both with and without additions — each is a different experience. From my initial uncertainty, I’ve actually found a very versatile tea!
A sample from VariaTEA, and another one I’ve been hankering to try for a while. There was no way I’d be able to keep them until next Christmas! I gave this 4 minutes in boiling water, and the resulting liquor is medium brown (almost like a black tea…), with a strong scent of freshly baked gingerbread. I’m not sure how the flavouring is achieved here, but it’s pretty much spot-on gingerbread man, or maybe ginger cake. There’s definitely a hint of sponginess here, as well as a biscuitty nuttiness! It’s mildly spicy, too, particularly at the end of the sip — it’s mostly ginger and cinnamon, but there’s a touch of chocolate, too. I wasn’t sure about this at first, but I’m on my second cup now and I like it quite a lot. I’m drinking it black at the moment, but I think I’ll try my next cup with a piece of crystal sugar and some milk. This tea almost makes it seem like a shame it’s not winter! A wonderful warming treat. Many thanks to VariaTEA for sharing this one with me!
This sample has come to work with me, because I seem to drink far less green teas at home in the evening than I do if I have them with me during the day. This one is just as good as the first time I tried it — very smooth, unobtrusive green tea base, wonderful spicing, and a strong baked apple flavour. One of my favourite Bluebirds!
I’ve been drinking a lot of this in the evenings lately, partly in an attempt to move it nearer to sip down, and also because it’s a genuinely lovely treat. It’s like hot chocolate with a splash of strawberry flavoured cream. The little heart candies and the sprinkling of glitter make it a pretty cup, too, which never hurts. Perfect with milk on a chilly summer evening!
Today’s iced tea of choice. I know this one got three minutes in boiling water, because I used my timer. I can safely say, this time, that this bag got the standard SBT brewing treatment — 3 minutes in boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold, and into the fridge overnight. I’ve almost picked this one out to brew a couple of times, but I’ve always gone for something more familiar. Today, it finally got it’s turn!
It’s wonderful, as well. The base is in hiding, because I looked after it this time, although it’s still there in the background providing a solid base. The flavouring is primarily cherryade — it even tastes slightly fizzy, somehow — with a twist of lime. It’s a really nice combination, and although I was initially uncertain about the cherry/lime combination, it actually works really well. We’re talking artificial “pop” flavours, rather than actual “fresh fruit” cherry and lime here, but it’s absolutely reminiscent of the cherryade of my childhood, and I think that’s half the point. It’s a tiny bit sweet, a tiny bit sour from the lime, and pretty candy-like. I know I’m going to enjoy sipping on this one all day, and then tomorrow too. Inspired!