1655 Tasting Notes
I’ve neglected this one for a while, so I pulled it out to revisit last night. It’s such a consistent cup — always syrupy strawberry amazingness every time I have it. I’ve never experienced any bitterness from this one, either — of the MF teas I’ve tried so far, it’s probably the one I’ve got along with most easily. This one might well be a restock when I finish the tin, although I’m not really at that stage yet.
I can’t believe this is only my second cup of this one, but there you go. For some reason, I tend to drink far less green teas at home, and I’m not really sure why. I brought this one to work with me, knowing I’d be more likely to drink it, and I guess it’s worked anyway!
It’s a hot day today, and this is one of those perfect summer teas. It’s quite a light flavour — primarily lemongrass, with a hint of lime and a chili kick at the end of the sip. It tastes vaguely tropical, somehow…perhaps the citrussy elements combined with the grassy green base? Either way, it’s very palatable on a day like today. I don’t often drink green teas cold brewed, but I can see this being a good candidate. I might take the rest of the sample home and give that a try tomorrow!
I drank two cups of this yesterday as a weekend treat. I took a little break from it for a couple of weeks, after I tried nibbling a piece of bunny graham and made myself feel so sick I couldn’t actually face drinking it for a while. I don’t think I was expecting the flavour of the tea to have pervaded the crackers so much, but there you go. A case of curiosity almost killing the cat! I feel like I’m back on track with this one now, though, and it’s certainly taught me to be more cautious when nibbling on tea additions! Or just to actually stop, more to the point.
Now I’ve forgotten how awful I felt, I can happily drink this one again. It’s pretty much the perfect pie tea as far as I’m concerned — slightly tart strawberry rhubarb flavour, with a hint of buttery, almost biscuitty, crust. Gorgeous! I’m pretty sure this will be a restock once I run out — I’ve not tasted anything than can match it, that’s for sure :)
Last cup of the evening yesterday. I enjoy this one quite a lot — it’s just so chocolatey (unsurprising, given how many chocolate chips are actually in the dry mix!), and beautifully minty. I chose it partly because yesterday was such a humid evening, and although I wanted a hot drink pre-bedtime, the cooling effect of the mint in this one was also very refreshing. I’m in two minds about the marshmallow leaf — it adds a background note that I’m not hugely keen on, although it’s such a minor thing that I’m not really going to call it a problem. I can drink this one happily, and that’s what matters! Saying that, I’m pretty sure my favourite chocolate mint tea is always going to be a black. This is a wonderful caffiene free option, though, and another fabulous Butiki! Yum, basically.
Sipdown! I used up the last of the leaf for today’s cold brew, which has actually worked out better than I expected. I had a scant tablespoon left, and I was fairly convinced I wouldn’t get much flavour from it, but it’s managed to surprise me! I gave it longer in the fridge than I usually would — I guess about 15 hours, maybe a little more. I used a litle less water than usual, too — just enough to fill the bottle I take to work. I can taste cola, and the faintest hint of rum, and it’s actually beautifully light and refreshing on this hot day. I like the flavour of cola, so it’s a perfect compromise between flavour and the fizzy sweetness of the real thing. In the end, this one was more of a hit with me than 52 Teas Cherry Vanilla Cola. If I had the choice between the two again, this is the one I’d choose. It’s going to be a fond farewell.
Sipdown! I drank the last couple of cups at work this morning. Chai still seems like an odd choice for summer (and it IS summer now, finally…or at least the weather is giving that impression for the moment!) but this one is kind of tropical tasting so somehow it’s okay. I like the creaminess the coconut adds to this blend, and the way some of the “lesser” spices have their moment to shine in this fairly mild blend. It’s not one I’d keep on hand all of the time, but it is nice, and I’d certainly reintroduce it to my cupboard from time to time.
A sample from VariaTEA. I pulled this one out to try this morning, as it’s a guayusa and I felt like I could do with an energy boost. So far in my tea-tasting adventure, I’ve only tried the Butiki guayusas. I’ve been keen to try more for a while, but they seem slightly rarer than other varieties, and certainly pretty hard to come by in the UK. For all of those reasons, I was looking forward to giving this one a try.
For my first cup, I used 1.25 tsp of leaf in water cooled very slighty, and gave it about 5 minutes. The resulting cup is deep, dark, red. Oh, hibi. It smells okay, though…almost like berries and cream.
To taste, this is pretty much as I’d hoped. The guayusa is detectable as a deep, dark background earthiness. It’s not super-strong, but it is definitely there. Although it sounds odd, it doesn’t conflict too badly with the berry flavour in practice, as it were. They berry flavour is pretty generic, it has to be said — more mixed berries with a touch of cream than any one berry in particular. The hibiscus also makes itself known, and I’d have honestly been surprised if it didn’t given the colour this developed. It has a slightly brassy, metallic taste, but against the guayusa it’s not too offensive. It’s certainly tart, making the name highly appropriate at least, but the berry cream flavour is the real star here, and absolutely saves me from hating this one.
On balance, I definitely prefer the Butiki guayusas. They’re better put together, and seem somehow less heavy handed than this one. It’s by no means bad, but I know that there are better teas out there and that spoils it for me slightly. It’s probably not one I’d keep to hand, but I have enjoyed trying it. Many thanks to VariaTEA for sharing this one with me! You never know until you try!
I recently bought my parents a Dolce Gusto machine, and since today has been hot and we’ve been to the coast, I decided to give the Nestea Iced Lemon pods a go this afternoon. The biggest surprise was the thick, creamy foam this develops on top. What’s that all about? I guess it must be something to do with the way the machine works, but it was a little odd. Aside from that, this was an okay sweet lemon iced tea. I know it’s sweetened, and I wouldn’t normally do that, but it wasn’t too overwhelming. The lemon flavour wasn’t quite sharp or strong enough for my tastes, either, but it was also okay. The “black tea” in this is pretty nonexistent, even though the colour is right. It doesn’t really come in to play as an element of the flavour. So all in all, while this is pleasant enough to sip on in hot weather, not to mention convenient because it can be prepared pretty much instantly, it’s never going to be my favourite iced tea. It’s okay, though, and I enjoyed it well enough,
A sample from VariaTEA. I didn’t look at the description or notes on here before trying, so it took me a minute to work out what I was drinking. Then it struck me: candy banana! The banana in this isn’t natural tasting — it’s like a foam banana sweet — but it is very prominent. I could also taste milk chocolate, and the combination is a pretty good one. I don’t always get along with rooibos, but I have no issues to report here. It stayed in the background, and it didn’t boss the other flavours around or try and upstage them. That’s all I ask of rooibos, really.
I gave 1.25tsp of this one four minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. Reading through the description now, I can safely say I didn’t get any coconut or walnut in my cup. Part of me is actually quite pleased about that — I have a feeling they might have been two flavours too many. As it is, I’m happy with this one. It was a tasty evening cup, and an unexpectedly pleasant follow up to 52 Teas Banana Pudding, which I drank just before. I must unconsciously have been in a banana mood!