1186 Tasting Notes
I’m actually nearly through my sample of this, and I haven’t yet managed to log it! Dry, it smells almost exactly like a box of After Eights just after opening; dark chocolate and mint in equal measure. It’s rich and ever so slightly bittersweet. I can see chopped mint leaves and chocolate chips among the black tea base, so it’s the real deal as far as flavouring goes.
To taste, this really lives up to its scent. The chocolate comes through first , darkly bittersweet and slightly creamy, swiftly followed by the cool sweetness of the mint. They combine beautifully in the aftertaste, to perfect effect. This is the kind of tea I could happily drink all day. The black base is unobtrusive, but it adds a slightly malty depth and helps the flavours to really shine. This is one I’ll definitely consider repurchasing in the future. As chocolate mint black teas go, it’s among the best I’ve tried so far. Tasty, refreshing, and moreish; in this heat, there isn’t much more I could want in a tea!
Another one I’ve had several cups of, but seem to have neglected to log. Strangely so, because I loved it from the first sip.
Dry, this smells quite strongly of cinnamon, with a definite hint of strawberry lurking in the background. I gave it 4 minutes in boiling water, and added a little milk. Brewed, the strawberry comes over much more clearly, as it does in the taste. The cinnamon is still a big part of the flavour, but it seems to mellow out a little and combine with the sweet, vanilla like aftertaste to create a flavour that really is reminiscent of pastry, or pie crust. It’s somehow buttery and bakey without being cloying, and the juicy, tart strawberry flavour finishes the whole thing off perfectly.
This is one I’m definitely going to enjoy drinking for many cups to come. It’s the perfect combination of fruit (that tastes surprisingly natural), spicing, and whatever magic it is that makes the pie crust taste emerge. A pleasure to drink!
I don’t think I’ve once managed to log this since I joined Steepster, although I’ve been drinking it on and off for years. It was one of the first loose teas I tried after finding Teapigs, and it’s a favourite even now.
I’ve not tried all that many toffee apple teas as yet, but maybe I don’t need to. For my tastes, this one is perfect. The dry leaf smells mouthwatering. It’s sweet and delightfully rich. I can definitely pick out the apple and caramel, and something slightly fruity I’ve always classified as strawberry. No idea why, but there you go. I suppose it’s more a generic candy-like sweetness.
Anyway, to taste this is as close to a real toffee apple as tea can come. I’ve tried it both with and without milk in the past, and like both equally. The black base is the only thing that’s slightly odd. It’s a little heavy tasting without milk, but not quite strong enough to really need any. It’s a minor complaint, but probably why I’ve never settled on one or the other as my preferred way of drinking.
All told, I do like this and probably always will. I love that I can clearly taste both the caramel and the apple; there’s an initial rich sweetness, which gives way to a slightly tangy “green” flavour, before sweetening again towards the end of the sip. It’s like tasting the toffee, then the apple, then both melded together, just like eating the real thing.
Minor issues with the base aside, this is one tea I can always see myself coming back to. I guess sometimes first loves really do endure!
Sipdown! Finished off the last of these, so there are officially no more in my stash. It’s a shame in one way, as this is a pretty tasty earl grey. I’m ready to try some different teas now, though, so it’s not too distressing for the moment. I’ll probably come back to these in the future, but I’ve had my fill for now!
Sipdown! Finished the last of these this morning. I liked them more than the first time I tried them, which probably shows that my tastes have developed since I started drinking whole leaf tea in earnest. They’re never going to be my favourite, though. There’s too much of that slightly metallic taste I dislike most in oolongs about them for that.
Sipdown! My last cup of this didn’t go unnoticed at work this morning. Almost as soon as I added the tea to the water, people were commenting on the sugary, caramelly scent it gives off. It does smell wonderful, it has to be said. The bad news is that I’m getting a cold just in time for the weekend, and this tastes rather inexplicably of coffee cake to me this morning. I think my tastebuds have already packed up in protest!
This makes for a delicious tea, but it doesn’t taste quite as much of pineapple as I’d hoped. A definite contender for future Della Terra orders, though!
Sipdown! Finished the last of this off at work today. It’s one of those rare teas that fills the whole room with its scent. In a way, it’s a good thing I’m out on my own, because I think I’d have other people sniffing around my tea stash if they knew where the delicious smell was coming from! Amazing sweet, bakey, blueberry-ness. Just the thing for a dull and uninspiring day!
Today’s iced tea of choice. I’m sad that I didn’t get chance to try the honeybush version of this tea, but there you go. If this is anything to go by, it would have been amazing. You can probably already tell this this is a winner with me. It tastes exactly like fresh banana, none of this fakey artificial stuff here. There’s even something a little “green” about it, the taste that banana has when it’s not brown and over-ripe, but just approaching perfection. I think it’s pretty amazing how Frank manages to recreate flavours like this in tea form. No other brand I’ve tried has ever really managed to equal these iced teas.
As ever, the black base here is smooth and unobtrusive. It just supports the flavour perfectly, and adds a little bit of depth to the taste. It’s not too strong, it’s not at all astringent. For me at least, it’s just right. It’s a good thing no-one’s asked me what I’m drinking today. I rave about tea a little bit, if I’m given the chance, but I couldn’t tell the humourless people I work with that I’m drinking Monkey Fart. Such is life. Have to say, though – this is ace tea! I love banana almost unreservedly, from those foam banana sweets to banana milkshake, via all manner of desserts, right along with the real thing. Knowing this, it’s probably not surprising that I like this so much! It’s good, though. Really good. As a bit of a banana maniac, you can take that from me.
Another one I wasn’t sure about at first, and another one I think has benefitted from being opened a few days. When I smell this now, I immediately get pineapple and cake. It’s sweet, pineapple-y, with a hint of glace cherry and the unmistakable scent of cake. My brain is having trouble processing the fact that this is tea, and I’m actually quite tempted just to munch on the leaves. Self-control wins out, though!
I gave this three minutes in boiling water. It smells just as it does dry — fruity, cakey, amazing! To taste, I definitely get cake. There’s something spongy and vanilla-like floating around. I also get cherry in the aftertaste. Pineapple, not so much — it’s there, but it’s not as clear as I’d like it to be. Maybe I need to experiment with my brew times a little more. This is another great dessert tea, though. I love how much it tastes like cake — I’d never have believed it if I hadn’t tried it for myself. Liquid deliciousness indeed!
I wasn’t sure about this at all the first time I tried it, which is why I’ve waited until my second cup to rate it. I think the packet has benefitted from being open a couple of days, because I can smell blueberries when I open it now. Fresh, juicy blueberries, and a scent that is remarkably like crumble topping…sort of buttery and baked. I wouldn’t have thought it possible in a tea, but there you go.
This is only the second green/black blend I’ve tried. The first was a Bluebird Tea, and I was pleasantly surprised with that one. Brewed, this smells, if anything, even more like freshly baked blueberry crumble. It’s got the same buttery-bakey blueberry scent it has dry, and it’s absolutely mouthwatering! The glitter swirling around from the sugar sprinkles is so cute!
It’s just as wonderful to taste. The blueberry comes out first, followed by the crumble notes. The green/black base is perfectly balanced, with just enough depth and sweetness from the black tea, and a grassy, slightly vegetal note from the green that brings out the blueberry beautifully. One of the best dessert teas I’ve had in a long time! Magical!