307 Tasting Notes
Very pleasantly surprised by this cup! I very rarely buy any flavored teas from Upton, but since I was grabbing all the other samples I figured I’d give this a go. Especially since I’m knee deep in a caramel phase. It smelled like caramel candy in the bag. Once brewed up, it has a nice caramel flavor on top of a smooth black tea. With a bit of raw honey and milk I’m having enjoyable treat. I’ll get a few mugs out of this sample. For $1. I love Upton samples.
I asked for suggestions for roasty black teas in the discussion board a week ago and one of the suggestions was to try Big Red Robe. Since Upton is my go to site for cheap samples of things I’m not sure I’ll like, I stocked up a variety of roasted oolongs. This is the first one.
I should have really taken notice of my mood before I made this. I’m just not in the mood for trying a whole new variety of tea. Maybe a new flavor of a tea I know I like, but I’m just not feeling experimental. Wish I’d realized that before I brewed this up.
That being said. I think I like this. It actually tastes more like a hojicha than anything else i can discern right now. But I’ll resteep the leaves this evening and see if anything else emerges. It’s ok. I don’t know if its what I’m looking for though. That’s why I love upton. $1 later I know that Big Red Robe teas (while I LOVE the name) are not necessarily my tea of choice. Not bad by any means, just not really what I’m looking for.
Backlog from yesterday.
This one was not great for me. I could taste the white chocolate, but the white tea was a little too strange a combo for me. I probably over steeped it but I’m not going to have the rest of my try me bag if anyone wants it. I actually have a bunch of samples I need to clear out if anyone wants some.
I finally found that creme brulee flavor I have been seeking! Custard and burnt sugar and all. This one is amazing. Best flavor yet.
Classic Base, Robust flavor.
Made with about 8oz water, 2 oz milk, ice and a 1/2 tsp raw honey.
This isn’t doing it for me. Too fake-y almond. I got della terra try me size, so if anyone wants the rest, probably about 4-5 tsp or so left.
I needed a treat this morning. It was a long night of my cats hunting a mouse that has found his way into our brand new house. Grrrr. I’m kind of a tom boy in most things, but nothing gets me screaming like a little girl faster than a mouse. I know, totally cliche, but it’s the truth.
Plus the bean was up for 2 hours in the middle of the night. I’m beat.
Time to indulge in some more of this. I’ve been rationing it until my new bag comes, but I’m in need of a treat today. I accidentally over steeped it by a minute. Shoot. Since it’s an assam it got a little bitter, but nothing that a little scoop of raw honey can’t cure. I love this. I’m so excited to read all the other rave reviews that will be coming in.
See previous note for my review.
I love chai but am pretty picky about it. I like them very spicy, but not heavily cloved, and I want to be able to taste the tea. This is a great chai. It’s not as spicy as I normally like them (I love hot spicy chais). But it’s a got a great mix of spices and none of them crowd out the others. Yum!
Man! This is good! My last few 52teas have underwhelmed me a bit, but this is super good. A very nutty caramel flavor. I hope this gets reblended, I blew my sample from Alphakitty in one big pot not expecting to like it much. Now I’m sad it’s gone already!
UPDATE I’m really loving this. If anybody has any they wouldn’t mind parting with, I’d gladly swap something for it. My cupboard isn’t too up to date so PM me if you’re interested and I’ll send you a list. I have a lot of good stuff!
Let me preface this by saying I don’t like maple syrup. I know, I’m crazy, how can someone not like it, but I don’t. I’ve heard it all before.
Okay, that’s off my chest. I LOVE this tea! I’ve never ordered it because I was scared of the maple syrup flavor. But whatshesaid had it available in a swap so I figured it was a good time to try a bit. Thank goodness! I love pecans and the pecan flavor in this is perfect. The maple syrup flavor is definitely there but works so perfectly with the pecans that I actually like it.
This is definitely going on my order list. Thanks whatshesaid!
This one smelled so good in the package that I had to make some. I’m not a pineapple fan, but read that it’s not strong in this and that’s totally the case. In fact, I don’t taste any pineapple at all, but the gooey cake is crazy good. I already placed a della terra order that’s on its way so I should probably wait to place another, but I don’t know if my will power can withstand that. We shall see….
Oops, I was so excited to write about how yummy this is that I forgot to thank Whatshesaid for the sample! A million apologies! Thank you so much for my new favorite DT tea!
Update this tea just provided some heartbreak for the big kid when she came running down for dinner thinking we were having pancakes for dinner. Oh the disappointment!