869 Tasting Notes
Another blend from TastyBrew! thanks again! I love the idea of Mexican hot chocolate which this blend compares itself to. However, it seems they only add cinnamon and not cayenne pepper. The blend itself looks like it is coated in chocolate dust. Roasted yerba mate, cinnamon and huge chocolate chips! How could this not be delicious! Brewed, the cup actually looks like a cup of hot chocolate! The flavor is great – the yerba mate has less of a barbeque sauce flavor than other yerba mate blends I’ve tried, but obviously that doesn’t seem like it would work here. I’m getting more chocolate than cinnamon. This blend would have been perfect with a TINY amount of cayenne just to make it noticeable. But otherwise, I love this.
Another one from TastyBrew! Thank you! Thank you! This blend doesn’t seem to have anything that actually is caramel.. just an “essence”. I wouldn’t say the flavor is caramel exactly, but it is good! Adds a sweetness to the stronger black tea base after a steep time of 3-4 minutes right after boiling. I’ve tried a couple other Kusmi blends that haven’t seemed to be this strong! I like it. The black base is a tough flavor to describe. It isn’t really like a Ceylon, Assam, Yunnan. I’m not sure! But I do know it went very well with my pancakes covered in Stonyfield’s chocolate yogurt this morning!
TeaboxB! With green tea in the ingredients list, I thought this would be more green tea than pu-erh. SO I cooled the water a while… accidentally for a few minutes but I like how it turned out anyway. The flavor is actually definitely pu-erh and not green. It has the pu-erh fragrance. The taste is really nice, very sweet, medium bodied… hard to describe otherwise but no magnolia that I can detect. And no mysterious notes of vanilla or fruit that the description mentions. Just plain ole pu-erh. This would be the perfect starter to try out pu-erh since it actually tastes like many of the nice pu-erhs I’ve tried. Surprisingly good!
TeaboxB! I’ve had worse smoky teas but I’ve had better. The scent is heavy the flavor is the mid level of smoky. The flavor isn’t bad. Kind of like a BBQ. The black tea is mid-strength. Not too much to say! A good one to try if you’re looking to try lapsang for the first time, but I really like Zen tea life’s blend.
Teabox B! A ton of flowers! I’ve never tried these before… I added a bunch to my infuser. A few minutes later, it looks like a mug of beer! The flavor seems familiar somehow, but I would have no idea where the flavor is from. It is hard to describe! A bit brothy, savory. Spicy especially if I just had sugar. Sweet too. Doesn’t really taste like flowers. I just can’t describe it. It’s a nice flavor anyway!
Another one from TastyBrew’s very generous package! So appreciated! I was hoping this one would be better than Della Terra’s icky Dirty Chai… I don’t know what it is about that one! Luckily, this one is gulpable better. Also, pop rocks! This has a few chai ingredients, but isn’t necessarily too much like chai. More black tea than spices. This one was supposed to taste like the Hot Tamales candy that I love. And it does… because somehow I had a mouthful of cinnamon heart candies about an hour before I sipped this tea. I have no idea how that happened. But it does taste like cinnamon candies! Sweet, sugary cinnamon. I love it! Maybe it’s autumn that is making me love these chai blends lately. That’ll do it.
Another from TeaboxB! A little worried about the hibiscus but it wasn’t too bad. It was kind of like juice… that tasted a bit like vitamins. But the cranberries and oranges were tasty. Not too much flavor from the chamomile. This one was supposed to have rooibos in it, but it has probably settled in the bottom of the pouch. I actually expected more tart/bitter especially as I added more than two teaspoons to the mug. Must be expectations from previous hibiscus attacks I’ve had. I definitely have never had two teas with chamomile in the same day! I don’t think I’ve had chamomile before today in about a year…or two. Not terrible anyway!
TeaboxB! I haven’t really had much luck with the few Republic of Teas that I’ve tried. Even though I expected a black tea, this one is nice! I guess I forget about chamomile especially with so many amazing blends out there. I almost used two bags since there looked like there was barely any tea in this one, but the cup was perfect. Brewing, there is a sweet apple fragrance I can’t wait to try. Chamomile naturally tastes like apple but the apple flavor added was great too. Very nice!
Another from TeaboxB! thanks again everyone! I’ve never heard of a smoky bergamot… it honestly didn’t sound very good but I had to try it. It’s actually perfect. One teaspoon at four minutes… yep, perfect. The base is the perfect strength. There are equal parts smoke and bergamot. A nice smoke and a nice citrusy bergamot. It’s very intriguing! I know many people can’t take their bergamot and they can’t take their smoky teas. But I like both! And I can’t believe both aspects are done this well. I might sneak this from the teabox.
Oh my gosh, TastyBrew sent me an amazing generous package of teas today!! I appreciate it so so much! THANK YOU! This one was first up. I felt like chai. I used a teaspoon and another 3/4… which was a bit risky, as this was a CTC and also black tea! But it is so so so good. I love a good chai. There are huge cinnamon chunks. A lot of ginger flavor, which I normally do not like unless it is in chai. This one has the perfectness briskness. My tongue is buzzy at first then the aftertaste is sweet. I never know why many chais are called “vanilla” when there doesn’t seem to be any vanilla. But I really love this one. I should have added milk!
ETA: This might be my favorite chai. It’s between this one and Ovation’s that I know I haven’t written a tasting note for yet!