1412 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: This was the perfect tea for today. The dry tea smelled a bit stale, since it isn’t exactly new, but the tea tasted the same. I was able to steep two teaspoons in my new infuser. The mug is clear so I was able to see the fun bubblegum pink color from the beetroot. The flavor is like a snickerdoodle cookie, but this time I was able to see where the apple comes in. It’s still so good!
I can’t believe I’m having more of this two days after I had the other steeps.. with new leaves! I think this is the record for having another cup of something of the same with new leaves. This cup wasn’t as good as the others (different size mug, more leaves)… but I had some more carrot cake to pair it with. I wish I could have recreated that perfect cup though! oh well. The next cup will be a sipdown of the ESP chai and I’ve got three more of the Gingerbread bags left.
I wanted to try this one.. so this was an obvious choice amongst about 15 other samples from DT. I heard it was like Eight Candles.. which I also wanted to try but haven’t yet. But I thought of a caramel tea this morning and realized I had this to try. It’s marshmallows! Caramel squares! Chocolate! Sprinkles! It seems like the S’mores blend with caramel instead of graham crackers. As it was steeping the marshmallows melted into a foaminess at the top which kind of disappeared as I took the infuser out. This one is delightful. I made sure to get a few marshmallows and at least one caramel square in the infuser. The sugariness made the usual mellow DT black tea leaves even better. I think I noticed more flavor from the black tea itself in this blend. Maybe because the sugar from the ingredients brings the flavor of the black tea out better. LOVE it.
Another sample from Bluebird! I was thinking of placing a small order from them but the shipping is too high for me.
This is a unique blend of ingredients. I waited for the water to cool a while and steeped for three minutes. It’s like a fruity oolong. Apple, orange, lemon. And hibiscus? The hibiscus here is barely noticeable but maybe that was because there was barely any hibiscus in my sample. I’m not in love with this blend though. There is an odd flavor I can’t place… possibly the elderflower. I can’t say I noticed a ton of oolong in the leaves. I’m just glad the hibiscus wasn’t at the forefront. This cup isn’t my thing, but I can’t love everything they have over at Bluebird.
Oh this is just a double dose I came up with. I want to start using the last couple of CS Gingerbread teabags to make space for other teas. It seemed excellent to pair it with a chai. I don’t remember this particular chai being so yummy. And it isn’t even that fresh either. It has black pepper in it! The flavors here were reminding me of raisins even before I had some in the carrot cake I was eating with this tea. Yes, I came up with this tea combination precisely to go with the carrot cake.
I haven’t been writing as many tasting notes lately.. but I’m still drinking the same amount of tea.. they have just been the old favorites!
Thanks so much Erin, for sending some of this one to try. This is definitely a better black tea base than most teabags (not that I’m strictly teabags at this point!) The leaves really fill up the teabag. I’m not in love with the bergamot though. There is an off flavor that tastes like something I can’t quite place. Maybe a tangy asparagus or brussel sprout? I have no idea why. I think it reminds me of the earl gray that almost scared me away for good.. but now I know there are plenty of better ones out there. Luckily I only have the one bag! I appreciate being able to try it anyway.
Additional notes: Just wanted to say that I’m still very impressed with this one. I see the black oolong leaves and I think it will be like a Fujian charcoal tasting oolong, but it is just buttery. It’s like a buttery flavored tea without the vegetableness of a tea that is green. And with maple and pecan, of course!
This blend was one of the many reasons I just had to order from Della Terra again. I love it! The most prominent note is apple. The lovely sweet actual apple flavor that Della Terra has and not the perfumey apple (They have two apple flavors for some reason.) I didn’t really taste much of a hazelnut flavor.. but the blend really has a nice apple and nutty flavor to it that kind of reminds me of honey nut cheerios that I haven’t had in forever (with apple added to it.) I don’t think I’ve had a green rooibos in a while which sounds weird here but goes amazingly well with it. Another one to love from DT.
Thanks so much Crow Kettle for sending a bit of this one to try. With the last yerba mate I tried, I’m finding yerba mate is quickly moving up my list of favorite types of tea, and this one certainly supports that! I love this one. It has a lovely earthy mate flavor with delicious mint and a hint of vanilla that smooths it out. With the second steep, I poured just boiled water, which made the taste a bit tangy. So I’ll definitely not use boiling water in the future.. 200 degrees sounds better! I’ll be needing some more delicious yerba mates in the future! But hopefully in the long future.. I shouldn’t be ordering any teas anytime soon.
Additional notes: sample sipdown! I’m not sure WHAT is going on with my tastebuds lately… it seems like every black tea I’ve been having tastes like chalky woodchips. And it doesn’t matter how I steep the tea… it’s still chalky woodchips. It better fix itself. I don’t want these delicious teas to taste terrible!