401 Tasting Notes
I so wanted to like this tea. I loved Grand Amour, and this one has such a cute name! Unfortunately, it wasn’t the tea for me. Once steeped, it tasted like an apple jolly rancher and very astringent black tea. I was surprised by the astringency because Grand Amour was so silky smooth. Not sure why this one was different. Oh well. I appreciated the sample, Laurent!
Thanks, Alphakitty, for fixing the picture! This tea wasn’t up yet, and I wanted to put it in my cupboard. :) Anyway, I finally tried it out this morning. Managed to squeeze in steeping a cup prior to a long set of meetings. This tea smells very much like pear and it’s a little perfume-y. I think it smells like when you first open a box of pears from Harry and David, not that anyone sends me those…. ;) Anyway, I liked it, but I think it would be better iced. Not bad for my first pear-flavored tea.
Thank goodness the work day is over! i think i was turning into a zombie, because by the end of the day my brain turned to mush. It’s been pretty overwhelming lately. I started the day off right, though, with this tea! This was wayyyyyy better the second time. I could taste much more berry. I think this may turn into a tea cabinet staple! I’ve really been enjoying all the Della Terra teas I ordered. So glad I tried them out!!!
In the search for an afternoon tea with no caffeine and not being in a fruity mood, I ended up trying this one again. It went pretty well with the pear cupcake I had. Yes, I’ve been eating lots of cupcakes! I can’t help but stop in to see the daily specials every weekend with my husband. We usually get 3 each ;) So…on to the tea. This time I tasted more caramel. It could have been that there were 3 pieces of caramel in the 1 1/2 teaspoon I steeped, or that I added some milk and sugar. Still, rooibos was the dominant flavor. I really would like to find a sweetly flavored rooibos without fruit, where the named flavor is more dominant the rooibos. Any recommendations?
Drank this in order to get rid of the taste of professor grey tea, which was a complete fail for me this morning. Hadn’t tried this one with the proper steeping equipment (kettle, not office microwave) until this morning, and it was okay. I still don’t think I like banana teas. It won’t be a problem to finish off the bag, but I won’t be restocking this one. It helped me with the professor grey taste, but I keep thinking I’m smelling that tea. It’s haunting me!
Okay, so I don’t know what happened with this tea. When I smelled the dry leaves, they smelled kinda funny, not really like earl grey or chocolate. I thought it would change when steeped, but the smell got stronger instead. It smells like smoke. I’m not sure what kind of smoke, but smoke nonetheless, and not in a good way. I could not really taste any bergamot or chocolate. I thought maybe it would get better as it cooled, but as I kept sipping, I decided I hated it and dumped out my cup. I have never dumped out my cup before! I feel so bad, because I love the other Della Terra Teas I got, but I guess this one isn’t for me. I really tried!
Needed to get the strong onion taste out of my mouth last night after dinner. I think I overdid it with the onion in the salad. Anyway, brewed some of this up to eat with a chocolate coconut cupcake. It went nicely with the cupcake, but didn’t do much to get out the onion taste. Probably needed something stronger for that. I still don’t taste the nuts here, and can’t really get over the fact that it tastes like I’m drinking cereal as a tea. Weird. Probably will finish the bag, but not gonna stock this one in the future,
This was a good “first thing in the morning” tea, when you don’t want anything overly sweet. The black tea was the dominant flavor, but was accented by a slight blackberry flavor. The berry wasn’t overpowering and not too sweet. I think I would have liked the berry flavor to pop more than it did, but I still enjoyed it.