818 Tasting Notes
Sipdown, and I guess, so long for another year? Kind of sad, really. I bought 2 oz. of this when they started running out and it didn’t last as long as I hoped. I could have enjoyed this all the way until spring, but alas, no more. This one really grew on me. At first, I was bothered that there was so much cinnamon, but with brown sugar, this became a really scrumptious pumpkin pie tea. Well, at least I still have a bunch of Grandma’s pumpkin pie from DTT. Note to self: next year, but more! ;)
Even though I just received my Black Friday Della Terra order, and I have two orders from Herbal Infusions on the way, I had to stop by Lupicia and get some of this tea. I also picked up some caramel and rum rooibos. :) I’ve never really liked how they package the bags, since once you cut them, they’re not resealable, but I discovered they sell little colored clips that seal the bags really well, so I picked some of those up too!
I made a huge cup of this tea this morning. I didn’t know the little “snowflakes” were actually little pieces of rock sugar, but that’s okay, they’re cute, and I sugar my black teas anyway. This was a nice cup of apricot creaminess. More like real apricot too, not like the peach apricot that you typically get. I think I may have oversteeped it though, because it was a little astringent. Guess I better stick with the 2.5 minutes next time. It also reminds me a bit of Cookie, which could be because of the base tea…not sure, but that adds a little pastry quality to it. Overall, I’m happy to have this in my cupboard!
A sample of this came in the Lupicia newsletter today. I’ve been wanting to stop by Lupicia and pick up some of their holiday tea, so I thought I might as well check this out to see if I want to pick some up. It’s pretty good. It definitely delivers on the caramel and the rum. The rum is pretty strong….almost like I’m drinking a hot drink spiked with real rum! Nice and cozy for a cold winter night!
Sugar and spice and everything nice. Just what the doctor ordered after one crazy long day of car shopping yesterday. I hate car shopping, but we were kind of forced into it, by someone doing a hit and run on our car, which was parked in front of our house. Anyway, hoping today will be more restful. I did bring some tea with me yesterday, and totally burnt my mouth trying to sip it…that’s the last time I pour boiling water into my timolino, but after hours of shopping, it was the perfect temperature! So there was a bright side! Happy Saturday!
I’m enjoying a nice quiet morning with a large cup of this tea, after a very hectic week at work, and running my first 10K yesterday. What a week! And today, we are heading up for an early T- day / my birthday at my parent’s place. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed silence so much! Haha! This tea is delicious, but still probably the only one I really enjoy from Harney’s. I’m looking forward to only a 3-day work week this week. Yay for the holidays!
I’ve gone through this little pouch really fast. Maybe it’s because I just bought a 16 oz. Nordic mug from DavidsTea, but I think I went through most of the tea before that. It’s a really solid pumpkin pie tea, and I’m loving pumpkin teas of all sorts right now!
I love my new mug too! I picked up the forest trees one. So cute! And it’s HUGE!!! If you guys are struggling to clear out your cupboard before Black Friday, I definitely recommend a 16 oz. mug. Tea goes really fast that way, but I’m starting to wonder if I’m getting too much caffeine…wheeee! I wanted a big mug, because I took on a temporary position, as acting manager of my office while my boss is on detail for a couple months, and it’s really hard to make time for tea! Another reason I haven’t been on steepster in a week…I’ve been exhausted! Just wanted you to know, I’m still here, but barely . ;)
After all the discussion I had about this tea with Cavocorax yesterday, I decided to enjoy a cup this morning. Delicious, as always! When they first put up that promotion a few months ago to get 8.8 oz. at 48% off, I freaked out that they might be getting rid of this tea, so I went for it. At the time, I emailed them, and they told me they weren’t discontinuing it. Then on Friday, a store employee told me they are retiring it, and that what’s in the store is the last of it. And then Cavocorax tells me that the promotion is still on, now at 50% off. This is sad, because this tea is such a creamy, lightly spiced, cozy tea. Well, I will savor the almost two tins worth I still have. ;)
I couldn’t resist going straight to DavidsTea on my lunch break yesterday to pick up some of the coffee cake tea. It was nice that, due to my last online order, I got to try samples of choconut and spiced fig, so I knew I was going to pass on those. I was also in the market for a new mug, because earlier this week, one of my elephant mugs broke….I’m so sad about that!
So, my coworker and I headed over to the store, and I picked up 1 oz. of this tea and the silver berries mug. I was hoping to get the new Nordic mug advertised at the back of the winter tea menu, but I guess they don’t have that one yet. Will probably still pick it up once they have it. ;) My coworker picked up a bunch of tea, including some of the fall teas they still had in stock. We also learned that they are indeed retiring ceylon star. The horror! Glad I still have two tins of that one.
Anyway, this tea smells a lot like DavidsTea’s red velvet cake tea, which to me, tasted like Della Terra’s pineapple upside down cake tea. Since this tea also has pineapple and cherry, it definitely reminds me of Della Terra’s tea. Someone posted on here that they thought it had more tea taste, and I agree, and that happens to be a plus for me. What disappoints me, however, is that this isn’t really coffe cake to me. Coffee cake to me is more brown sugar and cinnamon, but this tea has fruit. I think they should have named it differently, but I will still enjoy what I picked up.
I was also lucky to get a sample of this tea with my last order. I was REALLY excited, because I love chocolate hazelnut spread, and was hoping this one would be a hit. It’s also really nice to try it before you buy it. Anyway, I was kind of disappointed by the small leaves. I mean, it’s an oolong…shouldn’t they be long or curled up? The smell of the dry leaf, however was very enticing. I started to steep it at more conservative parameters, even though the directions are pretty much in line for how you would steep a black tea. So I did it at 190 degrees, and was thinking 4 minutes, but decreased it to 3 when I saw how dark it was getting. Three minutes turned out to be plenty long. The taste is very nutty, full of hazelnut, although there is some chocolate in there. After a few sips, it reminded me a lot of flavored instant coffee. Not good. I want my tea to taste like tea! Well, so much for my high hopes. I wouldn’t sneer at another cup of this, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way for it.