705 Tasting Notes
I was really excited when Stacy put out this tea, so of course, I made another order!
The leaf is CTC, which always reminds me of grapenuts. I used to love grapenuts…nutty and sweet, just like this tea! The dry leaf smells very nutty and sweet….I could just inhale it all day. Seriously, we need candles that smell like some of these teas!
So, the directions said to steep it for 1 minute…silly CTC, but trust me, don’t ignore it!
The taste of the tea does remind me of pralines, like in Baskin Robbins pralines & cream ice cream! It’s nutty and sweet, but the sweetness isn’t sickly sweet. I almost want it to be sweeter in taste, but then it could get too sweet, so really, don’t listen to me. ;P
I’m also getting some wood and citrus notes, which lo and behold, Stacy notes for the base tea! My tastebuds are getting good! It’s bordering on astringent, but it’s not…definitely has some strength to it.
Second steep…oh this is nice. The base isn’t as strong and the flavors blend nicely. I might even like this resteep more than the first steep! It’s like the first steep would be good to enjoy as a wake up tea and the second in the afternoon with a scone. :) OMG, I really like this steep.
Stacy said she thought it would be too simplistic, but it’s actually very complex! And for those of you who make tea syrups, this would make a really yummy one (hint hint…if you do, please send me some!) ;)
This was a gift from my Secret Santa. :) I really wanted to try this blend, as it is spoken of favorably by Steepster peeps. It also sounded very cozy for winter, and cranberry and almond sound like a winning combo. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any almond in this tea, and that was even after adding a splash of almond milk! I did get some tart, slightly juicy cranberry flavor, but it was kind of faint. I can’t vouch for how old the tea is because it wasn’t sent to me in its original container, but overall, I don’t think it’s flavorful enough for me. Besides my love for their Viennese earl grey and Paris teas, I’m still not a Harney’s girl.
I probably shouldn’t have had another cup of black tea, but I couldn’t resist trying my last sample from Cameron B.!
So, based on other reviews, I knew it wasn’t going to taste exactly like the name suggests. I tried really hard to get apple, and I could maybe see how this was apple flavoring turned something else. That something else being honeydew! As a honeydew tea, it’s good! I’m not sure about a honeydew tea with a black base, but it turned out to be very silky in texture. Again, an indication of a good base tea.
Another sample from Cameron B! :)
Like they say on their site, this is a good everyday tea. I think you can pretty much taste each of the teas blended in, which makes it a nice complex black tea. I got notes of cocoa, citrus, and it was kind of bread-y. Very nice. Makes me want to try their other tea blends.
Good morning, Steepster! I woke up early thinking about the Tippy’s teas I would have today! Ha!
This sample was actually a bonus sample from the generous Cameron B! I asked for three Tippy’s teas and she sent me all five that she had!
I like pumpkin, but most of the time pumpkin teas are a miss. The funny thing is certain ones tend to grow on you over time (I’m looking at you, DT pumpkin chai and Butiki Pumpkin Creme Brulee!). This tea is different than the rest in that I tasted more of a nutmeg creaminess and maybe a teensy bit of pumpkin. I didn’t really get cinnamon, which was nice for a change. I’ve noticed that Tippy’s lightly flavors their teas and this is a good thing in my mind, but just don’t expect it to hit you In the face. Overall, I don’t think I’ve fallen head over heels for it, but it’s a unique, cozy cup. :)
Another sample from Cameron B. Thank you! :)
The dry leaf smelled amazingly like those dark chocolate raspberry sticks from Trader Joe’s. Those of you who have had them know how amazing they are! They have raspberry jelly inside. So delicious! I guess you can also get them on Amazon (How weird!): http://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Chocolate-Raspberry-Sticks/dp/B004MJDKZC
The steeped tea is also very good. The black base might be a little more nearing some astringency than the base for Not So Vanilla, but still smooth at a 3 minute steep. I think it’s because the base is assam. I can taste both the raspberry and the cocoa. Very nice! The flavor is light, but still distinct, and I can’t decide whether I want more of a punch or not. Ha! This tea also reminds me of Nina’s Paris’ Grand Amour, which I love. Hmm, could be another winner, but I think I need another cup to decide!
This sample comes from a swap with Cameron B. Thanks, Cameron!
Like many of you, I have a hard time finding the perfect vanilla tea. It’s like a never ending quest. Vanilla flavor can come in so many forms: vanilla bean, just creamy, just sweet, like extract, and it seems to be a very personal thing, like maybe based on something you remember from childhood. I think my favorite vanilla is a vanilla bean flavor, like some of those really good French vanilla bean ice creams. And guess what? That’s exactly how this tea tastes! Woo!
I’ve had quite a few vanilla teas, even ones that are named with the bean in mind, and yet they don’t quite do it for me. I’ve had other vanilla teas that taste rum-like…maybe because they are more vanilla extract flavored. Before this tea, there was one vanilla tea that I really liked, but I tend to not like anything else from that particular tea company, so after it was gone I never bought it again.
This tea has a very nice smooth base tea. I like how the leaf isn’t too chopped up. The vanilla is definitely vanilla bean in flavor and it comes through in the aroma and the flavor…more at the back end of the sip. I would definitely consider picking up some of this tea, especially if I end up liking other Tippy’s teas. Seems like a “go to” tea for me when I want something lightly flavored and sweet. Very delicious! :)