434 Tasting Notes
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.
This is a really delicious tea and it is true to its name. I first tried it in my timolino on our second trip up to Apple Hill this year. Yes, we wanted more apple strudel, and apple chipotle grilling sauce! Yum!
This tea was great in my timolino, and that’s saying something, because it usually makes tea taste thin. Although I do have to say that Della Terra’s teas tend to do well in the timolino.
So, the smell is amazing. And as far as the taste, you get a little spice at first, and then the sip transforms into creamy caramel apple. I love it! Definitely a winner. :)
I was lucky enough to get a sample of this tea in my last order, before it’s even in stores! I was intrigued by the name of this tea, even though I’m not big on herbals. Just like the previous reviewer, the sample I got was really small. I suppose it’s because the samples are measured by weight, and being a fruit tea, it’s heavy, so you get less. I steeped it for the full 7 minutes in a little over 8 oz. of water. It came out pretty weak. Kinda fruity, but weak. I thought I tasted a little fig and a little spice, but it was very faint. I guess I’ll have to pick up some more if I want to try it properly, but knowing my general lack of enthusiasm for herbals, I’ll probably skip this one. I still feel special that I got to try it early!
Stacy kindly added a sample of this with my last order, and oh man, I did myself a disservice not buying a bag of this tea! It’s amazing! It’s so much like banana nut bread. The banana flavor is just like a baked banana flavor, rather than that artificial banana you sometimes get. I can taste the walnut too, and the black base is absolutely perfect, solidifying the tea into liquid banana nut bread. Yum!!!! This is definitely going on my shopping list! Thanks, Stacy! I don’t know how you do it! I’m definitely resteeping these leaves. ;)