706 Tasting Notes
Another of my samples from Fusion Tea Room…only two more after this! Dry, this one smells a little odd. It is sharp and a bit tangy smelling (from the mate) but with some tart berry aroma to balance it out. Steeped, it smells less appealing. Almost cardboardy, very faint. The taste, however, is a different animal.
It does have the traits I’ve learned are characteristic of green mate, but it also has a really true tasting raspberry flavour. You get a hint of tart in the middle of the sip, but otherwise it is clearly a sweetish raspberry flavoured mate. The taste is a hint more mate than I would prefer (in that the raspberry could be stronger but I think that might make it seem artificial).
This tea is very true in taste to what you would expect and delivers on the name. I am starting to think I prefer teas with fewer ingredients, to avoid taste confusion and this one is just wonderful. For the raspberry lovers in the room, this would be a good one for you to try!
First off, apologies to Fusion tea room for taking so long to review this generous sample. I mean to finish the last few off a few weeks back but things went sideways after my paternal grandfather passed away. But here I am with a mug of Carrot Cake in front of me. Honestly, I am worried about this one as I get more cinnamon than I would smell in the dry ‘leaves’. Steeped, the liquor is very dark but really does smell like Carrot Cake once you get past the dry cinnamon smell.
Here goes! First sips are very sweet (candied sugar sweet) then I get a hint of smokey flavour and an aftertaste of cinnamon sugar. Once I am done sipping, it is definitely true to carrot cake taste – not so much in the sip itself but in the lingering tastes. Honestly, this cup is a bit sweeter than I can stand, likely because of the hunks of dried fruit I saw in my infuser. This level of sweetness is a bit much for me so I think I will try it again another time, after checking the components in my infuser!
As it cools it is losing some of that over-bearing sweetness and is more of a cinnamon sugar flavour, with echos of raisins and icing. Still over the top but probably ideal for a dessert or sweet tea lover.
Oh, Read My Lips – I love you so! When I first smelled and tasted you, I thought you could never be the one for me…but now? Now I don’t know how I ever lived without you. I just sent some of you off to a co-worker who also loves mint and chocolate but I can’t help but mourn that cup I’ll never have. Luckily there are 50 more grams of you at home, and tonnes more at the store. You might just be my winter indulgence this year!
ps – Thanks for making me love chocolate teas…I never knew what I was missing!
Enjoying this at the moment. I feel a bit guilty that the same teas stay a work all the time while the bulk of my collection is at home. I wish I could have all my teas all the time, but such is life. Had some of this today after a bit of a break and am enjoying it. Mint is dominant, but with the green tea tempering it out. I still think you’d have to be a mint nut to enjoy it, but I AM a mint nut! : )
Gave another sample of this a try. I have a tin somewhere at home, but am trying to clear out samples. This one was composed more like what I am used to, with visible pieces of fruit. There was something that loooked like a strawberry in my cup, enticing me. While this is better than my last tasting (I decreased water temperature a bit in deference to the green tea) it still takes on a bitter edge toward the end. I truly wish there were no black tea in this blend, I think I would enjoy it more without that addition. At first I get a sweet green tea taste, not overly vegetal but clearly green with a hint of fruit and then the bolder black tea steps up the plate to dominate the finish. It’s rare that I want a green tea, but I think they are starting to grow on me…
Wow. SimplyJenW swapped me this ages ago (at my request) and apparently I didn’t get the opportunity to log it until now. I steeped some up in my gaiwan and am enjoying a nice smooth cuppa. I get dark cocoa and smooth tea behind it. Reminds me of the memory of Golden Snail. Really a treat, and I expect to get a few steeps out of it. First taste is maybe 5 ounces water, 3/4 tsp of tea and a three minute steep with water just under boiling. All very different from my usual lazy way, but I managed to pour it without spilling or burning myself which was excellent! My, this really is a cocoa tasting tea. Mmmm…
Also, comparing this to the Keemun Panda from Sawadee that I had earlier today, this is a much smoother tea, seems unlikely to become bitter unless treated very poorly.
Mmmm. Here’s hoping this one comes back this winter. I still have a bit left in the tin and decided a cup of this would be the ticket. I used two teaspoons and have a pretty good ingredient distribution (an issue with this tea). I only have one big piece of orange left in the tin though and I seem to be saving it for a special occasion. Anyway, after a ten minute steep this yielded a powerful and sweet liquor, reminiscent of apple cider but not quite as intense. Perhaps a diluted apple cider, like one might do for children (why are children’s juices watered down, anyway?) Yum!
The beau bought some of this the other day without looking at the price. Considering our general dislike of green teas (or at least a lack of enthusiasm for them) I wasn’t very impressed with him. We tried it out last night and I must say that I wasn’t impressed. I won’t give a numerical rating for now as I had only a few sips, but this was little more than hot water to me. I couldn’t pick out any sort of taste, not even vegetal or buttery as expected. It eas extremely mild and way too pricy. So far, I’m not impressed.
Had one of these today at my cousin’s house (she recently got a Keurig). I figured ‘d give it a shot, plus it’s fun to use the little cups. Up front, I hate all the waste involved but it was a novelty. Nothing special about the tea, fairly standard ‘bagged’ fare. Didn’t get too bitter, but probably because it didn’t seem to reach boiling. Totally do-able in a pinch, and pretty neat!
It’s been two months since I received this and in this time the flavours have REALLY come together. I steeped this about ten minutes and get a lemon lime POW at first, and that gives way to a delicious creamy aftertaste, as if I have VERY recently eating a bit of cheesecake. It’s sort of like a one, two punch and I am loving it. I read a comment once (I think from LiberTeas?) that Frank’s blends, as with all blends, do best if they’e had a little time to sit. This one is a shining example..I am so glad to get a cheesecake taste from this! Yay!