190 Tasting Notes
Hmm, I actually quite like this one. I’m not really into green teas, but the name “emerald lily” and the description of this one really caught my eye. With the big, long, curly leaves, I was concerned I didn’t have enough leaf – but now I’m wondering if I’ve been preparing some other greens too strong? I have some Dragonwell that sort of freaked me out with the super strong fruit and veggie flavors, but maybe it was just too much leaf!
Anyhow, this is subtle and lovely with a mild fruity and flowery flavor. I’m not sure that I’m getting toasted pine nut..but..maybe. :)
Black currant is one of my favorite “everyday” tea flavors, so this was definitely a pleasant surprise to find in the 12 teas of Christmas set. I must admit, I’m just not a big fan of white tea. Maybe my palate just can’t appreciate the subtlety, or maybe I just enjoy black tea too much – I’m not a big fan of greens either. This was not bad, but the white tea I think is jut too “delicate” for me. I like the currant flavor, but I think I still prefer black tea over white. I could see this making excellent iced tea, though.
When I saw the chunk of coconut, I thought perhaps I had gotten two of the pina colada rooibos! But, no, it is the lovely coconut cream pie! I’m happy because I wanted black tea, and I realized from the pina colada blend that I really like coconut flavored tea. Hooray!
The strongest flavor of this tea is coconut, but I also detected some custard flavors too. Very yummy and dessert-like just with milk. It’s not oh-wow-amazing, but I do like it.
This one is right up my alley! I love chai, and who doesn’t love chocolate? With soymilk and sugar, it tastes like a spiced hot chocolate. I’m getting cinnamon a bit more than the other spices, but that’s fine by me. I do wish I could taste the black tea more – I don’t think I prepared it too weak, but it’s hard to say for sure.
This is quite nice! I feel like I’m tasting mostly coconut, but I think that might be because the coconut and pineapple meld together really well. I’ve never had honeybush on it’s own, but now I’m curious to try it. I’ll probably also go for a second infusion tonight—anyone know if this tea is good for that?
Backlogging from yesterday.
I tried this with 1 tsp cacao nibs. The cacao nibs definitely added something, but it wasn’t as chocolaty as I had hoped. It had a full-bodied bitterness and a very subtle sweetness. I added milk and sugar to the second steep, which was a bit more of the dessert tea I was going for. The chocolate flavor was subtle, but I’m going to try it again sometime, maybe with rooibos or Ceylon black tea.