892 Tasting Notes
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this tea is freakin’ awesome. This is a go big or go home kind of tea which I love in a chai. Everything from the spices, to the fruity note, to the smokey finish, to the over all smoothness of the tea is BIG. And delicious. It’d be so easy for one part of this tea to overwhelm the rest, but it’s well blended and has great balance.
Love, love, love.
This came to me from ThainofBuckland as part of the Christmas Card swap. Thank you!
This is a slightly smokey tea. I can also taste a bit of sweetness, but other than that I’m not picking up much flavor. It’s not astringent or bitter, which is good, but there’s not a whole lot going on flavor wise in my cup.
Flavors: Smoke, Sweet
I’ve taken to drinking bright, fruity, and floral teas in the afternoon as my way of combating the blahs I feel from it getting dark so early. It lifts my mood every time. I should probably add my green and oolong teas to the rotation, too. The rest of the day I’m all about heavy winter or dessert-y holiday teas, but four o’clock is reserved for lighter teas!
I haven’t had this tea in quite a while, but it doesn’t seem to have suffered any loss of flavor. The pear flavor is still really good with the floral notes following. I actually forgot what a nice pear tea this is. It also does an excellent job of bringing an iced wine flavor to tea.
This. Oh, this I like. I picked up a sample when I placed my last Upton order, and I’m glad I did. The dry leaf smells strongly of roses, and there are rose petals mixed in with the tea leaves. I thought the brewed cup would be all rose, but it’s not. The tea is the first thing I taste – smooth, slightly sweet and bready. There is a hint of spice and something woody. The rose is at the end of the sip, and while it’s light it is clearly rose. It’s clean and floral. No soapy taste to be found. This is simply delightful, and a great afternoon tea.
I’m going to have to pick up some of this before January rolls around. I think my search for a good rose tea is over!
This came as a bonus sample with my Upton order. It is a very nice breakfast tea, full of malt and raisin notes. I was distracted while it was steeping and let it go a little too long, but even with the long steep I’m not picking up any bitterness or astringency. It is rather robust, but I like that in a morning tea. Since this was my first time having this I didn’t add additions, but this is a tea that could easily handle cream and sugar while still allowing the flavors of the tea to come through.
I received this from Nicole as part of the Christmas Card Swap. I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while now, so I was excited she sent it my way. Thank you!
This is good. Really good. It’s a sweet, bright Ceylon that’s incredibly smooth. There’s no doubt in my mind that this would make a knockout iced tea, and at some point I’ll have to try that. I’ll pick up more of this for sure. It’s one of the better Ceylons I’ve tried.
Backlogging from yesterday.
A friend and I took the train up to New York City to do some Christmas shopping and meet up with another friend who was in town for work. I was excited to get away for the day and to hang out with such great friends. I decided to put this in my travel mug for the train ride. The weather was cold, rainy, and windy, and by the time we got on the train I was so happy I brought it along. In fact, I found myself wishing I’d brought along a whole thermos of it because the weather in NYC was awful. Walking anywhere meant getting soaked from head to toe – even with all of our rain gear. We still had a great time, but more of this tea would have been appreciated!
My Della Terra order was waiting at the post office, and I was excited to see it! I really enjoyed this tea last winter. It’s a great blend and a fun tea. Perfect for the holiday!
I have to admit that I laughed when I saw the popcorn in the package. Last year the popcorn drove me crazy because it made me think of genmaicha even though it doesn’t flavor the tea at all. I guess it’s supposed to remind people of popcorn garland on Christmas trees. Anyway, I just pick it out and enjoy the vanilla, mint, and slight chocolate flavors here. It’s really good, and I’m happy to have this back in my cupboard.