843 Tasting Notes
Thanks to the amazing Kittena for a sample of Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast (BCRT)!
I got lots of samples to try out, yay! That’ll keep me busy drinking tea and not eating snacks! But out of my pile, this tea screamed at me – I think it was me writing down all the suggested steep times for the samples and I saw the picture of that buttery piece of toast and was all “YUMMMM”!
DRY: slightly sweet? Wasn’t much of a strong smell for me.
STEEPED: Reddy brown colour, zingy cinnamon scent.
TASTE: black tea base, a blast of cinnamony spice and aftertaste of raisin. The more I drink, the more raisiny BCRT gets. Slight bitterness.
Sweetened with plain rock sugar, I find the butteryness comes out but the cinnamon blast goes down. I think if I get more of this tea, I’d use less sweetener.
COMMENTS: Very yummy! I am the bitter tea police, but the slight bitterness worked well here, brought out the raisin, if that makes any sense. And Mmmm buttery teas! I’m a sucker for buttery or creamy!
After a tiring jiu-jitsu morning, I’m having Apricot guayusa with my lunch.. in ICED TEA MODE!
Steeped 6 mins then poured over ice. Very nice after sweaty workout to pep me up with more energy. I find with AG iced the earthyness (and slight grassy) comes out some more, but still lovely apricot and creamy.
Yeah, I order Caramel Cheesecake Black tea without second thought! Very pumped with all these cheesecake teas, oooh yeah!
I had just finished making a huge meaty lasagna and hadn’t washed my hands of sticky noodles and cheese when the mail dude came with my packages. I got this tea (CCC) and Benson’s snuggly rabbit bed! Benson is shedding like a beast and I’m hoping this bed will attract all the black fur from flying everywhere. I’m tired of getting rabbit fur in my tea!
DRY: Strong, caramel liquor smell.
STEEPED: Steeps up a dark red/brown tea. Smells like black tea and sweet.
TASTE: A strong robust black tea with a caramel sweetness. I’m getting some bitterness and slight astringency at the end.
Sweetened with plain rock sugar, I find the caramel comes out more + smoother and the tea becomes creamy cheesecake twang like. Bitterness disappears, but theres still some dryness at the end (unless it’s leftover from me drinking it unsweetned). Totally delicious sweetened!
WHO’D WANT A PIECE OF THIS TEA: Black tea drinkers – the black tea is quite strong I find, but it is good tasting black. Also good for tea peeps that like to add sweetener to their tea.
COMMENTS: I actually was disappointed while drinking this unsweetened as it was bitter and kinda caramelly. Sweetened, this CCC is amazing!
Of course, maybe others should tinker with the temperature and steep times more to see if this could come out better.
Overall, pretty good but I personally like the recent Apricot Cheesecake Shou Mei from 52 teas much more. I am glad to have this tea and will enjoy it when I’m in the mood for a sweetened black.
(cheesecake black tea latte? I always say lattes and never made them these days, too hot still is southern california!)
COLD STEEPED MODE:
This tea got better and better the longer it sat in my fridge! Not as sweet as the hot version, but much more bright, stronger pineapple taste. The coconut is really subtle though, so cold steeped Tropicalia isn’t as pina coladay.
Very good, though I prefer it hot, or maybe I’ll try it prepared as iced tea… or latttte!!!!
Phew, I was tired this morning and so zoned out. I drank my guayusa, tealogged it, got trampled on by my bunny, cleaned and then plotted my husband’s christmas gift.
Behold! Dinosaur pajamas! http://wholesale7.net/images/201110/goods_img/12965_P_1319441471958.jpg
Yeah, I’m weird. I’m hoping he’ll dance around wearing it like this: http://youtu.be/bamYJaCpTqI
I got too much free time…..
Tropicalia has been haunting me for awhile. It’s sitting there in my “need to try” pile, unopened for a couple months now. I know I forgot about it for awhile, then recently I just keep putting it off. With the fall collection out now, I felt I needed to try this tea in the event I love it and need to buy more before it gets phased out.
DRY: Very sweet and pineapply with a hit of coconut. Almost a pina colada! Very cute sugar hearts in this!
STEEPED: Bright yellow and lovely pina colada smell! I snacked on 50% of the steeped fruits in my steeper, so much for a resteep!
TASTE: Gently sweet pineapple and apple with a great coconut aftertaste. The more I drink and the more it cools, Tropicalia gets more sweet and pineapply.
Note: I was really generous and did 2t for one cup of tea.
WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Pinacolada peeps, get on this now! Very good tea that has no caffeine but also no chamomile/rooibos.
COMMENTS: very tasty! The more I sip, the more I like this tea. I feel like I want to dance around drinking this wearing dinosaur pajamas. I’d love this tea to be stronger, maybe I’ll jack up the dry quantity some more.
I got a cold steeped going, hopefully it comes out good too!
DRY: lemon drop sweet with a hint of lemon grass.
STEEPED: Strong lemony + lemongrass scent that I can smell from far away! Steeped up to a oaky brown.
TASTE: Lemony with a touch of lemon grass – creamy earth background. Very very little tart – and what was there was a pleasant experience.
Sweetened, this GMS becomes more creamy silky with lemon zesty tang to it. I think I like GMS sweetened.
Lemony drop tea burps!
WHO’D LOVE THIS TEA: Lemon tea lovers that want a morning kick! Good introduction to guayusa too.
COMMENTS: One of the best lemon teas I’ve tried! I’m thinking this would make a great lemonaid (mmm.. caffeine spiked lemonaid). I enjoy the creamy taste and the excellent wake up feeling. GMS is like sunny and cheerful, makes we wanna play a sunny Plants Vs Zombies level this morning while drinking this tea.
A similar tea would be 52 Tea’s Sun and Cloud Mist – which has a mystery fluff taste, but also a strong lemon tea. I say I prefer GMS because it is much less finicky to steep. S&CM can get bitter if oversteeped 30 seconds. That and I love guayusa tea!
LAZY ICED MATCHA MODE!
Yep, addicted to matcha. I keep drinking this stuff! I’m waiting for the next matcha sale at Red Leaf so I can buy more!
I mentioned on my first review of Caramel Matcha my fav sushi joint serves an iced matcha. I decided to recreate this with my own, tastier matcha. However, I’m absolutely lazy feeling today and really dislike whisking my matcha with my teeny wire whisk of crap.
1. I sifted 1.5 tsp of my caramel matcha into a blender ball bottle.
(blender ball bottle: http://www.amazon.com/Sundesa-BB28-SC08-28-Ounce-BlenderBottle-BlenderBall/dp/B001KADGMI)
2. I added around 250ml of filtered water)
3. Shake bottle
4. Add ice
The blender ball thing did create a frothy top, at first it didn’t look like it was working, but about 30 seconds later the matcha was looking good.
Very tasty matcha with a soft hit of caramel! Next time I need to do a milk version!
EDIT: tried the blender ball + soy milk = LOTS OF FROTH!!!! Doubled in size!
However, I didn’t sift the matcha and the blender ball wasn’t able to break up all the little bits, so sifting the matcha is a step that cannot be skipped.