430 Tasting Notes
Needed an anti-headache pick-me-up today (and, apparently, ALL THE HYPHENS) so my lovely wife made me a cup of this to take to work. It made it all the way to the bus stop with me and was quickly gone. I have so much love in my heart for the peppermint tea. It’s just so blissfully unadulterated.
I got more of an Huh La La from this than any specific Ooh.
It was very fruity, no disappointment there. The scent of the dry leaf definitely lived up to the tea, but the overall flavour was very heady and overwhelming; I’d say “oppressive” but it’s only oppressive in that way that an old lady’s perfume is oppressive when she’s standing right beside you. Very off-putting. I don’t know if I would reach for it again.
Finally got around to trying this, combating a bit of a headache and mint and a bit of caffeine usually helps. Red Leaf does an amazing Earl, but I have been underwhelmed by the rest of their offerings. The mint was very mild and the green tea tasted stale and dusty. It was better than a kick in the teeth.
This came out a little bit bitter, but it’s still got a fuzzy peach ripple through it, not even a mild back-hint of ass. Not the overwhelming peachy flavour I was expecting from the smell of the dry leaf, but an enjoyable black all the same. It will take some experimenting to find the proper steeping time and temp.
Dry, this tea is outstanding. Just an incredibly heady smell of fresh fruit and light sencha.
Unfortunately, even after a steep at the correct temperature for much longer than I would usually do a green, checking every thirty seconds, the flavour remained stubbornly that of a lightly vegetal green. There was a faint aroma, a back-hint of the fruitiness of the dry leaf, of berries, but the tea was clear and light. Very underwhelming. Very unimpressed. Very disappointed.
Wow! Tealish occasionally pulls a bizarre combo out of the bag and dazzles with it. Citrus and coconut, paired with the spice blend more commonly found in chai? Say whaaaat? But it was tasty! A very good black tea at the first taste, with the sweetness of the citrus, cream from the coconut, and a tingle and zip from the spices. I snagged a sample of it from Indigobloom for a second and third steep, but this may be sneaking into the collection.
I took my life into my hands unintentionally by making this, as we only have enough for one cup in the house.
I like this, it’s sweet and citrusy, with just a hint of the good-for-you stuff of the more medicinal teas without, well, the medicinal part. I usually find mates a little astringent for me, but the citrus does a lot to balance that out. I definitely want to pick some of this up to add to my wake-me-up rotation.
Finally tried this from our Toronto Tea Party and mmmmm, very sweet and fruity without any sugar. I don’t taste any hibiscus, but I only steeped it two minutes, which seems the perfect length for most blacks. I like the berry in this one; reminds me of Tealish’s Bella Berry without the tartness of the melon added in.