430 Tasting Notes
. . . ew.
Burnt, bitter, no hint of creaminess or cheesecake. Just a very poor, very fake-tasting Earl experience.
Ah, a pleasant reminder of our own Toronto Tea Party today. My first venture into the Tea Emporium’s line up, the name caught me right away. My first steep of this (made in-store) was too bitter, but the second steep was very pleasant. It has a mellow, low-key creamy flavour, with just a hint of bergamot, just a hint of smoky green tea, just a hint of vanilla, and absolutely no back-hint of ass.
Grabbed a little sachet of this at the Blue Banana months ago, but I haven’t tried it until now. Met up with the devilishly interesting Toronto tea partiers at Fran’s and swapped this out for the Red Rose in the pot of tea I ordered. The conversation and the meal was much more memorable than the tea.
Sweet and fruity, maintained its flavour and didn’t go bitter through multiple steeps (steeps varied in time from two to four minutes, maybe a bit more. Tried to keep the temperature low.). No single “tropical” flavour stood out to me, and the green base was a little grassy without being off-puttingly vegetal. I may have to try this again when I can devote more attention to it.
. . . ew.
It tastes like rose-scented shampoo and panda licorice. Neither of those are good things. There are very few teas where I can’t even finish one cup.
This was a beautifully juicy berry black, I’m so glad I tried it at long last.
The black tea base that Red Leaf uses is always a good accent to their blends, but it is very sensitive to timing. It can get bitter quick, but I managed to avoid that, yay!
Tried this in store. I love our local DT. The associates all recognise us, call us by name, almost know our tea stash by its name (Stashy, Devourer of Worlds), etc. I just wish they wore nametags so we could stop calling them Really Hipster Girl, Less Hipster Girl, That Nice One, Hipster Asian Boy, Hipster White Boy, and the manager.
I liked this tea to start, very sweet and spicy, but there was a cloying aftertaste that snuck up on me and stuck in the back of my throat. Actually made me a little ill. I think it might be the stevia? I’m not sure. Anyway, won’t be repeating the experience.
Yum! I wish I could find a description of the tea online (Say Tea! y u no update website?), because this is a very tasty fruit and nut blend. It reminds me of DT’s Forever Nuts without the beetroot. It’s naturally sweet and very delicious.
Been drinking this almost non-stop for the last few days. I’m afraid of burning myself out on it, but I really love the sweet almondyness of it (yes, that’s a technical term).
In related news, it’s another big Stash Cleanse for us today. Cataloging and sorting all our teas and updating our spreadsheet, and then putting together a huge box of swap and destash teas.
Think I should have steeped this one a little longer than I did, but otherwise delicious.