472 Tasting Notes
Mmmm. My wife tried this yesterday and was raving about it, so after a too-long day and too-short sleep, I pulled it out of the sample box to kick me into action. I think I was a little too stingy on the leaves, but I wanted to leave enough of our sample so Rita could have another cup.
Yum! I can’t wait to try this again with more leaves. As it was, it reminded me of the fruit-infused greens that don’t try for perfume – a sweet and round taste that isn’t very bold or in-your-face, but still very pleasant. It was a great tea to drink at work. Not too sweet, not too leafy, not too much of anything but delicious. Looking forward to adding this one to the cupboard for sleepy mornings.
I’m still on the lookout for Republic of Tea’s Honey Ginseng on a store shelf somewhere, but in the meantime I spied this offering from Celestial Seasonings and thought I would give it a try. The lemon is the predominant flavour, but the honey sweetens the acidic bit of the lemon, and the ginseng is working to clear my sinuses. Luckily I can’t taste any of the licorice mentioned on the package. While this wasn’t the tea I was looking for, I’m glad I picked it up; it’ll make a nice caffeinated alternative to NeoCitran or homemade honey lemon tea for a sore throat.
I’ve been trying to save this tea, since it has been discontinued, but I needed all litre-plus of delicious raspberry bergamotty goodness today. Made the Big Bubba of tea to get me through the last half of work-shift-from-hell.
I still can’t get over how all-around good this tea is. The raspberry doesn’t overwhelm the Earl, but highlights it and enhances it. And the black base is so incredibly rich and full without a trace of bitterness. I ordered the peach Earl from Red Leaf the other day, I’m hoping it’s a similar full fruity Earl.
Savouring my third cup of this for the evening. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this dry and steep it from the beginning so I can taste all the subtle creamy variations. You know, DT, I was starting to lose faith in you a little. The last few blends have been a little iffy. But you have come back strong with this blend, even if it is light on the actual tea content for the price.
It was creamy and sweet, which seems to be a tea-theme for me today. Reminded me of Check Mate with less of the chocolate flavour, but keeping the sweet coconutty creaminess.
I really enjoyed this tea! I may hunt down TinaS for the rest of the sample that Jessie split between us.
Dry, the leaves didn’t smell overwhelmingly of much at all, but once steeped it lived up to the name in a big way, a mellow tea with a smooth and sweet white chocolate creaminess. I wanted to just hold each swallow in my mouth for a while until it melted. Next time I might steep it a little shorter to bring out the sweet chocolate without the white tea getting more astringent. There was a kind of oily film on the top of the cup, I guess from the milk drops, but it didn’t put me off at all. Overall, a deliciously dessert tea.
When I was in high school, I actually worked at Tim Hortons for almost a year. I wasn’t a tea- or coffee-drinker at the time, but I would make an extra-large hot chocolate almost every shift. Two squirts of cream and a peppermint tea bag before pouring the hot chocolate made a divine drink.
To me, Tim’s peppermint will always be the addition to a rich cup of hot chocolate. On its own, as I had it today, it’s just underwhelming. Not quite enough of anything to be satisfying, but good in a pinch to deal with headache or tummy troubles.