474 Tasting Notes
I was excited to try this blend, now that at long last it’s available loose on the wall instead of in a gift set.
I was so disappointed. Boo.
It gave the distinct impression of drinking three different teas in rapid succession; every sip was like Wonka’s four-course chewing gum. First, a dark chocolate tea with a hint of non-descript berry. Then, immediately following, a sharply spiced chai, and finally a heavy licorice that clung to the back of my throat. The first two would have been alright individually, but the combination of the two was very off-putting. And the licorice – bleh. Just cloying and stuck to my mouth for way too long afterwards.
Will not repeat the experience. Am sad.
Drank this yesterday and forgot to log it. When they say sweet, they mean sweet! God, this is a tasty tea. None of the black tea is lost in the flavour, which is a bold and flavourful sweetly orange taste. Orange. Orange orange orange and then some more orange.
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I am always down for an Earl, and like most of Tea Haus’s blends, this one did not disappoint. Smooth and mild black tea, with the smoky bergamot and creaminess in perfect proportion. If I were to brew it again, I would do it at less than boiling and avoid some of the bitterness that I experienced.
One of the factors I consider in a tea rating and review is how long after I drink the tea that I actually write the review, and how well I remember it in that time. If I’m still thinking “Oh God, that tea was freaking amazing”, that tea was freaking amazing. If I’m sitting here trying to figure out what the tea tasted like at all, that’s not really a good thing. Unfortunately, this tea was definitely the latter.
It did have a very juicy aftertaste, but it was strangely not thirst-quenching. The green was a bit bitter and left my mouth feeling very dried-out. It was alright, but not fantastic.
I think I’ve had this one before but can never for the life of me remember it the next time. It is a tasty chocolate-strawberry blend, even if the rose gives it a bit of a floral edge I’m not fond of. The chocolate is similarly low-key; the overwhelming flavour I got was the dried strawberries. And they really tasted like dried strawberries – which isn’t a bad thing. If you’ve never had dried strawberries, a) why the hell not? and b) you’re dumb, because they are freaking delicious. Like little chewy candies of nature.
While it was tasty, it was also forgettable. For chocolate blends, I’d go for some Read My Lips or Chocolate Orange over this one.
Apparently we have two samples of this in the house, which is good because my wife almost had to smack a ho for using up one of them.
I’ve always liked the idea of chai. The spice blend is warm and comforting, and always smells amazing, but I am not a huge fan of cinnamon or licorice in my teas, and every chai I’ve ever tried always has an overabundance of one or the other. This chai, I am so happy to find out, does not!
I tried it sweetened, and it was a little too sweet for my taste, so just black it should be perfect. I’ll also have to try it with a little milk the next time we get some in the house.
Definitely going on the purchasing list for this Friday’s expedition to the Tea Haus. Am so excite!
Also, there is a term in the knitting community for a yarn-buying trip: SEX, a Stash Enhancement eXpedition. I think we need to adopt that over here on Steepster.
Every time I drink this tea I am just blown away by it. It is just incredible – and for the price? Unbelievable quality.
I drank this all day – literally. Three healthy pinches of leaves (the leaves are long and twisted, which makes it almost impossible to scoop or measure with a spoon) in a large yixing, and it yielded six steeps. I think I could have done more, but there was other tea to be drunk.
This tea has a lot of flavour and a lot of depth, the character of it changing with every steep from very sweet and light to darker and malty. I cannot talk this tea up enough.