210 Tasting Notes
How can it be Monday again already? Anyone else notice how quickly the weekends seem to disappear? The good news I guess, is the older I get, the faster the weekdays seem to fly as well… Its an unusually cool morning here in Southern California, we’re actually expecting our first winter storm of the season to hit today and tomorrow which hopefully translates into some rain here where I am. This tea seemed perfect this morning due to the cooler change but its definitely seen better days! The flavor is starting to fade and although still tasty its not quite as good as I remember it. Another one to add to the sipdown pile to enjoy before it becomes flavorless.
I found this hiding in the back of my cupboard while I was doing some sorting and cleaning up this weekend… I’ve decided its time for me to drink through all my older teas and of course, to be able to do that I need to know what I actually have lurking way back there in the depths of my cupboards… Honestly, this isn’t quite as flavorsome as I remember it but it still tastes pretty darn good for a tea thats probably over two years old now! I guess those David’s Tea canisters really do help retain the tea flavors over time! I need to make sure I don’t throw out the tin later this week when I’ve finally sipped all of this down.
Scent and flavor wise it’s still pretty heavy on the coffee, brown sugar and butter…I’m still getting a hint of cherry but the pineapple is AWOL. Its a touch too sweet and a tad bit artificial tasting as the sip lingers in the mouth. I remember just how much I enjoyed this when I first bought it and although its aged pretty decently in my opinion, my taste buds have moved on a little from Davids Tea blends and these days I tend to prefer something a little more natural tasting although this won’t stop me from sipping down my tin this week.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Cake, Cherry, Coffee
I’ve been meaning to review this tea FOREVER… Well not really forever, I only got my package of it a few weeks ago, but I’ve drunk it so much since then that it feels like it’s been forever!!
52 Tea’s blended this one up especially for me as part of the ‘you choose the blend’ reward for my kickstarter bid. I must admit, initially I was a little worried when i started emailing Anne and she mentioned she had no idea what a Lamington was but in the end I decided to trust in her superior blending taste buds and a quick tutorial from Wikipedia.
So for those still in the dark about this delectable treat, lamingtons are an Australian morning or afternoon tea treat that most people consume with a strong cuppa. Basically it’s a small individual sized square serve of sponge cake, covered in chocolate syrup, coconut flakes and if you’re really lucky, in the center is a layer of strawberry jam and cream. YUM!
So, on to the tea…. The dry leaf is full of coconut slivers, large dried strawberry pieces, and cocoa nibs and it seriously smells exactly like a jam and cream filled Lamington, which is super exciting for this homesick Aussie! Upon brewing as per the directions, the flavor is not quite as strong as the scent but I still get the definite taste profile of a Lamington!! I seriously recommend this with a splash of milk or even a dollop of cream if you’re feeling a little decadent… Give it a try… If you like strawberry, coconut, chocolate, cream and sponge cake you’ll love this!! It’s a decadent treat without any of the calories!!
Definitely time to stop hoarding this one and start drinking it up, my stashed supply is absloutely starting to feel the effects of time and age which is sad because this was always one of my favorites… The last cup of this that I drink will feel bittersweet, bitter because its the last cup I’ll EVER get to drink but sweet because although the flavor is starting to fade slightly its still pretty darn delicious!!! At least I’ve got enough to get me through the next 5-6 days!! :D
Yup, definitely seems that I am on a sip down mission today… After three years in California we’ve been advised that our company is looking to move us again. So I’ve started working my way thought the house spring cleaning style like I always do when we get this news to make it just a little less stressful when the movers eventually turn up to move us who knows where. I’ve started in the kitchen because its always helpful to know what food we have to try to eat through, give away, donate and dispose of and of course I need a good dose of caffeine to keep me motivated and moving through this process… or in this instance, a non-caffeinated break to stop me from getting super jittery!!
This is the reblend of the tea by the new 52 Teas – I cold brewed it up and although I’m getting the minty grasshopper flavors, I’m not getting much chocolate and unfortunately there’s another flavor that I can’t put my finger on that I’m not finding all that pleasant. It might be the honeybush base as I’m not the hugest fan of this type of tea. Down the sink this one is going… but I have plenty of other great 52 teas to take its place both in my cup and in my cupboard.
I’ve been reading through reviews recently and noticing that a few people are commenting that Stacy’s flavored teas are starting to crest over that flavor peak and head into the not so tasty other side so it’s got me rushing to my cupboard to enjoy as many of butikis flavored teas as I can as quickly as I can… This weekend may be the start of a Butiki sip down marathon… Which is exciting and super sad at the same time.
First on the list and upon opening the bag, I t definitely still has a decidedly pistachio scent. Brewer, the flavor is still on point,the pistachio lingering long after the sip with a hint of sweetness. Happy to say I don’t need to rush through the rest of my bag just yet, sad to say this makes me yearn for a cup of praline horizon and I’m all out.
I need to start this post with a big sorry to my secret pumpkin as I only managed to get their package into the post this afternoon – however its guaranteed to arrive before halloween so hopefully they forgive me…. I was packing up a big sample of this for my pumpkin as it was on their wish list when I realized I hadn’t enjoyed it myself for a couple of months AND then i realized I’d never reviewed it… must solve those serious problems!! First sips of this were full of cocoa, malt, wood and nuts which made me realize how much I’ve been drinking flavored teas recently and how much I have been neglecting my straight blacks. I seem to be going through phases right now… I find a tea, drink it to death, at the detriment to all the other amazing teas in my cupboard and then suddenly I’m over it and I’m on to the next binge drinking option. On the bright side at least its one way to manage some quickish sip downs!! Laoshan Black is something I always try to keep in my cupboard and I’m very quickly remembering why!!
Sip down and man am I going to miss this in my cupboard… so much so that I’m seriously contemplating paying the ridiculous shipping cost to have it sent to me in CA from Oz!!
Life has gotten pretty hectic the last few months between work, school and home life and I’ve been a little absent here on steepster… but I’m still drinking plenty of tea and am trying to sip down my humongous stash!! The benefit of not being on steepster so much recently? You guys haven’t been tempting me with delicious tasting notes so its been a LONG while since I really bought any tea…. YAY!!
Back to my actual tasting note… I am seriously going to miss this tea in my cupboard. It reminds me so much of rocky road – chocolate, strawberry, rhubarb and a touch of nuttiness. Its divine with a splash of milk and has kind of been my guilty pleasure recently whenever I’ve had a desert craving… What am I going to do now?!?!?! Hmmm shipping costs from Oz be that bad right??
mmmmm, man I’ve missed this tea!!! While searching the back of my cupboard this morning for something I’d long lost and had a sudden craving for I blindly pulled this out instead and my craving was immediately forgotten… this is nutty, malty, chocolatey goodness… I really wish I wasn’t about to run out forever… now thats a seriously depressing thought!!!
Mmmm I’ve drunk like three cups of this tea this morning… its pretty darn amazing and seriously reminds me of eating a big fluffy lamington…. especially when I add milk!! The dry leaf has some huge coconut pieces and a generous sprinkling of chocolate pieces which really helps the tea taste so darn authentic… No need to desperately crave a lamington when I have this tea in my stash – all i need to do is take a sip and close my eyes!!