466 Tasting Notes
Backlog (last one!). This was by far the most common tea available in Poland, always offered with lemon and sometimes with sugar. I only had it with milk once (and sugar, too; it was called “caramel tea” on the menu, which was kind of cute), but it took it well.
This tea steeps very fast and strong and is rather bitter when left black. It resteeps easily several times, and on at least three occasions I got a full four-cup pot out of one bag. My favorite way to drink this was with a squeeze of lemon, which seems to be the common Polish way to serve tea. Something about the lemon balances out the flavor of the tea and makes it truly delicious. It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but it was reliable and available everywhere. I’ve developed a kind of affection for it after 20+ cups.
Backlog. This was my other favorite of the Dilmah teas. If the Blackcurrant tasted like black currant candies, this tastes like those strawberry candies with soft centers that are so hard to find but so delicious. Again, it’s good both with and without sugar, and I drank it both ways according to my mood. Another one I would buy!
Backlog. This was one of my favorites of the Dilmah teas. I admit I’ve never eaten an actual black currant (although I have had the red ones), but I have eaten candies flavored like them. This tea tasted exactly like those candies! It was good plain, not too bitter or astringent with strong fruit flavor, and with a little sugar added it was delicious. When I have some room in my cabinet I want to buy it.
Backlog. Wow! This is probably the strongest bergamot I’ve ever tasted. That’s not a bad thing, though, because it’s firmly on the side of citrus instead of perfume. The tea itself gets dark very fast, but after I added some lemon it was really pretty good. I ended up liking some other Dilmah teas (the strawberry and blackcurrant) better, so I didn’t revisit this one, but it’s a solid EG.
Backlog. To me this didn’t taste artificial, just like dehydrated strawberries. When brewed it actually became jammy and sweet in a very nice way, which I was not expecting at all from this brand—it’s much better than any Lipton I’ve had in America, including strawberry flavors. I only found it on the breakfast buffet once, so I guess I know why it kept disappearing!
In case anyone wondered where I’ve been over the last week, the answer is Europe! Specifically Poland. My dad had a conference there and I was lucky enough to tag along. I had a lot of fun but it’s good to be home. (And now I have a lot of backlog notes to do!)
It’s funny, but I’m pretty sure this is different than the Lipton we have in the US. Not drastically, but it’s smoother and less astringent. I had this several times, and two were worth commenting on: with raspberry juice and with preserves. The juice I only saw on one menu, but the preserves were on at least three and I got curious. It turns out to be a really smart and delicious way to sweeten plain tea; who doesn’t have jam sitting around somewhere? And Lipton is significantly better with some sugar of some kind in it.
Sipdown for now, but I’ll probably come back to it someday. There’s something about this combination that really appeals to me, and it’s convenient and reliable to grab a handful of these bags and throw them into my luggage when I’m traveling.
This cup has cooled off slightly so it’s not as heavily spiced as usual. It actually reminds me almost of lemon pudding this time around: interesting! Still one of my favorite grocery store offerings even after I’ve finished the entire box.
Sipdown! I’m finally down to 200 again, which is a relief; my plan is to get to at most 150 and maybe even fewer by Christmas. There are just so many little bits of teas that have accumulated it’s hard to keep track. Luckily my mom has switched from coffee to tea recently and she’s more than willing to help me out, so it’ll go twice as fast.
This tea is so interesting to me. My “cotton candy” comment in my first note still stands, and I think it must be because the strawberries are dried. I’ve always found that dried strawberries taste very different than fresh. The mango in this is really amazing, almost like eating the real fruit. Delicious!
Backlog from yesterday. I was completely blown away by this yesterday, and by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at Peet’s. I had never been to one but stopped in before a doctor’s appointment, expecting the usual three or four tea options. Instead I got a full menu and a staff who obviously knew what they were talking about and how to brew tea. I’ll definitely be going back!
As for the tea itself, it was amazing. It had the intense stone fruit flavors I love in this type of oolong, along with a slight woodiness and an incredible aftertaste that lingered forever—plum skin, honey, and flowers. I still can’t get over how fruity it was—it might be the fruitiest I’ve tried without flavoring added. I got two steeps out of it and wish I had gotten more (pesky doctor’s appointments!), but I would love this to be a permanent addition to my collection based on that.