409 Tasting Notes
My dad got me this as a surprise a couple of days ago, and since I’m generally open to trying any and all earl greys that cross my path I didn’t turn it down. This one is interesting, because the taste doesn’t scream “earl grey” to me at all. It’s a little spicy in a peppery way and there’s a darker, almost chocolatey note to it that reminds me of mocha instead of tea. Definitely good but not at all what I was expecting!
This one is a really nice fruit blend, but for whatever reason I don’t think it’s ever going to make its way onto my to-buy list. The pineapple flavor in this shines and makes the tea creamy, and the oolong isn’t lost under the fruit, but despite the good mix it feels like it’s lacking something. It might be better iced, but unfortunately I’m out as of this pot.
Another sipdown. I think I’ll continue making small pots of tea for a while because it’s a great way to use up small samples and I can easily barrel through a two-cup pot in an hour or two.
This is much nicer than my impression of it last time. I think my best description of it would be the tea version of a strawberry milkshake: fruity and creamy. The coconut doesn’t lend much flavor to it, instead adding to the strawberry and letting it shine. There’s also not much tea flavor to it, but that’s okay because the fruit is true to flavor. It’s not one I think I’ll restock, but it was nice to try.
I brewed this without knowing what it was supposed to taste like—I probably could have guessed from the name, but I basically went for it based on the knowledge that it was a floral green. Hot, it’s lightly grassy with a strong cherry smell and a floral aftertaste. There’s a hint of fruit to it but not much, and there are some sweet vegetal notes too. Overall it’s very light, although that might be the way I brewed it. It’s nice, and could even be described as sugary. I’m going to let the second cup cool down (I made a small pot) and drink it that way; once I have I’ll edit to add my comments.
ETA: Cold this isn’t much different, but it’s enough that it’s worth commenting on. There are more sweet vegetable notes like green beans and the cherry is more prominent. I think I slightly prefer it hot but it’s good both ways.
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Grass, Green Beans
Sipdown! This is really nice. I don’t think I’ll restock, but I like the way the flavors blend together. The way the cucumber and melon go with the tea base tastes more natural than most flavored whites I’ve had, and the flavors themselves are ripe and fresh. It almost tastes more like juice or flavored water than tea, because there’s a definite juiciness especially to the melon flavor. The tea base is present enough to keep this from being all about the flavorings, though.
This is a nice spice tea. It’s a pretty average mixture but the vanilla makes it feel a little richer than it would otherwise. It’s nice and sweet without being too much, and none of the spices overpowers the sip. I have enough of this for about one more cup and then it’ll be a sipdown, and I’m not sure I’ll restock, but I’m glad I got to try it because this is a solid spice option.
This one isn’t bad. Maybe a little artificial tasting, but with a short steep it’s pretty good, especially with dinner and a movie like last night and tonight. It’s citrusy and floral, and the tea base tastes more like white tea than green. In this case that’s not a bad thing. Someday I might actually restock it.
I love this one more with every sip. In my opinion it would make a really excellent cheesecake, but as it is it already tastes like some kind of creamy dessert with a brûlée top. It’s sweet and a little tangy, and now I know mom likes it too (she asked what I was making and it sounded so good she asked for some). I’m going to be sad to see it go!