674 Tasting Notes
Picked up a sample of this downtown at the Cupboard…first day sprung out after 12in of snow. Steeped it about 7min…a bit long but not bitter. Very floral fragrant in a beautiful subtle Springtime way…but the flavor…spashed around in a wave…slight honey vanilla bergamont with a hint of tannin at the end to give an exclamation point of TEA instead of just flavors. This TEA tannin ending suspends the whole effect in time for a moment….so that you have to have more….over again…swishing to the same point until you are at the end…satisfied with your cup and disappointed it’s empty. Loved this semi- sweet with cream also. RICH!
I know it’s not Christmas, but if you look out my window there’s a new plop of snow…12 inches on the top end of the Frontrange. The Colorado mood is festive. Superbowl weekend, schools closed and many people had the day off work. Stores ran out of food because people are really cooking up the feasts. Me…I was ready early with my lemon rosemary chicken and good movies. Now to the tea. I’ve been sipping all day. Looking out my window at the pretty flakes. Enjoying my couch throw. SANTA CAME TO MY HOUSE A SECOND TIME>>YES HE DID!!! Snuck (this is a real word) me some yumuary candy cane tea that hits the festive spot every time. You can not be depressed and finish a cup of this. Dare you. I am going to celebrate all year long. (I was a wise-woman and got a stash).
Second review…so the next few days it’s supposed to snow and I’m going to be the bear in the trap. So I set up a nice strong brew and let this lush jammy berry tea take me away through the brambles. I used to live in Northern California close to an area called Watsonville where there are oodles of berry growers….blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and so on…and apple orchards. Not far away grow grapes and blueberries. I’d take my children to farms and pick berries for jam making. We’d eat and pick then go to the ocean beach close by for lunch to rinse off before heading home. Bear Trap tea tastes like a sweet mix of ripe berries without being too tart. Love that! I’m looking forward to trying this in hot weather with 7-up as a spritzer or making my own wine cooler. Refreshing thought!
I’ve waited to review this tea because I wanted to have several tastings on different days. I’m not fond of Jasmine scent unless it is the real deal…and the same goes with tea. This is the real deal Jasmine. NO chemical or bitter aftertaste. Very clean fragrant and beautiful elegant bouquet. I highly recommend adding creme. Good without but the addition enhances the richness like silk. I’m on the Orient Express enveloped in old wood and velvet…silver service and china tea cups. I had curried pea and smoked almond salad for lunch followed by this tea. So perfect. AND…this is the first day I can see clearly…yes…I had 2 eye operations…the patches are off and the world is beautiful and clear. Thanks be to God!
SECOND tasting note…still LOVE this and I’ve pinned down the taste…where have I had this flavor before in my life and loved it ??….Dundee Three Fruit Marmalade! It has the slight grapefruit tang and seville orange brightness that I adore. On the other hand my daughter hates this flavor because it is so dramatic which I suspect is why this tea gets mixed reviews. You can’t be too on the fence about this less than subtle tea. My taste buds say give me a nice buttery hot bun and a cuppa this tea nice and strong for breakfast with a chunk of mild cheese and my day has begun. Don’t need caffeine till later (maybe some coffee pu’erh latte).
Second tasting note…What’s better on a cold Saturday than a fire in the fireplace a good period piece series on the instant Netflix big screen TV ( The Grand …setting is after WW1) a big cuppa authentic rich (like the Waldorf Astoria) , Cream of Earl Grey with all the trimmings. Even pulled out my velvet tea cozy and faux mink blanket . This is in your face loveing my weekend! I may be an older lady on disability but I sure know how to live in the moment. This tea is so wonderful. Makes your whole self go ahhhhh. Gotta try this tea!
Had a migraine and took a nap. Woke up and said…ok…let’s try this and see if I like the berry flavor… “I dare you Bare Trap to make me feel better”. Well, I DO like this. It’s not what I expected at all! The ingredients start with Elderberry and Apple but they are not heavy handed. The Lemon Verbena, Papaya, Strawberry, Blackberry, blueberry and so on…dark notes and light notes blended in such a way that you really do not get a screaming single flavor that drowns out everything else. What a delightful whirlpool of flavor in the mouth.. richness and a perfume that should be mulled in an open pot on the stove so that it can waft and fill the whole house (nice thing to do with used up leaves). Sweetened this but I did not add milk. Steeped 5 min. Not bitter at all. Uh What migraine?!
I really liked this tea. Don’t know why others don’t unless they are not drinking it strong enough. You could almost pour it in the cup, add some sweetness and cream and stir it up…then pull up the spoon and sip a super goopy caramel vanilla lavish mouthfull of what can’t possibly be tea…but is! Loved it! And no caffeine! Give this another chance but make sure you add enough to the pot with enough time. Goody good! Made me feel like a kid with a Sugar Daddy (candy)!