1681 Tasting Notes
Thanks Sil for the sample!
I tried it side by side with Bluebird’s Terry’s Tea to see which was the best chocolate orange tea. The answer: Not this one.
I steeped it for 3 minutes and the result was very bitter. Each sip left a tacky aftertaste, and it felt like my teeth were coated in… something? Not pleasant. It was simliar to that feeling you get when you eat super cheap chocolate and it’s waxy.
After the first few sips it got a bit better, but not enough for me to bother finishing the cup. Guess I’m not the only one indifferent to this one, so no hard feelings!
My samples came in! I ended up resteeping this 5 times today! That’s a record. I wasn’t sure how much to use but I took a perfect teaspoon and a 12 oz tumbler. I steeped it for 30 seconds, 40, 50, one minute, and two minutes.
It was really good. I think honey was the strongest note, but I noticed each steeping favored different flavors. I’ll have to pick some up!
After sleeping it for 30s, I’m not sure I’d want to try it at 3 minutes+; that might just be crazy strong
I bought this one on impulse, along with Terry’s Orange. No regrets so far. I needed another rooibos because my sleepy-time tin had room in it! And we can’t have that! I want 20-30 types of non-caffeinated tea to choose from in the evenings so I don’t get bored!
It’s actually a little tart like real rhubarb! It’s very good. And I don’t really get custard but it does seem to be creamy, much like the mint chocolate that I’m sipping away from in my other Timolino, so I’m happy.
I’m not really sure what calendula is though, but I’ve seen that Bluebird used this in a few teas. I wonder if it’s related to marigold petals?
I’m not too sure what to say about this. It’s a mint chocolate rooibos? (i.e., it tastes like mint, chocolate and rooibos in that order!)
I think this is a bit creamier than other ones that I’ve tried, and it’s very delicious and sweet without being overpowering.
Not sure what happened today but I only filled my 4 timolino’s worth of tea, and two of those were of this tea. Just a slow day for sipping I guess.
I made the first cup around 9 AM, and I’m sipping on the last of it now. It’s really tasty, but this resteep is a bit weak. Next time I’ll steep it longer – I forgot to add an extra minute.
Uh-oh. My cupboard is suddenly up around 115 teas now! I went outside looking for my $5 Verdant sampler and found my order from Bluebird Tea (my last since I joined the ordering hiatus group) and two packs of swaps!
I’m not really that upset though. :P I have high hopes for the Bluebird teas (Rhubarb & Custard rooibos, and Terry’s Orange), and the rest are smallish samples!
I didn’t expect to get 3 more samples from Bluebird with my order though. This is one of them, which is fantastic because when I saw they had a sale on for 15%, I nearly bought this just to give it a try. (The coupon was invalid by the time I saw it which is probably for the best. Now I can wait until I’m under 100 teas, and make sure I like it.).
Surprise? I like it!
The tea is very subtle but I can taste the Ceylon, bananas and more creaminess. I was worried that maybe I’d contaminated this sample with the Creme de la Creme Oolong I’d just finished (in the same cup), but I’m on the second cup now and it’s still creamy.
I’m so used to banana and chocolate, but this is really nice as it is. And it tastes like REAL banana. I want MOAR. #someday
ETA: I bumped the rating up a bit more because I wish I had more in my cupboad. I hope I left the leaves on the counter so I can try to resteep it… Too bad Bluebird didn’t have a distribution office in Canada for cheap shipping. Hey… too bad that imaginary person wasn’t me! :P
I had this today, and even managed to re-steep it! (Which I should do more often I know!) Based on the flavour categories, I’d say that this is… scratch that. It’s all butter. Just soft, melty butter. And cream. Did I just pay a ton of money for buttery cream tea?
Now I understand the fuss about milk oolongs. I wouldn’t want to drink this all the time, but it’s a good one for special moments. Maybe I should have bought more than 1oz, but it was $8. Now that I know it’s good maybe I’ll snap it up during a sale! And I’ll try and resteep it at least one more time before I go to bed.
Wow though. Five minutes after my last sip, and I can still taste butter… <3 What if I drank this while I ate popcorn?