1708 Tasting Notes
I’m glad I held off on rating this – I’m enjoying this far more this time around. Actually, with all the berry notes, and the ultra-smoooooth base, this is very comparable to Adagio’s TARDIS Blend! Except maybe smoother. And cheaper to buy/ship.
I love the golden amber liquor. This is a pretty tea, and and it tastes as good as it smells. I could see this becoming a regular.
I wonder if the extra 30s brewing helped subdue the bergamot, or if I was just ‘off’ when I tried it before.
Another sample from ozli, who has done a great job doubling my tea collection with all the samples she has sent me!
I used the entire package to make a 12oz cup but I wish I had held a little back to experiment with. I love the banana chocolate aroma. I really like how it tastes too, but it’s just slightly astringent and I’m not sure if a shorter steep time or a splash of cream is all I need to make this 90+.
Maybe I’ll try it again if they bring it back next winter!
I think this is my first green rooibos. I am surprised at how good this tea is. It’s like eating a warm apple crumble. Or a homemade granola bar.
With each sip, I’m getting tons of nuts that slowly fade away to succulent green apple. It has a pleasant warm nutty mouthfeel; this is a hearty tea! It’s also naturally sweet.
I will probably have to repurchase it when I run out, especially as the rooibos in this is actually quite mild.
Today is a “grumpy, drag myself out of bed in a foul mood with not enough sleep along with an angry tired baby who woke me every hour or so” kinda day.
We’re roleplaying today and I was totally not into it but we ran to Tim Horton’s for an iced cap and timbits and I’m double-fisting it with my lovely kick me in the face Assam tea.
Things are looking up. Also, the baby has been asleep for nearly two hours. Win!
So, being a tea snob? Not always that great. I decided that to finish up my pack I should ‘cheat’ and add cream/sugar to this.
WOW. So I guess I should just do this with all my chocolate teas when they taste too thin. Just a dash of cream and this has plumped right up. It actually tastes like a milk chocolate orange. I’ll bump my rating up a little with the caveat that cream is essential.
Another sample from Valerie! Thx!
And finally, an earl grey blend that doesn’t overwhelm me with perfumy bergamot notes. Not sure what that was about but I’m happy it passed.
Smell: I know it’s blackberry, but the smell reminds me of plump juicy blueberries. It makes me want blueberry pancakes so bad.
Taste: Pretty good! Slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so, followed by vanilla/bergamot notes, and finishing with a nice berry taste. I would probably enjoy it more with a touch of cream or sugar.
I used to think Adagio was pretty expensive, but $9 for 3oz (or 4 oz) isn’t bad at all. I just don’t want to pay $24 for a pretty fandom tin, and yet…. I do. Damn you Adagio. But a 6 oz tin? Would that be double the size of a DavidsTea tin?
I pulled this one out of my decaf/rooibos tin without checking what it is. Ohai, Licorice!
This is a nice soft licorice blend. Maybe the orange is smoothing it over? It gives me that nice cooling mouthfeel that is present in most licorice teas (and which is why I swear by them when I have a sore throat), but without the added kick that DavidsTea Licorice Twist has. It also has 1/3 the ingredients,and I’m okay with that. I think I prefer this one! I used to love Stash’s Licorice Tea, and this is a pleasant upgrade.