1673 Tasting Notes
When my pack of Ceylon Star came in, I got a sample of this and had to try it because Roswell Strange told me they heard, “The blend was changed for Alpine Punch. They added black pepper and also upped the amount of coconut in the blend by a significant amount.”
I like coconut, so I was excited. I’m not sure if I recognize a difference because it’s been so long since I had not, but I think this tastes much better than I remembered.
Well, after drinking two cups of Laoshan Black (yay!) and one cup of H&S’s Fruit D’Alsace (ho hum), it’s time for my new “favourite” tea. Or, it had better be now that I have 10 oz of it. :P My order arrived today.
I’m fairly certain I will drink all of it eventually so it’s not a big deal, and this isn’t a tea that suffers if you overleaf it too, so I will enjoy it to it’s fullest. Even if I have ~120 cups of it.
Well, when you put it that way, 120 cups isn’t too bad when it’s something I like. It’s the warm creamy backdrop and the anise in the forefront that really makes this tea special. :)
Oh! This isn’t what I expected. I don’t know what I expected but… this is so good. It’s warm and juicy and it makes me think that I’m biting into soft mangos. I haven’t had mango lassi before so I can’t compare it to the real thing but I do love the creamy vanilla and orange notes that I’m getting in this. It’s like mango creamsicle.
This was a tea of the month, right? Because I might want more. This chamomile is nice too.
I’ll have to pick up some of Butiki’s Mango Lassi to compare. I wasn’t actually interested in this blend at all but it was convenient to grab this one, and now my curiousity is piqued!
I believe this is my favourite of the Winter teas, but as others have mentioned, there are a few caveats:
-it has stevia in it (because I can’t be trusted to add my own sweetener? >:()
-it has a really oily sheen to the surface
-it leaves odd green globs on the mug
Why do I like it?
It really is quite similar to white chocolate bark. The peppermint is strong and refreshing, the chocolate is mild and creamy, and the whole thing just makes me feel cozy and relaxed. 30g of this probably won’t be enough to get me through the winter. Oh and the peppercorn gives it a little bit of zip at the end of each sip.
If I can ignore the negatives listed up top, I could see this becoming as treasured as Cocomint Cream was last year!
ETA: OMG. I thought Steepster ate my note and I was grumping it up. :P Glad to see it’s here. I just saved my note and got the kettle page.
And that’s the end of this one! (91)
It’s funny that I did my pumpkin pie tea-off, and then finished off the pumpkin teas that were my least favourite, while completely ignoring the Della Terra one that I really did enjoy. :P
I guess now that this and DAVIDsTEA’s pumpkin chai are out of the way, I can focus on the better one?
After reading Roswell Strange’s review of this (http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/198587) I was inspired to try it for myself!
I was careful not to overleaf, and steeped it for the recommend 4 minutes. The result was decent. It did smell quite good, but there wad an odd burnt note too. I get a bit of toffee in the beginning of the sip, but it sours out near the end. Perhaps I’ll try a tsp of sugar!
And I have 20g left of this to experiment with!