542 Tasting Notes
It came out a bit strong this time – honeyed with a bite. I had the second mug in the early evening.
2nd steep: 5 min.
For the first tea of Christmas, Frank gave to us Pina Colada Honeybush.
So my thought was to cut open each sample pack and, being careful not to look, smell the tea and see what I thought it smelled like. Even with my nose a bit stuffed up and even if I had not known that 52 Teas has an award-winning Pina Colada Honeybush, I’d have thought this tea smelled exactly like a pina colada. I could actually smell the rum as well as coconut and pineapple. And everyone is right when they mention the huge chunks of pineapple and shavings of coconut.
I tried to convince myself to have a nice caffeinated black tea to wake me up and save this to drink later in the day. But I could not.
Steeped up, the tisane smells distinctly like rum and coconut. It’s a nice medium brown with a bit of amber. It tastes of coconut and rum. I do not get any pineapple specifically. But it’s exactly pina colada overall so it must just be blended in very well. And the coconut — it’s very creamy. I don’t know how Frank does it, but it is.
I should say that I’m not a big fan of pina coladas. If one of my sisters were to mix some up as a summer drink, I would drink them. But they are not high on my list of frosty drinks of choice. I’d be a margarita girl, I think. And no, I do not think margaritas in any way would make a good tea. But I’ve digressed. This is not a tisane I would have likely ordered. But I loved it. I did. So much so that I had barely finished the second paragraph of this tasting note when my mug was empty. Of course, I got up and put the kettle on to try a second steep right away.
And yes, I did eat the chunk of pineapple and the shavings of coconut. They tasted like Pina Colada Honeybush. grins This mug smelled only faintly of pina colada and the tea was an opaque amber brown. It tasted like the essence of Pina Colada Honeybush. But, this tisane is that good that it is worth steeping a second time even for that. It makes me want to try 52 Teas’ Coconut Cream Pie.
Frank, you rock my sox. I cannot wait to try the rest of my samples.
I gave this tisane an 88 rating, which is on the high end of my great range (80-90).
2nd steep: 12 min.
Half Ceylon, half A&D EG. Very little of this tea left so tea dust made for a strong cup.
Half EG, half A&D Ceylon. I have very little Ceylon left and some dust is getting mixed in with the leaf when I make tea now. Because of this, it came out very strong. In a good way I think. I made the addition for the second steep all EG and that evened out the cup.
2nd steep: 6 min.
I used the wrong amount of leaf for the size mug that I used but it was still yum.
2nd steep: 5 min.
One cup of this with sushi. The grassy green complimented it well.
I think the honey is temperature of the tea when you drink it dependent.
2nd steep: 5 min 30 sec. 205° F.
I remembered to use only one green cardamon pod. Still pretty cardamony but also now gingery. Perhaps I just taste cardamon too strongly? I’m thinking about adding some black tea next time to see what it does to the spiciness. But what kind?
1 cup water. 1 tbsp natural cane sugar. bring to boil. 1 tbsp chai tea leaf. simmer 5. 1 cup milk. bring to boil. turn off heat. let steep 8 min 30 sec.
Crave, crave. Cannot wake up today. No second steep.
I brought this tea along with one other at one of those little specialty gourmet foods shops just to buy a little something after walking around. The tea bag smelled weird. The tea smelled weird. The tea tasted sour and tart and not in a good way. It had very little tea taste. I manged to drink more than I thought I would, which still wasn’t very much. I am willing to give it one more try at some point, then it goes.
I am rating this tea a 30, which is the lowest end of my meh range (30-40).