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This is basically just vanilla rooibos with black tea mixed in. There are cubes of fudge, but they didn’t seem to do anything. I’ve had much better vanilla rooibos teas, so I’m not too pleased with this one. It was pretty thin and lacking in flavor. It certainly didn’t live up to its name. Milk made it a little more exciting, but not much. I ate the melty fudge bits after my tea was finished steeping, so that was fun.
The fake berry plus the rooibos here are just not working for me. The berry is a bit too fake, and it just doesn’t taste good. It’s like medicine. I’m a huge rooibos fan, but this is the sort of rooibos blend even I can’t enjoy. I mean, I could probably finish my 1 oz bag if I wanted to, but I wouldn’t have a great time doing it.
I had this one at the same time as a much richer chocolate tea, which probably didn’t help this one’s case. You know, I do sort of get a brownie or cookie quality from this. I don’t get any caramel, but the chocolate is more of the baked dessert variety. It’s not very rich, but it tastes decent. I wouldn’t really grab it again when I have so many better alternatives, but this wasn’t bad. The leaf had tons of chocolate in it and not much black tea. It did end up being my favorite Pudtea chocolate tea.
I made a huge mug of this. In hindsight, I wish I’d started with a smaller mug for my first try. The chocolate is there, but there’s another sort of weird flavor too. The leaf had a huge amount of chocolatey ingredients compared to tea, which is fine with me. There’s just something about this blend that isn’t coming together as well as their caramel brownie flavor. When it cooled, I enjoyed it a lot more. I didn’t notice the weird flavor, and there was a bit of saltiness that worked well with the chocolate (possibly just my imagination). Getting through the mug wasn’t too terrible after all.
I’ve been in a chocolate tea mood lately, so I figured I’d do a week of chocolate teas to celebrate Valentine’s day. This flavor is mostly chocolate and is pretty similar to many other chocolate teas. If you’re paying attention, you can notice the little bit of fruit under the other flavors. Really, I only sensed that in my first mouthful or two, and then it was only chocolate. It wasn’t as rich as I’d prefer, sort of boring. The rebrew was pretty similar to the first. Overall though, this tea really isn’t special.
Thanks again very much for these samples, AJRimmer! Another PudTea I get to try! Seeing all the cocoa shells and caramel cubes here, I had high hopes. It is certainly chocolatey with the cocoa shells – they get points for that. I wouldn’t say it is particularly caramel. But I appreciate there isn’t stevia here after the stevia bomb of David’s Hot Chocolate. The black tea is fairly light, but waiting 23 minutes to brew a black tea won’t create the darkest deepest brew. The second steep was also light, and my main problem with chocolate teas is when they just aren’t dark enough. Chocolate needs depth. If the cocoa shells weren’t here, this would be a failed blend. I like this, but it isn’t as special as I’d hoped. It mostly reminds me of a couple of Bird&Blend’s teas.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Nice sharp ginger flavor, like fresh ginger root. The black tea isn’t very present. There may be something a tiny bit cookie-ish in there, but that also might be me wishing there were. It’s a nice ginger flavor though! Milk didn’t add too much, but it wasn’t a bad addition either. Though I wish it tasted more like a cookie, really, this is pretty tasty.
I actually made this last night. Then stupid me attempted to take my pills with the hot tea. I can sip hot tea but taking enough to swallow pills was a bad choice. Anyways, in that one hot mouthful, I got a lot of rooibos flavor and not much else – which seems to be consistent for other rooibos based Pudtea blends.
I woke up late today and got stuck in a class. I didn’t get a chance to grab water so I finished the bottle I had by my bed and decided to just finish this off as well since it was here. Cold, its still rooibos heavy but with some tartness that could maybe be blueberry if you try hard enough to picture it as such. Nothing says cheesecake though and really its not a great blueberry either, in my opinion.
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge National Kiss a Ginger Day / National Marzipan Day Tea #1
Well, I’ll post these even though Steepster is on another freeze. Thanks very much again for the teas, AJRimmer! This not only has ginger BUT ALSO almond, so yay! Two in one for the challenge today! A huge mix of ingredients here, but it looks like there isn’t very much black tea here. The brew says it too – the color is extremely pale brown. I wouldn’t say this tastes like gingerbread as the apple is very noticeable. But then the second steep is mostly ginger flavored to the point where the color of the brew and the flavor is making me think of turmeric. Neither steep was saying gingerbread to me. Gingerbread cookies aren’t this healthy!
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 21 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Flavors: Apple, Ginger
Sample from AJRimmer! Thank you! I’m extra pumped I get to try these PudTeas since they disappeared right after I saw their website. ALL of their blends sounded so good so I’m especially thankful to be able to try so many of these. This seems like a fairly straightforward blend – not sure how these ingredients would translate to “apple crumble” but it mostly works. It’s mostly sweet cinnamon apple. I think using “fudge cubes” weighs down a blend and makes it more expensive, so it isn’t quite the best way to sweeten a tea, but they don’t taste bad. At least it isn’t just the blackberry leaf to sweeten things up. A good second steep too. It’s satisfying for a sweet, lighter dessert blend.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 min after boiling // 7 min steep
2021 sipdowns: 3
So we had a blackout for 3 hours starting at 5:38 pm. I know that because that’s the time that was still on the stove when the power finally came back 3 hours later after we finished the dinner that my poor brother-in-law had to figure out how to cook without an oven. Thankfully we have a natural gas BBQ so he went out into the snow and cooked dinner that way. Of course we just finished the celebratory dessert lit by cell phone flashlights and portable bulbs when they came back on.
So with power comes a working kettle and tea. Plus a working frother and it is Christmas after all so an eggnog latte. I grabbed this tea because it seemed festive and though I have never had a yule log, this boasts flavors like chocolate, which tend to do well as lattes.
Drinking it now, its not bad. It is also not very interesting. Honestly, its a standard chocolate-y tea. The sort of chocolate that is like cheap quality milk chocolate that is neither as sweet or creamy as proper milk chocolate should be.
AJRimmer Advent Day 20
I’m trying to think if I’ve ever had black forest cake. I kinda don’t think I have and I feel like it’s something I should fix. Time to find the perfect recipe.
I’m getting chocolate in each sip. It’s doesn’t have the richness I’d expect with chocolate, but it does seem balanced otherwise. The cherry comes out in the finish. It is faint, but it’s there. I agree with the other reviews that the flavor could be more intense. I don’t think it would hold up to adding cream as is and after reading a few recipes for BFC, a cream element seems like part of the deal. Still, it was a fun tea to start my morning with and try a cup of!
When I bought this tea, I didn’t realize it had candy cane pieces in it. Luckily they were really big and easy to remove. I won’t leave a numerical rating since I didn’t experience this tea as intended. All that being said, the flavor is pretty similar to other holiday mint teas. It’s a nice balance between the rooibos and the mint. The resteep ended up murky and weird, but the first one was quite pleasant. Definitely more mint than candy cane, but I like mint.
I remember not enjoying my first cup of this, but I forgot to take notes, so here I go trying it again, this time as a cold brew. It’s very sour and off-putting. Rooibos fruit blends so often end up being weird like this. These flavors just don’t work together. There’s no hint of cheesecake. I only taste gross, artificial berry. I don’t want another cup.
The spices definitely dominate the flavor here. Cinnamon and maybe clove. Nothing at all crumbly. Not really even apple, just that dominating spice. It’s not like it tastes bad (except sometimes it’s randomly bitter) but it’s not really true to its name, which is a shame. Pretty one dimensional, but I won’t mind finishing my bag.
Happy belated Canadian Turkey Day, Steepster friends! :)
I had this one on Thanksgiving, with a special “treat yourself” breakfast I ordered in for myself – blueberry pancakes with English cream! Very rich/decadent, but it was the only thing I did special for the holiday so I gave myself a pass.
I couldn’t remember if I’d had this tea or not – it tasted familiar. Looks like I haven’t though. I enjoyed it, one of the better teas from Pudtea IMO. The apple was light to medium bodied, and a bit more of a baked apple than a fresh apple flavour which does make sense for a “crumble” profile. There’s fudge in this blend, which carries through into the steeped tea in the form of both oiliness and sweetness and while the oily mouthfeel would probably have usually bothered me I didn’t mind it as much with my already very rich/sticky breakfast.
The one thing in the blend that kind of through me for a loop was that it has a very “red hot” cinnamon flavour in the undertone – like Valentine’s Day candies. I didn’t expect it, and it did break the illusion of a baked apple/pastry profile for me. I feel like it was meant to be the more warm and buttery soft cinnamon that’s in so many pastries but that the wrong type was used, resulting in the blend being unbalanced. I got used to it, but the blend would be better served without it IMO.