Short and Stout
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This tea tastes exactly as expected and definitely lived up to my expectations. Malt, sweetness, and a bit of pleasant bitterness from the tannins were my first tastes. The color is bright and coppery. I added a bit of soy milk, lightly sweetened, and the flavor blossomed and became fuller. I really enjoyed this tea for breakfast and had the rebrew, with no additives, for lunch. A very drinkable Assam, smooth, not astringent, and full of interesting layers of flavor.
I have only tried Darjeelings in bags and never as a loose leaf tea. I am really impressed with the complexity of this tea. It has a floral and almost musty taste, which is really pleasant. I definitely taste the muscatel flavor, and it is almost wine-like. It’s second steep is not as flavorful, but still nice. I am really glad I tried this, and will likely try more second flush Darjeelings in the future.
This tea really made my morning better! I’m still recovering from springing forward to DST, and I needed a pick-me-up and this was the perfect choice! It is tangy from the black tea base, which I think is a Ceylon, and tastes exactly like grenadine with a splash of vanilla. No sugar added! I often read about flavored black teas, try them and think huh? Where’s the taste? Not with this one – no sugar needed to bring out the smooth and syrupy nature of this tea. Be aware – if you do not like sweet teas, this is not the tea for you!
Edit – Steep 2: Still good. I just left the teaball in the cup to extract as much goodness as possible. Did not oversteep, and I could still taste the grenadine and the vanilla, but they were quieter on the rebrew.
Such a good tea!!
Yum! I drank this one for breakfast and it definitely had enough of a kick to get me going. I have been trying every vanilla black tea that I can get my hands on, and this one is my favorite so far. It tastes smooth, rich, and slightly nutty. I can definitely taste the almonds in it, but I’m not sure I can pick out the coconut. It just lends it a round, full taste. I will definitely buy more of this one. No bitterness, even in the rebrew. I did not need to add anything to this tea, but I might try it with some milk and/or sugar next time to see how it tastes that way. This fits my requirement of a vanilla tea that I do not need to add sugar to, but still tastes like vanilla. Well done, Short and Stout!
Flavors: Nuts, Vanilla
I’m sipping on this one right now, for breakfast. It is smooth, and tastes very much like an Earl Grey. I guess I didn’t expect it to, due to the added ingredients, but the bergamont does really shine through. It’s like “Earl Grey Plus”! I did add about 1/2 tsp sugar to bring out the sweetness of the berries. I think I’m learning to really like Earl Grey mixes. I didn’t like Earl Grey for years, so I shied away from anything with bergamont, but perhaps my tastes have changed.
Anyway! With a little sugar and a splash of almond milk I taste mostly bergamont and smooth black tea with a touch of lavender and a touch of berries. A very well-rounded tea.
I made the rebrew right away in a separate pot to compare it. I taste the berries and black tea more strongly, but perhaps that is due to not adding milk. I actually think I like the rebrew better, and may leave the milk out of this one in the future.
This is a lovely, nutty, slightly salty rooibos. The first thing I tasted was nutty, but as it cooled, I could taste the sweet caramel notes more strongly. I definitely overbrewed it (close to 10 minutes). I might try brewing it a little less strongly to see if I can get more caramel and less nuts. I can definitely taste the high-quality rooibos base, that is not woody at all. It has a very slight minty aftertaste, which is the sign of a good quality rooibos (not a real minty taste thankfully, as I cannot drink mint teas). It even resteeped – and I’m currently drinking the resteep as iced tea.
It is really good and I don’t know of any other local teas like it. Thankfully, I am just a 15 minute drive away from this shop. I look forward to trying two more of their teas this weekend, and many more in the future. I would definitely buy this again and drink it often. It is very reasonably priced as well, making it even more attractive.
Flavors: Caramel, Nuts