1517 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! I’m sure that was the third round of this tea over the past eight years or so. I must have gone through over 150g of this tea by now. It’s one of those that if I were ever low on flavoured blacks and didn’t feel like making an order anywhere, I’d grab more of this for the time being. It’s especially good when it’s fresh. All strawberry-cream-filled-chocolate-like.
I’ve been stalling on going to the gym today so I better go and do that soon. Browsing job ads can get a little depressing after a while.
Sipdown! I don’t know, guys, I think I was a little generous when I initially rated this a 72. This second cup was even sweeter because there were more sprinkles. Other than the ultra light cocoa note I can detect from the cacao shells, there’s not much else going on here other than the usual cloyingly sweet stampede of crazy you see with these types of blends.
The caramel sure packs a punch when this is hot. I let the water cool down quite a bit (no thermometer but I imagine I let it cool even lower than the 90°C it suggests) and let it steep for around 2.5 minutes to avoid any bitterness. This strategy seemed to work, initially. That caramel sure was present, all right, like hot caramel out of the pot.
It’s a good thing I got distracted with reading blogs and let this cool down even further, slowly taking my time sipping, because as time goes on, this is less than impressive. The oolong doesn’t know what it wants to be. It’s bitter like roasted-oolong-bitter, yet vegetal like a green oolong. But more so the former. At the end of the day, it’s taking away from the caramel. You still get that sweetness in the background but at this stage, it’s quite mottled. I split my sample in half for my Perfect Mug so I’m actually kind of sad that this technically isn’t a sipdown yet.
As VariaTEA mentioned the other day, this is totally like DAVIDsTEA’s Red Velvet Cake except it looks slightly different. It’s the exact same flavouring, and I also found this flavouring in TeaTaxi’s Red Velvet rooibos, which looks to have the same sprinkles and mini chocolate chips. Because this is supposed to have cherry in it, I did not see this coming at all. No cherry, sadly.
For anyone who hasn’t tasted RVC (the tea, that is), it does not taste anything like cake. It’s quite chemical and has a strange chocolate undertone with plastic icing. The liquor in these blends tend to get murky from all the sprinkles which leads to sweetness overkill. To think I blindly bought 100g of RVC for the cute tin and forced myself to drink through all of that. Yikes. This is reminding me of that.
On a more positive note, I’m back down to 50 teas!
If you like almond extract and rooibos, this is the blend for you. The rooibos base isn’t as noticeable in their other ones, largely due to the strong almond extract note here. There is also supposed to be papaya in here but I’m not getting an inkling of that. There’s no way such a flavour could ever compete with such a strong almond note. Milk brings out a buttery undertone which accompanies the almond. Nice, but still too two-dimensional for my tastes, and this is coming from someone who loves almond.
I feel like I’ve had this several times before, probably because I’ve encountered numerous teas/tisanes with that knock-your-socks-off almond extract flavour. At least this has super cute snowflake sprinkles?
If you’re looking for a mocha blend, right off the bat, I’m going to make this clear. You won’t find that here. This is more like a caramel rooibos than anything else. There’s supposed to be hazelnut in here and I’m not picking up on any nuttiness either. Granted, it could be because the base is ultra strong. I’m tasting mostly rooibos with a hint of caramel. It’s nice with milk but nothing extraordinary.
Whoa, I sound bitter. It’s actually ok, really. My brain’s just fried from spending the last hour filling out those surveys from various receipts (and of course I never win!). This did keep tantalizing me with its wafting caramel aroma as I was clicking buttons and what not, but each sip left me a little disappointed.
Ok weird, quick edit. My last sip had a shot of coffee in it, where you get all of that sediment at the bottom. That’s about it. Ok, I’m truly done this time.
What’s a yummy-smelling green tea we’ve got here. Totally like almond biscotti, loaded with almond and bakery notes.
I don’t have the best luck with TeaTaxi’s green bases, it seems. I’m weeping internally because I used 3g out of the 5g in the sample pouch and let the water in the kettle cool substantially before pouring into my huge approximately 2-cup mug. I let it steep for nearly three minutes (as it recommends 3 min on the packaging), and I was left with a dark green liquor that was incredibly bitter. So I dumped that out, removed the wet leaves, then dumped the remaining 2g into the infuser, added more water from the kettle, and let it steep for a little over a minute.
The resulting cup is more tolerable. The bitterness has subsided substantially and I can taste the almond notes. Yay! The coconut comes out more as this cools even more, as well. I’m still not crazy over the base as it’s a little too vegetal for my liking, but the flavouring is lovely. I can see myself really liking the biscotti flavouring, almonds, and shredded coconut paired with a white tea base. Ultimately, I would give this a higher rating if it had a not-as-finicky base.
I ordered this as a sample and ended up getting an additional one as a freebie, so I had two chances to try this. The first time I tried it with milk and the banana flavour was nearly cancelled out entirely by the dairy. No banana ice cream, sadly.
This time around, I’m having it as is and while the banana is present, it’s still nearly unnoticeable, this time being overshadowed by the base, which is quite strong. It’s a little bold, like a breakfast blend. I agree with VariaTEA that it has an earthy tone going on.
Overall, disappointing for a banana tea.
The dry leaf smells like a thousand tons of strawberry candy. It’s a little bit like Lupicia’s strawberry flavouring, if memory serves me correctly. They were quite generous with the rice, and this also smells quite roasty, so I’m anticipating a super roasty genmaicha.
I’m not entirely sure why, despite letting the water cool substantially, the liquor is quite a dark, nearly mossy green, and as a result, it’s on the bitter side. Must be the base. I didn’t overleaf either considering I used the sample packet for a gigantic two-cup mug. I also only steeped it for under two minutes. Huh.
The strawberry flavouring is lovely but is buried by the bitter green base. The roastiness doesn’t translate as well in the flavouring, either. I wouldn’t buy more but hats off to them for offering a flavoured genmaicha. Those are always fun to try!