1415 Tasting Notes
Finally writing about this despite being over 2/3 done with my pouch. I’ll say right away that while it’s good, it’s not super amazeballs ZOMG best EVAR like WOWZA. It’s indeed majorly chocolatey and nutty, but hazelnut rather than chestnut, which is unsurprising seeing that this actually has hazelnuts in the dry leaf. The cocoa husks, I’d say, play an important part in enhancing the chocolate notes in here.
I prefer this black rather than with milk, which seems to drown out the gourmand, desserty vibe this tea has, and oddly makes the chocolate note waxier and more artificial? Highly strange. You’d think it would just make it like milk chocolate, but no.
For a fraction of the price, I’d rather have Bayswater’s nutty/chocolatey teas: Divine Temptation, Creme Brûlée, and Chocolate Macchiato. Would I ever pass up a cup of this? Of course not, it’s delicious. Would I have problems finishing this? No way, it’s definitely enjoyable. But I won’t be crying in my sauerkraut once it’s gone either.
Sip down! The last cup was quite astringent since I overleafed (the whole too much for one cup but not enough for two dilemma). I tasted mostly astringent black base with a hint of spice in the background. The unfortunate thing about this tea is it smells so freakishly scrumptious, especially fresh. Spicy yet effervescent from the citrus, but it doesn’t taste nearly as amazing as it smells. At least it makes things slightly easier for me when I place an order.
Today is a total write-off. Couldn’t sleep so I got out of bed at 5am, browsed online for a couple hours, tried to go back to bed but keep drifting in and out of light sleep until 1pm, and now my brain is numb and I’m being a lazy bum. Also really dehydrated, possibly from the 2-hour workout yesterday evening so I’m chugging cold brew like a boss.
Turkish Apple, eh? When I opened the jar in the store, I was hit with a cloud of sunny lemon. Totally not expected. I grabbed some specifically to cold brew and I’m glad I did. This makes a happy lemonade-like cold brew without any weird sweet undertones. I don’t taste any apple in this whatsoever despite the fact that the so-called dry leaf looks like nothing but dried apple pieces. That’s how strong the lemon is in here.
It’s nice to have something different to cold brew since I’ve been running out of options as of late. As much as I like cold brewing DAVIDs Ginger Beer and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, it’s nice to switch it up.
Despite the scattered, but mostly mediocre reviews, I opted for a sample since it never hurts to try a caramel black. I had a feeling it would be boring and lacklustre, and unfortunately, my gut was right. The dry leaf doesn’t smell like much other than plain, slightly sweetened black tea. There are two caramel pieces in the 20g sample size so I allowed myself to have one of them in this cup. 7g went into a nearly two-cup mug.
I let the water cool for a while before steeping and it still turned out rather astringent, like a standard Ceylon. After a few sips, I added some homo milk to cut the astringency and while it’s better, I still don’t taste any caramel whatsoever. If I could, I’d add something like Bailey’s or Caramilk cream liqueur (although I’ve never had it before) because I’m sure either would elevate this.
Warm weather means more outdoor walking for me again, which means I skipped down to Acquired Taste and immediately went for this one since it’s been out of stock forever. The dry leaf kind of reminds me of Bi Luo Chun with beautiful gold tips.
First steep was so incredibly full-bodied and malty with a hint of honey in the background. I think I used a little too much leaf so it was really bold so I’m looking forward to try it again with slightly different ratios.
Second steep was substantially less malty, but still roasted and slightly honeyish. The first was definitely better, at least this time around.
Oh boy, I didn’t realize I got down to 39 teas (thirty-freaking-nine!) the other day until now. My ATR order arrived the other day so it’s back up but not by too much.
So glad I ordered a sample of this. I love chai but sometimes so many are basically the same as not as complex as I’d like, but I took a chance on this just to justify my order more. It’s pleasantly heavy on the cardamom. Like DAVIDsTEA’s Cardamom French Toast with extra added cinnamon and ginger.
I steeped this with some homo milk and added a bit of brown sugar. Delightful. Cardamom note is the most prominent, followed by the ginger, and then the cinnamon, I’d say. The base is a bold Nilgiri but it doesn’t override any of the spices. Rather than doing a 4-5 minute steep (didn’t time it), I’m sure this would really benefit from a stovetop treatment.
Would I buy more? Not entirely sure yet but it’s been the best loose leaf chai I’ve purchased in a good while. I’m biased when it comes to cardamom, however, as I love that stuff.
This wasn’t so bad today? But when you’re ridiculously thirsty after having a sodium-packed meal (ugh), I guess anything will taste pretty good. I normally get the shaken iced tea lemonade with equal parts black, green, and hibiscus but the location I went to only listed this as an option for some reason. Yeah, it was sweeter than what I’m used to since I normally never add any sugar to tea, especially iced/cold brewed, but it wasn’t as sweet as expected.
The green tea base was more prevalent than expected. It had a slightly bitter bite which helped cut the sweetness from the lemonade. I could taste the peach and lemon equally, which was cool beans. Kind of expensive for what it is though, as it was over $4 for a grande. Like please.