1139 Tasting Notes
Thank you for this sample, MissB! Your mentioning of Victoria, BC now has me reminiscing of spring there too, now. How I’d kill for a walk down Beach Drive right now!
I couldn’t tell what this was supposed to be in the bag, other than a green tea, of course. I couldn’t smell the cherry, and initially steeped, I just got dry green notes. The first couple sips were a little on the dry side, but as this begins to cool, I’m slowly starting to taste the cherry. It’s a little on the cough syrupy side, though. A specific kind of gum or candy also used to taste like it, but can’t figure it out. Cherry seems to be a difficult flavour profile to tackle in regards to tea.
Cold brew sip down! Thanks to that method, I was able to burn through this a lot more quickly. Otherwise, it would have been sitting in my cupboard for a year. I found that I prefer these black blends of theirs cold brew since their bases get so freaking bitter when steeped in hot water. This one also made sense as a cold brew since their champagne note tastes more like artificial grape to me, which I don’t mind. You’re left with a cold, refreshing, healthier version of grape pop. Win! But I still wouldn’t buy more. But! I’m glad I tried it.
Well then, I finally sipped down my 100g tin of this. I even discarded the tin; as cute as it was, it didn’t seal that well. I adore this tea when it’s fresh. I’d say it’s the best EGC I’ve ever had. However, with all the other stuff going on in my cupboard, this tin took over a year to finish, and it started losing quite a bit of flavour after eight months or so. Guess that’s not too bad, and a little over a year is reasonable, but I find it’s something great to have around in larger quantities only if you have a small tea stash to begin with, you know?
Funny how when I first purchased 20g of this, that only lasted less than a week. Logically, you’d think the tin would have lasted no more than a couple months then, right? Honeymoon phase or not, I still highly recommend this tea to anyone, and it makes a great cold brew if you’re looking to finish it off, which is what I’ve been doing over the past couple weeks.
Thanks for the sample, MissB, but sorry, it isn’t my cup of tea. My palate isn’t particularly fond of smoky notes. In addition, I kept picking up on an undertone akin to an overly ripe avocado, specifically the brown spots. I don’t know, overall, it was funky. Unique, yes, I’ve never experienced a black tea like this before. But unique in an unpleasant way. Oh well, you can’t like them all.
Thanks to MissB for passing down a couple bags of this! TMI, but I’m hardcore PMSing right now, especially after (temporarily) going off BC so I’m extra crampy than usual. And hella ravenous. Wow. I haven’t experienced this since before I started using BC.
So this is perfect for feeling better. That sweet licorice root is so soothing, but not overly sweet like it sometimes can be. Anise is also at the top, so yay! Love that stuff. I can maybe taste the slightly sharper fennel underneath them. And luckily no coriander.
Another tea from MissB. Thank you, thank you! The flavour profile is up my alley, seeing that I’m a sucker for spices. Plus, the aroma of the dry leaf reminded me of Zhena’s Coconut Chai black, which I enjoyed but grew tired of halfway into the tin. It’s also kind of like DAVIDsTEA’s Coco Chai rooibos or whatever, which follows the same story as Zhena’s. Maybe that explains why I’m not digging this one? There’s an ultra soapy note in here that’s woven throughout the spices. I’d say the fennel is the most prominent of them. No cocoa.
Ooooh, ok, I’m kind of slow. I think the soapiness is coming from the coconut. Derrrrr. I’m quite lucky in that I’ve pretty much never encountered a soapy coconut tea up until now, perhaps due to a combination or luck and always trying to drink my coconut blends whilst they’re still fresh. That said, I won’t give this a proper rating.
Thanks to MissB for this tea! The flavour combination of pineapple, mango, and chili is totally up my alley, and the mango chunks especially caught my eye. But somehow, I barely taste any of these notes in here. Just a hint of generic fruity sweetness but no chili heat or distinguishable mango or pineapple notes. Perhaps it’s an age thing? The base is nice and smooth, however.
I received a wonderful package from MissB the other day, full of samples from her exciting travels and other orders from around the world. Thank you so much, gorgeous!
I didn’t even know about this company so I’m looking forward to trying a few of their blends. I’m normally not that crazy of a fan of tulsi but sometimes it’s nice to sip on a refreshing herbal. This one is particularly pepperminty and peppery. It’s complete with a shot of lemon in the background.