1361 Tasting Notes
Last Amoda tea to talk about! Classic me on the second last cup and I’m only now getting to this. Although I’m sure this tea was gosh darn fresh when I received it, the scent and taste of it is kind of stale, but I think that’s my palate’s own interpretation of its notes. It smells like Metropolitan teas to me.
As for the coffee caramel flavours, they are balanced but still a little flat. This tastes a little bit like Herbal Infusion’s Moose Tracks. Creamy, yet thin, caramel with coffee beans.
Milk brings out the coffee even more, as it tones down that pseudo-sale base. I wouldn’t repurchase but it’s worth a shot.
Chocolate, hazelnut, and orange. Although DF teas seem to hold their flavour very well, at least considering I’ve had these for nearly a year, the flavours in this one don’t really pop. Despite this being my first tasting note, I have had this when it was a lot fresher, and if I recall, it wasn’t particularly flavourful then either. I’m not getting much other than the base. Perhaps a vague nuttiness that is blending in so well with the base that it could pass as a base note itself. Orange? Not much, and the chocolate is faint too.
For a chocolate orange nut blend, I prefer Velours Nacré, which has almond instead. I could be wrong, but I swear the orange and chocolate notes are stronger in it too. Also prefer Coquelicot Gourmand when we’re talking about ultra desserty DF teas. This only makes it easier for me to decide on what to get in the future.
Hot tea has been neglected as of late because I’ve been outside enjoying the lovely weather, and additionally, I’ve been… gasp … drinking coffee instead these past few days.
From the Amoda BF order comes this chocolate mint tea. I can really taste those cocoa nibs in here. It’s not as bold as the peppermint, but I love how it’s cocoa nibs and not some weird artificial flavour, or waxy chocolate that melts and leaves a scum ring. And that they added enough of said cocoa nibs so you can actually taste them.
But yes, the peppermint is still the strongest note here, and the base is on the weaker side, which isn’t a bad thing at all. I still wish there were a little more of something in here. Something to give it more body, as it’s a little thin.
With whole milk, this reminds me of when my Grandma would make me hot cocoa, and she’d always make it with Fry’s cocoa, sugar, and usually half and half. The cocoa nib and whole milk combination mimics that rich Fry’s cocoa flavour. She’s now in senior housing so no more can I visit her over a pot of hot cocoa, and yes, sometimes she made it in her teapot so we’d all have an abundant supply of liquid chocolate. Beats that hot chocolate mix, for sure. This also beats mint hot chocolate mix, and the Harney Chocolate Mint I tried the other day, but it still has a lot to learn from some other chocolate mint teas.
Up until now, cold brewing Golden Honey Dew has been off limits because I only have 50g and I’ve been hoarding it like mad. Between the terrible dollar exchange and the fact that I haven’t found any other Lupicia tea worthy of reordering, I don’t now when I’ll ever get more of this liquid gold.
But I did treat myself to a jug of cold brew after holding into this for 3/4 of a year, as it’s starting to lose a little bit of its beautiful aroma and flavour.
This does not disappoint. It’s like drinking a Melona bar. Genius blend!
Sipdown! Lately, I got in the habit of cold brewing a glass Contigo of this every day, sometimes every second day, until it was gone. I went from 60+ grams to done in no time.
This did lose some flavour since the summer. Fresh, it had more substance. These last couple cold brews were alright but just vaguely sweet.
What an interesting flavour combination we have here: vodka, prunes, chocolate, and caramel. And they’re not kidding when they say prune. The dry leaf, to me, smells dead on like prunes rather than plums. It’s syrupy and sugary.
But in the end, I’m not a fan of this flavour combination. The notes don’t mesh well together. Hot, it’s prune and caramel mostly, which is a little too cloying for my tastes, and the quality of sweetness of both don’t match up. They’re on different wavelengths.
I will say that this tea is ten times better hot than cold brewed. I made the mistake of trying this cold brewed and this tea was all over the place. It tasted sweet, yet tangy (in a weird way) and the chocolate was all muddled.
Kudos to DF for introducing prune to tea but I think I’d personally appreciate this tea a lot more if they left out the caramel, or the chocolate, or something.
Found a tin on clearance on at Marshalls, so score! When I made a Harney & Sons order three years ago, I regretted not picking this up, and was quite surprised I didn’t since I love chocolate mint.
This is a middle-of-the-road chocolate mint black. Nothing special but not bad. This is probably because, in my opinion, Harney’s chocolate note in itself is middle-of-the-road. It’s not waxy or artificial but yet it’s not prominent and rich enough. The peppermint is fresh, and there a whisper of sweetness in the background but ultimately, there isn’t enough oomph. The base is so light, I can barely taste it when I add milk.
For the record, Della Terra made my favourite chocolate mint black teas, while Zen carries my favourite rooibos blend, with Zen’s possibly being my all-time favourite chocolate mint blend regardless of the base.
Second last cup of this. Oh, the horror! My whole milk expires in a few days so I picked a tea that I thought would go well with milk. I also haven’t been enjoying hot tea that much over the past week because I’ve been determined to use my bus pass every single day in order to get my money’s worth before it expires. I was supposed to go somewhere today but remember that the NHL all-star game starts in a few minutes, so looks like I’ll be spending the last day of the month at home sipping on hot tea.
How I wish I had a never-ending supply of this tea. Oh, that star anise. It’s right there in the spotlight and I’m loving it.
Wonderfully tasty hot tea and seeing one of my favourite hockey players—Jaromír Jágr —get a ton of recognition. Good Sunday.