464 Tasting Notes
MMMMmmmmm! You know what this reminds me of? Strawberry licorice ropes! SPECIFICALLY the good ones that taste like fresh, real strawberries and sugar, NOT waxy ropes or twizzlers or red vines.
On second thought it also reminds me of strawberry shortcake with tons and tons of sugar on the strawberries and pound cake as the cake- like my Dad makes it. There are lots of pleasant associations with this tea flavor.
The red rooibos in this is quite nice- not overpoweringly earthy and just enough menthol taste to add to the candy sensation without making it seem too artificial.
Oh and thanks, SOPHIE AND LAURENT for this sample! :-)
Since Laurent and Sophie sent me some more of this, I decided to try it again at work. This just isn’t the tea for me. I tried it at 3 minutes this time and it was less apple cider vinegar-ish, but the acid taste was still there. It did however mellow as it cooled, which makes me think a cold steep might work well for this one. The rose did become more prominent with a shorter steep, so it was sweeter than the last time I had it. Base was smooth and malty.
Thank you, Sophie and Laurent, for sending this to me as a sample! :-)
This is a lovely, dark breakfast tea. The dry leaf scent is fragrant and malty. The smell of the liquor is like dark green beans, sweetly vegetal and slightly earthy. It has a soft, satin-y mouthfeel. As it cools, the malt and fruitiness becomes more prominent. I can
What sets this apart from other ceylons (or just a lot of breakfast teas) is that it is amazingly smooth. I kept bracing myself for a gritty mouthfeel and drymouth after drinking because my brain associates that type of taste with those sensations, but the bad stuff never came at all. It was lovely!
Cold-steeped this from a pitcher pack. It was really refreshing. The citrus was fresh-tasting, sometimes tasting of orange, sometimes like lime. The oolong was stron, smooth, and distinct from the lime. There was a floral element I couldn’t quite place, but after reading the description, I realize was jasmine. It added some complexity to the citrus, making it feel at the same time darker and sharper.
I laughed at the description when I read it after I drank this cup. “Touch of vanilla”? I think not! It’s more like someone shoved a handful of vanilla up my nose. Granted the server at the store put in a ton more leaf than I would use for the size of the cup and I steeped it rather long, so that might be a contributing factor as to why the vanilla is so overpowering.
That being said, the vanilla is a nice, natural one. It doesn’t make my throat itch like some vanilla flavorings.
As it cools, the floral tones come out to play a little. It’s subtle and sweet- very pleasant. I’m still not picking out any particular oolong taste. I’m gong to try this out for a shorter second steep.
Momo box tea!
My highly trained sister cold-steeped this one when she finished off the prairie berry icedtea thismorning. This one is very artificial in a way I can’t make up my mind about. It’s almost like a chocolate liquor with xanthum gum flavoring. I can’t really taste the base over all the flavoring I might add some coconut milk to the second half of the glass. That is only if I can move from where I am- so sore from kettlebell class last night!
Base is mellow and reminiscent of green beans. The citrus and flowers are VERY sweet and like all the Kusmi teas I’ve tried lately, it reminds me of soda. The bergamot and other fruits are slightly bitter as well, which adds a little depth to the flavor. I can’t distinguish the exact taste of the floral notes, they are a little overwhelmed by the citrus.