458 Tasting Notes
Wow, I was really not sure if I would like this because of the hibiscus, but as a hibby hater myself, I can honestly say that it is not overpowering in any way and doesn’t ruin the tea for me at all, and in contrast to the heavy notes of the pu erh base, it goes quite well. It makes the berries feel just that bit juicier in my opinion. So I do like this tea, but I am not sure whether or not how I like this as compared to Strawberry Slender Pu Erh from Teavana. In that one, it is just the tea and strawberries. In this one there are the leaves as well, though it isn’t just strawberry in this one. I would have to say that I like it at least as much as the Strawberry Slender Pu Erh, but I don’t know if I like it more or not (I know I like it more in that it is David’s, but not sure on taste yet). I am glad there is this offering in the Pu Erh line now. I picked up some Aloha as well, but like others say, it is much more fishy smelling than this one, so I might have to give that one a rinse first. We’ll see. I am having Madagascar Vanilla with brunch now since hubby is a purist with tea…he likes black English tea…with plenty of milk and sugar. I thought I had my Darjeeling left, but I didn’t, so I made the Vanilla instead since it was the least “fluffy tea” I have. More on that one later…
Oh how lovely this tea is right now! I just love how juicy it is and how it makes me feel like I should be eating a scone or a sweet croissant with it. This is another one of those transition teas I love. It was nice to have today as it was overcast and cloudy, and this just sorta wrapped warm arms around me saying, it will get better soon. It also said, I am so much better than all that water you drank this morning for the ultrasound, right? Oh man was that ever horrible. I can’t imagine being pregnant and having a full bladder and a baby pressing up against it while the tech pokes and prods with the wand, but I guess for the pregnant woman, the sight and sounds of their baby make up for the torturous discomfort.
Anyway, back to the tea….ahhhh! Yummy, juicy, sweet! I think the funnest thing with this tea is the colour it turns…it is vibrant pinky purple, and when you add the milk, it makes it a purplish tinged colour. Kinda weird, kind cool.
Used up the last of this today, so I will have to pick more up soon.
This is one of those “ahhhh” teas for me, however, it is also one of the teas that I find I love to have in the new year, when winter is mid-way in, and spring looks closer. I find that I really love chocolatey teas in the winter, but with the strawberry notes in this one, it is one of the teas that I feel is a little lighter for a black, but still hearty enough for winter. I’m like that….there are teas that I only drink in the colder months and those that I only drink in the warmer months…this is one of those transition ones for me. I tend to drink it from mid-January through late summer.
Anyhow, I do really love this tea. It is everything one could want in a love tea. Who doesn’t love chocolate and strawberries? I find that the rose petals really do little for the overall flavour, but look nice in the mix. This is good for me as I don’t like very floral teas, but I find the blend well balanced.
This is the first tea I made in my new Timolino. I discovered a few things about the Timolino the hard way, such as either emptying (completely) the strainer basket or removing it entirely once the tea finishes brewing, or you will get tea leaves coming through the drinking holes. I don’t think that an oolong would have that problem since the leaves are so large, but I am not sure the basket is large enough for them either. I know you can put the leaves in the main compartment, but I am not sure that is a good idea on most tea leaves as they might over-steep, right? Anyone got feedback on that? Also, it does keep the tea hot! In some ways, it stays too hot to drink for a while, and so I had to leave the lid off for a bit. Also, the metal outside gets cold outside this time of year…my kids tumbler isn’t the most insulated, but it keeps my hands warm…the Timolino is so good at insulation that the mug is not warm to the tough at all. It is much easier to hold though. So a few differences between my kids mug and this one, a little learning curve.
Is it sad to say that I don’t find this gingery enough, despite it smelling super gingery, or is it a testament to how off my buds and sinuses are right now that I just can’t perceive how gingery it really is? That said, this will be a staple as a medicinal tea as I routinely get sinus upsets and nausea.
For the record…although this is a rooibos tea (green I think) I really don’t taste any of it under the ginger.
This is one of the samples I got got indigobloom. I had it the other night, so this is a bit of a backlog. I used the whole sample, but perhaps maybe I shouldn’t have. It was a strong genmai cha roasty toasty flavour, which isn’t a bad thing…I love genmai cha specifically for those flavours. I could detect a little of the soybean. I had a slightly bitter brew, but it might be due to using all the tea, or not being diligent enough to watch the water temp or time too closely.
This was still a nice tea. It is a nice one to try, and I appreciate the thought to blend this all together.
This was my first tea of 21013. I’m not entirely sure why I chose this one, over one of my Davids teas, as this is not a fave, but it is ok. Perhaps I just wanted a change, and to go through my box from indigobloom more, but perhaps I also chose this for the citrus in it, and the hope that spring is coming soon, now that the new year has begun.
Once again, it is not a remarkable tea. It is mild and not overly tart or citrus or bitter or anything. It is pretty inoffensive, really. Had it with sugar and the last of the milk.
Probably not something I would buy for myself, but it is something I don’t mind drinking.
I appreciate the sample though.
I’ve had this tea a bit more lately, as it is one of the few caffeinated ones in the cheapest category for to go drinks. On subsequent tastings, I have determined that there is a slight strawberry note in the brew, and it is actually not overpowering to the pu-erh at all. Actually, while still mild on all accounts, it’s actually decently flavoured, and I will also say that I do prefer it with milk and sugar.
So, with everything in mind, I have actually upped the rating. It is something that I know I can get at Teavana that I don’t hate. Will I buy some to make at home? Maybe. But I have enough stuff at home right now.
Decided to try something new as my TTG tonight, so I chose this. I’ve smelled this a number of times, but I have always picked something else. This is nice. It’s not a terribly strong or complex flavour, and it does have a bit of a classic kind of feel to it.
I can’t say this is a new favourite tea, but it is tasty alright, and I can see why DT uses it in many of they’re samplers. It’s pretty inoffensive and is something that a person new to tea can easily get behind.
To me, it is a nice vanilla-ish and coconut-y flavour, with the rum as the undertone. I like this way better than Whiskey White. It’s just a nice smooth flavour…nothing too fancy, but that’s ok. I kind of wonder what this would be like mixed with Fantasy Island. Call it Rum Fantasy???
This one confuses me…the lapacho herb reminds me of Amaretto from DAVIDs and the Orange reminds me of Orange Blossom from DAVIDs as well…it smells soooooo good!
It’s too hot to take a sip just yet, but for now, I will breathe in deeply to the scent wafting up from my mug. This is only from the 5 minute steeper method too. I wonder how much more intense it would be with the stove-top method of preparation.
If this is truly medicinal, I may need to beef up my intake because I have been feeling so sluggish lately.
More later once it cools and I can take a sip….
Ok, so it is not too hot anymore in the burning tongue capacity, but still nice and hot to start drinking. I think I may have under-brewed this, either by not using enough leaf, or not letting it steep long enough, but it is a very nice herbal blend with juicy orange. It’s quite tasty actually, but just a little thin and weak.
Thanks to Indigobloom for this one, as I know I will enjoy this cuppa, and the one to follow.