388 Tasting Notes
Ok, so I had to go downtown to run a few errands before heading to a friend’s birthday party, and I decided I was gonna grab a cuppa for the long bus ride. Additionally, I knew that there was something happening in store today based on some Facebook messages. While I there I decided to see the teas of the day, and was a little disappointed that they were both herbal…Cherry Potion and Mulberry Magic. I don’t hate herbals, but I hate hibiscus and licorice and they tend to be in a lot of blends, so I tend to shy away from them. Still, I wasn’t too surprised since these two have been mentioned lately and the site has special features to them. Anyway, I did a sniff test to see if one smelled better than the other, so as I could drink the one that smelled best last. In this case, it was the Mulberry Magic that smelled the best, and boy it smelled good! It tasted great too!
I couldn’t put my finger on it what it was, until the SA mentioned it had macadamia nuts. Well, I must be a nut fiend, as I have been favouring Toasted Walnut and a few with almonds in them like Chocolate Rocket and Secret Weapon. The nuttiness was sooo comforting and warming, and despite not really knowing what mulberries tasted like, I really agreed with the whole taste. Mind you, this was all in the little sample cup.
The SA said it would help curb hunger/cravings, etc, and since I had a long us ride ahead, I thought it might be a good idea to try this (instead of a $1 straight tea), but as it was going to be a longish night, I actually did want a tea with caffeine, so I thought about mixing it with another one. We looked at a few possibilities, and I probably should have stuck with something simple like the Vanilla Oolong, or a white tea…but I opted to up the nut and fruit and mix it with Toasted Walnut.
Was it a success, you might ask? Well, yes and no. Let me say that it was a very complex taste, that I’m not sure my taste buds could handle. This doesn’t mean it was bad in any way. I think that the flavours are so similar in both, in a way, they married so well they became indistinguishable from each other. I think that hot, I picked up more of the Toasted Walnut and as it cooled I got more of the Mulberry Magic. As I like both teas, the blend tasted great, but it was a hard taste to peg. As I said, I probably should have paired it with a much simpler tasting tea for the added pep.
Lucky for me, they were giving away little tins of Mulberry Magic and Cherry Potion, so I have me a little sample to try again, here at home. I will see how that goes, but I may very well add this to my regular stash. I don’t really have any herbal tea except chamomile, so it would be nice to find a tea or two I can have later at night and not worry if the caffeine will be a problem or not. I am still tempted to try mixing it with another tea, for those times I do want that little boost.
But so far, me likey!
EDIT: Ok ok, so I just realized that Cherry Potion is a white tea! With the hibiscus in it though, it could have FOOLED ME. It’s an herbal with the mask of a white!
Ok, so, I think my second steeping might have been on the mild side, probably due to the nature of this tea as it is not heavy on the leaves. Hot, I was meh on it, telling myself, it’s ok, but nothing to write home about, but I had a bath and came back to the rest of it, cold, and I think I can safely say, I like it better cold than hot. I think this would make a pretty cool iced tea. So while I don’t blatantly hate this tea, I don’t fantastically love it either. I feel pretty much the way jessie does. Tasty, but not astounding. I might get some more of this while it is arpund, but it isn’t going to be a staple in my cupboard. I still reserve judgement on a fresh steep without milk. Part of me is also wondering how this would be with some oolong. That could change things.
Well, sometimes I think I ruin teas. Living in Victoria, BC now, I find it very automatic to add milk and sugar to all my black teas (and even oolongs if they are dark enough). We’ve oodles of tea rooms here, many of which are very British indeed(!) and Red Rose Orange Pekoe seems to be the de facto tea around here. And milk and sugar equally standard. Anyhow, I think that this tea might do better without milk. I do like it as is right now, but I am going to withhold a proper rating til I have it again without milk. I think it will have a stronger and fruitier taste…maybe juicier, even. I will probably re-steep after this cuppa.
More later steepsters!
No sir. I don’t like it. Well….I don’t hate it. It’s alright, but I think it is a bit floral for me. I’m having a little deja vu with The Earl’s Garden, though not as much with this tea. I could conceivable finish my 15g bag, but I won’t be re-steeping unless I am making an iced tea. I might swap it with something else. I am gonna see how the Cranberry Pear is and decide. I might mix the two. I think I will like that better. I tried this black, but then added milk and sugar, and that is a help.
Still sipping, but so far liking!
EDIT: Ok, so I gulped a bit, as I need to have a shower and wash my hair and it is 10:15 already! I don’t think I will have the time before bed, sadly.
I had this with a big spoon of brown sugar and some milk, and honestly, most teas are quite fine for me that way. I got a very subtle taste, and the note I picked up most, I think, was the coconut. I find the blend to be a bit subtle…not sure I pick up the chocolate notes, but I’ve always been a bit rubbish at identifying subtle flavours in wine, coffee or tea. I just sorta like it or I don’t. Ha ha ha!
So I do like this blend, and I think that I will be ok with it and get more while it is here, but it isn’t Buttercream. I may have to have further tastings to see if I change my mind.
So, having more of this today. I’m feeling a bit chilly and decided to have some tea. I was going to have some of The Skinny, but in a last minute decision, decided on this. I decided that The Skinny was much better suited as a follow up to tonight’s pending dinner of fish n chips. I can’t handle that much grease, so hopefully The Skinny will be helpful there.
Today’s brews were with a fair amount of milk and brown sugar, and this is a pleasing and comforting tea as prepared this way, however I don’t taste much of the tea. But I had some milk in a separate container I needed to clear out so I could use my little water bottle again for work. Anyhow, it is still comforting this way. I still aim to try it sans milk and see what it is like that way. I have a little of this left…just a serving or two (plus multiple brews).
I love this with a little honey and a dash of milk in the summer. Very nice for a bagged tea. When I can’t afford loose leaf, I know I can find comfort with this one. I also love the Black Currant one for winter.
Just finished a cup of this…I wish I still didn’t feel so tired. Maybe my rocket engines have a problem. I dunno. This is the 2nd bag I’ve had, and it seems like I was a lot more hit with the 1st bag and miss with this bag in terms of flavour. I could definitely pick up more chocolate and raspberry when I first got this tea, but the last few infusions I have not tasted them. I still like this tea, for it’s lack of caffeine, but I do wonder now if I really do prefer this over Love Tea #7. Maybe I will make a 2nd cuppa before my shower and see. Maybe I just need something stronger today.
I’m having this now, and I don’t know how I feel about it. I did this brew, sans milk, and only with a spoonful of brown sugar. I can taste the whiskey flavour for sure. The tea is a lot heavier than expected. I taste a little bitterness or dryness, though I don’t know if it is the whiskey flavour, or my poor brewing skills. I kinda lost track of time while it steeped, and I have no way of knowing if the water was the right temp. I think I need one of those thermometer timer thingies they sell at DAVIDs.
So, judgement will continue, but…I think it is good I only got about 2 servings worth of this.
I initially had this as a tea to go, and I found it kind of weak, but I usually do find them weak, so I decided to get myself a small amount to try at home, as I always love smelling it at the shops, and have been debating on getting a tin while they still have some.
So today, I was working at my downtown store, on my own, and they have to keep at least one door open all the time to attract people. As it is cool out today, despite glorious blue skies most of the day, I knew I was gonna need some tea, and they have a kitchen with a kettle downstairs, so I brought my pouch of this tea, a small container of raw brown sugar, and a small container of milk along with my steeper. I knew they had mugs of all sorts there, so I was alright on that front.
On to the tea…
I used 3 tsp and shorter steeping times, and got multiple brews, though by the fourth, it was pretty weak. I did use milk and sugar the first few times, and no milk (other than what was left in the tea in the mug) after that. I can’t say I get the carrot cake flavour, but I can say that the flavour I get is quite pleasant and warming. I guess what throws me off is the coconut. I think that I am missing a spice and a raisin component in the tea. I have a little left, and I am going to try this sans milk and see how it goes.
I do like this tea, and I think I might get the special tin of it, though I really don’t know where I’d put it…I have so little space in my kitchen.