611 Tasting Notes
Brewed this one up this morning, well, afternoon when I actually woke up…it was a little tart from the rhubarb, and a little floral…it was almost like Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait from DAVIDs, only with a black base. Is rhubarb supposed to have a little floral note? Is something else giving me this taste?
I liked this but ultimately threw it into the pile of tea for my friend’s “this day of the year can suck it and I refuse to get older” pile with a few others.
Sipdown! I decided to make the rest of this sample tonight. It’s yummy, but I do like Nina’s Japon better. As to compare to Bird Pick’s Caramel Houjicha, I maintain it is still milder, but really, they are both equally tasty. I get down to LA once a year and pick the Bird Pick one up because it is easily accessible, but if this was, I’d get this too. I can’t say if I like one over the other. I’d need to have them side by side, but I’d wager that this one is just a bit more demure a flavour. The BP is both more sweet and more roasty. So I think it depends on what I want, really, when I am making it.
This one is weird. I am getting a strange syrupy note, that I think is supposed to be blueberry, but tastes artificial to me. I get a bit of an oily sheen on top, likely from the coconut, though that isn’t an issue really. I can hardly make out any true flavour notes. I must agree that I am not fond of the base on this one. I have slightly astringent fighting with artificial with flavour trying to be seen. I tried adding milk and it is only weirder.
This is the first of the Harry Potter teas, but I’m not a huge fan of this one. I hope I like the other ones Dexter sent.
Good, but not great. I know, I feel like I should be getting 50 lashes for saying that, or something. What I noticed most was the base, and much less the fruit notes. I got a slightly bitter and astringent base, so I think that just hid the flavours. I din’t steep too long, and I did let the water cool slightly before using. That said, it was generally an ok taste, not terribly unpleasant, but not amazing either. I may consider cold steeping the rest.
Thanks to Dexter for sending this my way.
This would be much better if I hadn’t oversteeped it. I can tell it has a yummy sweet nougat, that I’m really looking forward to trying when I am not sipping a somewhat bitter brew.
I’m going to pay more attention next time so I can give this tea the proper attention it deserves. Thanks for sending this one Dexter!
It’s chocolate, it’s strawberry, it’s pu erh…what’s not to like about this one? I always find that chocolate pairs very well with the more earthy and rich notes of pu erhs. Also, I find that the strawberry cuts through some of that thickness quite well. So I think this is an excellent tea!
Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry
I tried making this pretty much the same way I did it yesterday for the amaretto, with the exception that I heated the milk a little in the microwave before adding it to the cup to froth. I’m not sure if that made a difference or not, but I had a hard time picking the hazelnut out in this one. Yesterday I could clearly taste the amaretto. So I might try the cold milk again and see what happens with another flavour.