501 Tasting Notes
I just had to get the tagalong because it’s just so cute. And I decided to give this one a whirl since lately it’s been pumpkin this, pumpkin that. Finally used up all my pumpkins and made a batch of pumpkin cookies. Had a Starbucks pumpkin latte for (I think?) the first time ever and underwhelmed, so I wanted a shift. Vanilla and lemon, eh? Sounds good to me.
I’ve been running around like a headless chicken preparing to lead a seminar tomorrow, so I unfortunately let the first cup steep for too long. It smelled fabulous though. The vanilla here is gorgeous, like vanilla bean whipped cream or something. Very delicate, but so beautiful. I can smell the rose in the distance, which adds a little extra sophistication.
The first cup tasted too bitter but the second was what I was expecting. The base is the most noticeable, followed by the lemon. Not a sour lemon at all, though. It’s smoothed out and pale.
It’s not a bold tea at all, but in a good way. Like, I can’t really see it offending anyone, so realistically, I can see how this would be a good choice for an event like a wedding. A subtle lemon vanilla white tea is a much better way to go, than say, a pu-erh. But maybe I’m crazy!
Thank you so much for the sample, Stacy! Pineapple is one of my favourite fruits, and it seems to be a tricky fruit to incorporate into a tea.
The first thing I smell when I open up my little pouch is buttery, buttery oolong. Maybe my nose is/was broken, but I could barely smell the pineapple in the dry leaf.
While I was letting this steep, the buttery aroma filled up that corner of the kitchen and it was utterly taunting me.
Then once I poured the coveted tea into my teacup, the scent of canned pineapple juice shows up to the party. The buttery oolong base is still there but the tangy pineapple juice sprang up to the top.
First sip, it’s like I added a few teaspoons of canned pineapple juice to my oolong. I can detect the buttery, very lightly floral oolong underneath, but with each sip, I am reminded of crushed pineapple from a can.
The floralness comes out a bit as this cools, but the predominate flavour here is the pineapple. Honestly, I was hoping for more of a fresh than canned pineapple here, but perhaps it’s just me. But it’s still a great tea. I’m especially fond of the base. I think I’d rather just drink the unflavoured version of this oolong!
Another sip down. Pumpkin Chai was love at first sip, but I think after going through a 50g pouch, I feel like I’ve had my fill of it for a while so I won’t be buying more. Of course, let’s just hope it’ll stick around online or will come back next fall.
Just watch, a few months down the line I’ll be craving some Pumpkin Chai.
Because I had not much DT Pumpkin Chai left, I thought I’d add some 52teas Gingerbread Chai to the mix. Approximately equal portions.
Added some vanilla agave and coconut milk.
The result is super yummy. The Pumpkin Chai smooths out the slight harshness of the Gingerbread Chai (which I find can sometimes be too straight up gingery) and the Gingerbread Chai gives the Pumpkin Chai a bit of a kick, since I sometimes find Pumpkin Chai lacks spiciness.
I would sooner describe it as a smoothed out Gingerbread Chai than an amped up Pumpkin Chai, though. Either way, they complement each other and create a better balance of flavours.
Sip down numero uno for the day. I have a feeling there will be more. An enjoyably smooth, delicately creamy tea, but I don’t think I will be restocking. Trying to make some room here!
The scent of the dry leaf transports me back to my (unfortunately shortened) life in Sweden where cardamom is a favoured spice in desserts. Every once in a while I’d treat myself to a cardamom bun, as it’s a favourite spice of mine too.
The cardamom remains at the forefront once steeped too, both in taste and aroma. Steeped, it vaguely smells like a baked item with cardamom. Like, it’s almost bready, and definitely cardamom, but it doesn’t scream cardamom buns or kheer or whatever.
The cardamom remains the star of the show from the first sip to the last. As it cools, the vanilla makes this a little creamier and sweeter.
It leaves a predominately white tea aftertaste in the mouth, along with a whisper of almond, and speckles of cardamom.
It’s one of those teas that while you enjoy it, it’s not restock-worthy. The sample pouch is the perfect amount.
Raspberries are my favourite berry so I was automatically sold on this tea. My Grandma has always had her own raspberry patch, so back when I was living near home, summertime meant raspberry everything. Raspberry jam, raspberries and cream, and after all these years, I never got sick of them. So very appealing, this tea is.
The scent of the dry leaf is incredible. It smells like a bar of high quality dark chocolate with pieces of dried raspberries dispersed throughout. And I really mean dark chocolate here.
I find that as soon as I steep this, the raspberry goes away a bit, at least in aroma.
Milk makes a huge difference with this tea. With milk and a touch of vanilla agave nectar (that I’m trying for the first time), Raspberry Truffle turns into a smooth milk chocolate tea with hints of raspberry woven throughout the whole experience. What I really appreciate about this tea is that it’s real raspberry here, not that fake juice crystal raspberry that you sometimes run into now and then.
Without any additives, it’s like a whole different ballgame. The sharpness from the dark chocolate is so sharp that it sightly mimics coffee. I also don’t taste any raspberry, so ultimately, I think this is a tea that I’d personally prefer to drink with additives. If I went back in time and told myself that someday you will be drinking tea with additives, I’d fall over in disbelief.
Awesome job, Stacy! You’ve captured the sophistication of a fine raspberry truffle.
Swoooooooon. I’ve been dreaming about trying this ever since I knew of its existence. I had an über good feeling about it and I was right.
I’ve gone from having no genmaicha in the house to over a pound. Restocked on the Uji genmaicha and now this. PLUS I had a bento box for the first time in months and had some genmaicha at the restaurant. So genmaicha galore!
Anyway, the dry leaf smells a lot like tapioca pudding to me. Creamy vanilla tapioca all the way.
As soon as you start steeping it, the toasted rice comes out and it smells a lot closer to regular genmaicha, but actually, it’s starting to smell more like puffed wheat squares than rice krispie squares, which I prefer anyway!
The taste is fantabulous. Like a vanilla marshmallow that has melted into my favourite staple tea. I was a little worried that it might be too sweet but I don’t think so.
Another sip. Yeah, I’m actually getting some of that homemade tapioca pudding.
Thank you so much for reblending this, Frank! I would love to buy some more in the future. If this and Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish may not get reblended in the next while, I just may need to put in an order for a pound of both.
First of all, I’d like to thank Stacy for this marvelous tea. My very first order just reached my doorstop this afternoon, and perfect timing I must say, as I got completely drenched walking home without an umbrella, so bringing in the box and whipping up a a cup of this tea was muchly needed.
Also, I made pumpkin pecan pie for the first time ever last night, and this tea reminds me of the fresh, decadent pecans I generously added on top.
The second I opened the pouch, the wonderful aroma of candied pecans wafted throughout the air. The oolong is a perfect match with these two flavours because it’s buttery and not astringent at all. Perfect pairing with nutty flavours.
Steeped, I’m truly getting the comforting scent of both maple and pecan from the mug. It’s toasty, sweet, and smooth.
The flavour is exactly what I wanted this to be: comforting, distinct, but not heavy, addition of maple topped off with a cloud of toasty pecans. I’m drinking this plain, it’s so good.
This is what I’ve been looking for in a flavoured tea. Something with obvious additional flavours yet not too overwhelmingly sweet.
I’m sitting down to a breakfast consisting of this tea and, wait for it, pumpkin pancakes! Made from fresh pumpkin and loaded with spices. So tasty.
This is a bold cup. It’s quite brisk, but not too much. Perhaps I’m just ultra sensitive today, but having just drunk a cup of this has made me feel ultra wired. The maltiness is oh so inviting though.
Overall, this is a well-balanced Assam if you’re looking for one on the bolder side. Not too astringent at all and very smooth considering how assertive it is.