505 Tasting Notes
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.
Noooo, I just spilled a cup’s worth from the pouch. This is the fourth time drinking this though so I already know that I’ll need to purchase more in the future, anyway.
Cranberry, you say. The dry leaf smells more like raspberry to my nose. Like a chocolate raspberry cordial.
Simply put, it tastes like it too. I haven’t tried it with additives yet but only because I’m enjoying it so much black. As this cools down, the almond comes out a little more. A perfect autumn cup on a cool, rainy day.
One thing I especially appreciate about H&S teas so far is that they’re not overly sweet. Many of my flavoured teas have simply been too sweet for me lately, and I’ve been craving unflavoured teas, especially my holy grail genmaicha, but I don’t have any in the house, nor have I found any in this city yet. Boston at least is more balanced in the world of sweetness.
Today has been such a rollercoaster. On the upside, my H&S order came in, so I have a ton of exploring to do! On the downside, I’m not having a very good time in one of my courses. Paradoxical expectational kind of stuff. Yay.
But this tea is a pleasant surprise. I’m on the same “Whaaaaat, decaf?!” boat as everyone else. The dry leaf smells incredibly sweet. A little on the artificial side, but it’s a similar vanilla I’ve smelled in other vanilla teas. Sugared vanilla.
Very strong sugary vanilla aroma too. It makes you get it straight, that hey, you’re about to drink some serious vanilla tea here.
The taste, like those cubes of vanilla caramel wrapped in plastic. SO that to the tenth power, yo. It’s nice but glad I only got a sample pouch. A bit too cloying for my tastes.
Tonight’s a Pink Floyd kind of night.
I keep putting off reviewing this. I’m so stuffed from a randomly put together Thanksgiving meal, but nonetheless, I need to report to the world about this tea!
I’ve had it twice already. The dry leaf smells a lot heavier on the cinnamon than I was expecting. It’s like dry ground cinnamon. The other notes are quite weak. I was hoping to get more coconut, especially since the shreds are so delicate.
Once steeped, it also smells like ground cinnamon. Kind of like Super Chocolate but with a different tea base. The taste is also like that. But! Luckily, the soy creamer brings out the vanilla and coconut in this. Makes it taste more like a baked treat.
I’m a little disappointed in it. Was expecting a better balance of flavours. It’s a cozy tea for sure, but out of the new ones this fall, I still prefer Toasted Marshmallow.
Seriously, how good is this rooibos? I still can’t believe I even like a red rooibos.
I’ve been going through a bunch of my teas and trying them with this soy creamer I bought the other week, and this one tastes so unbelievably amazing with it. Like a coconut spice cake. It makes me want to come up with a cake equivalent recipe, peppercorns and all.
Le sip down. It’s one of those that you quite enjoy but aren’t really going to miss it. I liked the green rooibos. They add a nice touch (and there should be more green rooibos teas out there). Although I’m a fan of cinnamon, and spices in general, the cinnamon here was a little too two-dimensional. If you like getting kicked in the face with cinnamon, this is your thing, but otherwise, it may be a little too boring. Still a good option if you want a flavoured green!
Hat trick sip down! But who am I kidding. I love this one so I know I’ll be getting more sometime soon anyway. So really, finishing this one up isn’t getting me ahead in any way and definitely won’t let me justify making more orders to other places!
I added some french vanilla soy creamer this time around and it tasted like creamy mint milk chocolate. It makes me want a bar of Cadbury mint chocolate.
A special one, it is.