1610 Tasting Notes
Thank you so much for this sample Ninavampi, it’s SO delish!
Now, I wrote this review once already but Steepster gobbled it up so here I am writing it again… which frustrates me because now I can’t recall all the lovely deets. Gah!
Anyhow I got a sortof burnt toasted flavour, which I love love loooove(I love my sh’mallows burnt and gooey) and a sweet sort of maltiness. My guess is that this has an Assam base.
With milk, there is even a bakey note going on but not with every sip, and only when you concentrate on each individual flavour. The spices are just right. Not overtaking any of the other flavours but still very present.
Now I’m craving a campfire and silly songs!!! :P
Well, no jellybeans for me! in the bag I bought anyhow.
Oh well. I dunno if it’d have made the tea any better. It was so generic. You’re basic fruity rooibos. I liked it, but I did not love it.
How sad is it that the above statement is the most complimentary thing I can say about anything in the spring collection? :(
Oh and there were little bits of rooibos floating around in the mug. I used my tea egg and that usually doesn’t happen with my rooibos’. In fact, tea bits is the reason why I use it with that type! (http://www.spiceandtea.com/images/Infuser%20Stainless%20Steel%20&%20Red%20Tovolo.jpg)
Pucker up!! this has some serious citrus. I could definitely taste the blood orange. and see it to… the tea was a deep brown/pink!
After adding some agave, I could taste less sourness and more orange… and very little pu’erh. Well that’s not true there was some deep-rooted fishiness going on as well.
I don’t know why, but the flavours really didn’t gel for me here. There was no tea goodness! I was sad. and it tasted somewhat chemical like as well, in that fake orange sortof way. So overall, it was ok. Second steep was better. Not something I would reach for often…
Big thanks to Ninavampi for sharing this with me!! It’s lovely!!! but I’m not sure what kind of tea it is? I’m guessing it’s mate, or plain black but I couldn’t find it online anywhere so let me know if I am off base :)
Anyhow, the tea itself is a little earthy, which is why I think it’s a mate. The flavouring is rather mild, compared… brought out some by the agave I added. I wish there was more of a strawberry punch, though it does emerge more as the cup cools. As for the cherry, I felt as if there was some cherry when super hot, but then it faded and the jammy berriness took over.
Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed the cup. MMmmmm my mug still smells like berry goodness! :)
Not bad not bad!! Like Jessie mentioned, a decent alternative for the STE version. Only less intense. and kinda Jasmin-like after the third steep… which I wasn’t thrilled about.
I’m not sure if I’d restock though, I think I’ve overdone it with the coco oolongs lately. We need a break… I’m sure CO and I will get back together again soon :P
Okay so whatever I did differently with this one worked wonders!! It’s so very yummy!
I still don’t get much lime, but the spice note is subdued and there is some definite fizzzzzz going on.
I think there might have been less “spice” in the brewed leaves, but I can’t be sure. Either way, I’m bumping the rating wayyyyy up. In fact I may consider stocking this one :)
So…. yeah this one is not for me.
There are aspects of the cup that I enjoyed, but for the most part, I would really rather go without.
When hot, the cup is super dark, sweet and malty- almost like Keemum but richer. As it cools slightly, a sharp bitterness comes out, in the second half of a sip and in the aftertaste… reminding me of that harshness I find in brussel sprouts only loads more intense. I could not get past that aspect no matter how much I sipped and sipped.
The second steep was alot less bitter, but for some reason I couldn’t finish more than a third of the cup. I felt as if each sip was sitting like a lump of tea in my throat. It tasted okay (ish), but it simply would not go down the hatch!
Oh well, you win some you lose some.
yup, I finally got around to this one!
After reading all the reviews already posted I was not looking forward to it so much. However, it’s better than I expected. Berries dominate the cup, but I also get a sort of creamy texture in it.
The second steep was harder to get down. I added agave and milk just to see… and it was nice that way to.
Overall though, it was pleasant enough for me to drink up… but certainly nothing that stands out in the tea crowd. I think there is just too much going on with it!
Also, I am oh so very very tired. Too tired to write the other ten reviews I have backlogged. Oi!!
Ahhhhh what a weekend!! Turning 30 is exhausting…
But this was just what I needed to pick me up. Creamy and vegetal, slightly floral oh yes.
I prefer my MOs a bit darker, but this was so light that I really didn’t mind the green-ness.
Overall, not my fave, but one that I would like to try again in my brand new travel Gawain :)
and there are so many more teas on my backlog list… I just know that many of them will end up forgotten in the hustle of a very looong week!