1363 Tasting Notes
This is a very comforting tea. I can picture myself drinking it cozied up with a great book and nothing but crackling logs in the fireplace for music.
At first, I didn’t like this at all. There is ALOT of astringency going on. That’s what I was worried about. Ack! Most chocolate teas I’ve tried are naturally sour and require a good dose of sugar for me to consider them palatable. In my head, that sour/bitter note of dark chocolate is transferable to tea so it kinda doubles down on that effect.
Of course, this is no exception. But… the chocolate part is so appealing that I’m willing to look past that. Realistic chocolate at that! I’m surprised, since I see barley bits listed in the ingredients and barley is very hit and miss with me.
Anyhow, milk is optional, though I am sipping the rest of this cuppa ala dairy. I prefer it this way, reminds me more of a hot cocoa. Also, the milk reduces astringency somewhat, as it creates a bit of a milk chocolate effect. So… while I may have come around somewhat about this blend, it isn’t that “perfect chocolate tea” I’ve been searching for. shrugs
Final verdict: Yum yum!
Whao, Monk’s blend in disguise much??
This is one of those teas I love the theory of, but when it comes down to it? Ehhhh not so much.
Maybe it’s because I had a nasty experience with the Teaopia version a few years ago, and I’ve been traumatized.
The first few sips were great. Cherry cordial and creamy vanilla. Oh yeah it was tasty! but… then the memory association kicked in and I dunno, it just didn’t sit right.
So I won’t rate it, being that my thoughts are completely all over the place. Bah!
That said, it was very smooth and flavourful, and I thought the base black was great…
I got this to go today after popping into the shop. The guy who runs the shop, Dan, is awesome! Super friendly and helpful, and he makes amazing tea.
Anyhow, this tea… it was great! I wanted something hydrating and fruity, so this really fit the bill. Pirate cider! Apples and… pineapple! Which is nice because usually the acidity in pineapple ruins the fun for me.
Then came the ultimate test of a fruit blend (for me): how would it fare with a shot of rum? Fabulously I say. Really.
Also, I really should have taken the bag out sooner but then I was traipsing around the city running errands. Towards the end it got quite sharp. I didn’t mind though, it also became sweeter as well :)
Spicy? Oh yes definitely getting that here! and butter… yep, can really taste that. Actually, I really like the buttery part. I just feel that it doesn’t mix well with the pepper very well. Something about the two of them together doesn’t sit right for me, atleast not in a tea. However I can see how other people would swoon.
Ah well!I knew this would be a love or… well, not love tea.
Thank you so much Alphakitty for this sample! I was SO curious about this one.
This is such a treat for me that I’ve been holding back on indulging… not wanting to let it become less special. Maybe I need to set up a rotation schedule, so that I give all my matchas equal love.
Also, I really like that there are no resteeps with matcha. No guilt! I mean, it’s one of those things that I really enjoy about tea, but sometimes it’s nice not to, ya know?
Sipdown!! I could really use more of those. This one does not age well. I got hardly any flavour considering that I used nearly double what I normally do.
Also, I know I logged this one in my cupboard because it was during a steepster outage and I had to come back for that, and I nearly spilled my tea when the page finally refreshed. I remember that because Dad commented that I didn’t want yogurt on my keyboard (he thought that was so funny!).
Anyhow, how is it that it isn’t inventoried? hmmm?!
Dad asked me to make him a cup of tea. I chose this! as I had a feeling he’d like it. Turns out he did but that’s all I could get out of him in terms of description. I usually get: it was “not my thing” “ok”, “good” or “pretty good”.
Anyhow, here’s how our conversation went.
Dad: We’re having sweet potato fries with dinner. Hope that’s ok! I know you like them… (As he is about to take his first sip)
Me: You know that tea is…
Dad: Flavoured like sweet potatoes?
Me: Yeah. How did you know…
Dad: Lucky guess
I’ve been shaking my head about it all day! In between resteeps that is.