1380 Tasting Notes
Oh wow this is just as good as I remember. So yum.
Good to know that while my sample from ages ago is long gone… there is a cafe downtown that offers this for sale, a two minute walk from the main subway station in Toronto (yonge and bloor), AND attached to the Reference Library. Score!
Without any sugar or milk, it was sweet, fruity, and just the right amount of astringency. Also, it came in it’s own little bubble tea pot!
The only down side is that the steeping vessel… was a loosely woven cloth tea bag. Neat because I’d never seen that before but also a slight disappointment being that I’m silly like that heh.
I made a few cups of this the other day, so I could grab a baseline for comparison with the S’mores and Marshmallow version. It does not fare well iced. But… It has mellowed out considerably since I first tried it, making it drinkable, or atleast something I wouldn’t be ashamed of serving to guests! Thus, I’ve bumped the rating a tad.
Do. Not. Like.
All I can taste is some sort of artificial, biting, cloyingly sweet and very odd note. I think that may be the Senna leaf, as it’s the only ingredient I don’t know the taste of.
Senna, I believe, is dominating the entire cup. Nope. No blueberry, tea of any kind, or any other note is around. Ok well maybe a hint of blueberry but it’s really hard to find!
ETA: I gave the rest of my cuppa to Dad and he thought it was some sort of ginger cherry blend! and that it’s really weird.
I had trouble eking flavour out of this. I measured it out during our swap day and there was no more than 8oz of water in my cup so what gives? Hmph.
That said, what I did get was some seriously delicious pineapple and oolong. Love loooove the base.
If I knew the lack of flavour was a one time thing, I’d actually make an order for it… I’ve now discovered that I love pineapple oolongs! albeit strongly flavoured ones.
Thanks Kittenna and Sil for the sample!
Thank you Raritea for sharing your Berry Good with me.
I quite like this. Super berry to the rescue!
A little too much hibby but then what else is new… and I can hardly taste the puerh in the first steep, if you don’t count the pinch of fishy scent which I only noticed when piping hot. Overall, it was much better in the second infusion. I heart berry teas!!
I’d have to try it again to get further into detail, as this is a backlog. and a sipdown (which I am totally claiming even though this hasn’t yet been added to my cupboard!) :P
Ok I really like this. Really!! So fruity and refreshing. I can’t taste the puerh at all though (thumbs down for me, but great for beginners). It’s tart in the perfect way to. For once hibby doesn’t rule the camp! As for specific notes, I’d have to try it again. But… I know I’d love it iced. I could guzzle pitchers worth.
Thank you Artp for the sample, I really appreciate it! In fact, I may go out and buy some, which is saying something… cuz I rarely do that. Well, I rarely have the opp to buy something. Err that is assuming they haven’t discontinued it. Fingers crossed
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 :)