1543 Tasting Notes
For some reason I really like dragonfruit in tea. Seriously, its good stuff. So when this was passed over to me from VariaTea by way of Sil, I was excited! Thank you both! I was a little apprehensive at taking the entire pouch, especially since I’d been quite disinterested in herbals for the last year or so (but a tad bit more open to it lately).
Anyhow, I tried it and didn’t hate it! That bubblegummy fruit punch taste I’ve come to associate with dragonfruit is definitely there, and makes the brew highly enjoyable for me. Noms! The floral hint is a nice background addition too.
Tried this again just to see and yep, same deal. Sadly there isn’t much left in my sample so this is an almost sipdown, with enough left to fill a teeny cup.
I think the major problem here is that I just don’t care for the base. I find it earthy in a strange fashion. Not quite musty, or dirt like… I dunno, can’t put my finger on it!
A little bit of mushroom going on as well.
Wowsa! What a wallop of raspberry. Tart, fresh berries ripe for picking. No cream though.
Pretty sure I oversteeped at 3 min, so next time I’ll go for 2 or 2.5.
Added milk and a bit of sugar due to the bitterness and it was quite lovely. A bit artificial in that overpowering raspberry danish kindof way, but I love that! Noms.
That said, I wouldn’t recommend this for a purist! ha.
Ugh. I am so tired.
Dad went in for dental surgery this morning, and I was so worried… needlessly, I am sure! but it seems to have exhausted me. I feel as if I could nap for days.
Alas I cannot, as we have our first tea guild meeting of the ‘year’ (we follow the school year, I suppose since summer doesn’t make for ideal weather in tea sipping!)
I’m not sure what I did right today but this turned out pretty ok. More depth of flavour than normal. I like it!
Ok well I’m glad to see it wasn’t just me!
There was something fake about the flavouring here, almost chemically. That could be age though. or the rhubarb?
It just wasn’t doing anything for me sans additions so I added some sugar and milk. That seemed to bring it to a decent level where I could definitely taste the strawberry. Also, the milk enhanced the cakey note, which was nice.
Really enjoying this tea! Not so much hot, it was much better cooled down.
Funny, it was kinda bland freshly brewed so I added some sugar to bring out flavours. Now I wish I hadn’t so I would know how it is at lukewarm without any additions. Oh well.
I really like the jam aspect, and I’m digging the rather mild cashew influence as well. With that extra dollop of sugar, it is quite jammy! I do miss Stacy. Her teas generally taste like what she intends, unlike so many others I’ve tried where you have to try so much harder and guess at other blends.
I was on my way from visiting one doctor only to go visit another and felt in need of some warm liquid energy. Thus, chai!
To be honest this one had me a bit leery. Something didn’t seem quite right by scent. But I gave it a go… and well look at that, it was pretty decent! I guess I’m still suspicious of vanilla, after my few bad experiences with it in the past.
Funny, the official DT note for this tea says the ‘nilla is merely a “hint” but I say its more like a whack in the ’buds. Seriously, there was plenty to go around.
The other traditional chai spices were hangin around of course. They were pleasant enough though a little coppery overall, or that could have been how they interacted with the black base.
Also, as the tea became lukewarm, there was a distinct creamy note that emerged, layered alongside the ’nilla. Kinda like the creamy part of a vanilla infused cookie, with that certain texture. I can’t recall what brand my Babcia used to buy as a kid, but it reminded me of that, rather specifically!
Aaaannnyhow. Despite my enjoyment of this one, I can’t say its something I feel the need to have in my cupboard as it doesn’t quite fit what I was seeking as a mainstay.
Even still, I recommend trying it!