626 Tasting Notes
Had this a few days ago at work.
It was perfectly fine on the mouthfeel but I realized that my thermos had one of those rubber o rings in it and that might be why stuff was starting to taste…off. Don’t get me wrong, my Della Terra stuff still was too thin but there probably was an added yuck to the taste that was out of its control.
So that is currently soaking in tea stain remover after being soaked overnight in soapy water and then it will be aired out so hopefully I can use that thermos for work tomorrow. I’ve gotten to really love my nightly thermos of tea!
What is the deal with me and texture and Della Terra Teas lately? This did just what Eight Candles did and was unpleasantly thin, even with milk (WHOLE milk) added in. Sigh. This one only has a few cups left though so I’ll just wait a bit and see if I’m just in a funk taste-wise. I really liked this at one time..
30 g. of this in a gallon for iced tea at below steeping parameters before letting it cool and go in the fridge. 1/4 cup sugar to sweeten. I make my iced tea by the gallon and really should do this more often as I suck down about 2x more tea when its iced. I’d clear out my inventory so fast this way.
Once its cold the tea loses the authentic lime flavor and becomes more limeade-esque. Not bad, and still making me want this with a plate of tacos (who am I kidding I always want tacos). I wonder if there’s any more lime flavored blacks out there? I shall have to see…
Butiki had a sale and they were on all the teas I wanted to try. AND they had the exact gaiwan I’ve been wanting – the earthen one with a spout (me and hot water are just SUCH a bad idea without a spout), AND it was payday.
So, bye bye monies.
But at least I work the next three days so the package will be like a reward for me being a productive citizen. :)
I wanted something buttery tonight (I love that my tea collection is that varied that I can want something “buttery” and actually have an option that fits) and coconut and vanilla are always among my favorite flavors so this worked well. I used about 1.5-2 tsp. to 10 oz water and added some sugar, but no milk. It didn’t need any extra creaminess – the butter note was very prominent on its own. The dry leaf has that tang of alcohol in the sent but luckily it isn’t evident at all in the brewed tea.
Just what I wanted. Yay!
2 tsp. tea to 12 oz. water, below parameters.
I found this in my sample drawer when I was cleaning it out and it sounded like the perfect tea right now. It has such positive reviews but I remember (and my tasting note confirms) that I found it kind of smoky in the smell. It doesn’t taste smoky but I have to hold my breath a bit while drinking so that it doesn’t negatively impact the taste.
The tea itself is amazing, though. Bright and bold, quite reminiscent of a Ceylon really. With a verrry gentle fruity note (I think stone fruit, maybe dried apricots) beneath. It has a starchy mouthfeel with a vague sweetness to it that I love. This is a black tea that is easy to drink without additives. If only it didn’t have that hint of smoke! Admittedly, it does go away as you get deeper into the cup but that’s only because I’ve gotten used to it I think.
Still, I’ll raise it a few points because it does have a wonderfully complex nature. I’ll put up with the smell temporarily if I get such a lovely tea in return.
This was a sample from momo!
I am making most of this iced but I wanted to have the first cup hot just to see how it changes in flavor from hot to cold. It certainly smells like it would be the perfect iced tea ever, with a strong citrus/lime note immediately upon sticking your nose near the bag. My favorite mexican restaurant actually uses limes instead of lemons in their iced tea so that’s another reason I’m kind of excited to try it – I know from experience I prefer the lime over lemon addition.
Lots of leaf fragments in the last 1.5 tsp. I’m using for the hot cup – probably just from transit more than anything but there are tons of leaf crumbs floating in my tea, which, boo. :( It doesn’t bother me to drink it, I just don’t like seeing the tea all muddled. It’s a gorgeous mahogany color otherwise with the same limey smell. I bet this would taste like a mojito with some spearmint…. and it’s a black tea base to boot, which most mojito blend teas aren’t. Grr for thinking of this too late!
But OH MAN I’m not even complaining. This is pretty darn good hot – like I said, it definitely reminds me of that lime iced tea I’ve had before. The lime tastes perfectly natural and the black tea is smooth and strong, not bitter in the least. I’ll put just a tad bit of sugar in it when iced (like, 1/4 cup to a gallon, so less than a tsp. overall) but this has made me very happy indeed. I haven’t ordered from Teas Etc before but depending on how fast I go through this gallon that may be changing soon!
I think I have enough leaf for one more cup after this, and then it looks like its gone from the Compass Teas website. Makes sense, I guess, as even the name is seasonal. Well, I take that back – it’s present in sample size quantities, but I can’t see myself placing an order consisting of like, 3 sample size bags and that’s it.
It’s quite a shame, because this is a great marshmallow tea. It’s not toasted marshmallow, which would probably be the only thing I’d add to this blend – but it is equal parts marshmallow and black tea. The base reminds me of my beloved East Frisian blend, only it’s as if someone treated it like a hot chocolate and put a marshmallow on top. With milk and sugar (not a lot of either, and not necessary at that) I am absolutely in heaven.
I wish there was a way to add a toasted flavor without burny/smoke flavoring. I can’t do the lapsang. Maybe some toasted rice from a genmaicha? Or maybe… my LAOSHAN BLACK CHOCOLATE GENMAICHA. OMG. I think all of the lightbulbs in the world just went off inside my head – that is a blend that will be happening the next (last?!) time I make this tea.
If it’s good I may just find a way to place an order of only sample sizes. The things I’ll do for my tastebuds. :)
i like this one less and less each time I drink it. :(
I’ve finally more or less got a routine started at work where I bring my 16 oz thermos filled with prepared tea and let it cool to drinking temperature (because I’m too busy to sit down most days) for a few hours. Last night I sat down to this, and…ugh. Smelled great, even tasted caramelly and marshmallowy, but it was just so thin and watery that I couldn’t enjoy it.
I’d like to give it away to a good home if anyone’s interested…
This was another sample from momo!
This one smells and looks a lot like the Pumpkin chai from DAVID’s. It is super heavy on the spices of the pie rather than pumpkin itself. I get a whole lot of cinnamon, and maybe clove/nutmeg.
I used 1.5 tsp. leaf for a 10 oz. cup and drank it straight. I think it would benefit from cream and sugar mostly because it had a thinner texture and taste. Once steeped the spices were still very present in the smell but the taste was pretty watery until it started to cool down some. Even once it cooled the pumpkin note was barely there – drowned out by the spice.
I think in terms of pumpkin flavor the Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki was more authentic so if you want to actually taste pumpkin I would go with that. But if you like the whole pumpkin pie experience then this one is certainly not a bad option. Then again, it is April so I’m pretty sure no one’s REALLY thinking about pumpkin pie right now anyway – I’m just that weird that I can stand it all year round!
So I’m super nerd when it comes to DNA and nature/nurture all of that stuff. And then I found 23andme.com (bear with me, I promise I’m not advertising for them!) which is basically an outlet to learn things about my genetics, health risks, drug sensitivities and ancestry and all of that. Fun fact: I’m approximately 2.8% Neanderthal. :)
Today I finally got the email notification that the health part was ready, and one of the things they test you for is caffeine metabolism/tolerance. Apparently I’m the fast metabolizer, meaning that I can drink a lot and it doesn’t do much to me. I had a feeling as much, at least as far as tea is concerned, given that I drank this at 2:30 AM yesterday and was immediately tired afterwards. Coffee affects me a little stronger, but then, that’s why I don’t like to drink it. :)
I just really, really like this. I like that I can get two steeps out of it, which is rare for a 52Teas blend for me. The seconds steep is mostly just the fruit part, but blueberry tea is still just as wonderful. I am killing my first pouch – it’s a little less than half full. Luckily I have one more left but after its gone I’m going to need to really think about getting a pound made. Maybe by then we’ll get a strawberry version too so I can has ALL THE DANISHES. Seriously, I am dying to know what a strawberry or cherry or peach version of this would taste like (anything but raspberry, which of course is the ONLY other varietal there was).
Welp, I’m going to go rustle up another cup of tea and stick my nose back into my chromosomes for the night…