621 Tasting Notes
This is a sample from momo – one I’ve had on my shopping list forever so I am beyond excited for it! Thank you!
This one’s been on my shopping list for so long that I forgot part of the reason I wanted it was the mystique in the description. I took a huge whiff of the dry leaf and came on here to see what I was smelling (bad me, for not forming my own opinions) only to realize that nope – gonna have to use my brain cells on a Saturday morning.
The answer, if you’re wondering, is strawberries and cream. Juicy spring strawberries, and whipped cream with vanilla. 2/3 of a strawberry shortcake that’s heavier on the strawberry without additives, and heavier on the whipped cream with some milk and sugar. The black tea is smooth and plays well with the strawberry. Even though it’s a black tea it still manages to have a delicate balance to it – this isn’t a “bold” tea like I consider most blacks to be.
One thing I’m not getting is any florality, but I am not very attuned to floral notes anyway, given that I don’t particularly care for them.
Overall, this is going back on my shopping list for once I’ve pared down my cupboard. It is perfection and the mystery behind it makes it that much more fun – I imagine this would be a blast to serve to guests!
I had this at the Roswell Tea House today, and from the description was pretty sure it was Harneys though it didn’t explicitly say. And I was right! It’s probably not good that I’m memorizing tea descriptions, is it?
I could take or leave the rose, but the idea of a lemon vanilla white was too good to pass up. Initially when I got the pot it seemed astringent, and I was worried it had been oversteeped, but I think that was just the tartness of the lemon. As it cooled the vanilla peeked out more and smoothed out the ends of the sip. The rose kind of wove in and out between the other flavors but it seemed more noticeable in the scent than anything else. And the white tea was the perfect backdrop – it was a light tea perfect for spring. This is one that I could definitely see as being good cold. Once I make a dent in the mountain of tea I currently possess I’ll probably buy some to give it a shot!
Can’t comment on the brewing parameters as I didn’t make this one myself.
Tried this because I’ve been wanting to forever. I don’t have much experience with Harney teas but not because they don’t sound good – I just can’t seem to get myself organized to place an order there. I seem to remember that they don’t do free shipping, and since I’ve just swapped a bunch and gotten a Verdant and 52Teas order it will be awhile before I can put one in anyway.
The description of this one was really appealing, but when I tried it all I really got was Cream Earl Grey. Maybe with an extra hint of lemon. It wasn’t as spectacular as I was hoping, but I was concentrating more on conversation than the tea so that could be why. It was good, but nothing really stood out about the flavor.
A sample and a sipdown thanks to Kittenna!
Blueberry has just been my thing lately, what with the 52teas reblend and all. I was excited to get to try this and compare the two, even though it’s not a straight comparison. I just wanted to see how the two blueberry notes stacked up more than anything.
I can tell there’s rooibos in here just because there’s a slight woody note that isn’t present in the straight black 52teas blend. It’s not bad, just an extra part of the flavor. Here the blueberry is juicy and tart, but then the cream comes in to prevent any astringence in the swallow. This is perfect to drink straight and would make for quite an iced tea in the summer, I’ll bet.
Which – summer might actually come this year after all! The high today was 67! Allllmost to the 70s at last!
Gah – I’m powering through this stuff way too fast!
It was super juicy tasting this morning. Creamy juicy blueberry pastry, in that order. It’s coming with me to work tonight again since it worked so well the first time. Blueberry works so well with a black tea. It’s almost as natural a combination as peaches and tea. Makes me wonder what a blueberry peach tea would taste like? Yeah, I’m going to have to find a way to make that happen.
Also, totally off the subject of this tea, but last night I finally finished constructing my tea cupboard and I love it so much it’s kind of ridiculous. Everything looks so neat and organized – and all in one corner! I have to get some pictures and post them to the thread on here.
My boyfriend really wants to put wheels on the bottom of the shelf, and I’m undecided, since Brevy is on there and I don’t like the idea of hot water on wheels. I’m clumsy and that is disastrous. But he pointed out that in the event of a fire I could just take that sucker and go, and I have to admit, it would be nice to have that option…I’ve spent a lot of time and money on this hobby of mine!
Every time I drink a green tea I ask myself why I don’t drink them MORE.
This one I bought especially for my boyfriend, lover of all mint green teas. I figured he’d like getting a dose of spearmint and peppermint, since usually mint teas feature one or the other. It wasn’t until after I bought it and read the description closer that I realized there would be vanilla too, which made me excited because I love vanilla enough to overcome my meh feelings about mint.
The dry leaf smells “like toothpaste” to the boyfriend, but the vanilla is really easy to pick up in the scent and its has more of a complexity to me than that. Maybe like a grasshopper? It’s very well balanced and heady, whatever it is. I could live in that smell.
Steeped 2.5 tsp at the below parameters, the smell thankfully doesn’t change except to have more vegetal undertones from the green tea. Taste wise, I get vanilla, mint and sencha, and then the cooling feeling of mint after I swallow. The texture is quite creamy from the vanilla, too. This is really doing a number on my palate, I’ve got to say.
I’m quite happy to have picked up two pouches of this – one will go to work with him, and one will stay here for us. I imagine this would be an excellent tea to drink in the summer, and if summer ever happens here again (seriously, March? FLURRIES? This is Atlanta) this is the first cold brew I’ll be making!
I’ve been wanting an Almond Joy in tea form forever..but I held off on a 52teas order until I could make a big one. Kind of a risk really, since stock is always touch and go. That’s part of the fun though, I think!
Anyway, when I got my tea package, the only thing I could really smell was the blueberry cream cheese danish. Which was lovely, of course, but it made me worried that I would taste and smell it in my other non blueberry teas, too. Thankfully that wasn’t the case!
The dry leaf smell in this had a sharp, almost unpleasant coconut note- maybe from the adding flavoring? I was hoping it would fade out by the time the tea steeped, and it did, so that was good! I just added milk and sugar since I knew I was going to try and take this to work to repeat the blissful moment at 11:30 tonight when things settle down and I can take a second to relax.
This tea is predominantly chocolate. Dark, hot chocolate. The coconut is present only in the creaminess, maybe a background accent but definitely not very strong. It actually reminds me of when I combined the Salted caramel from DAVIDS’ with my hot chocolate mix. Which is super yummy, if not quite screaming almond joy.
In a few hours once it cools it may have some different nuances emerge, so I’ll update later – but for now, it is still a really great tea to be sipping away at!
Yesterday after my first two cups I was craving more – always the sign of a good tea. :)
I discovered that taking this to work in a thermos makes the craziness seem somehow more manageable. Plus, having this hot at 11:30 PM while charting is almost awesome enough to make you forget you’re working altogether.
sigh. I have two pouches of this and we’ll see how quickly I go through them. A pound may be in order.
Also – Frank, have you considered maybe making this in strawberry or cherry danish iterations? I’m pretty sure I could give up food altogether and just live on tea if that happened….
YUM. I was soooo excited to see this one in stock! I was even more excited when my 52teas package got here Saturday instead of Monday like the USPS initially expected. I didn’t get to pick up the package until late last night, so with this being a black tea I waited until the morning to try it. The smell permeated the bag though (made me a little nervous since I ordered some other teas and didn’t want smell contamination – luckily my shamrock and almond happiness teas are untainted!) so I got a strong whiff of blueberry all night long to enjoy!
The hype around this made me nervous I would be the outlier – my M.O. is to be the odd one out in most cases, it seems. But nope! This time I’m happily in the majority. I used 2 tsp. leaf for 12 oz. water at below parameters. The first sips were sans milk and sugar, and initially I got the whole thing – blueberry and cream cheese pastry perfection. Then my tastebuds seemed to settle out and I lost it, but milk and sugar brought out those notes again and I enjoyed a cup of blueberry dessert heaven for the rest of the cup.
I got a good resteep out of this too – at 7 minutes most of the pastry was lost but I still had some strong blueberry flavors that worked well without milk and sugar. This tea is SMOOTH – there was no bitterness whatsoever.
Amazing. This was wonderful and I’m sooo glad I got my hands on some!
This tasted a bit weaker today, despite using the same parameters I always do. Maybe it’s just getting old (WAH) or maybe I used more water without realizing it?
Getting down to the end of this one – but I have a few 52Teas coming my way that I’m super excited about. Yay for Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish!!!