850 Tasting Notes
I was nervous about trying this tea again. When it’s good, it’s really, really good – problem was, it seemed to require milk and sugar to get there.
Prepped 1.5 tsp. tea at below parameters, added 1 tbsp. coconut milk. Can I just say that I love being able to eat pancakes without actually eating them? I love getting a mouthful of creamy maple syrup followed by the cakey note. The coconut milk is usually not my preferred additive, but it pairs really nicely here – I think because it adds a thicker, chewy mouthfeel. Whatever it is, I love it!
(Although I do still have some scratchy throat stuff going on once I get about halfway into the cup. What IS that???)
I haven’t had this one in a while! Actually, I have only really started tea drinking again, so most of my teas I haven’t had in a while. :) But on the plus side, I don’t really have to go shopping for anything – I have tons of variety right at home!
This is still fantastic – sweet and spicy all at once. Boyfriend went to bed early for the night so I just put on the kettle and am enjoying the solitude. This is the perfect companion.
Okay – trying this tea out with the coconut milk added (because DOUBLE COCONUT! Also because there’s no other type of creamer, but let’s all be positive!). I recently transitioned to a paleo/primal diet, which is very heavy on the coconuts. The oil, the flour, the milk, the flakes… they’re practically in a food group by themselves now. Luckily I’ve always loved coconut, or I’d probably have had a harder time with the transition!
Anyway, back to the tea. This is hands down one of my favorites from 52Teas. It’s a new batch, too – which may mean I need to tweak the parameters just a bit to get the results I want. I wonder if my tastes have changed or actual batches can vary just enough to require this?
The smell is decadent, though I’m not getting much hint of pie crust. I do get lots of coconut and sweet cream, though. As for the taste, I think the coconut milk may have overwhelmed the more delicate crust note – its more of a coconut custard in a cup. (Which really isn’t bad at all.)
Yup, as its cooled, no crust note, just a lovely thick mouthfeel and the taste of coconut and cream. Maybe an extra 30 seconds or minute steep will help tease out that crust flavor. Note to self: try that next time!
Weird – this had a scratchy throat effect tonight. That never happens, and I don’t like it. Especially because I’m just coming off a cold and got rid of my sore throat – I don’t feel like having it back already. Maybe it was the coconut milk? Whatever it was I had to add some honey and that didn’t even really calm the irritation.
Meh. Further research is needed. My old faithful let me down tonight :(.
Even though I think this is one of the more popular blends, it was never my most favorite. But that was back when I could eat a cinnamon roll whenever I wanted. And whenever I would add sugar to teas.
This time, I enjoyed it with a splash of milk and 1.5 tsp. leaf steeped for 12 minutes. The taste of that gooey dough was fabulous! Sweet, cinnamony BREAD! The cup disappeared on me surprisingly quickly. Good thing there’s no caffeine..
It’s lovely to start feeling better enough to drink this. I still can’t hack it without milk, but man, once that’s added it’s absolutely perfect. My lovely Frissy.
When I drink it I love imagining where it came from – I do this more than with any other tea I’ve tried. I know I’m romanticizing it but it makes me think of winter by the sea – gray clouds, wind and salted driftwood. It’s probably nostalgia more than anything else since I lived by the beach growing up. Still, something in the flavor is caramel and wood/earth. And shelter from the storm -cozy and comforting no matter what.
It makes the idea of winter almost tolerable.
Mixed half and half with Upton’s Spearmint blend, so 3 tsp. of each in 16 oz. of water.
My last review of this was a long time ago and it was spot on – it is the perfect sick time tea. Guess how I know that :(.
But on the plus side it is making me feel better, so I’ll just keep sucking it down. Good to have on hand, but it’s a shame it can only be pulled out in not so fun circumstances.
You know, this pairs really well with dark chocolate on a cool fall night. It was perfect as is – no milk or sugar needed.
Every time I drink it I’m reminded of how much I want to try the coconut version, though. One day I’ll get it. You know – that same elusive day where I’ll drink all of my existing tea so that I’ve actually got room for it in my cupboard. :)
1 heaping tsp. of leaf, at below parameters. Added a splash of milk.
Mmmm, decadence. I love the sweetness of the caramel, and the spice of the pumpkin. My first sip today gave me that hint of cheesecake flavor, but it disappeared after that. I’m also getting strong butterscotch notes in the flavor and scent, which I like.
Actually, pretty sure I can’t find anything about this tea I don’t like – it was made for my tastebuds!