862 Tasting Notes
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!
Another backlog – and my 300th tasting note!
After the disappointment of my last go round with this, I extended the steep time to 5 minutes and added a splash of milk. That did it! It tasted exactly like it smelled!
1.5 tsp. leaf at the below parameters, no sweetener because I’ve cut out sugar. It would be great with sugar, I’m sure, but the strawberries and cream was perfectly recreated (and just as delicious) without. Yummy!
Backlog from yesterday morning:
I tried this almost 2 years ago when Frank did his Valentine’s day sampler, so my memory is hazy. But I finally got around to ordering it again and was absolutely blown away by the smell. Strawberries and cream! Tantalizing!
Unfortunately, this particular steeping was lackluster. I think it had more to do with the timing, because the smell was wonderful but the taste was essentially hot water. I used 1.5 tsp. of leaf with no additives at the below parameters. So my goal for the next time was to increase steeping, and add milk to make it creamy, and see what happens. I know there’s potential to get the smell to manifest in the taste!
And…now we’re up to date!
This was my birthday tea of the week, so I had to order it. That and it combines some of my favorite tastes, so this was a no brainer. :)
The dry leaf smells dizzyingly (is that a word? I’m suddenly not sure, but it fits haha) buttery. Buttery caramelly. And then there’s the spice of the pumpkin. I don’t get much cheesecake other than a kind of tang, but that’s good enough for me.
I’ve mentioned that I’ve cut out sweetener, but another thing I’ve also done in the past few months is to cut out wheat products (for health reasons, boo!) so that means that traditional cheesecake and pies are off limits to me.
But I can at least get them in tea form! And OH MY GAH does this deliver. I steeped about 1.5 tsp. leaf at the below parameters and the steeped smell of buttery sweet pumpkin made me swoon. Or keel over with joy. Whatever, I’m a dramatic person who hasn’t put her nose near a baked good in a while. But still it was pretty fantastic, even if you are a person lucky enough to get to experience these things for real.
The taste was very strong on the caramel with lingering pumpkin spices after the swallow. One thing I’m not getting, though, is the cheesecake tang – maybe milk will bring that out? Will give it a shot next time. Which will probably be happening in the morning.
If I can get that cheesecake out, I’ll give it a solid 100 for sure – but otherwise it’s still a really amazing tea!
Backlog from this morning.
2 heaping tsp. of tea to 500 ml. water in my Breville.
Shared this with the bf – as always. He perks up every time I mention making tea in the morning, and suggests this.
Today was the first time I just added milk, with no sweetener. And I think my tastebuds are FINALLY learning that they can sense things other than saccharine, because that little bit of milk smoothed out any rough edges and left me with that lovely, sturdy and hearty black tea taste. The kind that gets you through a morning with a hint of chill in the air.
It was so very cozy. That’s why it’s among our favorites, though!
Backlog from a few days ago…
ARGH. WTF is happening to my tastebuds?
Steeped the usual way, the usual time, with the usual amount, and it wasn’t until it cooled down that I got much of anything from it. It’s a long hard road, this cutting out of sugar.
Meh, I’ll keep trying with this one – I love it too much not too!
So, uh, hi guys! :)
I am, I’m ashamed to say, a seasonal tea drinker. And since spring started about, oh, March 1 in these parts my hot tea drinking stopped pretty much around then, only to start back this past week. This, actually, is a backlog from last Monday, I think – but I wanted to count it because well, it’s my first tea of fall!
Unfortunately I didn’t really get much flavor from this. Could have been too little leaf, or water that was too hot, and also that I’ve cleaned out my diet and so no more sugar in tea for me – but it was pretty much like drinking hot water. Oh, well, it’s a sample pack so I have a few more tries left on it to get it right.
Man, it feels good to be back!
Saturday mornings are awesome.
This tea is awesome- buttery vanilla with an orange tang in the aftertaste. It’s more cream than earl grey, but it’s a balance that works for me. Prepped 3 tsp. in 500 ml. water at the below parameters in my Breville.
Happy weekend, everyone!
And that’s the end of this tea for now….(NOOOOOOOOO!!!) :(
I am a month away from taking the darn licensure exam and getting a job, and once that happens I’ll have the money to replace this, but until then…I’ll just have to remember it fondly.
Until next time, coconut cream pie!