4943 Tasting Notes
I is for… Irish Coffee Keemun!
This tea smells good, nice and creamy, but there’s an odd, vegetal(?) note here that reminds me of some white teas – and that I don’t really care for. It’s… almost minty?But not quite. It’s possible that it’s the “whiskey” flavouring, or alternately, an element of the “irish coffee” flavouring is responsible, I’m not sure. I don’t think it’s coming from the keemun base. (It actually has occurred to me that this has sat so long, it’s possible that it was adjacent to a minty tea and absorbed some flavour, but hopefully not). The flavour has this same vegetal note, along with coffee/cream flavours, but that note is definitely affecting the experience of drinking it.
Either way, an ok cup, not a favourite, but obviously for the best since it’s unavailable!
I is for… Irish Rock Shandy!
First tasting note on a years-old tea? Ok!
Really had to dig through my stash for “I” teas for today – the only DavidsTea one I had I finished off last month (Irish Breakfast). Definitely a theme with the names here, though!
This was not ever a favourite tea of mine; I didn’t really care for the citrus – it’s just edging toward a cleaner sort of flavour, and there’s also a flavour in this tea that I can’t place but don’t really care for. It’s not a terrible tea, but just not matched to my preferences, which generally don’t include orange-flavoured teas.
H is for… Hot Chocolate!
Very sweet (maybe too sweet?), rich, not particularly fishy or anything. A bit artificial? If I really want a less-sugar hot chocolate, I’m going to pick straight-up cacao shells every time, because it’s 100% chocolate, but this tea isn’t too bad for a puerh version.
Sidenote, I did not really drink tea today (Saturday) for whatever reason; it was supposed to be “I” but I’ll just defer to tomorrow.
H is for… Hibiscus Punch!
Well, if this isn’t an accurate tea name… It was definitely a big, sour hibiscus punch to the tastebuds! With backup rooibos notes, and cinnamon. However, strange as it sounds, I actually did not hate it, and drank it unaltered. It was ridiculously puckering but for whatever reason I appreciated it; I believe that some sweetener could have made this into a decent iced tea. Not a tea I’d keep around, but certainly appreciate that it was true to its name!
H is for… Happy Valley Darjeeling!
All I can say is that I enjoyed it; I don’t really remember much else. I’m not always a darjeeling fan, so it was a nice surprise (although I see my previous note indicates I felt the same last time, so this particular version must just fit better for me).
G is for… Grapefruit Rose Starburst!
Of the multitude of grapefruit options, I picked this one. Good choice, it was quite delicious. Bright grapefruit but without the bitterness, and a great base that paired well with it. I’m sure the supporting players (candied pineapple, apple) also helped. It really did invoke thoughts of a grapefruit starburst, if one exists (do they?) but no sign of rose that I noticed, which is fine with me. Grapefruit’s not one of my top flavours, but this hit the spot today.
G is for… Ginger Pear!
This tea is enjoyable because the ginger isn’t overpowering and blends nicely with the fruitiness and cinnamon. Sometimes, you don’t want the in-your-face punch of ginger that it can bring. I think this tea may have become a bit muted with age (though it’s only 2 years old – a baby, really!) but it’s still good.
G is for… Gingerbread!
Wow, I have a lot of G options. Ginger, grape, grapefruit… Started with this one today. Rating suggests I thought it wasn’t great previously; today I found it boring but pleasant. Warming spices, but muted. Nudging the rating up slightly, mostly because it’s a rooibos without the awful rooibos flavours.