4943 Tasting Notes
Nooooo, it’s all gone :( I decided to drink the last of it while it was still good, and it was definitely still good. There’s a tiny chance that I have a sampler size of it kicking around, and I’m fairly sure I have some Lemon Chiffon somewhere, but the lime was my favourite. This last cup of it, I chilled, and it was delicious. Probably my top rooibos, ever. Upping rating from 93 to 97, as if it matters.
Free sample from Bird & Blend in my last order – thanks! I’m not a drinker of straight matcha, though I did try this without anything added first. You could definitely tell that it wasn’t plain matcha as there was a nice creaminess to it, but it was still too bitter for my tastes (but I appreciated that there was no added sweetener!) I sweetened it with maple syrup and it was better, but still too strong – some milk made it perfect, though – nice and sweet and creamy. It blended together quite well even without much whisking (I’m lazy), which was also nice.
Not enough of an interesting flavour for me to buy (basically extra creamy, but I use milk in my matcha anyhow), but I think it worked pretty well.
Grabbed this thinking it was a cinnamony black… obviously misremembered. That’s ok though, as it was fairly tasty. Verrrry light on the fruitiness (I can’t tell that it’s raspberry), but the base and general fruitiness are nice. The resteep, which I left longer, may have been tastier than the initial infusion, so maybe I need to leave it a little longer next time.
ETA: Jeebus. This is 5 years old? I’m dropping my rating because it was probably way better back then. Pretty impressive to still command the 75 I briefly gave it, though!
Feeling pretty rotten last night (dizzy, feverish), and of course the baby didn’t want to be put down in the evening, when I was feeling my worst, which made everything much more difficult. Anyhow, after he went to bed, I decided I needed some good teas to feel better. Picked this one (deliberately) and another 52teas (randomly).
I don’t recall my thoughts from the first time I drank this, but despite the freeze-dried strawberries, the strongest aroma and flavour is a lovely soft lemon. A bit of strawberry fruitiness near the end of the sip, but it’s quite light. The base is lovely, though, malty and paired perfectly with the creamy lemon, no astringency at all.
This really is a lovely tea – it’s kind of like a lemon cream, but there’s enough strawberry to make it a bit different. And bonus – the base is a delightful black tea instead of the typical (IMO) white or green base to go with the lemon. Definitely hit the spot last night.
Another delicious chilled honeybush that now is almost gone. It’s amazing how quickly icing tea uses it up. Anyhow, this was good hot, but even better cold. Something about Frank’s honeybush teas that I don’t think will ever be replicated – a sweetness that just makes them taste fantastic. Idk. Perhaps it’s the honeybush itself, but whatever it is, I enjoy it. A decent amount of strawberry flavour left in this one, though it would have been stronger 4-5 years ago, I’m sure.
Huh, I guess I hadn’t had a lot of success with this tea. Seven years later, I used my normal brewing parameters for a white (~190-200F, 1.5 tsp/8oz, 2-3min infusion), and it was okay, though unremarkable. I suspect I wasn’t used to straight white teas at the time when I first tried this? Either way, I’m removing my 45 rating, because I don’t think it’s fair. Perhaps this is just a difficult tea to brew, but it’s likely a user issue. It’s too old to properly rate, but even my 7-year-old cup of it was at worst, 60-worthy.