2221 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! And another tea from Janelle :)
Not great, IMO. A bit of blueberry flavour, no chocolate, and a bland black base. Pretty substandard, and not what I expected from Della Terra, but oh well. I don’t think I needed a chocolate/blueberry tea anyhow; I like blueberry cream teas better.
Another tea from Janelle! Again, don’t really recall anything I’ve read about this tea… definitely thought it was just a herbal, but it sure looks to me like there’s black tea in here!
Anyhow, first impression: omg, hibiscus. Definitely purplish hue to the cup, which had me pretty worried. And the hibiscus is certainly noticeable, although I found it fairly tolerable (also, I kept the infusion short). Once I got past the hibiscus, though, I noticed two things: 1 – awesome cherry flavour, 2 – a stale tea sort of taste. The cherry flavour (totally sour cherry-esque, no cough syrup here!) was perfect, but I wish it wasn’t so covered up by the hibiscus. And, unfortunately, I’m thinking that the black base was contributing the stale, old teabag flavour. It wasn’t unpleasant enough to dump the cup, but made it such that I’ve never purchase this, despite loving that cherry. Oh well. A better cup than I expected, since for whatever reason I had been anticipating a hibiscus nightmare, so there’s something to be said for that! (Also, I doubt that freshness is an issue here, as in, I don’t think Janelle had it overly long, though the company could have used old tea for it. Or, it’s just a wierd flavour that I’m perceiving as stale.)
Aiming to get through a few samples today, since it looks like I’ll be going through my larger quantities at work! Anyhow, thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea! It’s been so long since I last read about it that I couldn’t even remember if I thought I’d enjoy it… but I do! It does taste like a lemony dessert. I was pretty worried about the hibiscus being overwhelming (since it looked pretty pinkish after brewing), but it was perfect. Quite tasty, and an herbal I think I’d be happy to have around. Definitely a different flavour from the Lemon/Lime Chiffon rooibos. Less creamy (but still not sharply lemony), and quite desserty.
Hadn’t had this in aaaaages, but did last weekend. Pretty tasty – I kept it to a short infusion so there wasn’t astringency, just a nice, creamy/cloudy lemony flavour with a bit of a smoky green base. I think some of the nuances are missed in a travel mug, but it was good nonetheless (and I think I had a great re-steep too).
An interesting tea… definitely tastes like cucumber, along with spearmint. I approve of it in the sense that at least to me, it’s a very unique tea, which I’m all for, whether or not I like it. If I enjoyed mint in teas more, I think I’d actually quite enjoy it… but I’m not a huuuuge fan. I feel like it would make a really good iced drink in the summer, though!
(Why do I not seem to have a previous note on this tea? So weird… I definitely had it as a TOTD from DT and remember writing a note…)
Also, the flavour really lingered in my travel mug, which was annoying.
I’ve completely lost track of which harvest this was from, but it was absolutely divine today. Sweet, rock sugary, a bit vegetal – even though I’ve apparently managed to crunch up some of the leaves by transporting it around. I still have bags of this from other harvests, but it’s a definite restock once I’m out.
I was desperate for a straight black tea – how my preferences have changed! Anyhow, this was absolutely perfect at work – malty, bread, chocolatey… rich and delicious. I’ve had a second infusion since, and unless I locate another straight black, I’ll probably just have this again tomorrow, because it’s so delicious.