2606 Tasting Notes
Soooooo, I am le sick. A little feverish last night, and my favouritest sick-symptom of all – a wonderful sore throat ALL day. And an unusual bonus symptom – feeling nauseated all day too (I suspect it’s the post-nasal drip causing the sore throat, and resulting in tummy ick, but this isn’t typical for me).
Anyhow, I brewed this up last night before I was feeling sick, and am only writing the note now because I very literally slept ALL day. Like, 14-15 hours of combined sleep. (The sore throat has improved, but now I’m sniffly.) I wanted to compare it to Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, because I didn’t have a good idea about the differences between the two. Turns out, I think I like this one better, and it’s probably because of the base tea – it’s lighter, and the spices are more apparent, along with a delicious creaminess. I think I also tasted the pumpkin a bit more too, which would make sense given that there’s apparently a whole lot more in here! I’m glad I did pick up one final ounce of each of these though, just because they’re nice to have around (like Pistachio Ice Cream).
I guess the lotus stamens or whatever used to be in this tea are no longer, because my baggie doesn’t appear to contain any at all :( Oh well. The tea probably still tastes the same, and it’s nice – spiced and fall-flavoured, though fairly light on flavour overall. It’s nice enough though, and with a 2-minute infusion, the base is kept pretty smooth.
I see I have a note that recommends I add maple syrup for even better flavour… sadly, I just had to dump mine, because it went moldy, probably because the container wasn’t sterilized properly when it was poured in. The hazards of buying syrup from random roadside vendors, I guess. My boyfriend had to dump over a litre of his too, for the same reason. (I had maybe 300mL left). Sigh.
Oh man. I hope this is the tea they bring back. It’s even better steeped at home, so thank you SO much VariaTea for sharing with me. I’m kind of irritated that my local DT wouldn’t sell any to me – I’ve gathered by asking about things on the DT Facebook page that they were allowed to sell them… and also the new mystery tea that they had a naming contest for. Always great when store employees don’t know what’s supposed to happen.
But yes. This is perfect pear flavour in tea form. PERFECT. It smells, and tastes like a poached pear with a hint of cinnamon. It’s really quite incredibly delicious. And quite frankly, would be The pear tea I’ve wanted. (Thank you thank you for using green rooibos instead of red or a terrible green tea base). The worst part of this, though, is that I recall also quite liking the other tea they offered up (which I’ll try again later also thanks to VariaTea). Why couldn’t they just give us both instead of releasing other, crappier teas?
I’m all irritated again. (I also have a tummyache, and I’m sure this is contributing to my unhappiness.) This is another tea that was on Steepster, and appears to no longer exist. And I know it was here, because I gave samples of this tea to Sil, etc., and they tried it too. SO ANNOYING.
Anyways. Fairly basic-tasting loose leaf black blend. Can’t do a proper review because I drank it as a pro-tea-n latte today with chocolate protein powder, which kind of made it like a tea hot chocolate. It was interesting, but I think I brewed the tea a little strong. Oh well. It seems like a decent enough tea for me to start throwing in my travel mug when I want a straight black – I have a bunch of it (something my mom was given that she didn’t want), and no particular fondness for it, so sipping it down would be just fine by me.
Soooo I guess I bought some of this tea… and never actually tried it. Heh. (Or maybe I did, but I really don’t remember, and there seemed to be a fair bit left of the 10g… if not all…)
Anyhow, given all the fuss about it, I figured I’d try my sample. It’s quite pepperminty (in that candy way, not peppermint leaf), then fades into a creaminess. Basically like Santa’s Secret or Mint To Be minus the black base. It has a bit of a weirdness, almost a sourness, to it, that could easily be something from the white chocolate (or maybe the peppercorns), but it’s not overly strong, nor overly off-putting. Honestly, I prefer Cocomint Cream/Santa’s Secret/Mint To Be, probably because there are other flavours in the tea than just creamy mint. I might mix the rest of it with a black and see how it turns out.
Working on getting this one to sipdown level. I think I brewed it a bit strong tonight, but it’s reasonably tasty, all limey and a bit creamy. Probably would be a bit better if I diluted it some, though, because it’s verging on bitter. The flavour profile, now that I think about it, is actually fairly similar to Sun & Cloud Mist, which I definitely prefer – this one just maybe has less base tea, and more lemongrass.
Another super oldie. But, was in a nice Mylar(?) package, and retained flavour, so it’s still fairly tasty. Nice cantaloupe flavour, mild creamy-ish base. I do greatly prefer Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream though, perhaps because it’s softer and creamier, though the actually melon flavour is reasonably similar.
A half-finished package, so clearly I’ve tried this before… and have no note to show for it. Argh. I don’t even remember trying it, which is perhaps even more irritating, haha. Anyhow, it smells pretty nice brewed up – lightly spiced with a dash of orange and sweetness. It smells kind of like Christmas, because I guess orange spice = Christmas, to me. Flavourwise, that’s pretty much what it is – an orange spice tea, with some creaminess from the vanilla (presumably). Cinnamon is the predominant spice, but overall, it’s quite balanced, which I prefer. I would imagine there has been a bit of flavour loss here, given that this has not been sealed for a while (sample packet, so just clipped shut, and probably not all that well), but it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m not sure what the base tea is (I’m guessing Laoshan Black but have no real idea), but it’s really not terribly obvious here. Or maybe it’s an herbal? (I thought I saw leaves though.) Overall, pretty enjoyable, probably better when fresh, and I may throw another sample into a future order if it’s around, perhaps next Christmas, because I don’t think I’d drink this outside of the winter months.
Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea! Another tea where I really have no idea what to expect, just a hope that it’s not completely like chamomile, haha.
And it’s not. But oh, is it WEIRD. And not entirely pleasant. There’s almost… a metallic taste to it. I did use a metal infuser basket since I was concerned the Finum would get all gross like it does with chamomile, but it must be a flavour from the tea itself, because I’ve never had an infuser impart flavours to a tea like this. So… doesn’t taste like chamomile, but does taste like metal has been leached into the water. I’m really not finding this good at all… O.o Dumping time. (Oh man, I just burped and it tasted like this tea/metal. I am so grossed out right now, you have no idea.)
ETA: If you can get past the metal association, this might be a reasonable tea. But it’s quite distinct, and making me gag, so it’s a big no-go.