2756 Tasting Notes
A huge thank you to VariaTEA for giving me a sample of this tea! I’ve been super curious, but haven’t had the chance to really get my hands on any of this previously.
The dry tea smells very chocolatey, and cacao nibs are clearly visible – I don’t always like the inclusion of cacao nibs for whatever reason, and the smell of the blend came off to me as a bit fakey, so I was prepared not to overly care for it. Sadly, I was a bit wrong. It’s way better steeped. Like liquid dark, fruity chocolate. Maybe a touch artificial, but it’s so rich and creamy. And dark. I do quite like it. Not enough to pay the extravagant prices that it costs, though, but it will remain in my head as a great chocolate tea to recommend. The only thing that would maybe make it better would be some cacao shell and perhaps a bit of base tea roastiness. (But then I’m probably turning it into LBCG… which is my all-time chocolate favourite).
(Oh, also I steeped this for 4 minutes by accident. It was fine. So the black base here is clearly pretty forgiving.)
I was gifted with 6 oz. (6 oz.!) of this recently, and was really hoping it would be at least decent (high hopes given Teavana’s reputation). Thankfully, it’s not too bad. There are a ridiculous number of ingredients (including many I dislike) mashed into this blend (not good for cup-to-cup consistency, sadly), but they come together to produce a somewhat fakeish, juice-like, strawberry fruit-ish tea. But forget about the oolong – it’s only in here so they can charge a lot more for the blend, because I’d estimate that maaaayyybe 10-20% of this blend is actual tea.
I actually resteeped this, and found that the second infusion was perhaps even better than the first, where everything just blended into a fruitiness. I’ve certainly had much more unpleasant blends, and I think this would actually be pretty good iced/cold in the summer. I wouldn’t buy it myself, though, because I much prefer tea that contains a noticeable amount of actual tea.
Made some of this into an eggnog latte shortly before coming home from my holiday, and although it was certainly tasty, I don’t think the flavour is bold enough for the eggnog (and since I have to use so much tea for a regular cup to begin with, I felt it was a bit of a waste to use like 5tbsp for one eggnog latte, just so I could taste the custardy-apple.
Boo, this was another tea that didn’t work well at all in a travel mug. It just tasted off, and I’m not sure why. It is a pretty old bag of tea though, so maybe something has changed in the flavour over the years (yes…. years…) Will have to try it normal-mug-style to see.
I really need to pull out all my “travel mug teas” again, because I’ve been repeating the same few teas quite often, when some (in this case) are in short supply, and others are super fresh, while I should be drinking older stuff!! Not like I was sad to have a mug of this today, but I might be more sad if I can’t have a mug of it in 6 months :(
Anyways, drank this today – actually got through all 4 mugs I brought to work (and wanted more, so I’m going to try to do 5 for tomorrow). But maaaaaaaan do my feet hurt. I had enough energy tonight to go work out after my shift, but my feet are so freaking sore from standing for 7.5 hours that I can’t even fathom it! Anyone have tips for footwear when you’re in a primarily-standing job? (With no option for sitting?)