2195 Tasting Notes
I wasn’t expecting much from this tea, especially since aniseed was listed as an ingredient, but I’m pleasantly surprised – this is less chai-like and more of a nice, honey-spiced beverage. The spices actually blend together quite well, with none really dominating over the others, which is unusual for most spiced teas. Perhaps the honey brings everything together. Either way, worth a shot if you like spiced teas but find chais to generally be a bit overly spice-heavy. I imagine it would take a bit of milk and sweetener well, although the flavour is not strong so it could possibly be drowned out.
Hmm, not sure if this has lost flavour, or perhaps I underleafed, but the flavour is pretty light, and leaning a bit towards the chemically side. However, it does most closely resemble s’mores when compared to any other “s’mores” tea I’ve tried – the aroma is sweet and marshmallowy, which carries into the flavour, though I’m not really picking up graham cracker, and the chocolate is a bit muted. It’s not bad though, just not wonderful.
I didn’t get as much orange this time as I did previously, but it was still an enjoyable tea with a nice chocolate flavour. However, Two Friends blows every other chocolate/orange tea I’ve ever had completely out of the water, so this is not a re-stock.
Yeah… I don’t think flavoured pu’erhs are really for me (generally), because I nearly always get a bit of fishiness which clashes badly with the flavourings. IIRC Cinnamon Swirl Bread was an exception, and there are probably others that I’m not thinking of right now, but I would prefer to have a similarly flavoured black tea over the pu’erh version. There’s nice fruity strawberry/fruity flavours, but a hint of fishiness, which is just too much.
A perfectly good strawberry/chocolate black, although IMO it could use more strawberry. Decent base though (no astringency), and it doesn’t taste overly fakey. I’d drink it again, but it’s not unique enough to keep stocked.
Strange… I don’t have this logged previously. I think I had it in a travel mug, so must have just forgotten. Whoops!
I didn’t have a big piece of star anise in the cup this time, which greatly improved the flavour, IMO. I taste ginger and a candy sort of raspberry… it’s actually fairly pleasant! I don’t think I’d feel the need to get any more of this, but without icky licoricey flavours, I’m quite happy with it.
Yuck. Not. A. Fan. I’m getting serious medicinal rooibos flavour here, along with perfumey fruitiness. The rooibos is actually making me gag a bit. Yuck yuck yuck. Not for me. Not at all.
ETA: Calling this a sipdown. 816. Because Indigobloom still gets a go at it, and I don’t want any more. YUCK.