2515 Tasting Notes
Made the decision today that I needed to stock up a little on this before it’s gone, because as herbals go, I like it well enough. So, 50g of this now resides in my DT drawer, plus 25g Pumpkin Chai. I almost got Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Patch as well, but thought better of it – I mean, I got two pumpkin teas from Butiki today too – how many does one need?! (Don’t answer that.)
Anyhow, brewed some of this up to take the chill off of a rainy autumn day. And used my sweet DT Halloween mug, of course (it exceeds my expectations and is wonderful, in case you were curious). Man, I cannot believe how quickly things sold out. I was debating getting a second mug as a backup, but didn’t even have the chance to contemplate it. Ah well.
This tea still has a bit of a weird sour taste to it (it comes out initially, then fades, which is possibly contrary to what I originally said, as I remembered incorrectly), but it smells wonderful, and the aftertaste is pure vanilla apple. Also, no scratchy throat. So, I’m happy to have some set aside for later :)
ETA: Drank a few resteeps of this one, and the sourness was greatly diminished after the first infusion. I wonder if a quick rinse/10s infusion could help with that? Might give it a shot next time.
Got my DT Halloween mug today, yay! And this tea, which I was curious about. It smells a lot more amaretto-y than I was expecting, with dark coffee aromas mingling in the background (I assume chicory is there as well), and brewed up, it also tastes a bit on the amaretto side. Thankfully it’s not overly strong, though. The base ends up being quite strong (although whether that’s from the accidental 11 minute infusion, or a characteristic of the tea, it’s hard to be sure), and tastes more like a blend of coffee/chicory than any tea, despite there being a fair amount of tea in there.
Overall, pretty neutral on this one. I’m sure I’ll get through the bag, but it would have been a tea I’d have been happy merely sampling.
My roomie picked up some of this while she was living in New Zealand – apparently feijoa is a pretty popular fruit over there? It’s a bit of a weird flavour – we had it in some drinks and chocolates over there while I was visiting her. It’s a bit floral-fruity and definitely has that “exotic” fruit flavour (i.e. not a flavour that’s familiar). It could be misconstrued as overripe too, I believe.
Anyhow, the tea! It’s actually a reasonably accurate representation of what I know to be feijoa flavour (although admittedly I didn’t have the actual fruit, so I could be wrong) – the aroma is fruity, sweet, and almost fig-like, and the flavour is very similar, although not quite as intense as the aroma. The green honey bush works well here – unobtrusive, and no throat scratchiness. Overall, not a flavour I overly care for, but I think it’s a well-done tea. Withholding a rating; personally it’s probably in the 40s as I don’t really want much more, but if one likes feijoa, it’s probably 80+.
Sipdown! Thanks Sil and Ysaurella :)
I’m with Sil on this one here – not tasting maple nor chestnuts, but instead it’s fairly floral. Well, maybe I can catch a hint of chestnut post-sip, but for such a delicious-sounding combination, this falls rather flat. It’s not bad by any stretch – the floral edges towards fruity, and the base is present but smooth – it’s just not what would be expected.
Sample #3 from VariaTea! I think this may be less bitter than Cavalla – it tastes like liquefied dark chocolate chips. Maybe… 70%? With a bit of sweetener? Or perhaps semisweet (but less sweet than those, by far). Definitely creamy too. I should really do that side-by-side once I’ve had a mug of each… drinking them a couple days apart makes it pretty difficult to form any real conclusions.