3034 Tasting Notes
First impression: this smells like vomit. Oh no. Rancid coconut? Why does coconut seem to go rancid so easily in some teas and not others?
Anyhow, going to give it a shot anyways…
Brewed up, nasty aroma is gone. WHEW. (Ok, the tea has totally cooled, so I can’t speak for when it’s hot.) And the flavour…. is actually better than I was expecting! Creamy, sweet-ish coconut on a pu’erh base. Unfortunately, I’m getting a hint of soapiness, which I’d attribute to the coconut perhaps going off. Seems to be a pretty big trend with coconut (i.e. soapiness, off-flavours).
If the slightly weird flavour/soapiness was not present, I’d have to say that this would pretty much rocket into first place in terms of coconutty blacks (counting pu’erh as a black here, obviously), as it’s not at all astringent/bitter and the base is quite nice and earthy, while the coconut is deliciously creamy. I just am having trouble getting past those off flavours :( Hopefully not all batches of this tea are like that (and I suspect not, which is why some people like this tea while others really don’t). Mediocre rating due to this issue, otherwise it would be in the 80s.
I’m sad to see this one go; it’s one of the teas where I think the hibiscus has been used perfectly, and the yogurt in here gives it the perfect touch of creaminess. I’ll definitely miss it and would consider re-ordering it if it sticks around on the DT site!
Short tasting note… it’s sooooo late! And I have an important 9am meeting! Bad boyfriend and I for passing out at midnight while watching Dr. Who…
Anyhow! This was pretty good. Travel-mugged, so I’ll have to review more thoroughly later, but I definitely tasted delicious pumpkin, spice, and some chocolate. I even got one sip that lingered with delicious chocolate/pastry flavours. Definitely a worthwhile tea; I wish I had some of the plain pumpkin pie to compare to, but that’s all gone. Either way, yum! Della Terra does pumpkin well.
This always smells a little fishy to me, but not in a bad way. Either way, it is pretty tasty today, and it’s really tasting like a premium genmaicha, with tasty caramel notes alongside roasty rice and green tea. Mmmmm. Unfortunately it’s in a thermos, so not optimal, but it’s still ok.
Come tears…. ruined by the travel thermos today :( I can taste a bit of yum, but mostly… thermos. Blehhhhhhh :(
ETA: Actually, I think it was my tastebuds that were a bit off, because when I finished it off later, it was really delicious! Very raisiny. Almost… dark chocolate raisins? So good.
Sigh, another year older! Tick tick tick tick tick! :P
Anyways, although I didn’t drink much tea today, I did have this one, using my adorable new infuser from my boyfriend! As one of my birthday gifts, he gave me a little floating duck infuser, which doesn’t work perfectly (it tips over a bit), but darn is it ever cute! The basket is small, but the mesh is quite fine, so I’m pretty happy with it! Left it at his house so I’ll always have a way to brew tea there! He even cleaned it out for me tonight :D What a sweetie!
This tea, as usual, smelled and tasted like a delicious berry crisp. So tasty. I still am not sure how I didn’t like it the first time, but I guess perhaps I just sucked at steeping teas back then!
I think I miiiight have had too much caffeine tonight. Feeling a bit jittery… whoops.
Anyways, this is the last tea of the evening unless I re-steep something, and it’s also a sipdown! Yay!
I don’t think I’m enjoying this one as much as last time though… it mostly tastes nutty. Of course, I also think there weren’t any raisins in this cup, which may have affected the flavour. Overall, pretty meh.
I still think that this is a strange combination, but it really works so deliciously well! Enjoying a cup of this again tonight courtesy of Azzrian! I have enough to take to work in a travel mug, so should really do that sometime, because it’s quite the caramelly treat.
ETA: This one made it through 3 very tasty infusions! The caramel flavour was retained through all three, which was awesome. I probably could have had another infusion as well, but really wanted some new teas, haha.