3013 Tasting Notes
Yum, lemony raspberry. Neither the hibiscus nor stevia cause problems here, it’s just a true raspberry flavour with lemony tanginess. Certainly much better than DT’s previous incarnation of a raspberry rooibos blend.
ETA: Also makes a yummy second infusion. Even infused for like two hours, ahahaha.
Interesting. I first tried this tea 8 months ago, apparently, and wrote that I thought that jasmine was the dominant flavour. Odd! I’m really not picking up on that now, I’m getting a light fruitiness (I can be convinced that it’s pomegranate) on a nice green base, that unfortunately is kind of astringent. I wonder if I thought jasmine because the green base does taste like the jasmine green from a Chinese restaurant? Hrm.
Anyhow, this is rather tasty, but clearly a bit finicky as well, as I thought I was pretty careful with the infusion time. Perhaps 2.5 minutes would give a better result (and also perhaps using a thermometer for water temp, but I was lazy and my thermometer was still packed from my holiday).
Yesssss, a sipdown! Let’s see how many days in a row I can manage to have at least one of these…
Anyhow, in spite of the lack of mulberries in this cup, this tea is delicious. I’m still confused as to how I thought that it was pretty much the same as Glitter & Gold, because it definitely isn’t. It’s all caramel and orange, and very little spice. I often am not a fan of citrus in teas, but it’s absolutely perfect here. This is a tea I would love to pick up as a morning thermos tea, but I really can’t justify that. At all. Sigh! At least, as long as DT doesn’t discontinue it or something…
ETA: Second infusion, less caramel, a lot more cinnamon and orange! Tasty.
Decided to paw through my DavidsTea stash tonight in hopes of sipping down some things. Sadly this is not a sipdown, but I now only have a cup’s worth left (which really, is ok because I like this tea!)
Same as last time, this tastes very, very much like raw chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chocolate chips (although every now and then I do get chocolate hints). Such a bang on flavour! It also tastes much to me like some sort of alcohol I’ve had, but unfortunately as I don’t drink much, I can’t recall what it is. Maybe butterscotch schnapps, or something like that? It’s actually a bit like taking a whiff of vanilla extract, too.
Anyhow, in spite of not paying attention to the infusion time, this is delicious. One seasonal tea that DT definitely got right!
ETA: Second infusion, half the water, delicious.
12 Days of Tea #11!
Ok yeah, I’m super late in drinking/posting this. I guess I didn’t want this tea when I opened it on Christmas Eve! So, I’m drinking it now :) I recently drank/reviewed Simpson & Vail’s Root Beer black, and I have to say that I believe it to have a more authentic root beer pop flavour… which isn’t really all that surprising given that this tea is butterbeer, not root beer! The big difference is in the caramelliness present in this tea, which really makes it quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, today I either oversteeped this, or let it cool too much, because it’s astringent and while I’m enjoying the flavour, I’m not enjoying the astringency.
Ah well. I guess I just have one tea left from the 12 Teas to post a tasting note about (and tbh I’m dreading that one the most, as it is Graveyard Mist! Sigh.)
This one was also generously sent to me by JoonSusanna!
When I opened the bag, I was greeted with a delicious cranberry aroma! Cranberry and citrus; reminds me of the cranberry sauce my mom makes for Christmas. The brewed tea smells much the same (which is promising), and…. oh man, the tea tastes pretty fabulous as well! A great fruity black, with cranberry dominating and citrus adding an additional dimension of flavour. I’m tasting a bit of spice as well, which is really quite tasty.
Not a tea I’d purchase, but only due to having too much other tea on hand; I would certainly not refuse a cup of this! Thanks so much JoonSusanna – this tea is going to be perfect to add to my morning lineup of thermos-tolerant teas!
ETA: Interesting! Second infusion (in half the water) has a distinctly smoky flavour mixed with fruity cranberry. I was not expecting this! Quite tasty.
Thanks to JoonSusanna I get to try this tea (that’s been on my list for quite a while now!)
When I opened the packet, the first aroma I caught was a play-doughy scent. Not good. I seem to have noticed that bai mu dan teas, when they get old, seem to develop that sort of aroma/flavour, which I fins quite unpleasant. I’ve smelled it with multiple teas, but it doesn’t always carry through to the flavour, so I’m hoping it doesn’t here!
Clearly I’m out of tea-steeping practice, because it just occurred to me that I steeped this in boiling water. Oops! Anyhow, once brewed, the aroma of the tea thankfully is no longer like play dough and a bit like alcoholic/cherries.
The flavour is definitely a fruity bai mu dan, with some astringency (I imagine that’s my fault though). It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I suspect that this has lost some flavour due to its age, but it’s not reading as Cherries Jubilee to me (although I was just hoping for a non-floral cherry white). I’ll have to try a re-steep on this though, as there’s a huge cherry in the infuser that probably needs to be sliced open or something beforehand.
Anyways, thanks for this one, JoonSusanna! I always love trying new teas :D No rating as there’s too much likelihood of age being a factor here!
Steeped the last of my share of this one (from the 12 Days of Tea) for a nice long time, and ended up with a tasty cup. Definitely smells like citrusy bubblegum to me, but in a pleasant way, not overwhelming. I can taste the banana as well. A pretty tasty honeybush blend!
ETA: Second infusion (half the water) is more citrusy. Still pretty tasty!