2848 Tasting Notes
Thanks to CHAroma I get to try yet another delicious (and timely!) concoction from 52teas.
I brewed this up last night, but decided to go to bed before drinking more than a sip of it, so I’m finishing it off now (it’s still good!) It tastes surprisingly like apple cider in tea form. A bit less spicey and appley, but both are present and good! The spicing here is again reminiscent of many of 52teas’ spiced blends (e.g. Cinnamon Roll Honeybush, Strawberry Pie Honeybush, Melange Rooibos), but it works quite well.
I think this would (have been) a great choice for a caffeinated, sugar-free cider for those cold winter nights (or tonight. -2C felt pretty darn freezing!) I have another cup’s worth, which I’ll save for when it gets a little colder.
ETA: Second infusion is way bitter, even with a 2.5 minute infusion. Boo.
Backlog from Saturday. This one also suffered from travel-mug-brewing syndrome, and didn’t taste very good until it had cooled down quite a bit (and even then, it tasted a bit off). Since this one usually tastes good even when brewed at the office, I conclude that brewing in a travel mug that doesn’t let heat escape is Not A Good Idea. Sorry Timolino, that infuser you come with is probably never going to be used again…
Backlog from Saturday. Brewed this up in the office, in a travel mug. It really suffered because of it. Of course, it also didn’t cool until I left for the night (er, morning), so I drank it the next day. It was very mediocre. I’m going to have to try this again at home… but I’m pretty sure the at-work-brewing and travel-mug-brewing caused some problems. Sigh.
Backlog from Saturday. I rediscovered how much this tea really needs to be consumed at a cooler temperature (not cold, just warm) – hot it really isn’t that great, but after it cools, it really does taste like apricots, and there’s a cheesecakey tang in there too. Delicious. But hot? Bleh, not great. Unfortunately I destroyed the re-infusion last night as I was distracted by playing Pandemic with my boyfriend & roommate. Whoops. :(
Backlog from Friday. I’ve been throwing this one in the Timolino a fair bit lately too. Seems to work ok, and an oolong is so refreshing next to a black tea, which is what I usually bring (I have been borrowing a travel mug from my roommate so I can bring two teas at once… need to purchase/ask for a second Timolino or other leakproof mug for Christmas!) The only bad thing about this tea is that I feel guilty for not following the appropriate infusion parameters… I just want oolong flavour, so the first infusion is definitely longer than it would be if I wasn’t taking it on the go, as the light, nuanced flavour doesn’t hold up well for me. Ah well. I still have a fair bit of this one…
Backlog from Friday. Still a great twist on the classic chai! Kind of fruity, and pretty spicy. Hopefully it retains this flavour for another couple years, because I still probably have 175/250g of this one to get through. (Not a purchase I made!) Definitely good for a reinfusion or two as well, although the pepper really starts to make it spicy if infused too long!
Backlog from Friday. I am absolutely burning through this tea. Ever since I discovered it tastes great from my thermos, it’s been a go-to in the mornings. I should have ordered more than one ounce, but I don’t imagine it will be going away anytime soon (fingers crossed???) so will wait until I actually run out to pick up more!
Backlog from Thursday. So I went to make a thermos-ful of Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie from Della Terra, but discovered that I only had enough tea left for a regular cup, not a thermos! At which point creativity (not really) struck, and I dug through my billions of boxes of tea and found my sample of Creamy Pumpkin Spice from iHeartTeas, and threw in about a teaspoon’s worth of it as well, since I seemed to recall liking the black base of it, but preferring the spicing of DavidsTea/Della Terra’s pumpkin teas. I must say, it tasted pretty darn good! Left me craving more pumpkin tea, that’s for sure (and I just discovered tonight that I only have a single cup of Pumpkin Chai from DavidsTea left! Oh noes!)
I think this one also survived a second infusion before I had to throw it out, so I was quite pleased :D Would probably rate this a touch higher than Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie, so close to 90??