3013 Tasting Notes
Picked this one up during Butiki’s Black Friday sale especially for my mom. It clearly smells quite minty, and my mom tells me that it doesn’t taste like peppermint to her, but just… minty! And quite strong, too! I’m sick so I didn’t sample out of her cup, but I may get her to leave part of one infusion for me just out of curiousity’s sake… not that I’ll be able to taste too much of it anyways!
Sooooo I definitely forgot I was steeping this, and it got 9 minutes! Yikes! However…. no bitterness/astringency! Della Terra teas seem to be remarkably resistant to becoming such.
This smells much like DavidsTea’s Glitter & Gold (cinnamony), and tastes similarly… except I must admit that it’s… sickeningly sweet. I suspect it’s because I left the cup brewing so long, and I think cinnamon imparts a bit of a sickeningly sweet flavour when left infusing too long.
I’ll have to try this once I’m healthy again, but I think it’s reasonably tasty!
Ok, apparently this is the chai I have (the summer version).
Anyways! Made some up for my mom yesterday, and she enjoyed it well enough. Thought it was quite spicy (as in, spiced, not heat). I decided to re-steep it today for myself, and dose it with milk and sugar…. well, milk turned to eggnog, and I added too much sugar…. whoops! So it’s a bit too sweet and not spicy enough (or rather, it’s not spicy enough for my stuffed up self to really taste), but tasty anyhow, seeing as the cup has already been emptied :D
So guess who got their parcel from Della Terra on…. SUNDAY?! Since when does Canada Post deliver parcels on Sunday?! And not only that, but my two Try Me packs were put inside lovely little tins, and I swear that there was more than just 0.5 ounces of tea in some of the packs. Ah, so awesome!
So this tea was my free gift for placing an order on the day I did, and just as I was lamenting that I hadn’t brought any strongly-flavoured herbal teas along with me to drink (since I’m sick and Verdant’s Mrs. Li’s Shi Feng Dragonwell would be totally wasted on me right now), I remembered all these new teas I received, and found this one and another that may just have enough spicing to cut through my lack of smell-ability.
So clearly I have retained at least a bit of my ability to smell, because this tea smells just like Christmas! Like… clovey, cinnamony, orangey apple cider. Delicious. Sadly, this also brewed up a deep shade of hibiscus, and unfortunately, that is all I can taste :‘( I’ll try again later with a shorter infusion (3 instead of 4 minutes), but I’m so disappointed since this smelled like it had such potential, but appears to be another tea ruined by the dreaded hibby. Come, tears.
(I’m going to sweeten this and see if that improves it… even the aftertaste is delicious! So maybe sugar will help? Or maybe I just need to pick the hibiscus out next time before brewing???)
ETA: Success! Sweetened (yeah, maybe a bit oversweetened… I’m sick, ok!) it tastes much better. So that will be my fall-back plan if this one gets a bit too sour again. Yum, haha.
12 Days of Tea #10! A fourth tea I’d not tried! We’re on a roll here :) I wonder what tomorrow will bring??
The dry leaf definitely smells like blueberry cotton candy. My initial thought was Black Currant Bai Mu Dan which I knew it wasn’t, but once I saw that it was blueberry, it did make sense. A bit of an artificial blueberry, however. Not an issue for me though.
Again, the fact that I’m sick isn’t really doing me any favours here, but I think I like this one. I’m definitely getting a blueberry sweetness which is quite nice, and there’s a nice heavy body to it which I assume is the green tea. I can’t really pick out the green tea itself, but I’m having a fair bit of difficulty picking out flavours to begin with!
I think I may prefer the regular Cotton Candy Black, but this is pretty tasty itself, for those times when you’re looking for a sickly sweet confection-sort of tea.
12 Days of Tea #9! And the third tea that I haven’t previously tried! This box is definitely working out better than I thought.
To be honest, I barely drank any of this. My cold is definitely impairing my tasting ability, but I drank a sip and it really tasted mostly like Sun & Cloud Mist. My mom was curious and had a sip as well, and ended up enjoying it enough to finish the whole mug, plus a re-infusion (which she mentioned was a little astringent). My bad on that one. I couldn’t taste the cardamom at all here, and neither could she. I’ll have to try a second cup of it when I’m feeling better. In the meantime, I need to introduce my mom to Sun & Cloud Mist!
Made a delicious cup of this for my mom tonight. I think she may have finished the whole thing, so I’ll only get the second infusion, but that’s ok. She likes it, but definitely doesn’t think it tastes like eggnog (which is fine!). Just tasty and creamy. I think I’ll get away without leaving the rest of it here though, thankfully! She just really wants that Strawberry Oolong, so I’ll squirrel away a cup for myself, and leave the rest here…
Brought nearly all my pu’erhs along for my mom to try, and we brewed this one up today! There were no brewing instructions, so I went with a couple chunks and a 20-second rinse in near-boiling water, and then a 2-minute infusion. The result was pretty good in my opinion, a little smoky, spicy, and tasty. My mom labelled it “grassy” and didn’t like it as much as the 2003 Banzhang Farmer’s Cooperative Sheng I left here with her in July. I’ll be fine with taking it home though, as it was tasty enough for me! Still not a big pu’erh fan though…