3013 Tasting Notes
I still have a nice-sized little baggie of this one from the DavidsTea ornament my sister gave me last year, so I figured it was time to use some up! I think I underleafed a touch, but the tea is pleasantly minty with a delicious chocolate flavour that blocks out any mint yuckiness. Which means, I like this one :) I don’t remember if I ever compared it to Read My Lips… I should have. I think it’s less chocolatey.
I’m just hoping my Timolino doesn’t permanently smell like mint now… last time I put Mayan Chocolate Chai in it, every tea I drank from it tasted like chai for at least two weeks…
(As a side note, this was apparently the third tea I logged on Steepster, and it was logged on January 30 2012! Which appears to be the day I joined Steepster! Woohoo, now I know :D It’s a bit sad to go back and see all the tasting notes with 0 likes though…)
Finished off the last of this one yesterday. Pretty good, although I found myself longing a bit for the pumpkin-pie-ness of Della Terra’s Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie. Sigh. I had meant to pick some of this chai up the other day, but it slipped my mind. If it’s still there next time I’m at the store, I think I’ll get 25g as it is rather tasty, but it’s no huge loss if I don’t!
Woah! Steeped this for only 2.5 minutes today as per Sil’s recommendation, and wow does it ever make a difference! I’m mostly tasting caramelly flavours, but no astringency or anything! Possibly the best cup/Timolino of this I’ve made yet! Puts a bright spot in a day that has otherwise been less than awesome.
Ok, this is possibly the most anticipated tea that I picked up! (Well, this and Cookie Dough). And ohhhhhh, it lives up to its name! Pure delicious vanilla atop a light oolong base. This is what you have when you want a truly decadent dessert. The vanilla here is more like vanilla ice cream than vanilla extract, which is fabulous (and makes it much better than I was expecting!) It also doesn’t have strange artificial notes which mar the flavouring, as some teas seem to. I’m not sure I really taste the orchid though (which is the flavour that I imagine is supposed to come from the oolong). Perhaps in later infusions it will be more prominent.
This is not as good as Banana Oolong, but it’s pretty tasty!
This one smells unmistakeably like chocolate banana. Yum! And the flavour is pretty much what I’d expect an unsweetened chocolate banana tea to taste like. It makes me wonder what this would be like sweetened… or as a latte! I’m willing to bet it would be fabulous! The black tea base is pretty good here, only a touch of astringency at the recommended 5 minutes, and it really grounds the flavourings.
Again, another tea that’s unlikely to be a staple in my collection, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. I really need to use the rest of my sample as a sweetened latte….
ETA: Second infusion reminds me of chocolate banana rooibos’ I’ve tried… and not in a great way. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly nothing like the first infusion.
So I’m not a fan of mint in tea, but as is typical, couldn’t resist picking up 10g of this anyways. I figured that I could always give away the rest, as my roommate likes mint, and my ex-roommate likes mint… (I’m pretty much the only person I know IRL who doesn’t). I’m hoping, however, that the creaminess of the coconut counteracts some of the mint ickiness so I might like this one!
The aroma is minty. Very, very, minty. So much mint. Maybe a bit of creaminess, but mostly mint. And looking in the bag? Mostly mint. A bit of coconut, but nearly all mint. Hopes slowly being dashed.
Ok… it’s not as bad as a straight peppermint tea! Hurrah! And there’s a really nice lingering creamy aftertaste that blends with the mint. This almost reminds me of mint patties. Mint is definitely the dominant flavour, but then the coconut emerges and makes everything delicious and creamy. I’m not entirely sure that I’d go so far to say that I like this one, but I can completely, 100% understand why other people do! And it’s certainly not going to go down the drain, because I can actually drink it! The only strange thing I’m noticing is a bit of a strange after-aftertaste. Can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I don’t like, but it could just be an artifact of the mint itself.
Good job, DT, this tea is quite good! I hope it sticks around! Not quite to my liking, but I’m gathering that it’s a winner for mint lovers! My personal rating on it would be in the low 70s, but it’s probably deserving of high 80s/90s (therefore no rating from me!)
ETA: Second infusion is nearly perfect! The mint drops down a bit and the creaminess develops. SO GOOD! Actually rating this one, as I did enjoy that cup!
I couldn’t believe how packed full of cranberries this tea was! I’ve learned that I adore cranberries in tea – they seem to give off a fair bit of flavour! Yum! Unfortunately, it does make the tea a bit expensive, but oh well.
The aroma of the dry tea is almost exclusively of sweet, sweet cranberries. And almost a hint of something creamy (?) but that’s about it. Steeped, it’s a different story. Sweetness and cranberry, plus a generous dose of cinnamon, and a hint of anise (which kept appearing and disappearing… I hope it tastes on the disappearing end of that spectrum, because I don’t much care for licorice).
The flavour is a touch weak in my cup, but it tastes oddly like a holiday in a cup! Light cranberry with cinnamon and anise and possibly something else that makes it taste like Christmas??? Or maybe that’s just the anise. Either way, it’s totally bearable here, which is awesome. This tea reminds me a bit of Organic Evergreen, probably because of the cranberries and green tea, but it’s definitely the holiday version.
Overall, not bad, but not a re-purchase. Even if I can handle the anise/licorice/fennel in a tea, it’s usually a bit of a compromise to drink it regardless, so I’d pass on this one again.