2221 Tasting Notes
I was lazy and using the other two tea balls in the house (for Movie Night and Caramel Spice) so just plopped the tea directly into the cup… Here’s hoping I haven’t oversteeped it!
Yum, my cup smells light and fruity and sweet. The tea tastes similar – and this is the first white tea where I’ve actually tasted the tea! It’s definitely oversteeped, but not that bad because of it…. except that I just somehow got some into my nasal passages and it’s BURNING (you know, like any foreign liquid does). Kind of ruining my tasting experience…
Anyways, this is kinda tasty, mostly because I’m getting the fruitiness AND tea flavour, and I quite like it. Further notes and rating to come once my nose recovers.
ETA: Ok, all better. And… yum :) Given that I’m enjoying this even with a horrendously long steeping time, I’m going to say it’s a winner for me. I can’t identify the fruitiness distinctly as strawberry, but that might be because either my tastebuds suck or I didn’t have enough strawberry chunks, but I am definitely pleasantly surprised. After not caring a great deal for either Mango Madness or Pom Power, I thought I didn’t like flavoured white teas… Happy to be proven wrong!
ETA: Upping rating farther. This is SO YUMMY even so very oversteeped. It’s hitting the tea-craving spot right now. Enough that I might have to make another cup.
So thanks to the notice of discontinuation (online only) regarding a ton of DavidsTeas, I went and picked up small samples of another 12(?) teas. As if I needed more to try!
Anyways, this is the first product of today’s expedition. I really only picked it up because of the name; the smell of the dry tea is kind of odd. It’s almost like lemongrass with a hint of orange peel? I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up based on the smell, but any tea with ‘caramel’ in the name warrants a taste test in my opinion :)
Steeped it also has an odd smell which I tend to associate with off-flavours/weakness, along with some orange peel. It just occurred to me that the crappy (hard) Guelph water might be contributing to strange flavours in weak teas such as whites. Hmmm. Mental note to try and remember to use filtered water next time.
Perhaps I steeped it too long; I’m tasting a somewhat (but not unpleasantly so) astringent black tea base, with general fruitiness overtop and a touch of orange. Every now and then I get a whiff of more sweetness. I’m really not getting much cinnamon or spice flavour though.
Overall, not bad, but this would fit into the category of a warming morning tea for me, and it isn’t likely to beat the deliciousness of Glitter & Gold, so glad I tried it, but that’s another one out of the way :)
Hmm, this didn’t taste as sweet today. Smelled sweet, but the taste was off. Maybe my taste buds are being weird. Forgot half the cup at home though, and can’t remember what exactly was off since it was four hours ago.
Drinking the cold leftovers, there’s a odd metallic-ish taste under the tasty caramel corn smell. I think I noticed it the first time I tried this tea as well, but it wasn’t as obvious. Maybe I oversteeped it.
No notes yet. Add one?
Steeped: smells kind of like apple cider.
Taste: nutty and barely sweet, with lemongrass in the background. Not really getting cider, nor green tea. Maybe I had the water cooler than I thought.
Will update this later. Gah homework.
ETA: Ok…. It’s now so much later I can’t remember anything more to say! Guess I will rate this properly the next time I have it (and I won’t have it an hour before I give a presentation!)
Round three of cold-steeping experimentation. Tried a couple tbsp of this in 12(?) oz. water overnight, and it was pretty tasty. All the sweetness steeped out of the fruit (I tasted it), and the tea pretty much tasted like delicious cranberry pear sweetness. However, I think I like it better warm.
Boo, I had this yesterday as my Feb 29th free tea, and it really wasn’t very good :( For starters, I think it was way too weak, and just tasted off. I had them put some sweetener in after I had wandered around the mall a while with it, but it didn’t much help. Not going to downgrade the rating just because of this experience though… still need to pick it up again myself and try it, preferably stronger.
Cold-steeped the last tiny tiny bit of this in the fridge last night (before I go buy more). It was tasty – like a really smooth, creamy grapefruit. I found that I wanted more ‘zing’ though (there was none, it was that smooth); if I brewed it cold again in the future I might end up adding a touch of lemon juice and sweetener. I must admit I kind of preferred Bear Trap iced to this one, if only because of the delicious tartness. So my rating stands for it as a hot tea, less as an iced one :)