2196 Tasting Notes
Trying this today as I realized it has been discontinued, but it appears that my store still has some left (so since I bought it, I had better try it now so that I can buy more if I like it!)
The steeped tea has a dark, fruity fragrance which is probably the figs. The first flavour I taste is melon, perhaps honeydew, which is followed by the rich sweetness of the figs, and I think it’s the oolong tea that leaves a bit of a creamy aftertaste. I almost taste a bit of chocolate in this tea, which is odd. The more I drink it, the more I’m liking the late-sip creaminess (definitely thinking it’s oolong now), and I’m liking the melon less (even though ever since I tried Goji Pop I’ve been super excited to try any tea with melon in it!)
ETA: Not too enchanted by the second steep. Yes, it accidently sat overnight, and I thought it tasted so-so before reheating it, but now that it’s heated all I can taste is weak cardboard?? Strange.
Not too disappointed to know that this one’s gone forever, but I won’t have any trouble finishing my little bag of it.
Another tea from advent calendar leftovers. Unfortunately, I steeped this one rather long and have not had the chance to drink it, so now it’s cold. As a result, I don’t believe that this will necessarily be a fair assessment of the tea, but I’ll talk about it anyways!
To begin with, it smells just like chai. Yum. Although spicy, it seems to be warmed and tamed a bit by something – perhaps the rooibos? Taste-wise, it’s a bit chocolatey, and has excellent chai spicing. I did skimp on the leaves a bit though, so as to leave enough for my roommate to have a last cup as well, so although it isn’t as strong as I would like, that very well may be because I just didn’t use enough tea.
I think this would be great for evening caffeine-free chai lattes! Might be worthwhile to keep a small bag of in the cupboard, but I really need to use up the ~500g of Tea Desire chai I received for Christmas first.
ETA: Second steep (for 8+ min, ~95C water) is quite nice! The spicing is still there, but it is quite mellowed by a sweet chocolatey flavour… a really nice twist on a chai. I don’t taste any rooibos whatsoever (and didn’t during the first sips either). I think I like this a fair bit more than Chocolate Chili Chai (although I think that name would far better suit this rooibos!)
Definitely not what I was expecting! “Mulberry Magic” makes me think of fruity, mulled wine far more than it does a nutty-smelling leafy blend. But its similarity in appearance to Toasted Walnut (yum!) and the fact that it’s caffeine-free (!!) compelled me to buy it anyways.
Similar to Toasted Walnut, the dry leaf as well as the steeped tea smell sweet and nutty. I also find the taste similar (if I recall correctly), although of course the distinct flavour of green tea is missing, so it just tastes like sweet nutty leaves. Which I like! I’m not getting “cake batter” or “vanilla cupcake” any of the other comparisons that have been made, but given that I don’t hugely care for either, I’m not disappointed. Looking forward to doing a direct comparison between the two teas just for curiousity’s sake :)
ETA: Steeped a second cup today, and accidently left the teaball in for waaaay too long (8+ min for sure). Was worried that it might have oversteeped… but I tasted it and it’s still amazing, just a bit weaker than yesterday (surprise surprise). Upping the rating because this is one downside of toasted walnut – too long of a steep results in icky bitterness! Perhaps they will both find a home in my cupboard…
Another cup of this one to solidify some purchasing decisions. Extra almondy today (I think there was a large piece in the mix), but still sweet and delicious. I really wish this was permanent in place of, say, Creme Caramel Rooibos, so I could pick up 50g now and decide later whether to buy a larger quantity, but I don’t want it to disappear before I make such a decision… bah!
Nom nom nom. I’m still enjoying this tea, but not as much as the first cup. I can really taste the black tea today, but the aftertaste is still rich, creamy, chocolately, and perhaps malty? Still a treat to have (and I always think that if you’re craving a tea, it was obviously good!)
I had high hopes for this one as I do all fruity teas with their light flavours and natural sweetness. The dry tea smells very fruity with overtones of citrus, making me think of a tropical juice blend… which is great, because I quite like to drink tropical juice blends! :D
Once steeped, I find the tea to be a bit less than I was hoping. Although pleasantly sweet, with mango and citrus the dominant flavours, it is weaker than I’d like, and I can’t detect the white tea at all. However, its very tropical flavour and ample sweetness make me want to keep a small bit of it in the cupboard…. and to try it iced, as I noticed that the flavour improved as it cooled.
Sooooo… I think some of this tea’s yumminess was definitely attributable to the large piece of coconut I had last time. :( This cup had neither a chamomile flower nor a large piece of coconut (although there are smaller pieces), and it’s not quite as good. Still good enough for me to likely purchase again, but decreasing the rating a tad because my first cup was far better. The first cup paired the creaminess of the coconut quite well with the richer coffee/chocolate flavours, while this cup lacks enough creaminess for me to really feel like it’s a decadent treat.
Also, a resteeping of the first set of leaves yielded a much less satisfying cup. Tasted ok, but given the cost of 1.5tsp of tea leaves, I’d probably rather just grab a fresh bunch.
This is simply a smelling note, as yet, since I’ll have to abandon my too-hot-to-drink tea to get back to the lab… but my goodness does this ever smell delicious!! I’m not sure cocoa is quite how I’d describe it, but the scent is amazingly rich and complex. I should note that the dry tea, although it smells good, does not live up to the actual flavour of the tea.
I wasn’t even planning to try this tea as it contains chamomile (YUCK), but the DavidsTea girl assured me that she hates chamomile too but still likes this tea, so I figured it was worth the $3 or so to give it a shot. Excited!
(Ok, just tried a small sip of the very hot tea and I am VERY excited as it is creamy and dark and rich and yummy. But need to leave now sooooooo…)
So back to it, and trying the cold tea… and WOW. Just wow. This is everything I could have wanted for an afternoon treat without the calories. I taste no chamomile whatsoever (or it’s blending beautifully with the other flavours), it is simply all rich, dark, chocolatey/coffee goodness. I am genuinely impressed. I’m also hoping that the giant piece of coconut that this cup got is not the sole creator of this yumminess, otherwise I will be sorely disappointed for future cups when they have about 1/5 or less of the coconut. Assuming that this is not the case, it looks like I may have just found my afternoon-in-the-lab treat tea :D
I had high hopes for this one. After recently falling in love with Alpine Punch (and knowing that it’s seasonal), I wanted to try and find something that could replace it. Unfortunately, Creme Caramel Rooibos isn’t the answer.
Although I sometimes like sickly sweet things (and know that the smell of a tea does not necessary correlate to anything about it once steeped), I find the smell of the dry leaf a tad difficult to stomach. It’s just SO sweet and strongly scented of caramel. But as with Cranberry Pear, I am capable of ignoring such things. However, I can’t ignore the odd smell combination that I get from the steeped tea. The strong caramel notes are still there, but now I can smell the woody rooibos, and there’s some sort of smell going on that I just don’t like. Speaking to my roommate, I called it ‘old people’, but I’m really not sure. To be honest, I can’t remember what the tea tasted like at this point; I just remember being unimpressed and not being sure I even wanted to finish it.
Since the tea has cooled, it seems to have lost the strange smell and simply smells strongly of sweet caramel and rooibos, which is ok and expected. I’m actually liking it much better cool (probably 5-10 degrees above room temperature?), as it now tastes more as I would expect.
Definitely a sweet, smooth, creamy, caramelly dessert tea, but probably won’t make it back into the cupboard once it’s gone (unless a comparison to DT’s Creme Brulee produces unexpected results). Just not quite the right combination of flavours for me.
Had some of this for my morning meeting as I wanted something light and apparently don’t have a lot of options left at work! Although it was good, and smelled deliciously pollen-y and sweet, tasting much the same, I think it won’t end up being one that I restock, mainly because I have fallen in love with Alpine Punch and other sweet rooibos that I prefer as they have a creaminess to them as well. Oh well, about 1 cup’s worth of leaves left for another day.