2898 Tasting Notes
Backlog from sometime in January.
Thank you to Raritea for this tea! I am really enjoying it – I deviated from my usual choose-my-own-brewing-parameters and went with their recommendation of 30s at boiling, and it was wonderful. Nutty, sweet, roasty, savoury; great in a travel mug (and better out of, I’m sure). Really quite tasty, so I’m sad that Raritea didn’t find it as good! (Although if she had, maybe I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to try it!) Anyhow, I was quite happy with this tea, and will probably keep a houjicha of some variety (I haven’t had enough to know the flavour difference between bancha houjicha and regular houjicha) in stock.
Backlog from sometime in January.
I know this is a pretty basic tea (raspberry + cream), but I’m really going to miss it when it’s gone, and I believe I’m down to my last cup’s worth now. Just the perfect smooth combo of fruit and cream, and the raspberry flavouring is excellent. Perhaps a tea that should be reblended at some point :D
Finally opened up my package of this and had a mug… and was super disappointed. I remember a delicious, slightly minty, lovely gingerbready/beany tea, but my package was very clearly about 40% mint leaves, and it completely ruined it for me, with the mint taking over everything. In the background, I could almost taste the delicious gingerbread, but I was pretty much gagging while drinking it because of the strong peppermint, which is a flavour I hate in tea.
Other people with this tea – is yours also VERY minty? As in, pretty much all you can taste is mint? If not, perhaps I just got a very bad mix of ingredients. I am debating trying to pick out some of the mint to see if it improves, but that seems like a lot of effort :(
ETA: A quick skim through the tasting notes makes it very clear that this is nothing like the original blend. Mint was not a main flavour at all in the original blend – it was the cardamom and coriander, supported by a bit of minty freshness, whereas this reblend is being described as MINT with a bit of beany green tea. How unfortunate, because the original was far, far better.
I really need to stop drinking this, and drink other, older teas. But I don’t have time to locate other teas that are good for travel mugs and not within sipdown range! (I don’t like drinking the last of a tea in a mug, unless I’ve drank quite a bit of it).
So this was delicious as usual. Nothing new to report.
I have an enormous backlog to catch up on. This whole 2-jobs thing is really cutting into my doing-anything-but-eating-and-sleeping time :(
Anyhow, brewed this up for a travel mug… yesterday?? And sorely regret not picking up more, because it was delicious. Not too much chamomile (although I’d still like it better without), but lovely mango and vanilla. So good. I should have got a couple hundred grams when I had the chance.
Sipdown! Another thanks to Janelle :)
I think this one may have lost a bit of flavour while it sat waiting to be tried, but as is, it’s not a bad cup of tea, just a bit light on flavour. There are hints of rootbeer and creaminess, and as with the Swiss Mountain Rooibos, the rooibos flavour is not an issue. I’d probably like to see this flavouring on a black base, since I don’t care about caffeine and typically prefer the flavour of a good black tea, but again, it’s not bad as is, based on what I can tell, anyhow. Definitely 100x better than the DavidsTea version, but perhaps not as good as Simpson&Vail nor 52teas.
Sipdown! Thanks to Janelle for this sample.
Overall, this is pretty similar to the black version, which is what I was expecting – it’s creamy, minty, chocolatey. The rooibos is actually pretty tame here, which is nice, but I’m still getting a bit of throat scratchiness, and would prefer the black base. If rooibos doesn’t bug you, though, I’m sure this is a great non-caffeinated evening treat.
Based on the aroma of the dry and brewed tea, I really wasn’t expecting to like this one much. It just doesn’t have a lot of aroma – kind of like artificial flavouring, and tea. Not really chocolate, not really spice (though perhaps I wouldn’t want to be smelling that anyhow). However, completely different story for the flavour. The first flavour is a distinct honey-sweetness (argh! I bet that’s from the base tea, and now I’m sorely regretting not tasting this sooner and nabbing more of either it or the plain base), followed by a wave of dark chocolate, finishing off with a growing chili heat that prevents me from having more than a couple sips at a time because WOW it’s potent.
So anyways, this is pretty good. Definitely the best chocolate/chili tea I’ve had, because 1) there is actually a good dose of heat, and 2) the base here was a perfect choice. The chocolate here is nothing overly special, but everything works very well together – it was a genius move to use whatever this base is (a leafhopper-bitten tea of some sort, I imagine), because the natural sweetness really melds the flavours. Kind of sad I didn’t get more, but it’s ok, because to be honest, I probably wouldn’t pick out a spicy tea all that often, since spicy kind of screams heartburn to me (hopefully that’s not the end result, but my brain associates the two).
Happy I got a half ounce of this, and looking forward to an embarrassingly large amount of Butiki headed my way… (1 box almost here, 1 box just mailed, 1 box probably being mailed today, a few teas being mailed to Sil, and a few more teas in VariaTea’s possession. Yikes.)
ETA: This tea is so freaking amazingly delicious. So much honey goodness. I’m glad I have some Sansia Black headed my way if it tastes anything like this tea.