3132 Tasting Notes
My bad… I bought this at last year’s Toronto Tea Festival and am just getting to it now (even though it was rather expensive). I’m quite sure it’s lost some flavour, especially since I just steeped it for 4 minutes (by accident), and it’s not astringent, but has almost a metallic edge. Bleh. Live and learn. It’s not that it’s terrible or anything, but I’m sure it was better a year ago. Anyhow, as my overwhelmingly helpful black tea descriptions go, it tastes… tea-like. There are supposed to be notes of toffee, apple, honey, almond… not picking up on those. It’s probably not helping that I’m drinking this after a bunch of other sweetened teas, either, but maybe using a bit more leaf and a shorter infusion time next time will help.
I’m surprised that coconut isn’t first on the ingredient list… because I’m pretty sure my pouch is 75% coconut flakes! Anyhow, this tea is kind of interesting… and odd. Pretty creamy, and I can taste some honeybush, so it’s kind of like 52teas’ Coconut Cheesecake HB, except amped up on the coconut flavour. It’s currently hot, and definitely not my favourite that way; I’ll have to wait a bit to see how I like it when it cools.
I had high hopes for this one, because CACAO SHELLS! And while it is definitely pretty chocolatey (kind of artificial, yes), I didn’t realize the chocolate was spiced. Now, that’s not actually a big problem, just not what I was expecting. Can’t taste blueberry anywhere here, though.
One big plus to this tea? It’s not sweetened, I don’t think. Not beyond the chocolate pieces. No licorice sweetness. I am pretty sure this would be best as a latte, so I’ll probably take the rest to work. The milk supplied there makes lattes easy for me (too easy…)
All in all, though, probably nothing I’d get again. Straight cacao shells produce a better chocolate flavour if that’s what I’m craving.
Hey, I’m actually logging another couple teas as I drink them! Novel. I do have a backlog from this week and last to get through (plus a very long backlog from previously, but it’s in bits and pieces and who knows how that will go…)
Anyhow, this tea. It smelled so familiar in-store, but i couldn’t place it until I was pouring it out… yep. This is the same, or extremely similar, to Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit, sold by many a vendor. I first came across it sold by Mahamosa, and actually have 2 oz. of it sealed away somewhere, that I need to drink this summer, because: this tea is an amazing cold-brew. No hibiscus but lots of flavour. Fruity sour cherry goodness, plus sweetness. Highly recommended, even if it is, as usual, not DT’s own creation.
Also, this tea is best steeped for a LOOONGGG time, and overleafed.
Super sad story about this tea today – I brewed up a nice cup at my boyfriend’s mom’s place… and about ten minutes later, she’s all “soooo I just realized I washed your infuser that had the tea you probably wanted to resteep in it…”. Heart. Broken. Anyways, at least I got one lovely cup, but considering how limited in quantity this tea is, I guess I’ll have to be more careful :(
I… rather like this tea. I’m trying to figure out if I accidentally switched this and Nuit a Versailles, but even just sniffing the bag’s contents, I’m quite certain I didn’t, though. This one is quite lovely, actually – sweet and fruity, with a bit of a mariney green base. I don’t think I would have guessed goji berries at all though, if I had to guess, as this is pretty sweet.
Anyhow, enjoyable, and I’ll probably enjoy it the next time too. Thanks for sharing, Miss B.
More from MissB – thanks!! :) Oddly, I’m not really tasting any bergamot here, just a bit of a mariney green and a bit of fruitiness/floral notes. Given that I don’t believe I’ve had contamination/loss of flavour issues with any of the other teas, I’m not sure why I’m tasting something so different from everyone else, but the tea certainly looks like that in the picture. Not one I really care for.
Another gem from MissB! I’m skeptical of all these French teas, probably because going into it I haven’t a clue what’s in them… but so far, everything’s been tasting pretty great. With this tea, I correctly identified it as a rose/chocolate black, which tastes fairly good – add some bergamot and you’d have DT’s The Earl’s Valentine! (Not quite). Anyhow, I’m not overly fond of floral notes, but I’d happily drink it again. Which I will, because I only drank half my sample today.
ETA: Ok, I also taste the coconut, and I can be convinced that there’s marzipan flavouring in here, though it’s not overly strong (otherwise I’d find it very cloying). Pistachio though? Not so much.