2609 Tasting Notes
Thank you VariaTea, for making a crappy day a bit better with your package of delicious teas and cacao :D
Brewed this one up first (I don’t know if I’ll bother with side-by-sides – it seems like effort and I don’t feel like putting much in right now), and am very pleased with the results. I used 1 tbsp for about 8 oz. of boiling water, and left it for…. a while. Not really sure how long. But the result is very rich, dark, creamy, and much like hot chocolate without the sugar. It’s a touch bitter, but less so than I would have expected. Overall, pretty tasty, and I’m excited to try the others.
Thanks to Sil for yet another interesting tea! I was intrigued by the chamomile in this blend – seemed like a weird add-on to a mint chocolate blend, but I went with it (and used my metal infuser as a chamomile precaution!). Dry and steeped, it mostly smells like mint chocolate, as expected. The first infusion I had in my travel mug, and it was fairly decent – I could taste some chocolate, a bit of mint (along the lines of peppermint leaf, I think), and a touch of chamomile, which overall just made it taste a bit different from the usual mint chocolate blends. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. And of course, the cup was kind of murky due to the melted chips (yum!)
Second infusion: I assumed most of the chocolate would be gone, but apparently I was very wrong – it’s even murkier, and tastes even more cocoa-y. The chamomile is more apparent as well, and the mint is a bit lessened – more like chamomile chocolate (which reminds me of Verdant’s Chocolate Chamomile Curiousity Brew, not that it tastes like that as cinnamon was a prominent flavour there).
I’ll try another infusion but I don’t expect much. The only complaint I have here is that it would be great if the base tea was a bit richer and more obvious – I don’t believe I even detected it through the cocoa/chips/mint/chamomile. However, I don’t think I’ll have too many problems finishing this tea up in the next little while, as it’s quite perfectly seasonal right now.
Sipdown! I presumably had some of this previously, but am unsure of where I logged it, since I have no idea which company this is from – it’s just a sample I received from Azzrian a couple years back. Anyhow, it’s pretty old, and probably has lost flavour, but it’s not too bad. It tastes more like a green, unripened peach than a juicy, fresh one, but that’s actually reasonably tasty – the base is somewhat astringent, but not unbearably so. Maybe a tea I would have been interested in trying fresh, but since I haven’t a clue where it’s from… farewell, mystery tea!
Sipdown! Probably similar thoughts to last time on this one – I can taste some chocolate and nuttiness, but it’s not all that strong. The base is pretty smooth, but overall it comes across as a fairly standard dessert-flavoured black. That is, drinkable enough, but without the decadence that I really want from this sort of tea.
A tasty cup of blueberry black is all this really is, now. The original blend was fabulous, but the reblend just didn’t live up to it. Not to say that it’s a bad tea – lovely authentic blueberry, strong but smooth base – but the cream and baked good notes just aren’t there, and those are kind of critical for a cream cheese danish tea. Oh well. Leaving my rating as it was for the original. (And thanks for sharing this Sil)
Another backlog! I don’t entirely recall what I thought of this tea, but I remember the aroma being quite sweet and sugary, and the taste considerably less so, and unfortunately a bit heavy on the rooibos. I believe I should have one serving left to write a more detailed note about it probably 3 years in the future. Heh.
Backlog here… I shared some of this with my boyfriend’s mom a while back, as she picked it from the limited selection of herbals I offered her. I found it a bit light for my tastes, although the flavour was fairly good (mostly berries – no hibiscus, yay!) I’m curious as to whether it actually helps the conditions it is supposed to – perhaps I’ll finish up the rest in that sort of experiment. Overall, pretty good for a “medicinal” tea.
Sipdown! Thanks to CHAroma for letting me sample this tea!
The aroma is of banana runts; a similar banana essence to that in other 52teas. I can’t detect any cherry, but sometimes flavours don’t present as aromas… here’s hoping! Sip – HOLY CRAP. This tastes very smoky. I can taste a flavour very reminiscent of ChocoMate (presumably the mate?) although I thought it wasn’t roasted in this blend, but green. A quick check confirms this… so it’s quite interesting that I’m tasting the roastiness/smokiness. I don’t think this is contamination (I have few lapsangs and don’t believe it was near them), but wow. This is really strange and somewhat unpleasant. I can’t really taste any sort of fruitiness in the tea because of the overwhelming other notes… I wish I had tried this sooner so I could verify what was possibly going on, but I didn’t. Oh well. I’ll leave a rating off here, as it’s quite possible that something has happened here (especially given the other reviews), but now I’m very suspicious of mate, and looking to try a couple others (I’m positive I have some…) to see how they taste to me…