3034 Tasting Notes
Thank you for sharing some of this Cavocorax!
My recollection of this tea was that it reminded me somewhat of the two vanilla teas I picked up from Whispering Pines, in that I had difficulty picking up the vanilla specifically, though it was a tasty tea, and I could tell it wasn’t just a straight tea. I think it’s because I’m looking for a more “french vanilla” sort of flavour? Which it isn’t really. Either way, I did enjoy it, and again, the base tea quality was quite apparent. I’d like to do a side-by-side with WP’s Golden Orchid and see how they stack up, if I ever have the time.
Overall, I was happy. Would probably buy this myself to have around as an alternative to straight black tea, without terrible artificial flavouring-ness.
Still have wayy too much of this one. This falls into the category of teas I thought I loved and then wildly accumulated, then fell very out of love with. Anyways, I still find it ok, but it just doesn’t appeal to me in the way other teas do. Perhaps because there is no actual tea in it? Hard to know. Either way, I had a travel mug of it, and it served its purpose.
Why couldn’t this tea have come back instead of gross Cherry Blossom? :(
Anyways, getting down to the last of this. I love it so much. It’s so hard to know which teas you will regret not purchasing more of… this one, Banana Oolong, Caramel Spice, Checkmate, and now Mango Lassi. I’ll probably wish I had more Apple Custard too, but I did get 250g of it, so at least I tried.
Er, got derailed there. Anyhow, such a perfect fall comfort spiced tea. Sigh.
Omg guys. If anyone has this and doesn’t like it PLEASE I WILL BUY IT OR SWAP OR ANYTHING. Ahem.
Basically, this tea is amazing, and it’s the closest I will ever probably taste to my beloved Banana Oolong from DavidsTea (although I am going to petition hard for the new 52teas to replicate this, if I remember). It’s a bit different, of course – I can distinctly taste the walnut in here – but the rest is much the same. Delicious oolong base (it works SO well with these flavours), natural banana flavour (no runts!), butterscotch to give the bananas a bit of a caramelized flavour, which is amazing. I am so glad I bought a second pouch of this… but 1 ounce is not enough of this tea. Not even close. Had I the opportunity, I would probably pick up at least 4 ounces of this (probably more). I miss you Butiki :(
Still trying to figure out if the reblend I bought a bunch of is less chocolatey than the first couple versions… it kind of seems that way, but I’ll have to actually have a full regular mug’s full before really figuring that out. It just doesn’t seem quite the same as before. Still good, though (and I have a travel mug of it to get through tomorrow. Which will be delicious.)
Will have to try this one again as it seems to be a bit oversteeped/overleafed (I should have looked up the base before brewing). I can definitely taste both the orange (like in Two Friends! Which I also drank today…) and the grapefruit, as well as a distinct nuttiness, which is either from the base or the pistachio (likely the latter). The toffee flavouring isn’t too obvious – I think it may just serve to soften the other flavours and meld them together a bit, instead of making the tea sweet. I’m not super sold on this tea though, in part because there’s a fair bit of astringency in this cup, and secondly, because I’m just not sure I need more citrusy tea right now (I also had the second infusion of Grapefruit Creme Brûlée tonight). It’s certainly both tasty and unique though, so I’ll give it one more try before it may relocate to Toronto.
Brewed up just a couple new teas tonight (after working this morning followed by a very long nap), and this was one that I ended up grabbing. By aroma, it smells like it will just be a strawberry tea, but the irish cream works quite well here to make, as is described, a milky strawberry candy sort of flavour. The green tea base, with some delicious beaniness, works really well here as well, particularly as it adds an additional level of umami to the flavour. Overall, happy to have tried it, but not heartbroken that it’s gone.
I actually had intended to grab either Praline Horizon or Pistachio Horizon (neither of which I currently have, I just realized), but I guess the Crimson Horizon base was what was on my mind, so when I saw this, I grabbed it. The aroma is quite heavenly – creamy, sweet, grapefruity deliciousness, but sadly it doesn’t quite taste like that. Grapefruit and a nice base, yes, but I really wanted the cream and the sweet. I will add a touch of sugar next time, as I suspect that was what this tea really needed, though I certainly did enjoy drinking it regardless!
Thanks to Cavocorax for letting me try a bit of this one! I’m wondering if it’s the sort of tea where the flavour fades when it’s in a baggie – or maybe it’s just not very strong, but I ended up with a fairly weak cup. That said, I could both see and taste the quality of the base tea (big points), and the flavour I could pick out was pleasant, and not overly minty. I’ll try again with a greater leaf:water ratio (I may have underleafed, especially since it’s pretty fluffy), but I’m tentatively impressed. Looking forward to Not So Vanilla!
Thanks for sharing this tea as well, MissB!
I don’t think I’m as big a fan of this one as others – it came off as fairly artificial to me, as the combination of chocolate-raspberry often does, and remind me more of my first Lip Smackers lip balm than of fruit and chocolate. (Perhaps it’s because everyone else got raspberry chunks, and I didn’t keep any for myself? :P Unlikely, haha.) It certainly wasn’t a bad tea, and the base was okay (though I’d like to taste a bit more oolong; that usually amps the yum factor for me), I just wasn’t overly keen on it. More for everyone else!