2498 Tasting Notes
I thought I had heard really good things about this one… but I think I was mistaken. Either way, I was pretty unimpressed. I think this is the second time I’m trying it (doubt I logged the first time), and in neither case did I taste much of anything berry. In fact, you could almost convince me it was a straight tea. I don’t think it’s flavour-loss (since I’m pretty sure Tangier was from the same purchase), but oh well. I’ve encountered other berry blacks that I enjoy; it’s ok to have a dud. Thanks for letting me try this one though, Sil!
Thanks to Sil for some of this lovely tea. I quite enjoyed it; nothing special but quite a good example of a basic peachy black. Or at least, peach was the fruity flavour I was getting from it. Anyhow, fairly mild black base, no astringency, and nice juicy flavour. I bet this would make a tasty unsweetened iced tea.
ETA: Apricot, I see. That makes sense. I often confuse the two flavours! That might also explain why I found it tastier than peach teas I’ve tried.
Drinking another cup of this now… and I’m actually really enjoying it. Sweet, light, hay-y flavour, with absolutely ZERO astringency, yet plenty of body. Bumping the rating; I’m very pleasantly surprised. Kind of glad I have a bunch of this around now; it will be a perfect travel mug tea.
Ehhhh…. can’t really review this one properly, unfortunately. Opened up the well-sealed bag given to me by Sil – it smelled like vomit. Classic coconut rancidity, I’m quite sure. Anyhow, I gagged a bit and brewed some up anyways (when you know that it’s just rancid coconut, and you’re not brewing up chunks of puke, I can handle at least taking a sip). Brewed up, less barfy aroma, more like it’s supposed to smell… but there were still hints of upchuck. A sip revealed distinct flavours of cacao husk (yum), rooibos (meh… wasn’t great), and… well… rancid coconut. It was tough to taste past the coconut, but I don’t think this would be a blend I would enjoy anyhow – although I do like cacao, the rooibos adds an off-flavour that I’m not fond of.
Disclaimer: This tea has obviously gone off. The rating reflects my impression of the tea as I feel it would be without the rancidity; I’m not fond of rooibos.
Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea! I wasn’t expecting too much to be honest; primarily a hibiscus-heavy herbally blend, and I’m about right. Doesn’t particularly taste like strawberry kiwi to me, just like hibiscus, although to be fair, the hibiscus isn’t overpowering and just adds a nice amount of tartness. It’s really not a bad tea as herbals go, actually, just not true to the name.
Had this for the first time a couple weeks ago… not too bad; a fairly basic black. I seem to recall thinking that it verged on tasting bagged-black-esque (just that sort of profile, the sweet, hay-y sort), but I got into it more as I drank it. Won’t be a favourite, as it doesn’t beat out other straight blacks and I prefer the malty, chocolatey profile, but it’s decent enough.
Lost my tasting note on this, oops. Anyhow, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Loved the pralines flavour, and I think the tea would have been even better if I hadn’t been so stupid as to dunk the infuser basket into a resteep of Two Friends for a couple seconds before realizing my error (my intent was to put the basket of Two Friends in for a bit longer, but the water was still cooling for this tea, hence the basket was still sitting out, and for some reason, I grabbed the wrong basket…). Anyhow, that resteep sure tasted delicious, and I expect that when I give this a second try, it will be even better. Would love to see this one offered for sale (and the elusive Nutmeg Cream, which I have not tried!)
Also, thank you to Sil etc. for passing this along :) My original tasting note led off with this, but I clearly forgot to retype it.
Another tea that has kind of lost its magic for me, unfortunately, though the first infusion was decent enough yesterday (while watching the second LOTR movie). The caramelly flavours just aren’t quite as potent as I’d like, and it’s not age; this happened the second time I drank the tea too. Ah well, nothing wrong with it, and it’s particularly suited to a travel mug, but I wouldn’t get it again! That said, the novelty of drinking the “weeping angels” blend while watching said Dr. Who episode was worth it!
Drank some of this yesterday as well; I think I’m kind of over it. First infusion was tasty enough, but subsequent infusions are almost always too astringent. I think it’s the tea base that I’m not a fan of here, as I do enjoy the various flavourings. Sadly, I think I still have 60 or so grams of this to finish off, so I better start drinking it a bit more!
So… somehow I ended up with the last 20g or so of this from Sil … It was just in one of the bags she gave me one time. Curious. :P
Anyhow, it’s a decent enough tea. Nice and fruity; more papaya than strawberry, but I like the fruitiness. Drank a travel mug’s worth plus a reinfusion over the weekend, and left the rest at the boy’s house since I think it will be a good choice while I’m over visiting.