2088 Tasting Notes
Uh…. so I brewed up both this and sTEAp Shoppe’s Chocolate Orange tea…. and… I can’t tell them apart. I mean, they taste a bit different, but I can’t tell which one is which, which is kind of bad, given that one is supposed to be orange-flavoured.
Anyhow, both taste alright, and have a bit of a white chocolate/creamy flavour to them, but I’ll definitely have to give both a second go to figure out which I’m even reviewing!
ETA: Uh… so the second infusion smelled a lot like dry cat food… and kind of tasted like it too… so I gagged on it and threw it out :( I forgot that I remember having that same impression of the dry leaves/brewing leaves for the first infusion as well. Thankfully the first infusion was drinkable, but #2 was not.
I’m fairly sure that this tea is rapidly losing flavour; I suspect it was a bit old to begin with, and now is rapidly going downhill. I have a few cups of it left, and will try my best to finish them off quickly! It’s certainly not bad, and the creaminess/cupcakey aspect is still present, but the strawberry flavouring is quickly disappearing. Although I apparently only have one previous tasting note for this, I’m pretty sure I had it in a travel mug at one point too (but I’m bad at logging those sometimes), and it was fairly tasty, so hopefully I can use it up quickly that way. Basically, travel mug blacks have only two requirements: no astringency, and some sort of tasty-enough flavour, and this one in its current state still satisfies those requirements :D
Well, this tea unfortunately kind of underwhelmed me. It was certainly dark-tasting, but I wasn’t really tasting much chocolate. There was a hint of the molasses taste as there was in the Milk Chocolate tea, but it was definitely less prominent. I’ll have to try a second cup with the recommended brewing parameters (I reduced the infusion time by a couple minutes) to see if I can coax a bit more flavour out of this one.
Sipdown! 819. A big thanks to momo for this one :)
Although I caught a hint of soapiness from a couple teas I brewed up tonight, by the time I got to this one, at least, it was gone, and what was left was a fairly pleasant coconut black with a hint of nuttiness. It was rather weak, however, but I think that the cause of that was either tea age, or perhaps understeeping, as I only steeped for 2 min, as I’ve tended to do with most “unknown” black teas lately (e.g. flavoured blacks where I don’t have reliable other recommendations, such as Butiki/Verdant).
Anyhow, I’d happily drink this in the future! Not a bad tea at all. It would probably be one to compare to Della Terra’s Chocolate Almond Coconut (which I also found to be weak, hmmm), or possibly H&S’s SoHo Blend… which is also kind of weak. Maybe it’s just the flavour combo! I think SoHo had the most chocolate flavouring… but come to think of it, I’m pretty sure that chocolate wasn’t an ingredient in here. Oops :D
Delicious last cup of this, but I’ll take a break from it for a while. It’s good, but there are just so many other teas to try. This was definitely one of my “gateway” teas though – one that made me switch from sugary coffee lattes to straight tea!
Delicious, delicious eggnog tea. Haven’t had this in a while, but it was easily available and I was craving it, therefore I made a cup of it tonight to drink while watching the last two episodes of Once Upon a Time.
While this is certainly a tasty tea, I’m not sure that I’d necessarily entitle it “sugar caramel” as those flavours aren’t particularly prominent to me. It does taste like a good, sweet, roasty oolong, however, which is not at all disappointing! And it leaves quite a delicious flavour in my mouth as well. I have a bit more of this, and should try it against some other similar oolongs if I have any, to see if they have similar flavours or if this one really is quite special.
Brewed this up earlier, had a sip, and then forgot about it for a while. At that point, it did taste a fair bit like melon, but now, it tastes more like play-dough, which I noted previously. I’m starting to think that this play-dough tastes is just a signature of too-old white tea, since I’ve picked it up with other whites as well. It could also be a flavouring issue, but I’ve had it from multiple companies, and as far as I can recall, exclusively with white tea. Anyhow, I’m also having trouble tasting this one right now because I have a mad case of the hiccups. Sigh. Ah well. Another tea of curiosity down.
Another delicious hibiscus-free fruit infusion. This one tastes more or less like DT’s Tropicalia, so pretty much like a pina colada, but better, and free of silly little candies. The flavour also seems to have a bit more depth to it. Again, I hot-brewed 3 generous tsp of this for a few minutes, and then diluted with cold water and stuck the cup in the fridge. I’m pretty pleased with the results, although it’s a bit chilly to be drinking iced tea right now! Hopefully I’ll try the rest of the tea as a hot brew in the near future (which I may stick in the fridge to chill once tasting).
What’s this – a fruit infusion that doesn’t contain hibiscus!?
I hot-brewed a generous 3 tsp of this tea for a few minutes before sticking it in the fridge to brew a bit longer, and I am definitely pretty impressed with the results. It tastes a bit like marzipan, but I can taste some of the individual elements as well, like a hint of cloves and orange. Also – the fruit chunks in this are HUGE! Making it less-than-optimal for making single cups, as it’s difficult to get all the ingredients in there, but great for a sweet, refreshing jug of iced tea.
I’m sure this is an expensive tea, just due to being composed of heavy fruit chunks, but I’d certainly pick some up again for summer, as this is quite a unique, delicious, hibiscus-free blend!