2515 Tasting Notes
Pleasantly surprised to find this in my January Amoda tea box – I’ve discovered that I like hojicha, and I like toasty rice in my tea, and therefore I like this sort of combination. I don’t think this is the first of its kind that I’ve tried (I could be wrong, though), but the flavour was about as expected – sweet, toasty, and ricey. No green-ness. A fairly boring yet flavourful/comforting tea to have with a meal or on its own. (And I only mean boring in the sense that there aren’t as many flavours swirling around, IMO). Anyhow, tasty, and a good pick for a tea box.
Second tea from Amoda’s January 2014 box. I didn’t take great notes on it, but what I do remember is a definite cherry flavour, different from cherry blacks I’ve had previously. I’m not a big fan of maraschino/candied cherries (which are the types of cherries I associate with black forest cake), but I’m not quite sure it tasted like that… anyhow, I’ll have to give it another shot and pay a bit more attention! At the very least, I remember it being ok? Haha.
How interesting. I just discovered that this tea is the same tea that was in one of Amoda’s boxes last year. How incredibly disappointing. I knew the name sounded familiar (and the flavour was fairly standard), but hadn’t put it together until I came to log it… Not impressed at all.
As the tea goes, I’m fairly meh about it… reasonably standard minty rooibos. I don’t recall it being bad, but it also wasn’t anything special.
Sipdown! Not sure what happened last time (tastebuds off?), but I’m definitely getting delicious black currant in this cup. Not really any creaminess, just the rich fruitiness. That said, it is kind of weak, which I’m sure is age-related. Overall a good pick for a true-to-flavour fruity tea though. Pretty enjoyable.
Sooooo delicious. I think this is another tea I missed logging a while back, because I’m 99% sure I’ve brewed it up before. Anyhow, it tastes more or less like DavidsTea’s Salted Caramel – rich, chocolatey, caramelly, and I’m actually tasting marshmallows in this blend. Absolutely decadent dessert blend.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate
Ohhhhh delicious, delicious tea. Can you believe that I forgot this tea even existed?! Crazy. Anyhow, It was amazing today. Favourite chocolate orange tea, hands down. Eventually I’ll order more, but thankfully I still have enough for a few more cups. The chocolate just blends so well with the base and the orange is absolutely lovely… definitely more fruity than peel (I don’t care for peel). Mmm.
Thanks so Sil for passing along a sample of this one, originally from Hallieod.
My verdict? Fairly weak. Maybe because I’ve been eating, or maybe because I should have used more tea since there’s quite a bit of popped rice in here. I’ll try some more after the flavours in my mouth have dissipated a bit.
ETA: Sadly, this didn’t improve after sitting, and the second infusion was very weak. Hard to give this an accurate rating, unfortunately, but I probably wouldn’t pick it up again. I’ve had more flavourful genmaichas (and actually, I really like hojicha genmaichas too! More roastiness :D)
As I put in the description… this was a freebie generously given out by Herbal Infusions Tea Co. at the Toronto Tea Festival! There was also a black option, which Raritea and Sil picked up; I got the herbal.
Unfortunately, I should have given more thought to what would likely be in the herbal… naturally, my favourite ingredient, mint, features quite prominently (that’s sarcasm, btw). So, it’s not going to be a favourite, and I feel bad about that! However, it seems to be a pretty decent tea, as minty ones go. I feel like it’s not peppermint, but plain mint – which lends a crispness to the tea that I’m not finding offputting. I can’t really pick out any of the other flavours, but again, this had the same epic oversteep that the Creme Brulee Chai had, so it’s possible that that allowed the mint to completely take over. I’m sure this will be popular with those who like minty, herbally teas.
ETA: I have no idea how my note got cut off previously… .anyhow, second infusion actually was better. Less mint, more background flavours, which I found more enjoyable. I’ll probably have some of this again to see if I can coax those flavours out in the first infusion.
One of the teas I picked up at the Toronto Tea Festival! :D It smelled divine, so I had to have it. And I do not regret my decision. Even with an epic oversteep of 7 minutes and 45 seconds (I get distracted too easily), it’s pretty darn tasty. The spicing is perfect – not too chai-like to overpower the creamy deliciousness of the creme brulee. It’s a bit astringent, but 100% I’d chalk that up to my oversteep. I expect with a 3-4 minutes infusion, it would be amazing. I’d like to try it with milk, but I have a feeling that the creaminess would be masked, and the spicing may not be strong enough to handle it…. and really, it’s delicious without, so I probably won’t. I’ll save the super strong spice blends for milk.
ETA: Second steep was quite delicious. Third steep, not particularly flavourful, but certainly better than plain water! I’m quite pleased, overall.