2109 Tasting Notes
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!
So, I’m not sure whether this is the same tea as “Milk Chocolate Caramel”, or if that one was discontinued and this one made available in its place… can anyone clear that up for me? The Steepster entries are confusing.
This is also a pretty tasty, and unique, tea. However, it tastes less like milk chocolate to me, and more like molasses. I wonder if the fenugreek is contributing to the flavour and causing that association? Anyhow, a 2-min infusion results in a pretty tasty cup, although I don’t think this is one I’d pick up again. I was hoping for a bit more of a milk chocolate flavour, and if anything, this leans towards dark chocolate. I have sTEAp’s dark chocolate (and white chocolate!) teas as well, so perhaps should have brewed them up alongside for comparison purposes. Maybe when I get back from grocery shopping…
ETA: Second infusion, same parameters, still has that molasses-y taste to me. Probably won’t resteep again, as I think it has now lost most of its flavour.
Welp. Now I see what all the hype is about. This is a pretty darn delicious tea! It certainly tastes like a delicious, sugary-sweet cinnamon roll complete with creamy frosting. Wow. When I brewed the tea up, I was getting a bit of a classic pu’erh aroma that I wasn’t too keen on, but it has dissipated and isn’t at all present in the flavour. It’s just really, really delicious tea. I used about 2 tsp of tea for an 8 oz. mug… I didn’t really pay attention to the directions.
Also, I have to say that sTEAp Shoppe’s sample sizes are great. Half an ounce of tea, so comparable to Della Terra, although the samples are a bit pricier. If there’s a sale at some point, I think I’d be likely to pick up more sample sizes, though! I have 5 other teas to try – hoping they work out as well as this one!
ETA: I definitely don’t care for the second infusion as much, although perhaps reducing the infusion time from 2 minutes to 1 minute would have helped. The pu’erh flavour makes a bit more of an appearance, and instead of the flavours blending well together, I get a heaping helping of strong cinnamon (like, from a cinnamon stick) plus the pu’erh, and that’s it. Not bad, but the first infusion was quite a bit better. Word is, this tea resteeps for many infusions, so I’ll keep it around and try a few more to see how they fare.
I’m enjoying this one more than last time. Not getting the weird alcohol association I previously was, although I did get the grapey aroma. Flavourwise, however, I taste peach moreso than anything resembling grape. Not too bad, but not a keeper either.
Uh… should have read my previous note before brewing this one up. BLECH. 3-minute infusion, and this tastes like sour hibiscus medicine. Down the drain it shall go. I wonder why there are no other reviews for it…. not.
This one is definitely too perfumey for me. Sure, it tastes kind of grapey, and a bit reminiscent of ice wine, but honestly, Butiki’s Gui Fei Oolong tastes more like the real thing to me, and it’s not even flavoured! Also, there’s a bit of astringency here even with a 2-minute infusion, which I’m not fond of. Ah well! I’m not sure that finding the perfect ice wine tea is a huge priority for me (although I think a well-done one could certainly be interesting).
ETA: The second infusion wasn’t nearly as perfumey. But I hadn’t intended to re-steep this one, so once I realized what it was, it went down the drain. Needed to keep stomach real estate available for other teas.
I think I liked this tea better this time than the first time I drank it. I really do think that 2-minute infusions are the way to go with flavoured black teas. Anyhow, I gulped this one down too quickly so I can’t entirely remember how it tasted, except that it was nutty and a bit sweet, completely smooth, and quite tasty! It looks like I may not have resteeped it last time, so hopefully I will manage to tonight, and see how it holds up.
You know, I could see myself picking this one up again. I see I previously also liked it a fair bit – there’s a clear, creamy lime flavour (more along the lines of 52teas’ Lime Jello than Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon, in case anyone’s wondering), and at 2 minutes, the cup is quite smooth. I imagine it would make a great iced tea, so perhaps once my stash is a bit lower (i.e. next year), I’ll wait for an ESP Emporium sale and pick up a bag of this for summer 2014. (I can hope!)
Sipdown! 827. (Inaccurate, but that’s what the spreadsheet says currently, minus a few things).
I did like this one a fair bit. A light, fruity honeybush that probably would have been great for iced tea (ooh, speaking of that, I should set some Lime Chiffon to cold-brew!) I kind of wish I had more of this one. Buuuuut I don’t! And that’s ok, because I have too much tea anyhow. Sigh.
Fished this out so Sil could try some, and decided to have a cup of it myself. It wasn’t too bad; couldn’t really taste the oolong, but definitely got caramel apple. Given that I love caramel, I definitely would prefer more caramel flavour, but it’s ok as is. Nothing I’d pick up again, though.