2221 Tasting Notes
A very interesting tea! To me, it’s very fruity, reminiscent of cherry blossom teas (with the juicy fruity taste, not overly floral), with a nice black base. I can see why this would be labelled a “spring” blend. It’s quite nice – better than I expected. I haven’t ever had bilberries before, so couldn’t say whether that’s what I’m tasting, or if it’s just a nondescript fruitiness that happens to come across as cherry-blossom-like… ah well, it’s good!
In response to Sil – I didn’t specifically notice an oily film, but I get one even with straight teas, so as long as there isn’t greasy sprinkle stuff on the edges of my cup, I don’t really pay attention. Every tea seems to leave something behind (except some fruity/herbal ones).
So I possibly did a Bad Thing and used all 5(?) of the little bundles for one western-style infusion. I just couldn’t be bothered to do things gongfu style; yes, I’m lazy. However, this tea was pretty tasty regardless. I gave it a 1-minute infusion probably at about 90C, and the result was delicately jasminey and quite tasty. I really can’t tell you much more (other than it’s quite a delicious jasmine), but perhaps I can upon further infusions.
Thanks for letting me try some of this one Sil :)
Sipdown! 826. Thanks to momo for a sample of this one :)
Since I received my own packet of this shortly after requesting a sample, I didn’t end up getting to this sample baggie until now… probably a year later. Oops. Concerned that this may not have aged well, I decided to hot/cold-brew it – BEST IDEA EVER. It was absolutely delicious. It took on a bit of a chai-ish flavour (52teas’ characteristic chai flavour, which I love), and was way better than I expected a cinnamon tea to taste cold. I felt like I was tasting the cinnamon bun frosting, kind of like with the French Toast tea – it seems that some of the flavourings come out better when the tea is chilled. Makes me want to try all my other 52teas cold!
Anyhow, I’d highly recommend a cold-brew of this one if you have some…. it’s pretty darn delicious. I’m starting to think that honeybush + chilling = winner (as long as the tea is good to begin with). Yum!
Another hot/cold-brew, and it was delicious. I drank this one quite quickly though, so I can’t recall if I caught the orange/clove notes that I did last time, but it was definitely fruity vanilla marzipan. Even if you’re not a fan of marzipan, I’d recommend giving this tea a shot! It’s quite tasty… and hibiscus-free!
Hot/cold-brewed this one, and it was marvellous. I stand by my previous statement that this is better than DT’s Tropicalia – there’s a bit of a carmelliness to it that’s absolutely delicious. It didn’t fare super well in my travel mug (it came camping with me), but I’m not surprised, as mugs seem to deaden flavours for whatever reason. It definitely still drank it though! And if I end up making another PureAroma order, I’m quite certain I’ll pick up more of this. The only downside is that it’s heavy…. but that’s a downside to all fruity blends. And at least this one isn’t packed with hibiscus filler!
Another rather old backlog to get to :)
I am a bit addicted to this tea, I’ll admit… it’s one I’d probably like to have often. It seems that when a white blend is done right, it’s absolutely amazing, and this is one of those. (Of course, Butiki white blends also fall into that category.) Anyhow, pretty much the same impression of this one as last time, except that I noted that the second infusion was very vanilla-y – which is only a good thing!! I think there are actual vanilla bean specks in this tea, which may be what makes the difference between it and teas with vanilla flavouring. Mmmmmm, delicious!
This is a backlog from quite a while ago that I forgot to post. Thanks to Courtney for sending me some of this to try!
I unfortunately don’t remember too much about the tea, except that both banana and coconut were noticeable, though not super strong. I think it may have tasted a touch like banana cream pie, although it had nothing on 52teas’ houjicha version. Overall, not bad, but another tea I wouldn’t need stocked in my cupboard. I still have a cup or two left of it – hopefully I will pay better attention next time!
Done with one package of this, and will be onto the final packet soon… eep! So many tasty discontinued teas…
Anyhow, brewed this up for a tasty treat in the evening but didn’t get to it and stuck it in the fridge – it’s not too bad chilled! I think I prefer it warm, though, so will drink the rest that way (since I have plenty of other teas around to ice).