3013 Tasting Notes
I drank this tea on the weekend… part of the reason I am sure I’m “over” strawberry greens (and hence the quick sipdown on Della Terra’s Strawberries & Cream). It’s not bad, but the flavour bores me now. In the past couple weeks, this is probably the fourth strawberry green I’ve had, and… enough is enough, haha. A bit of this left from Sil, and it’s likely to be travel-mugged as this cup was, since I’m less picky when I have no options, haha.
Damn. This one really REALLY shines when brewed and left to cool in a travel mug for…. a while. Enough that it’s below body temp, anyways. Then, it’s delicious cherry vanilla cola. Hot – it’s weird, but that’s to be expected. I assume it would be great done intentionally as an iced tea too (not necessarily cold brew, but hot-chill). I, however, am quite happy to put in no additional effort, and just avoid drinking it for a good 10+ hours until it reaches the temperature of perfection. Really, it’s just like flat cola. And since I hate carbonation? And there’s little to no sugar? Big win.
I still think this one tastes like sour cherry. I have no idea why. But I adore it for that. However, either the travel mug killed the deliciousness, or it sat too long (killing the deliciousness). So, next time I must remember to drink it more quickly after brewing.
Trying to make “room” for the ridiculous amount of teas getting ready to explode my cupboard (all my own doing, of course). I like this tea, and am interested to try the new sample pack headed my way, but I think it’s too much like LB Light for me. I want MORE chocolate, and it’s coming off like a dilute LB, which is not so appealing, comparatively. No real oolong flavour, though. Maybe if there was more of that, it would be tastier.
Accidentally infused 20F below my intended temperature, but figure it would taste ok anyhow… seems right. I don’t recall exactly what I thought of this tea previously, but I was ready to dismiss it tonight as just another strawberry green… but OH MAN the cream flavouring. Definitely makes it into a different beast entirely. Not much tea base here (temperature?) but loads of creamy, and a bit of strawberry. I knew there was a reason we ordered more than just a tiny sample size of this one.
Anyways, Indigobloom – I hope you like this one! I decided this was a sipdown for me before tasting it, so you’re getting a bit extra :D
Another very “upside-down cake” rooibos. Quite delicious. My boyfriend thought the kitchen smelled pretty awesome after I had steeped this – all mapley goodness. I’m not really sure it tastes like carrot cake to me (maybe an over sweetened cake, or one with overly sweet cream cheese icing). The cream cheesiness comes out more in later infusions, as the first is dominated by overwhelming yummy maple.
I’m not sure why I have this rated rather poorly… it’s pretty tasty, and long-lasting (could have had a 4th infusion if I didn’t want other teas). Bumping up.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 12! (Drank Dec. 12)
Well, unfortunately my guessing game was ruined for this one, because I read what it was in the list of December teas. Which kind of sucked. Anyways, it was clearly a genmaicha, and smelled like ginger once the packet was open, so kind of a no-brainer.
Anyways, I completely flubbed the steeping of this one, so may have to give it a second shot before rating. The first time, I let the water cool to 126C before I noticed I hadn’t put the leaves in; the second time, the water cooled to 170C but I just put the basket in anyways… and then proceeded to leave it for 10 minutes. Whoops. Sipping… and yes, this will constitute a failed attempt. Tons of toasty rice flavour, some ginger, and BITTER. Which, really… 10 minutes? If it hadn’t gone bitter, I would have been concerned that there was no actual tea in there.
The aroma is definitely nicer than the flavour, being kind of creamy-gingery, so here’s hoping all the badness is 100% user error. Follow-up note probably coming within the next… two months. Haha.
(Note: I couldn’t add any info about this tea, and the name may be slightly off, because the 52teas’ website is currently appearing to be infected by malware.)
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 11! (Drank Dec. 11)
A green tea (not sencha!), with obvious strawberry bits… I don’t know what exactly this could be, but I’m hoping for good things. The aroma is a bit smoky and fruity, which actually seems to work; the flavour is accordingly smoky and fruity strawberry, which is actually pretty tasty. I am definitely a fan of 52teas blends using green bases other than sencha (e.g. Sun & Cloud Mist. Yums.)
Scratching off the label, this is apparently Strawberry Zabaglione Chun Mee. Interesting – I really don’t think it comes off as ‘zabaglione’ at all, but it’s certainly an interesting and fairly tasty tea. A good selection for the 12 Teas.
My stomach hasn’t been happy with tea lately (tears! My tastebuds still want it!) so I haven’t had much over the last few days, but I did finish off the last of this as an eggnog latte, and it was pretty tasty. I’m nearly out of eggnog now, but did pick up some Almond Nog and might have fun with that this week.