3013 Tasting Notes
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 8! (Drank Dec. 8)
Oh dear…. this one’s spicy. Like, REALLY spicy. I opened up the packet (a black with cinnamon chunks and tiny bits of flavouring or as I now know, spices), and it is POTENT. Not even chai spice; it smells more like…. doritos minus the cheese? Like Mexican spicing? Bleh….
A few more sniffs, and I’m noticing some creaminess, and my roommate pointed out that it’s smoky (it’s obvious, but I got lost in the spices apparently), and it smells like cumin. Ugh. It tastes like smoky cumin. NOT flavours I want in a tea. No no no. Apparently it’s Witches’ Brew Chai – I never would have guessed that. I’m wondering if something is off with this reblend, because all the reviews are favourable, but this is a cup of smoky-cumin-never-again. It’s too savoury, and the only noticeable spice is cumin. Dumped part of the cup; wasn’t worth it.
This is a very perfumey tea – smells rather like rose despite that not being an ingredient. Thankfully, the flavour is grounded enough that it doesn’t feel like I’m drinking perfume, just a very floral/fruity tea. I can’t identify specific fruit flavours, but it’s on the tropical side, though a more… perfumed fruit tropical than ‘A Rabbit’s Garden’. Overall, not bad, but again with the (half) green base – not overly fond. Also, a bit too perfumey.
Not too bad, but there’s an artificial sort of aftertaste that I’m finding unpleasant. It’s a nice choice for a base tea – a nutty dark oolong, and the peach flavour is surprisingly good, so otherwise, it’s quite decent. Just…. that aftertaste… :( Still rating reasonably highly though, because I’m enjoying it as long as I don’t let it linger too long (of course, some of my favourite teas are the ones where new and delicious flavours bloom in the aftertaste, so that’s unusual for me. Sigh.)
I’m appreciating the strawberry goodness of this one today, but the rest is off to a new home (ok, two new homes) next weekend, because I don’t need so many HB blends, and other people like this more. I am finding it a touch woody, but the flavour really is quite pleasant and milkshakey. Much like I wish Chocolate Malt HB was (with a bit of chocolate flavour, say, cacao shells, mixed in).
Only a sipdown of the loose stuff from Indigobloom, though – still have some bags from momo left. Anyways, the coconut in this is starting to turn a bit soapy, so it’s best to be finished off. It’s still delicious though, and I will probably resteep it like, 5 times. Such a great chai for coconut lovers. Creamy coconut up front, spicy burn at the end of the sip. No overly dominant spices, everything just blends together perfectly.
Except that’s totally a lie, because a fruit fly just committed suicide in my cup, and I can’t just pick out a dead insect, so this is more of a Draindown! Perhaps I’ll re-steep, perhaps I won’t. There’s something weird here. Like a weird strawberry rooibos. Not for me, no no.
Such an odd tea, but it’s actually pretty decent. More or less a tropical-fruity green; mild green base and the primary flavours are perhaps peach/mango/pineapple, or in that realm. I’m not sure if the dehydrated veggies add much, but there is kind of a vegetal thickness to the tea, which is perhaps the result. Overall, definitely happy to have tried this, though flavoured greens are pretty much my least favourite tea category.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 7! (Opened Dec. 7, drank Dec. 8)
My initial thought upon opening this tea was that it was some variant of apple cinnamon. Today, when I opened it up to brew, I realized that it was very clearly Cinnamon Pear, which I’ve previously had. That’s ok, because I did enjoy it, but found it on the weak side. Similar thoughts this time as well – great light apple/pear cinnamon aroma, but the flavour is lacking, and because I accidentally steeped for 2.5 minutes, it’s verging on bitter as well. Sigh. Still, not overly disappointed with this one.
My stash of this dates back… 3 years? From a DT ornament my sister gave me. It’s still amazing though; proof that good teas last fairly well in airtight bags. It’s almost gone now, though, because I made an eggnog latte, using 6 tsp of it. No milk (as per my previous latte’s lack of sweetness), and it was great.
Bonus: using so much tea for the latte means re-steeps of the used leaves are really quite delicious, so I had two full-cup resteeps before tossing them, which reminded me of the wonderful creaminess this tea has. Assuming it comes back next year, I think I’ll plan to get some then.
Made into a homemade eggnog latte yesterday, using 2 tbsp tea, about 8 oz. water, 3/4 cup eggnog, and 1/2 cup 1% milk. Although it was tasty, I didn’t think it was sweet enough, so have decided to cut out the milk entirely. Hahahaha :D Could definitely pick up the nuttiness/coconut though, which was pretty delicious.