2229 Tasting Notes
Yep, I still feel like this tea tastes like spiced sour cherries! Anyhow, it is delicious. I hot-brewed and chilled a large cup of it last night and drank it super fast when I got home today. And it was awesome. Not a lot of flavour on the sip, but wonderful aftertaste. A great sub for cold water.
Hrm. Strong rooibos smell upon brewing, and it’s pretty strong in the flavour too. I’m getting nothing really in the way of pineapple or coconut… I would have been more apt to guess that this was a raspberry-flavoured tea. Maybe there’s some creaminess from the coconut…? And maybe that tartness is pineapple, not raspberry? It’s difficult to tell.
Luckily, though this tastes unmistakably of rooibos, it’s not super medicinal, so it is palatable. But, it’s nothing I’d really want to drink again unless I was desperate. I’m getting a bit of the scratchy throat feeling from it, and that’s certainly a feeling I think I should avoid.
Real sipdown of this one, now. 836. Apparently Sil had some of her own, so it’s back to me :P
Anyways, brewed this up pretty light today, and it doesn’t have much aroma to speak of, but I can taste the banana. Not really any walnut, but I’m enjoying it just the same.
I thought this would be a sipdown! Sadly not. I should have used a larger mug to justify putting in more tea.
Anyways, I still have a fondness for this one, because it really does remind me of cookie dough, particularly in the aroma. I should have steeped it longer today (I thought because it smelled good, it was done, but probably not). It’s not something I’d keep around, but it’s nice enough, and I think it is one of the better teas DT has released recently. I’m not really getting the off flavour that I previously mentioned, so perhaps it was a product of a too-high temperature, as I had guessed.
Anyhow, happy news – definite improvement in back pain. I hadn’t felt much improvement by this morning (but also hadn’t been able to sleep) – finally got to sleep during the middle of the day and stayed that way for the better part of about 6 hours. Boy ever-so-nicely came over (finally! :P) and I’m not sure if it was because of the back massage, RubA535, laughter, kisses, or what, but I’m feeling better (certainly not 100%, but I’m fairly mobile without painkillers). He thinks it’s just because I was more active and stretched things out a bit; I think it was him. Haha. Anyhow, tis good news, because I think I can now sit up and write my thesis a bit better… which is super critical at this point. GOTTA FINISH.
Hmm, perhaps I understeeped this one at… 2.5 minutes, but it’s not super flavourful, and I’m not a huge fan. There’s chocolate, and maybe some nuttiness, but it’s really nothing special, which I guess I kind of expected it to be. Ah well – I’ll steep bag #2 a bit longer next time and see if that improves it.
Thanks for the samples, Sil!
ETA: Reading ashmanra’s note… apricot?? Yeah, I could believe that… kind of puts a different perspective on it for me. Tastes a bit better now, haha.
ETA again: Bleeehhh, second infusion was way cardboardy. I dumped it.
Trying this a second time (I had misplaced it briefly! The horror!) – my first attempt was not as good as I’d hoped, so fingers crossed #2 is better.
I think that overall, this tea isn’t quite what I was hoping for it to be. Yes, the base is amazing, and there’s no astringency. Yes, I can taste the caramel, though not a great deal of vanilla. Yes, the tea tastes good. But, I think I’d rather just have plain PTA over this blend. Or alternately, Two Friends, which is pretty much the most perfect flavoured tea ever. I’m not sure whether it’s just that I want more obvious caramelly/vanilla, or that the raisiny notes are poking out where they don’t quite fit for me. I mean, I’m not going to have any issues drinking the rest of this. And I’m certainly going to enjoy it. But I think my cupboard staples will just be Two Friends and unflavoured PTA, and I’ll leave this for those who will enjoy it more :)
Thanks to Jackie T for passing some of this along. I almost bought some, but my common sense took over (but I still needed to at least try it!)
My verdict on it is that… it’s ok. It’s not what I was hoping for (delicious amazingness a la H&S’s SoHo Blend), but I am enjoying the cup. I can taste the chocolate, which is great and not fakey, but I’m not catching much in the way of almond or coconut. Perhaps it’s because I just drank H&S’s Royal Wedding tea, which prominently features both of those quite deliciously. One interesting thing that I’m noticing, though, is that the flavour is a bit reminiscent of 52teas’ Cashew Turtle! I don’t know if it’s the chocolate, or the nut… but I’m diggin’ it.
Hmmm… the more I drink, the more I’m falling for this tea. Bleh, figures. It’s just alike enough to Cashew Turtle, which I adored and am all out of, that it’s filling that niche for me. Sadness. I think I have another cup or cup and a half left, and will savour it…
Uhm… I am loving the coconut flavour in this one. The first time I steeped it, I didn’t know that H&S teabags required 12 oz. of water, so it was way oversteeped and astringent. But I thought it had promise – I wasn’t wrong. This time, I used the right amount of water, and I’m pretty much dying at first sniff. Delicious, sweet, coconutty goodness. The flavour isn’t strong (I perhaps could have left the bag in there longer than 2 minutes), but it’s really quite tasty. The combination of almond and coconut invokes almost a white chocolate sort of flavour, which is absolutely delicious. I can’t taste any floral from the rose at all, which I’m pretty ambivalent about. I also can’t really taste the white tea, but honestly, I’m happy enough with just the delicious flavours.
Yum yum, thanks Lala for sending some of this to Sil (and to Sil for disliking coconut!)
ETA: Second infusion was very grassy/hay-y… perhaps I could have finished it, but I didn’t enjoy the sips I did take, so I dumped it. I guess H&S teabags don’t re-steep well? I could have sworn that I concluded the opposite when I brewed up both the Valentine’s tea and Tower of London.