3013 Tasting Notes
Not a huge fan, although this tea does set out what it intends to. Definitely smoky (I’d prefer a bit less, personally), and the banana comes out in the first infusion, but not so much later. Maple is present in the aftertaste, but I think some maple syrup would help it out a bit more.
Yum – this one is fairly tasty, all nutty and fruity. I do wish there was a bit more raspberry, though, since it’s not quite jammy enough for me. Good base selection though, definitely; enough body for the flavourings but light enough not to mask them, and the lovely oolong aftertaste. Kind of want a bit more of this one, but it’s not quite in the same category as the Nutmeg-Dusted Custard.
AGH. I knew I should have grabbed more of this! Those of you who split this tea order… let me tell you that it’s all I can do to not totally disappear from the world with your couple ounces of this (ok ok, kidding, but seriously, it is SO good.)
Maybe my original Nutmeg Cream lost something by being in a baggie (though I did try it when I first got it, too), but this version blows it out of the water for me. And I can definitely tell that it’s the eggnog flavouring here, which actually makes it even tastier – if this is what the Creamy Eggnog blend tastes like with the nutmeg, I am also kicking myself for not ordering more of that, haha. Anyhow, perfect creamy eggnog flavouring, perfect amount of nutmeg, perfect base tea with just enough flavour and no astringency. This could actually replace eggnog for me, it is that good.
Thanks to OMGsrsly for letting me sample a cup of this tea before sending it west. I wasn’t a big fan of the original tamarind blend, but it was mostly because I found it a bit too astringent, while the flavouring was too weak (though what I could taste, I did enjoy). This derivation, however, is pretty darn delicious! Sweet tamarind (I probably wouldn’t personally recognize it as tamarind though, since there’s no sourness, so it’s more of a sweet fruitiness), plus the honeyed notes of gui fei, with an oolong aftertaste. Really, really good, and honestly, I think the Gui Fei is a perfect complement to the tamarind flavouring, so great choice OMGsrsly!
(Also, this tea is still going strong and I’m on either the third or fourth infusion, I’m not sure. And I intend to have at least one more.)
Thanks to VariaTea for letting me snag a cup of this before passing it on! I assumed it would be more or less like Raspberry Truffle, and I think I was about correct. There was a bit of a bakey flavour (presumably waffle), with a bit of raspberry (not as strong as Red Queen Cupcake, but more like Raspberry Truffle), and the base was fairly mild – a divergence from RT in which I found the base rather strong.
Overall, meh. I knew this wasn’t a tea for me, and I’m glad I didn’t get my own. It’s not bad, but not overly special to my tastebuds.
Sipdown! 980. (Possibly 979 actually, because it seems I had 3 entries for this, and I believe I have finished off two now).
Anyways, yes, this is of course just a sipdown of the old stuff. Which is definitely not as good as the new stuff, meaning that I’m making a mental note to try and purchase this more frequently, instead of larger quantities at one time. Still good of course, though. But not as chocolatey, nuanced, or delicious.
Meh. Not bad, but not as decadent as I’d like a ‘red velvet’ tea to taste. It mostly just tastes like a strawberry rooibos. Definite plus, though – no nasty rooibos flavour, although there is a tinge of medicinal-ness about it (but not the characteristic rooibos medicinal, more like a flavouring aspect that’s coming off strangely to me.)
Wow does this ever brew up dark, and taste like coffee. I shouldn’t be surprised though, because the other version of it that I’ve tried had a similar flavour. Although this is quite drinkable straight, since it’s not astringent like coffee, I think it would be much better made into a latte… so I may do that either with this mug, or with the re-steep. Glad this was a 3-way split, because I prefer the honey version of this I’ve had previously.
(Fast-forward about an hour, during which time I failed to actually post this note.)
Ended up adding some skim milk and maple syrup to this, and the result is super yum. It’s just so strongly flavoured, lattes make a lot of sense.
I’m expecting not to like this one because apparently it has “pepper” flavour. We shall see. (Odds are low anyhow, since it’s an herbal blend with 989725353 zillion ingredients, all of which I hate. Haha.) Also, thanks to Janelle for letting me sample all these weird herbals I’d never buy otherwise!
Brewed up, the aroma is… minty? With a bit of weird, and maybe some cinnamon. (IDK what “weird” is. Herbally-weird-ingredient.) It actually reminds me a little of… uh…. that green from Verdant with all the coriander, that tastes like gingerbread… ah! Laoshan Apothecary Green. I had to look it up. And the flavour? Actually surprisingly, not bad. I can taste the fennel, both on the sip and as a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste, but it’s not so potent as to make me gaggy. And the rest really does remind me of that Verdant blend. I mean, I would never buy this over that one (especially since there is the possibility that this blend has lost some flavour, making it more palatable for me), but it’s surprisingly drinkable. Better than All The Raj, that’s for sure. I can feel a bit of heat in the background, now that I’ve had a few sips – seems like it’s something that builds. I can handle that; there’s no overt roasted pepper flavour, which I so detest.
Overall, shockingly not a hater of this tea. The fennel is actually at a great level here to provide throat-soothing, and the rest of the tea is reasonably pleasant.