3076 Tasting Notes
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.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 6! (Drank Dec. 6… technically 7)
Drinking this late in the evening, so technically the 7th, but since I haven’t gone to bed yet, it still counts as the 6th… right? Haha. Not too much guessing for this one – I’m pretty sure it’s Pumpkin Brownie Honeybush, which I previously had and didn’t much care for. Kind of a spicy aroma (like Strawberry Pie HB), not much else. Similar flavour; still not a fan. Basically tastes like a watered-down Strawberry Pie HB. Ah well.
Ok, so it’s apparently Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake HB… tastes/smells identical to Pumpkin Brownie. Sigh.
Sipdown! But no change in numbers because I guess I didn’t record this one. Sigh.
Anyways, picked this up at the Toronto Tea Festival. This is the first tea I’m actually trying from Riston – I have samples of others (teabags and a tin split with Sil), but haven’t gotten to them quite yet.
The aroma was actually pretty flavourful once the water hit the teabag (prior there wasn’t much) – the tea looks to be flavoured with black/dark purple fruits, e.g. blackberry, black currant, blueberry – and what I smelled most was a juicy sort of black currant. Tastewise, it’s not bag for a bagged tea, but even with my standard green infusion parameters, which are pretty conservative (82C/2min), the base is bitter. However, it is quite fruity – again very black currant, with a punch of lemon. I really wish the base behaved, because this could actually stand as one of the better flavoured greens I’ve tried. I may try a re-steep, but with the base bitterness, it will probably just head down the drain.
I have a stomachache :( Or maybe I’m just hungry. It’s tough to tell sometimes.
Either way, this was a nice tasty cup of chocolate for today, thanks VariaTea! A bit of bitterness, so probably middling between the smooth one and the more bitter one (names escaping me; I will have to look up both names and ratings later). Really fond of these ‘teas’, though I admit I kind of want some sweetener in them to make it more decadent… I might try and make some into an eggnog latte later tonight if I do indeed pick up eggnog with my groceries.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 5! (Drank Dec. 6… technically 7)
Missed drinking this yesterday as I ended up being busy at my boyfriend’s work Christmas party! Fun times. Anyways, this blend looks to be a black, with marshmallow root and piece of some sort of fruit… a quick sniff leads me to think it’s Strawberry Rhubarb, as it smells similar to Lupicia’s version, which I coincidentally drank this evening.
Brewed up, it still smells pretty delicious. Malty and sweet-fruity. Flavourwise it’s not much, since it’s still pretty hot, so I’ll wait a bit longer… Ok, the flavour unfortunately doesn’t match up to the aroma. It’s kind of malty, with some fruitiness, but also some cardboard black base flavour, which I’m not fond of. Bleh. SO much promise! I still think it’s probably Strawberry Rhubarb Black or something along those lines, but if so, the Lupicia version puts it to shame.
Frankenberry? Really? Weird. I enjoyed my sample of Frankenberry more than I enjoyed this cup, but I suppose I can see that they’re the same. Just wasn’t immediately obvious to me. Ah well, sad to have another repeat when I thought it wouldn’t be (but I knew it was inevitable).
Thanks to KittyLovesTea for a sample of this far too long ago!
Although the leaves look dark, this oolong brews up lighter than expected, and it appears that the leaves are actually kind of a dark green. I think it may have been a poor choice to sip this after Verdant’s Mi Lan Dancong Black, because this tea is lighter and greener, and I’m having difficulty tasting the nuances. There’s definitely a green-oolong-esque aftertaste, and lots of mineral notes to start off… but things get a bit murky in between. I didn’t look, but I assume ‘almond’ refers to notes in the tea as opposed to flavouring; I’m not picking it up, but again, palate contamination. I’ll leave it for a bit and try again.