3034 Tasting Notes
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.
Nuts! This tea has definitely lost flavour since it was first opened. Or it’s been a bit contaminated. Either way, it tastes kind of like LB lite right now, which is tasty enough, but not what I remember (I don’t know if I have a previous note on this.. hmmm.) Oh well.
ETA: Uh, looking at the other reviews (of which I OF COURSE don’t have one, which I’m sure is my lack of tealogging), it seems like it is actually supposed to taste chocolatey, like LB. So maybe it’s neither lost flavour nor contaminated, and I’m just confused :) Quite possible. I do wish I tasted more roastiness/oolong in here though, because it really does taste like LB.
And I guess I’m the second to review this one :) I can understand why it wouldn’t necessarily be someone’s first choice when ordering from Verdant (LB! LBCG! Oolong! Etc.) but given their immense success with genmaichas, I figured it could be an interesting twist on regular EG! Besides, I’m not a bergamot-hater.
The bergamot aroma from the packet is quite powerful, but you can pick out some creaminess as well (which is nice) – once steeped, the bergamot is a bit softer, and the base tea peeks out with some lovely soft chocolatey aromas. And the flavour! Definitely worth trying. Chocolatey, a strong punch of bergamot (yet it’s not overpowering), and a smooth finish to the sip. This is really quite good. It’s certainly not going to replace an EG cream for me (it’s softened by cream, but it’s not a main flavour), and the black tea probably isn’t punchy enough for those who like a strong morning EG, but it’s a really unique twist on it, and I can certainly see myself drinking it again. I suppose it’s kind of a chocolate EG, actually… I wonder if Verdant considered trying to make a Chocolate EG? That could actually be really delicious… Maybe I’ll add some cacao shells to my next infusion, if I remember.
Sipdown! 982. (Fixed another couple discrepancies. Sigh.)
Anyways, I couldn’t at all remember what I previously thought of this tea, but given the ingredients, it’s probably a big huge “yuck”. Which is about accurate for how I felt when I drank this last night, too. Mostly, the tea tastes like rose followed by the growing sweetness of fennel. It’s old, so it’s possible some of the other flavours weren’t as apparent as they once were, but I don’t think it would change my feelings on this. One positive thing though – I drank this while sore-throated last night, and although I hate lingering sweetness as a general rule, it actually felt pretty good on my throat. So I might grab another herbal licoricey tea to drink tonight. Maybe Bollywood Chai, or another thing I’ve never tried.
Yeah, for some reason, the hibiscus in here works perfectly for me. YES, it’s quite apparent, in all its dark purple, sour glory, but it fits perfectly in with the fall/wintry spices, and literally tastes like a cup of mulled orange cider to me. I will admit that it was a touch on the sour side last night (more hobby in the cup, I’m guessing), but I bet a bit of sweetener would have smoothed it right out. Tiny bit of regret at not picking up 25g of this, if only for its nostalgic flavour, but to be honest, I probably would drink it all that often anyhow. Still have one cup left for later. Maybe I’ll save it for Christmas. Oh man oh man I can’t wait for Christmas!
I think I should have looked at my past invoices before ordering this time… I only got 4 oz., which is the same amount as previously, when I intended to order more. Oops. Anyways, broke out the new bag of this tonight because it’s what I wanted, and I wanted to make sure it was as good as previously. And oh yes, it most definitely is. Toasty, roasty, chocolatey amazingness. I don’t think I ever need hot chocolate again, if I can just have this (I said need. Not want. Haha.) So complex and delicious. There’s a serving or so left in my old bag – that will be an easy sipdown in the next few days.
Soooooo, I am le sick. A little feverish last night, and my favouritest sick-symptom of all – a wonderful sore throat ALL day. And an unusual bonus symptom – feeling nauseated all day too (I suspect it’s the post-nasal drip causing the sore throat, and resulting in tummy ick, but this isn’t typical for me).
Anyhow, I brewed this up last night before I was feeling sick, and am only writing the note now because I very literally slept ALL day. Like, 14-15 hours of combined sleep. (The sore throat has improved, but now I’m sniffly.) I wanted to compare it to Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, because I didn’t have a good idea about the differences between the two. Turns out, I think I like this one better, and it’s probably because of the base tea – it’s lighter, and the spices are more apparent, along with a delicious creaminess. I think I also tasted the pumpkin a bit more too, which would make sense given that there’s apparently a whole lot more in here! I’m glad I did pick up one final ounce of each of these though, just because they’re nice to have around (like Pistachio Ice Cream).
I guess the lotus stamens or whatever used to be in this tea are no longer, because my baggie doesn’t appear to contain any at all :( Oh well. The tea probably still tastes the same, and it’s nice – spiced and fall-flavoured, though fairly light on flavour overall. It’s nice enough though, and with a 2-minute infusion, the base is kept pretty smooth.
I see I have a note that recommends I add maple syrup for even better flavour… sadly, I just had to dump mine, because it went moldy, probably because the container wasn’t sterilized properly when it was poured in. The hazards of buying syrup from random roadside vendors, I guess. My boyfriend had to dump over a litre of his too, for the same reason. (I had maybe 300mL left). Sigh.