2661 Tasting Notes
I didn’t get as much orange this time as I did previously, but it was still an enjoyable tea with a nice chocolate flavour. However, Two Friends blows every other chocolate/orange tea I’ve ever had completely out of the water, so this is not a re-stock.
Yeah… I don’t think flavoured pu’erhs are really for me (generally), because I nearly always get a bit of fishiness which clashes badly with the flavourings. IIRC Cinnamon Swirl Bread was an exception, and there are probably others that I’m not thinking of right now, but I would prefer to have a similarly flavoured black tea over the pu’erh version. There’s nice fruity strawberry/fruity flavours, but a hint of fishiness, which is just too much.
A perfectly good strawberry/chocolate black, although IMO it could use more strawberry. Decent base though (no astringency), and it doesn’t taste overly fakey. I’d drink it again, but it’s not unique enough to keep stocked.
Strange… I don’t have this logged previously. I think I had it in a travel mug, so must have just forgotten. Whoops!
I didn’t have a big piece of star anise in the cup this time, which greatly improved the flavour, IMO. I taste ginger and a candy sort of raspberry… it’s actually fairly pleasant! I don’t think I’d feel the need to get any more of this, but without icky licoricey flavours, I’m quite happy with it.
Yuck. Not. A. Fan. I’m getting serious medicinal rooibos flavour here, along with perfumey fruitiness. The rooibos is actually making me gag a bit. Yuck yuck yuck. Not for me. Not at all.
ETA: Calling this a sipdown. 816. Because Indigobloom still gets a go at it, and I don’t want any more. YUCK.
I previously compared this tea to DavidsTea’s Glitter and Gold… and yup. Bang on, IMO. It’s good; I certainly like it better than I remember liking Cinnamon Crackle, and without an epic oversteep, it isn’t overly sweet, which is good. I probably wouldn’t bother stocking both G&G and Fireside Spice in my cupboard simultaneously due to the similarities; I’m not sure if one is better than the other, but DavidsTea is certainly much more accessible for me, so that would be my pick, for convenience alone.
Sipdown! 819. The rest is off to Janelle. (Also, I got to remove Cinnamon Crackle from my cupboard as well – yay!)
Anyhow, I just brewed up a half-cup of this today, and I think I underleafed (or understeeped), as the flavour’s a bit light. It does taste like pear, but there’s just an air of perfuminess that’s a bit too much for me to handle, and I seem to recall it being even worse when the tea was fresher. Probably a great tea for those who enjoy pear as well as floral teas.