2088 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Yeeaaahhh! It’s been too many tea-less days for me. Still not 100%, but throat is no longer rejecting tea, and I can, at least for now, still taste. Woo!
So since this was the bottom of the bag, it seems I got ALL the little sweet bits. So holy crap, this is one SWEET cup of tea! Definitely tastes of neapolitan ice cream cake though. Strawberry and vanilla moreso than chocolate. (And no little oreo fudgy bits either. Sigh.)
Not bad, although this cup in particular could use a stronger base. Not too sad that it’s all gone now, though, even though it was nice to try!
Brewed up a cup of this on Saturday, couldn’t drink it due to my sore throat (which made me go three days pretty much without tea… the horror!), and finished it off today. I really have got to do an aged tgy comparison one of these days, because I’m having trouble keeping them straight, and I dislike when I can’t remember specifics about different teas (that in theory, should be different).
Anyhow, this was tasty. Unfortunately it was not a good choice for the sore throat. Neither was Laoshan Black, nor Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green. However, Copabanana and Mango Silly Antro were pretty good choices. Something to keep in mind! It seems my sore throat has mostly eased at this point, but for future reference…
So this one got a touch oversteeped today too. Closer to 2 min than I would have liked. However, it didn’t suffer too badly. Still rock sugary and delicious. It’s edging towards astringency/too strong, but I am only aware of it because of my poor sore throat, which is extremely sensitive to the least bit of non-smoothness. (So in other words, this tea is absolutely delicious and my throat is messed up.)
Glad this one still tastes good in spite of its age! Gotta sip these greens down more quickly next time. Still a few good cups of this one left.
Oops, apparently I double-logged this the first (and last) time I had this. Found that empty note and deleted it, and now get to write another!
So this was one of these teas I attempted in the hopes of making myself feel better…. no dice. However, it is quite enjoyable, and I have to say, it’s going down much more smoothly than the Laoshan Black. I probably should have stuck to lighter, creamy teas, in retrospect. Oops.
Anyhow, I couldn’t really remember what this tea tasted like, exactly, but now that I’ve had a few sips, it’s all coming back! I brewed this up more strongly this time, using about 2 tsp of leaf for 8 oz., and due to being distracted by my roommate, it got a nearly 3 minute infusion! Luckily, it survived just fine. The cilantro is definitely quite apparent here as a lovely fresh flavour, and the mango is fairly light, but still noticeable. The white tea base, of course, is deliciously in the background.
I definitely do quite like this tea, even though it’s not one I personally would have come up with myself (cilantro in a tea?!) I can’t wait to try my portion of Pineapple Cilantro Cream next weekend!
:‘( I had a nap this afternoon, and woke up feeling terrible. Headache, sore throat, weird lump in my throat when I swallow, runny nose, unhappy stomach… I hope I’m not getting sick, but all signs point that way.
Anyhow, I thought I’d brew up some tea to see if it would make me feel better… unfortunately not. It’s all tasting great, but I absolutely hate how it feels when I have a sore throat and swallow, so I’ve pretty much wasted 4 good cups of tea (well, I’m trying to drink them, but the tastiness is strongly overwhelmed by the unpleasantness of swallowing).
Either way, I’ve missed this one. Haven’t had it in a while. Malty, chocolatey, just overall yummy. A hint of fruitiness as well. I wish I was enjoying it a bit more though (it would be awfully inappropriate of me to swish it around in my mouth then spit it out, wouldn’t it…) Sigh.
Thanks to momo for this one (yes, I have a trend going, haha).
This is another tea where I was curious enough to want to try it, but suspected I wouldn’t enjoy it, so really didn’t want an entire bag. Good decision. I’m not often a fan of citrus in teas, except when there is also creaminess, and I don’t like either green mate OR guayusa… right, why did I want to try this again??
Anyways, it brews up darker than one might expect from a herbal. I think age may have gotten to this one though – the citrus is FAR less of a punch than I was expecting. It’s actually quite decent, in that respect. No cleaner-y overtones or anything. But then… the base. Bleegh. I just don’t like the flavour of either of the base teas (tisanes).
Overall though, it’s really not too bad. Much more drinkable than some lemon blends I’ve tried. However…. still not a fan.
Thanks regardless, momo!
Sipdown! Although I cheated and sent the last of this to Boxermama so am only drinking a half cup.
I didn’t like this the first time I tried it, and sadly, I still don’t. Green mate, blech. And I’m not keen on the citrus here, even though I adore actual citrus fruit, and limes in particular.
Yeah, sadly, I really do not like this one. Glad the rest went to a willing home.
Sipdown! I brewed up a very thick cup of this today, and am enjoying it… but I don’t know. It’s just not quite working for me. It’s very nutty pina-banana-y. It’s definitely better with a higher fruit:water ratio as I used here (2 tsp or so for 6 oz??)
I think I’ll bump the rating a touch, as this is reasonably good cold, and I tea I would actually drink again… except I still have a ton of Luscious Watermelon and… shifty that other heavy fruit blend from the summer… Memory fading, apparently.
Anyhow, thanks again to kittylovestea for passing along a generous sample of this one!
This one had been sitting in my box of Della Terra teas for quite a while… figured I should get around to trying it.
Wow… does it ever have some bite! The initial flavour is smooth and a bit chocolatey, which morphs into raisiny tones (love!) but then the chili gets ya! Unfortunately, I’m tasting a bit of “red pepper” flavour with the chill, and I hatehatehate red pepper. Gotta admit though, that this does taste like a chill chocolate truffle. Just not one that I necessarily would enjoy.
I’ll have to give this a shot sweetened and with milk, as that should tone down the heat and perhaps improve the flavour for picky me :)
Keep in mind that the rating here is biased, and that I think this is a pretty good tea. Just not a tea for me, perhaps.
Sipdown! Thanks to kittylovestea for this sample!
Initially when I was brewing up this tea, I thought it smelled almost exactly like Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, minus, obviously, the pumpkin. However, the flavour isn’t quite the same. For starters, I think I’m tasting cheesecake, as a tangy creaminess, which I usually can’t pick out in 52teas blends. The caramel isn’t super strong, but it’s present, and fairly tasty. I steeped this one very conservatively, as I only had enough for one cup and didn’t want to ruin it, so it’s perfectly smooth as well, yet I can definitely still taste the black base.
Overall, a pretty tasty tea! Wouldn’t have minded having a packet of this one, although it’s perfectly ok that I don’t, as I have way too much tea already, haha. I think I also liked the pumpkin version a bit better, just for the greater amount of flavouring.