2088 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! And thanks to Indigobloom for letting me try a sample of this tea, also before it’s in her hands next weekend :D You guys are awesome.
Anyhow! I really had no idea how this tea would taste, but was curious enough to wrangle a sample (obviously). The aroma was similar to DavidsTea’s Mom’s Apple Pie, in my opinion, with some chocolate. And that seems to be about what the flavour is too. I brewed this as a green to prevent bitterness, which seems to have been effective – it’s nice and astringency-free, just chocolatey-apple goodness. That said… definitely not my favourite flavour combination. Although I love homemade apple pie, I’m not super fond of apple pie-flavoured teas… and adding chocolate doesn’t make it a great deal more appealing to me. I’m glad I don’t have to drink any more of this, not that it’s a bad tea, just that it’s not a favourite flavour combo. I think it’s well-enough done that people will find it enjoyable though!
Sipdown! Thanks to Sil for letting me thief a sample of this before I pass it along to her next weekend!
The aroma is basically of a fruity chai. Definitely fruity, but hard to place the fruit. However, mango is much more identifiable on the sip. It’s also a touch floral, probably from the fruit flavouring. I probably could have infused this one a bit longer if I was adding milk, etc. but I wanted to be able to drink it without, and I’ve succeeded in that (even though there’s an odd burn going down, I’m pretty sure that that’s something going on with me and a lack of food, not the tea itself). The dominant spice in here is probably cardamom, but none of them are terribly overwhelming, which is nice.
Overall, a pretty tasty example of a fruity chai! I think I still prefer my coconut chai and mayan chocolate chai (smoky chai) over fruity chais though, as I love creaminess and smokiness.
Thanks again Sil!
ETA: Did not care for the re-steep of this one. Something in the spicing didn’t taste right when I had it earlier; like it was too heavy on a flavour I didn’t enjoy (not cardamom, bc that’s one spice I really do enjoy in chais).
Another thanks to momo for letting me try a tea on my curiousity list :)
I am typically not overly keen on flavoured greens, and while this certainly isn’t bad, it’s toeing the line of that category. The flavour is a bit reminiscent of 52teas’ Virgin Fuzzy Navel, and I can taste grapefruit, but the cranberry that’s supposedly in here is completely hidden. The one thing that does keep this blend from being “just another bleh green tea blend” is that I can taste the sencha, with its lovely “green tea”, caramelly aftertaste, that I’m really enjoying.
So, overall, not a favourite, but not bad either (aka, glad to have tried it, but equally glad not to be stuck with a full pouch!)
Well… I managed one sipdown tonight, at least! Although since I drank a whopping half cup of cold tea yesterday, I really needed to have made more progress than this today…
Anyways, this is a sample from momo that I found in my huge box from her last night, and decided to finish off!
I’m not sure if I got a big white chocolate chip the last time I had this, but I certainly did this time! The result is an extra-creamy cup, I think. Not that I really remember what this tasted like 7 months ago, to be honest. Either way, this is tolerably minty and creamy, on the nice honeybush base that I so enjoy (compared to rooibos). I’m getting a bit of a tang of some sort (is this supposed to be a cheesecake blend?) that makes this more than simply mint + creaminess, and makes the cup a bit more interesting.
Overall, this is pretty tasty. I imagine a re-blend of it would sell quickly, haha.
ETA: As with most of Frank’s HB blends, this one has one good re-steep :)
Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this interesting-sounding tea!
Yeah, so I probably shouldn’t be drinking this one at night. At least I kept myself from brewing up a couple mates that I have sitting in my “Drink Me!” pile! I was just so determined to try this one, though, that I didn’t care.
Anyhow, this one tastes much like a genmaicha, but I am definitely noticing the soybean. it’s coming in as a familiar flavour, that of roasted soybeans I’ve had as a snack. It adds a bit of additional… thickness/weight to the tea, which would otherwise be fairly light and toasty. It’s also adding a bit of a weird bitter flavour that I can’t say I’m terribly keen on. I can’t really taste the matcha in here (I don’t imagine it’s a terribly strong flavour, as there wouldn’t have been too much of it).
Although this is definitely an interesting tea that I am glad to have tried, I have to say that I prefer standard genmaichas (or genmaimatchas). The soybeans are adding a strange flavour that I just don’t particularly like, although the flavour difference would probably be unnoticeable if this was consumed with a meal (so perhaps I will try that?)
ETA: Bleh, yeah, the soybeans are definitely causing an off-flavour that I don’t care for. Perhaps I’ll try the rest of the tea I have without the soybeans, to make sure that’s the problem. I’m pretty sure it is though; it’s not necessarily an objectionable flavour, but one I don’t really care for.
Ummm…. this is absolutely delicious! Thanks for passing some of this along as well, momo!
The tea in my baggie looks like a dark rolled oolong, even though the picture shown here definitely looks like a green oolong. Hrrrrrm.
Anyways, this tea smells like candy. Like really delicious, sweet, fruity, yummy candy. And that is exactly how the flavour is too – all candy-sweet and delicious atop a lovely creamy oolong base (so this is probably a green oolong that’s perhaps a bit old? Idk.) You know, this actually kind of tastes like cotton candy, in a way. I think I’d be hard-pressed to say that this is raspberry… it’s certainly a sweetened raspberry, if it is, because raspberries are usually more tart. It does have raspberry-ish tones to its fruit flavour, though, especially lingering in the aftertaste.
Regardless of accuracy, I’m really enjoying this tea! I haven’t had as many tasty flavoured oolongs as I would like, and this one is certainly filling a gap in there. I don’t think this is the first tea that I’ve really enjoyed from ZenTea; may have to look into trying more teas from there/making an order at some point! Thanks again momo!
ETA: Oooh, picking up some bitterness in the re-infusion, although it’s still tasty. Less candy-like, as other reviewers have mentioned. As with many teas, this one would be best with infusions done a bit closer together than 12+ hours, IMO. The leaves still had some aroma after this infusion, so we shall see if I end up re-steeping them again (possibly not; I have at least 6 other teas waiting their turn for an infuser downstairs, and I think 2 western-style infusions for most teas is pretty good!)
ETA again: I think I lied. Pretty sure the above re-steep was actually Leslie Grove Strawberry Patch. Drinking the proper infusion now, and I pretty much have the same opinion, except there is no astringency :) Also, it tastes more like raspberry.
Thanks to momo for this tea! it’s your box of samples I’m trying to make progress on at the moment – poked through the box last night and discovered like 15 teas I hadn’t tried! Most of them ones that I had specifically requested, too!
I don’t recall what the dry tea smelled like, but brewed up, there’s a definite and distinct cola aroma. Not coke or pepsi, just generic cola. Doesn’t smell too bad; I think I’m still a bit scarred from DavidsTea’s Cherry Cola, which is why I’m feeling apprehensive about trying this one.
However, I’m glad I did! This is actually really tasty! It’s by far the most authentically cola-flavoured tea I’ve had (ok, maybe that’s not exactly a category in which I’ve tried any/many other teas, but the flavour is very believable in this blend). I can’t say that I’m really getting the cherry.. it actually almost tastes a little more like Vanilla Coke to me. That said, I’m not a pop person at all, and it’s entirely possibly that I haven’t even ever tried Cherry Coke (I think I might have once, back in grade school, actually). It’s not even that I don’t like the flavour of pop though, I just dislike carbonation for whatever reason. So I’m the type that likes flat pop, yep! (And another reason I hate beer… not only is the taste bad, but it’s carbonated!)
Anyhow, I’m really enjoying this tea! I kept the infusion time quite low in case the base felt like getting bitter on me, and it worked like a charm. Zero bitter. Perhaps I should drop all 52teas blacks to 2:15 from 2:30.
So yes. Thanks to momo again for letting me try this, and a bazillion other teas which I’ve sucked at getting around to trying!
Thanks so much to Raritea (and Indigobloom?) for grabbing a gift box of this tea for me!
I’m pretty sure that I’ve had roasted cacao shells in tea before, but I haven’t ever had an infusion of JUST roasted cacao shells. I had no idea how this was going to taste (but I had high hopes!)
Anyways, so I was brewing up a bunch of teas, and noticed this intense, delicious chocolate smell wafting over. Like an amazing dark hot chocolate. Sometimes this happens in my kitchen (random smells), so I didn’t think a great deal of it until I went over and noticed that the smell was emanating from this cup! (You’d think I might have figured this out sooner, given what I was infusing!) So yes, cue SUPEREXCITEMENT to try this tea!
So as soon as it was cool enough, I took a sip… and HOLYCRAP! This is so incredibly good! Looking for an authentic chocolate flavour in tea? Well, here ya go! This tastes like unsweetened dark hot chocolate. But it’s not bitter, it still has a sweet edge, making it super drinkable. Seriously, this stuff is amazing! I’d drink this over hot chocolate any day, because it has got to have far fewer calories (I’d assume zero, but it’s way too delicious to be zero… but that would be so awesome…)
I am going to have the boy try some of this sometime this weekend, as he loves hot chocolate. I expect he won’t really like it, because it won’t be sweet/creamy enough, but I still am going to have him try it, haha. I really need to get some more of this delicious stuff…
ETA: Second infusion still has enough flavour to be enjoyable. I still can’t get over this tea (ok, tisane). It’s literally like drinking liquid chocolate. Liquid cocoa powder, I guess, but without any of the nasty powderiness (that said, I wonder if an infusion of cocoa powder would have essentially the same flavour? Would have to infuse it in a VERY fine filter though, to prevent sediment.
Yum. This one’s getting bedside-table-chilling treatment, as I’m tired and it’s time to sleep. Although I still enjoy this one, it’s one of the mistakes I made where I purchased 100g because oh my goodness, I needed to have it forever and ever. Now, I’m realizing that for the most part, I would much rather try new teas every day than stock up (although there are a few exceptions to this). Unfortunately, even though I’m about a cup away from a sipdown of this bag, I have another entire 50g bag in my office that is still sealed :(
Hmm. I don’t think I’ve had this tea in ages. I was expecting not to like it (given my rating of less than 50), but I’m actually not finding it to be that bad. It’s kind of florally like Forbidden Fruit, and again, the fig is not super prominent (even though I know a large chunk made it into the infuser). There’s a bit of spicing that I can’t particularly place (I think it’s suppose to be cinnamon-orange, but I’m not picking those up specifically). Overall, it’s really not too bad. I could probably stick this in a travel mug and be reasonably happy with it. I probably have enough left for another cup or two of this one, as well. Sigh.