2273 Tasting Notes
Ok! Second shot at this one, courtesy of Sil.
All I remembered without reading my previous tasting note was that it was bitter last time. Well… I went with a 2-min infusion, which is about half the time I infused it last time, so if it’s still bitter, I give up!! The moment of truth…. woo, no bitterness!! That said, this doesn’t taste as good as I remember, so either I should use a bit more leaf next time, or I should lengthen the infusion a touch. Anyhow, it’s definitely heavy on the cardamom, but I’m not tasting a great deal of orange or chocolate (which I did last time). Still a decent cup of tea, but not quite what I was after. We’ll see how the second infusion fares :)
Sipdown! 789. Thanks to momo for this one.
Yep, this one remains solidly on my list of “favourite 52teas”, and it’s one that I’d purchase in a heartbeat if it came back. Banana is not my fave flavour in tea, but it’s very banana-chip-esque here, which works well, plus the creaminess and the amazing toastiness. It’s like the adult version of banana cream pie. I checked my tasting notes and it looks like I must still have some left from LiberTEAS as well – I was worried that this would be my last taste of this tea, but it seems not, which is super :D
Thanks yet again to Bluebird Tea Co. for another free sample :)
So one thing that I’m very thrilled about with this tea company is that none of the three teas I’ve tried so far taste anything like a tea I’ve previously had. They taste unique, which is great (but also terrible) because that means that I’m eager to try out more of their flavours, particularly ones I dismissed as likely being “too similar to other teas I’ve had before”.
So this tea? No exception. I was expecting generic chocolate/florally rose black. Nope, not here. Yes, there’s certainly some chocolate. Dark chocolate. But it’s unlike any chocolate flavour I’ve previously had in tea… darker and more satisfying. And there’s rose, a bit of fruit (strawberry?) and a sort of creaminess…. this kind of is tasting to me like a gourmet truffle of some sort. Like… a truffle I would like more of. There’s almost an alcoholic taste here as well, like a liqueur-filled chocolate… but not too intense that it puts me off.
Uh… so this one’s really good… debating just drinking up the other sample of two I have of it that were technically supposed to be for other people… (I kid… kind of… :P)
ETA: Like Tealizzy, I didn’t see any candy hearts in my sample – but I would really prefer it that way, as I dislike their presence in tea. The rose petals make this one pretty enough!
Sipdown! 790. Thanks to Nina’s Paris for the free sample :)
I think this may have been the best-smelling tea I’ve had from Nina’s yet (yeah, I have a soft spot for caramel/vanilla)! And… the flavour is actually really good too! I’m getting both vanilla and caramel quite strongly, and with keeping the infusion time to 2 minutes, I’ve avoided any possible astringency from the base, so instead it’s just hanging out nicely behind the strong desserty notes. Yum!! I’d certainly think of purchasing this one in the future, assuming I could get it to taste the same as this cup does. Delicious!
Thanks to Sil for bringing back this random tea from China :D Also, sip down, back at 791 after adding/removing Bluebird Tea Co. teas.
The flavour is a bit of a spiced floral cherry sort… but very mild. I may have underleafed my cup though – I’m not sure if there was a full 1.5tsp of leaf in my baggie, and I didn’t check, just brewed it in ~8 oz. I kept the infusion time pretty low, though I don’t think that would have contributed to the mild flavour. Anyways, as I mentioned, it’s more of a floral cherry flavour rather than tart, which is what I prefer, so I preferred Cherry Fantasy from Tealux to this tea. The base is fairly nondescript here… nothing more to say about it!
Another free sample from Bluebird Tea Co.! Thanks!
Hmm. So this one definitely smells like toffee, and kind of tastes like it too (almost a toffee apple sort of flavour??), but I’m not getting any smoke, as I was hoping for. A little lapsang souchong would go a long way here to making this tea a bit more what it’s supposed to be! That said, it’s certainly not bad, and I actually rather like it. It doesn’t taste to me like your typical flavoured black. There is some astringency, which may be why drinking it with milk is suggested.
I do prefer the other two teas I’ve tried from Bluebird Tea Co., but I’m still pretty impressed, as none of the three teas I’ve had so far has tasted generic or overly flavoured, which is certainly good in my books!
ETA: I didn’t realize that there was supposed to be apple in here until just now, after reading the tea description. Go go tastebuds!
Thanks again to Bluebird Tea Co for this sample!
Wow… does this one EVER smell creamy!! Yum. I love creamy blends; just hoping that the rooibos isn’t too overpowering here. I couldn’t really smell any rhubarb, to be honest.
Flavourwise… I think I can actually taste rhubarb?! Like, real, cooked, hot rhubarb! Crazy – definitely the first time I’ve tasted rhubarb in tea! And there’s definitely creaminess, which is quite enjoyable. I could certainly be convinced that it’s custard/pudding. The rooibos in here isn’t overwhelming either, which is nice; it blends quite well with and probably adds to the rhubarb flavour. As is typical with rooibos, my throat is getting a touch scratchy, so I’m not sure this would be a blend I’d pick again unless it had a honeybush base, but I’ve gotta say that the flavouring is absolutely bang on. Quite impressed so far with these first two samples from Bluebird!
ETA: Second infusion was less cream, more rhubarb. Definitely quite the authentic rhubarb flavour.
Quick couple of reward notes for me. It’s all thesis-writing from now on…
Thanks to Bluebird Tea Co. for this free sample! :D
The aroma of this one reminds me of Butiki’s Raspberry Truffle. Must be something about black tea + freeze-dried raspberries? Anyways, it’s not a super fruity scent or anything, but enticing nonetheless. …oooh. So I’m drinking this warmer than I normally would just so I can write this and get back to writing other less-fun things, and… this is pretty darn tasty! It’s sweeter than Butiki’s blend, IMO, and while I can taste the raspberry, I’m also tasting an underlying flavour of what makes me think of Celestial Seasoning’s Raspberry Zinger… but very muted and rather pleasant, mixed with black tea flavours and a kind of almost chocolatey creaminess. Probably the vanilla.
Anyhow, this is pretty good! Kind of wish I had more than a sample of it, but then again… my cupboard just went up a few more teas, so probably for the best.
ETA: Second infusion in less water is reasonably tasty. Less raspberry, but still cream + black base.
Bleh. So one of the lids of my travel mugs does not smell good, and unfortunately, this tea was affected by it. I swapped lids with a different mug (that had been emptied) to try and curb the problem, but the damage was already done… what should have been a nice, malty black tea tastes like something crawled into it and died (ok, I’m exaggerating, it’s not that bad, there’s just a bit of an off-flavour… just enough to make me want to dump this out. I need to pick up denture tablets ASAP!)
Yum – I actually quite enjoy this tea! I’ll have to try it via regular cup method, but it was a treat to tote around in one of my mugs. Unfortunately it seems I didn’t get around to drinking much of it prior – only three mugs made it over to where I was watching The Final Four (or sleeping, more accurately), and this wasn’t one of them. It’s still good though! So I’m drinking it now.
(Btw, sad times, my boyfriend needed Louisiana to lose to come in tied for third in his pool, or for Syracuse to win for him to win overall… clearly neither happened. Sigh!)