2221 Tasting Notes
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.
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.