2195 Tasting Notes
I decided that one of my travel mugs, which has a bit of a funky smell to it anyways (not sure why, need to pick up some denture tablets or something, perhaps), is now going to be for strongly-flavoured teas. Minty ones, chais, and smoky teas that I previously wouldn’t let myself contaminate a mug with. So, I got to take this along to the boyfriend’s mom’s place yesterday, and drink it instead of a beer. Excellent :D
Yep, this one’s now officially in my travel mug pile, as it works quite well there. I’m trying to finish off a bunch of my straight blacks before ordering more of favourites, because otherwise I won’t ever drink these not-quite-as-good teas! Can’t recall how this one was, other than that I enjoyed it :)
Sipdown! For me, anyhow. Sil gets the rest of this packet :)
I’m getting a bit of cherry today, along with the chocolate, but I definitely feel like rose is more prominent here than cherry, which makes this less than a favourite for me. I prefer caramelly, marshmallowy chocolatey teas like Love In A Cup (although had this tasted more like actual chocolatey cherries, I probably would have really enjoyed it!)
I’m getting rambly, obviously time for sleep!
Yeeaaaah, awesome how the ingredient list somehow misses star anise… considering there were two huge stars right at the top of the packet…
Anyhow, this tea is light and fruity, less raspberry than I would expect, but I can taste the ginger and anise (which thankfully is light enough that it’s not grossing me out like licorice does). I could see that this might be tasty iced, but I’m not a huge fan. (I also may have understeeped it.)
Picked up a packet of this tea to split with Indigobloom and Sil, as it sounded interesting.
And interesting it is! First off, it looks like a CTC tea. No long, thin, wiry leaves here; the leaves aren’t even as intact as they are in crappy flavoured loose blacks. Nope, it’s practically powder. Naturally, that made me super wary of bitterness/astringency. A sniff of the tea, which smells fairly mild, made me brave enough to actually use nearly 1.5 tsp for my ~8 oz. mug, which I wouldn’t have done for a CTC (but at the same time, I didn’t want it to be too weak!)
The second interesting thing – while this tea was brewing up, I sniffed at the brewing basket, and it smelled exactly like squash! Like my cup was filled with cooked squash. I’m not entirely sure which type of squash, but not a particularly sweet one. Just kind of… nutty. So squashy, though – it was strange!
Third, the flavour. Of course, a tea that smells so strongly of squash… yes, also tastes of squash. And it actually quite a bit milder than I would have expected. It’s fairly smooth, and the squashy flavour ends with a black tea sweetness which is quite nice. Not being a huge black tea fan (nor always a huge squash fan), I’m rather glad that this is a sneaky sort of sipdown for me (in that the packet of tea only has enough for about 4 cups, and I’ve had my one!) Super interesting to have tried, though!
Thanks to Nina’s Tea for a sample of this tea!
Brewed up, this smells insanely fruity. It’s like…. sour wildberry gummy candies? Like, the little 5 cent berries you can buy at convenience stores. The flavour is equally fruity; the predominant flavour I’m tasting is probably raspberry. There is supposed to be cream in here; I suppose it’s contributing to the smoothness of the tea, but it’s not really obvious otherwise.
For some strange reason, I’m typically not fond of wildberry-flavoured things (I’m really not sure why), so this tea isn’t my favourite, but for anyone looking for a very, VERY fruity, tasty flavoured black, I’d definitely point you towards this one! Keeping my prejudice out of the way, it’s a really fantastic tea!
Thanks for passing along your sample of this one, Sil! Another not-quite-sipdown though, grumble. I thought there was less left. I’ll have to dig out two guaranteed sipdowns to meet today’s quota.
Yep, this tastes like 52teas’ Malted ChocoMate, but sweeter, more chocolatey, and less malty. There’s a bit of bitterness which perhaps came from my long infusion; don’t usually get bitterness with mate though. I was wondering if it was because there was coffee in here, but it appears that there is no coffee, just flavouring, perhaps, that’s turning things a touch bitter.
Although this is drinkable straight, I think it would be better as a latte, as suggested on the packet. Perhaps that’s how I’ll use the last of it up! Thanks Sil!