2109 Tasting Notes
I didn’t have a big piece of star anise in the cup this time, which greatly improved the flavour, IMO. I taste ginger and a candy sort of raspberry… it’s actually fairly pleasant! I don’t think I’d feel the need to get any more of this, but without icky licoricey flavours, I’m quite happy with it.
Yuck. Not. A. Fan. I’m getting serious medicinal rooibos flavour here, along with perfumey fruitiness. The rooibos is actually making me gag a bit. Yuck yuck yuck. Not for me. Not at all.
ETA: Calling this a sipdown. 816. Because Indigobloom still gets a go at it, and I don’t want any more. YUCK.
Yep, still a resounding “meh” from me regarding this one. It’s fruity (pineapple is dominant), and this time there isn’t any astringency, but it’s just nothing special at all.
I previously compared this tea to DavidsTea’s Glitter and Gold… and yup. Bang on, IMO. It’s good; I certainly like it better than I remember liking Cinnamon Crackle, and without an epic oversteep, it isn’t overly sweet, which is good. I probably wouldn’t bother stocking both G&G and Fireside Spice in my cupboard simultaneously due to the similarities; I’m not sure if one is better than the other, but DavidsTea is certainly much more accessible for me, so that would be my pick, for convenience alone.
Sipdown! 819. The rest is off to Janelle. (Also, I got to remove Cinnamon Crackle from my cupboard as well – yay!)
Anyhow, I just brewed up a half-cup of this today, and I think I underleafed (or understeeped), as the flavour’s a bit light. It does taste like pear, but there’s just an air of perfuminess that’s a bit too much for me to handle, and I seem to recall it being even worse when the tea was fresher. Probably a great tea for those who enjoy pear as well as floral teas.
I certainly get more of a caramelly flavour from this tea than I do chocolate… which is completely fine with me! I enjoyed a steaming hot cup of it last night while playing a card game out on the deck of my new place… it was pretty awesome.
Thanks to momo for this one. I don’t mind this one, but really am not getting anything other than “flavoured black” from it… which could be an age issue. It’s a tea I would like to try again, just because of all the glowing reviews, which mine is not. Ah well!
I can’t taste any particular flavours in here that jump out as not being part of the flavour profile of yabao itself – I probably should have compared the blend directly to the straight tea to figure that out. Although I do find the flavour of yabao itself to be intriguing, and at least once, I’m pretty sure I was craving it, it’s not terribly high on my list of desirable teas, so I’m not too sad to bid farewell to this blend.
Fairly meh on this one. There’s certainly the right pear aroma present, but not enough of it in the flavour.
Such a perfect caffeine-free chocolate mint tea. No weird rooibos flavour, just pure chocolate and mint. Considering the main ingredient here is peppermint, and I loathe peppermint tea, I’m really quite surprised that I enjoy this one as much as I do, but I guess the chocolate masks any unpleasantness. Tasty bedtime treat.