1101 Tasting Notes
To get ready for our Tea Cooking Day, I had a cup of this while cleaning. Mmmmm. I accidentally oversteeped this (I have got to learn to set a timer when making tea and tidying the kitchen at the same time!), so while it was stronger than I prefer, it never went bitter.
I think I might pick up an extra 100g before it fades away.
As this was Day number #18 of our tea calendar, I asked the wife to brew it up since I have nothing but trouble with it. It was good, but still not something I’d ever seek out. It was light and fruity, I don’t think I’d call it ‘fruitcake in a mug’, though. Ah well, the wife likes it and that’s good enough for me!
Ah, how tea tastes change. Last winter, I adored this tea. Last night, I didn’t even finish my cup. The almond was far too overpowering and left a weird taste in my mouth. I want to like it, but found myself wishing it was White Tiger instead…mmmm, White Tiger…..
This isn’t one I’d reach for again, I think.
Okay, time for a more in-depth review. I fell in love with this tea yesterday. The green mate adds a touch of earthiness to the blend, which works beautifully well for the rooibos, my wife said it cuts some of the sweetness, which is a definite plus in her book. It’s the beauty of that creamy orangey Orange Blossom with the caffeine boost of mate. It’s just about perfect, in my books, and something I plan to stock up on ASAP. Maybe I’ll get a tin of straight OB, and then a tin of half OB and half mate….yum yum yum!
Made a cup of this Thursday before I figured out to add mate. I wanted a thermos of this so bad, but knew that if I only took a decaf tea with me, I’d be asleep at my desk by noon, so I settled for a liter thermos of Honeybee and a travelmug of this gem. So much love for this blend. I have to keep talking myself out of buying a tin, as we still have a 50 g bag to finish, but when that is gone, a tin will be happening, y’all. Creamy, orangey goodness? Yes please. Oooooh maybe I should ice some today…
I think I’m just not a fan of tea with almonds or walnuts in them. Boo. Almond flavoring is good, but actual almonds or walnuts throw me off. This is okay, I guess, but with both almond and green tea in the mix, it isn’t for me. Still, I’m glad to have tried it in my Advent Calendar! Not going to rate this as it wasn’t something I’d pick out for myself. It was nutty, for sure, but in a bitter way.
This is the tea I always wanted this tea to be. Short steep time, not-quite-boiling water, perfection. Nearly bitter, but not quite, I found it almost too strong and my wife found it a little weak. This is not a tea we were destined to share. But it’s so good when done properly…I might have to seek this one out more often. The creamy vanilla always wins my heart. Bumping up the rating…you’ve earned it.
In other news, my brother is now on Steepster! Finally, eh? His name is dlonie, go follow him! Make him feel welcome ;)