178 Tasting Notes
I think this one’s growing on me. It’s a gross, drizzly day out, and I found myself reaching for this when I got into the office. Something about the hazelnut just screams “WARMTH!” to me. And I especially like in the early mornings. (Probably b/c it reminds of hazelnut coffee – it’s a smell association thing.)
This is one of the rare teas that I add cream to on the regular. I think it tastes much better with just a splash of half & half.
It’s a fun spin on a masala chai, and the candied fennel seeds are delicious if you pick ’em out for a little snack (if you feel so inclined.) Ultimately though, this is just a middle of road cuppa.
Had this iced yesterday, and it was delightful! A nice solid black base with a little tartness from the raspberries. (Any creaminess or vanilla-type flavors were totally muted when iced though.) A perfect iced black option for summer!
Sipdown! That’s really all I have to say, haha.
That and… I tried half of my cup iced. I may have made it a little weak, but it was still pleasant. Though for some reason, it seems to have made the bitterness come out a bit more.
Thank you to Queen of Tarts for swapping this one.
I like rooibos, I like coconut, and I like Butiki. So what’s not to like? It’s delicious!
Cold-brewed all 25g of this in my new Takeya ice tea pitcher. (Hooray for new toys!)
It’s the perfect summer iced tea. Cool and refreshing. Mint is the prominent flavor, with a little bit of creaminess (I assume from the coconut), and – faintly in the background – a bit of juicy fruitiness.
The rooibos and fruit serve to make it plenty sweet on its own. No extra sugar or sweetener needed.
Thank you to Adagio Breeze for the chance to try this one!
Unfortunately, I can’t find the online listing for this infusion anymore (no longer of the F&M site), so I’m kind of winging it here in trying to figure out what’s in it. Surprisingly, the coriander seems to be a minor component. There’s lots of “stuff” in this mix that I can’t ID — something that looks like cinnamon maybe? I’ll try to remember to take a close-up photo after work.
Steeped, the smell is pretty mild. Mostly just…generically sweet smelling. Color of the liquor is dark red, like a glass of Cabernet. It tastes sweet. Really sweet – and, sadly, artificially so. Not tasting anything that I can pick out as the clean, citrusy taste of coriander seeds, but I wonder if it’s just because my taste buds are too overwhelmed by sweetness to detect other notes.
As it cools, I’m tasting something tart that tastes suspiciously like hibiscus. Blech.
Decided to use the steeping parameters recommended by DavidsTea for their coriander tisane, and went with a long steep at 208 F.
ETA: Dug through the dry infusion, and I’m now 98.6% sure there’s hibiscus in there. Or else something that both tastes and looks an awful lot like it!
I made this cup somewhat carelessly, with a hotter temp water than I should have, and the result was… not good. I’ll try again another day, but for now my impression is just a bitter green :/
Gah! Okay, so things have been crazy lately and I’ve been away from Steepster for a week. I’ve been mostly sipping on teas that I’ve already logged, but I cold-brewed this one for the first time, so I think it warrants a tasting note.
It was delicious! Very lemon and vanilla. Even cold brewed, it turned out a little creamy. Will be making a pitcher again soon.
First smell (dry) was awesomely chocolatey. On a second sniff, I noticed something a little smokey. Glance at package “Ah, it’s Keemun.”
Did a 2 1/2 min steep in boiling water. Color is red-brown, smell seems more leathery than chocolatey now. Tastes complex, lots of layered flavors. Malty chocolate with a kind of leathery, scotch-like background.
I dig it, but it’s probably not going to be a repurchase for me.