178 Tasting Notes
I’m having a very blueberry morning today; oatmeal sweetened with TSTE Blueberry sugar and a hot cup of Blueberry Black (also sweetened with said sugar). Delicious. And the smell… I could huff my pouch of this tea all day long. It’s better than a scented candle.
See previous tasting note for details.
Exactly what flavor do Calundula petals impart on tea? They’re in a ton of the flavoreds that I have – Weeping Angel, Rhubard + Custard, Carrot Cupcake, this one, and on and on – but what do they do? Do they add any flavor or just look pretty? It’s a great mystery to me.
Anyways, I’m sampling this one thanks to QueenofTarts. The steeped smell is that of honeyed vanilla. It actually reminds me more of honeybush than rooibos – sort of a sweet, woody scent.
I took a sip of it plain at around 5 minutes, but it didn’t taste much. So I added some brown rock sugar and let it steep for another minute or so. The taste is still mild, but it’s better. Again it’s reminding me of honeybush. The taste is honeyed, with kind of a vaguely syrupy quality. I’m finding that the vanilla is noticeable more in the aftertaste than in the sip itself.
So, when I found out that River will be returning for next week’s finale episode, I did a little happy dance! And then I promptly brewed a cup of this tea to celebrate. :-)
See previous tasting notes.
This is one of those rare teas where I have to add extras to really enjoy it. With milk and a couple brown sugar crystals, it’s pretty delicious. Without additions, it’s just pretty ok.
That said, it makes a darn fine dessert tea when it’s all dressed-up!
I’m not the biggest Adagio fan… but I really like this tea. Especially in the morning, when I can trick myself into thinking that I’m having some sort of fancy/yuppie coffee drink. Like a caramel-chino-macchiato whatever. (Not gonna lie; I don’t really know what those words mean.)
So… yeah, this tea is good. Very caramelly and sweet enough not to need any additions to make it taste that way.
This one smells great. Reminds of when I used to buy ridiculously overpriced flavored coffee from the local donut shop :-)
It tastes surprisingly mild, though. Not really a bad thing, but I was expecting a bolder flavor based on the smell. Hazelnut is predominant flavor – I don’t find the vanilla unless I’m really concentrating on the sip and trying to pick it out. Not sure I would have gotten it at all had I not read the description before sipping.
It’s good if you’re looking for a mildly nutty cuppa.
I wanted something really creamy so I added a little cream to my cup. Amazing!
I mean, it’s good plain, too, but now I can now see the custard connection. Creamy, rhubarb deliciousness.
Finally, a tea that gets a sweet-tart flavor right, and doesn’t just dump a pound of hibiscus in the mix and call it a day. Seriously, hibiscus is NOT a suitable fruit substitute! Thank you, Bluebird, for getting that.
Got a sample of this from a swap with QueenofTarts. Thanks!
These leaves are interesting; skinny little guys, aren’t they? Not getting much of a chocolate smell, but that could be due in part to fact that I’m still getting over a yucky sinus thing and can’t smell much of anything.
In terms of taste, I actually found the flavoring to be very subtle. A malty black tea with a hint of chocolate notes, rather than “WHAM! Chocolate!”. (Although, again, still getting over a sinus thing, so that may have played into it a bit.)
I enjoyed it (2 steeps – one sweetened, one not) and will happily finish off the sample, but it’s not likely to be a purchase for me.
Thanks to QueenOfTarts for this one! Apple pie is a favorite of mine. (Okay, okay, all pies are a favorite of mine.) So I was looking forward to trying this one.
The dry leaf smelled very strongly of apple pie filling; like apples, cinnamon, & other spices (nutmeg, maybe?). Steeped, it’s a little more of a sour apple scent, but I can still get “hot apple pie” from it.
Taste during the sip is a light green tea with spices. After the sip, I’m picking up more of a real “apple pie” taste – well, specifically the filling for an apple pie. Reminds me of the version my Grandmother would make. Quite yummy.
Not getting any crust-like flavors, but still a pretty good approximation of homemade apple pie!