858 Tasting Notes
Sipdown of this delicious sample from the Monstrositea March box! I aaaaaaalmost added a touch of Tea Leaves’ Black Almond Vanilla to my last steep of Truly Scrumptious but I chickened out at the last minute in case it didn’t work and I ruined the last of this treat.
The scent of this tea is out of this world. I love it. Bit of huffing from me… tastes so lovely and sweet too. Do recommend.
Upping my rating of this sample from a swap with Scheherazade (I think I’ve finally got the spelling of that down without having to check, too) for a couple of reasons:
1. The second steep of the first brew went pretty well earlier today, but slightly more importantly-
2. Steeped in a mug at home for dessert tonight and for some reason it felt like the blend tasted a lot better. Do I have to come to terms with the fact that the timolino isn’t the best choice for some infusions? I feel like Elderflower Champagne should be drunk from bone china, that’s how much I enjoyed it tonight! Despite not even drinking it from bone china. Ha! Perhaps my second steep of the second sample brew shall have to be done that way…
This reminds me a bit of Scullery Made’s Alabaster, but it’s got more zesty citrus notes compared to Alabaster’s savoury herbal notes. I don’t notice the oolong much, to be honest, but as oolongs are great with re-steeps I’m going back in for a second round with these leaves to see what washes out.
Flavors: Lemon Zest
I am a fiend for comparisons when they’re presented to me, and having samples of both this blend and Bluebird Tea Co’s Love Potion in the house was too good to pass up an evening of fierce competition. I’ve been waiting for ages for the right moment; tonight seemed perfect, a reward after a killer home-cooked steak and scotch main course.
I can’t help it, Love Tea #7’s got me. I gave the Bluebird blend a decent shot at it but its lovely floral notes couldn’t defeat the siren song of chocolate and berries that dominate in #7.
There’s also the fact that I can drink this tea any way (straight, sweetened, milky, or sweetened and milky) and be taken with it every time.
I am a fiend for comparisons when they’re presented to me, and having samples of both this blend and DAVIDsTEA’s Love Tea #7 in the house was too good to pass up an evening of fierce competition. I’ve been waiting for ages for the right moment; tonight seemed perfect, a reward after a killer home-cooked steak and scotch main course.
Sometimes I don’t like awarding the victory to the big guy but in this case I can’t help it, Love Tea #7’s got me. Despite very similar ingredients, I don’t find enough OOMPH in Bluebird’s lovely take. It’s very clear to me when tasting them side by side that this tea shines in the floral compared to David’s chocolate and berry notes… and in these stakes, chocolate and berry win my love.
Still, this is a lovely tea. I think it’s best served black with a touch of sugar to bring out those sweet, sweet florals. Thanks to Scheherazade for the sample!
Ooooh it’s a deep burn. Ohhhhhhh. This was a bonus treat from Scheherazade in our swap, so thank you! Woo! I don’t often go for chocs or chais and I did end up regifting most of this sample to a friend who is a fan of such things, but I couldn’t resist taking just enough for myself to sample the once.
And then I did my wonderful work trick of forgetting about my still-steeping tea, and this oversteeped—for around 15mins. So it’s got a KICK to it, son! SHEESH. I tamed the beast with a teaspoon of sugar and a dollop of milk, and now I’m getting that creamy chocolatey taste and the chilli isn’t knocking me on my ass. Ooh, this would be good on a cold winter night (and they’re not too far around the corner for me).
Good job with this blend! And thanks again to Sarah for forcing me to try things I wouldn’t otherwise gravitate toward. The joy of tea strikes again!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Honey