480 Tasting Notes
This tea is such a mystery to me, sometimes it is amazing, sometimes I do something wrong and it is just okay. I don’t ever dislike this tea, I just really like it sometimes more than other times. When I do it right, the chocolate is sweet and the strawberry adds a fresh bite. Other times, the strawberry becomes a little cloying and artificial. I think I need to keep playing with this tea and see if I can better standardize the taste of the brewed tea.
With 45 minutes left before the mall closed, we decided to slip by David’s tea and pick up a summer sale item to get this sample. I hadn’t been overly excited when I heard about this tea, especially given that I wasn’t crazy about Mom’s Apple Pie last year. However, I brewed up a cup of this evening and I am really pleasantly surprised. I tossed in a pinch of sugar, which in retrospect I don’t know that it needed. I get a lot of cream and vanilla flavour, backed by some sweet apple notes. This is a nice change from the tart apple teas I am used to or the common pairing of apple and cinnamon. Overall, I am really impressed with this tea. It wasn’t on my try or buy list for the fall release, but I am thinking I may need to change my mind!! Also, the sample has the release date set as August 27th, which means I can try some of them with my steeper rewards! That is fantastic!
Flavors: Apple, Cream, Vanilla
We have finally finished moving and are settling into our new place. Thus far, it is much warmer than being up North in the summer. We had one cool day last week and I dug some of this out of the recently unpacked tea to enjoy with a chocolate mint creamed honey stick. I don’t tend to use my honey sticks or agave sticks (most have been gifted to me) as I prefer rock sugar and I don’t like to sweeten my tea too much, but this combination was fantastic! I love how smooth and creamy the mint is on the black base and the touch of chocolate flavour from the honey really elevated the cup for me. All in all, a sound choice for a morning cup of tea!
I brewed up a pitcher of this as it is one of my perennial favourite iced teas. I have been busy packing though, and managed to forget it in the fridge for a day and a half, as opposed to the over night steep time I usually allow it. It is still a great tea, but the stevia has shown up a little too much for my liking. Lesson learned and I will be keeping a much closer eye on the steeping time for this from here on out!
I really am enjoying this tea especially how buttery and smooth the caramel overtones are, the only part that I am not sure about is the final apple note. It sort of comes across as nice cross between Forever Nuts and Movie Night, both of which I adore. However, the apple notes from Movie Night are definitely present. Personally, I find that the apple note does take away from the popcorn flavour a little bit. But, overall, I really like the flavour of the tea.
It was such a chilly day today that this was the perfect cup to brew. I love the caramel notes and the malty depth to the base tea used in this blend. It needs a bit of sweetener to really bring out the flavour, but, when brewed right, it is such a decadent dessert tea! This is one of my favourite teas to drink, hands down!
I cold brewed a pitcher of this and was pleasantly surprised. It was a nice, light, tart cherry. It definitely reminded me of a cherry snow cone or popsicle. I think it is going to to be really refreshing on super hot days, but it is not a tea I am absolutely in love with and have to have available all the time. I am glad I have some to play with, but I don’t know that is needs to have a permanent home in my cupboard.
I am really not feeling this tea. I brought some home and tried a different brewing method (low temperature, short steep) which has worked for me before. This tea is just a no go though, all I ever get is a slight rooibos taste and a lot of sugar water. It is sweet, but it really does not scream cotton candy to me. I will have to leave this tea to those who have had more success as with it than I have!