513 Tasting Notes
I tried taking this to work on more time today. I have been properly steeping my teas before I leave in the morning and this is one tea that I actually don’t think benefits from it. I think there is so much fruit and berries in the tea that is actually needs a longer steep than white teas should. I think this one actually steeps better as an herbal than as a white.
Some days, life is just not fair. Take today for instance, I over leafed my cup, sweetened it nicely, set it to steep, and forgot about it… My precious Love in a Cup, it got bitter on me!! I hate when that happens! This tea is so, so good when it brews right, but it is downright fussy. Still, the taste when things go right is worth all the trouble it takes to brew it!
This was better today when I tried it. I brewed it at just below boiling and steeped it for five minutes. What I got was a tea that was a lot more influenced by the mango and less overpowering chamomile. As it cooled, the chamomile became far more prominent, but still not overwhelming. This was far more enjoyable than I remember it being. I think the first time I tried it I was expecting pure mango. This time I new to be ready for the chamomile and, once I was ready for it, it actually lent a nice flavour to the blend. I will certainly be drinking this more often!
I have gone back and forth and back and forth on whether I want to order more of this while it is on special, or whether I can finish my tin and be okay when it is gone. I do like the spices in it, but I find the cloves a little drying when I drink it. I find it a lighter version of pumpkin chai, I think the spices are similar, but I am just not sure it merits anything resembling a permanent place on my shelf. At the end of the day, I like it, but I think I like sweeter teas like Coffee Cake a lot more. So I shall enjoy the remaining half tin I have of this, then bid it a fond farewell to make room for new amazing teas I am sure to discover!
I remember when I first ordered this tea and I couldn’t drink enough of it. Now that I am used to its place in my cupboard I am not that desperate to have it ALL THE TIME, but I still brew a cup pretty regularly. I love the apple and cinnamon combined with the toasty notes from the popped rice. It is festive and wintery, but also just plain delicious. I adore this blend and I think it will continue to be one of my favourites!
Took this to work for a sugar hit today. I do love this tea for its pure caramelly sweetness. It is not fussy, it take boiling water, a bit of sugar, and a normal steep time and turns it into something that tastes like it should have a whole lot more calories than it does. It was the decadent tasting tea I needed this morning!