479 Tasting Notes
Sometimes wonderful things happen in this world! Things like your friend letting you spend an entire evening shopping her tea cupboard for different tastes to try. This is how I stumbled upon Mango Diablo, sitting forgotten on the back of her shelf. What luck! I had come so very close to purchasing 250 grams of this the night before (darn David’s Tea and their web specials section). Eagerly I brewed up a cup, already contemplating how to talk the BF into yet more tea. The aroma was intriguing, the brew looked great, I took a quick sip, and…. yuck? Wait, there must be something wrong. Quickly, I set it aside and tapped my toe while it cooled, another sip and… Still disappointment. The bf is thrilled for my wallet’s sake, I am just disappointed. Sweet and heat is just not for me. The mango was just too muted for me. The sweet heat from the chili showed up towards the end of the sip. Overall, this tea delivered on what it had promised, but it was not a tea I need to drink again.
I think I just need to accept that oolongs may not my my thing. I don’t find this tea offensive, but it is really not my favourite. Nor is it something I would really jump to reach for again. I am not getting the floral not I got from the Pineapple Oolong, but the fruit flavours are so much more muted than I had hoped that they would be! I am getting hints of peach and of almond, but I like a clearer flavoured fruit tea. This is not a bad tea, just not quite the right fit for me.
Had this again for my morning tea. Once again, it was a super easy sell with me. Delightfully spicy with a hint of the sugar I added. I don’t really taste pumpkin, but I do taste all the spices that make me think of pumpkin. Given that I am actually not a huge pumpkin fan, I love that I am tasting more spice than squash. This tea is a solid winner in my book!
Last of the blacks I have recently tried! I liked this, I didn’t love it as much as Sugar & Spice, Glitter & Gold, or Pumpkin Chai. Additionally, it was slightly overshadowed by my friend’s gift of Cocoa Canela… In defense of the tea, it was actually quite good. There were definite caramel undertones but it wasn’t too caramelly sweet. It was a really good no nonsense black. I think I will definitely revisit it, but there are other blacks I liked a lot better.
Another amazing mate! My friend generously gifted me with a sample of this and I brewed it into a cup for the bf and I to share. It is really dusty and cloudy, honestly, it is more of a hot chocolate than a traditional tea. First sip in and we were in love, hot comforting, chocolaty and calorie free!!! This could become a staple on my frigid Northern winter mornings!!
Love, love, love this tea!! It is right up there with my new found love for pumpkin chai. I sweetened (as always) just a pinch and found that the cinnamon and cloves really started to pop. I loved the nostalgic smell of all the spices, I smell cloves and am always brought right back to Christmas. It was not at all bitter like I had feared it would be and the heat from the spices was really nice!
Hmm, what do I say about this tea?? Do I love it? Do I like it? I am not really sure with my first foray. I cold brewed a Timolino of it and took it to work today. To be fair, my other Timolino held Guava Cadabra (a tough to beat favourite of mine). Each sip I took I was more unsure, my initial no turned quickly into a maybe and became closer and closer to a definite yes. The mint was definitely there, but I felt that the dominant flavour note might actually be the coconut. I think this is a mature flavoured iced tea and maybe not as sure as sell as the fruity tisanes I generally gravitate towards. I can not deny that this tea was super refreshing though and a nice change. I think this is definitely a tea I could come to love. Is it nuts that I am tempted to throw a bit of lemon in there too, though?