487 Tasting Notes
Had a tiny sample of this to try and I was super curious to see if it could live up to its hype. To my great pleasure, it did!! It was buttery smooth, sweet, yet still light. It was perfectly sweet on its own (and I almost always need to sweeten my hot blends). I was so enamoured with it, I even steeped my leaves twice! (And I never do that!)
Wow! This was amazing! Had a super long day today, walked in the door absolutely finished, and this was just the pick me up I needed. The bf and I were really worried about the pu’erh base of this tea. We spend much time sniffing the sample my friend had generously given me asking each other if we could smell fish. One taste of the tea liquor though and I was sold on the blend. A bit of sugar and it does really taste like a chocolate orange. Smooth, citrusy and chocolatey – amazing!! I really do not have room for more “must have” teas, but this one is really tempting me!!
Okay, I did not have a good steep at all with this tea today! The first time I tried it, it was so mellow and smooth. Today I did a longer steep and it almost tasted burnt? Or coffee like? Was it the chickory? The mate? I am so confused. Maybe I really, really need to watch the steep time on this one, because this was not a good cuppa tea…
The more I drink this, the more I like it. I am struggling with the start of a back to school cold (a perennial teacher’s pitfall), so I am guzzling tea by the gallon today to try and flush my system out a bit. This did the trick for me, hot with not sweetener it was a cup of strawberry goodness. I find the rhubarb is really apparent when cold brewed (adding a big tart note), but, brewed hot, the strawberry really shines (making for a very juicy berry heavy brew).
Retried this with a bit of sugar. Still not perfect, but much better. A lot more buttery, more muted on the apple. More like the taste I was looking for. This is a nice, classic, apple tea. It isn’t my first choice right now, but I think it is a cup I will keep going back to as the weather starts to chill down. (We are going through a late summer heat wave, after a week of freezing weather. This is really screwing up my fall tea tasting, I feel like I need to go back to my summery staples! The trees are turning fast though, promising that this weather reprieve is not going to last long!)
Again, another gift from my tasting trip through my friend’s shelf. I tried a couple of sips of this, trying my very hardest to remember I don’t like floral notes and I hate pistachios. Even with my most open mind, my reaction to this tea was predictable… Not my thing. Nope. Not at all. It taste faintly of apple (which I love), but more heavily of rose and pistachio, (which I loathe). A gorgeous tea to look at, great to smell, but not in my cup again.
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.