475 Tasting Notes
Ummm… well… So this cup was not good, but it is totally not the tea’s fault, not even a little bit! I may have gotten a bit over excited about trying all my new teas tonight and, after the success story that was Chocolate Rocket, I promptly brewed up a cup of this. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked, tried to gauge the steep time on the colour of the brew (mistake, btw), and managed to pull (and trash) the bag way too early!!!! I knew I had made a major error the minute I tasted it, but the tea had promise. I think it and I are going to get along famously, once I let go of my excitement and give it a proper steep.
This tea was certainly the start of a divisive night of tea tasting in our house! I smelled the dry leaves and thought it was a little heavier on berry than I had been hoping it would be. The BF smelled it and thought it was absolutely perfect. I brewed some tea up with a brew time that was a little on the short side for a lighter flavour (mate and I have a very tenuous relationship at the best of times). First sip I was unsure, but about a third of the way in I was in love. The berry smell that had been so predominant in the dry leaves had faded back into a mere hint of tart. In its place was a woodsy, smoky, liquor with really warm flavour notes. In short, I was thrilled, the bf took a sip and demanded to know where the berry had gone…. Repeated demands that he just try it again had little effect on changing his opinion. Currently, we have reached a stalemate, the tea is categorized as “my” tea and I eagerly await the day that he sees the light and recognizes this tea for its brilliance!
The more I drink this, the more I come to love it! It was my cup to take to work this morning and it did not disappoint. The warmth from the coconut and chocolate really come out with a bit of sugar and a longer steep time really lets the flavours come out. I will be drinking this in the morning more often!
Tonight I shook things up and tried this hot. Still such a versatile tisane! Whereas the cold brew turns downright sour (though not in a bad way, I like a good tart iced tea), brewing it hot beefs up the juicy strawberry notes and really tempers the tartness of the rhubarb. As a side benefit, my tea turned a gorgeous ruby colour! Too pretty!! I tend to shy away from drinking my fruity iced teas hot, but this may have just really convinced me to give it a shot more often! (My next plan is to toss in a tiny bit of Lemon Myrtle to round out the flavour just a pinch.)
This is not my day for tea today, or maybe I should just be more realistic about returning to teas that I didn’t immediately want to drink again after I tried them the first time. It appears I rated this tea rather high. Slightly more exposure to other tea flavours has convinced me this was a mistake. I will be taking the rating down accordingly.
I can not get enthused with this tea. I hot steeped, I cold steeped, I begged it to perform for me. All I get is grassy, muddled tea flavour, none of the kiwi I feel I was promised. If this were a straight green tea adventure, I would not be so harsh on it, but this promised tons of flavours I love and just did not deliver. The boyfriend is admittedly less harsh, so maybe I can convince him to finish the tea for me?
I keep trying to love this tea, but it is just really not much of a go in my world… I get all the flavours the description indicates I should be tasting, and the liquor is amazingly sweet, but the taste is just lacking to me. I find it too heavy on bananas and I don’t think I am the world’s biggest fan of banana flavour when it comes to tea in general. I have tried and tried with this tea but, compared to perennial favourites like Forever Nuts, this is just not looking like it will ever be a real favourite of mine. Oh well, there are many other teas in the world to love!
This was my evening cup of tea today. I tried this weeks ago, and didn’t think it was anything super special, but tonight I think I got the leaf amount and sugar ratio right. I tasted a lot of the chocolate and coconut, but it was definitely tempered by the cinnamon. The flavour combination made for a super smooth, comforting blend. Just what I needed the night before I head back to work!!
Having definitely broken down and acquired much of this tea, I can not say I am feeling in the least bit guilty! It has definitely become one of my absolute favourites, I loved to take it to work iced in my Timolino. The tea is sweet and fruity, but not too sweet. Even better, it can handle a long brewing time without anything awful happening. This is definitely one of my better tea aquisitions!!
Had a sample of this so I brewed it up strong and then drank it iced. It was okay, but really not great as far as I am concerned. The raspberry is there, but it is a really muddled fruit flavour. I am not a big rosehip or hibiscus fan to begin with, and they did not help sell me on this tea one bit. Overall, glad I gave it a shot and I will drink the bit i brewed iced, but this one won’t be finding a permanent home in my cupboard.