484 Tasting Notes
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?
Tried this again as my to work tea today. With a proper steep and a pinch of sugar, this was amazing! I found myself trying to drink as much of my travel mug as I could before the tea cooled to the point where I was not going to enjoy it anywmore. The flavour was definitely smooth and the coconut lent the whole cup a buttery feel. I did think it needed some sugar to round out the bottom of the flavour profile, but once it had the sugar it was amazing! Really glad I gave this one a shot!
I tried a couple of sips of this from my bf’s cup tonight. We were both blown away by the smell of the dry leaves. The crisp apple notes smelled so promising! Brewed up I am of a mixed opinion on this one. On one hand, the apple taste does really shine through and create a crisp, flavourful green tea. On the other hand, I taste apple, I taste green tea, I don’t necessarily taste pie? I am going to try this again tomorrow, but I am going to add a bit of sugar and see if that brings me some of the sweeter pie notes I was looking for.
Dear Pumpkin Chai, I get it, you really are amazing aren’t you! Spicy, hearty, it is like drinking fall in a cup! I did not add milk, just a tiny bit of sugar and a good long steep time. The resulting tea was heavy on the cloves and cinnamon, with just enough sweet to balance out the spice. I raced through my cup and can see myself drinking this often as it gets cooler out!!
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.