48 Tasting Notes
First, the smell reminds me of the pseudo-chocolate flavoring that you’d find in a PowerBar. Not a good thing…in my opinion. The story gets better with taste. The chocolate is far more subtle than the aroma lets on. There are problems with that though, since even though the taste isn’t as offensive as the smell, there’s nothing about it that really stands out. I know none of that gives a very strong impression of what this tea actually tastes like…and I think that’s because I just don’t have an impression. On top of that, I can’t really say I’m looking forward to another brew :(
My Chocolate Souffle Steepster Select came yesterday with this in tow. Reminded me of an apple chai. Not enough apple came through as I had anticipated from the aroma. Given the name, I thought it may have a natural sweetness from the caramel/almonds, but that wasn’t true either. Going to have to give this another shot but my first impression is of slight disappointment. Not a bad option (especially as it’s caffeine-free) for an evening tea, but not great either.
I’ve been down on most green teas lately, but this one remains an exception. A nice golden color with a subtle, earthy finish.
After a late night of releasing some updates to Steepster (whoo!), needed something strong. This is almost doing it. Tried a longer steep this time (not recommended)…need the caffeine anyway :)
Just…can’t get enough. It’s at the point now where I can anticipate the taste from just imagining the smell, which… is just so smooth. Perfect for the changing seasons (btw…when IS it going to get cold?).
This tea just keeps inching itself toward the happy, green faced man licking his lips. I think I settled on 5 1/2 minutes as my ideal steep time with a temp right around 185 degrees.
Brews a nice redish-pink. Not too sweet, flowery with a fairly strong strawberry finish.