1092 Tasting Notes
I stopped by my local DT for this tea and Santa’s Secret. This one didn’t smell like much to me in the store, but the concept seems awesome for the upcoming holiday season, so I got 25g to try.
At home, the dry smell is very much eggnog, complete with nutmeg and everything! So far quite promising. I brewed for 5 minutes with boiling water. Now, this is where it started to fall apart for me…sure, it smells like eggnog when brewed, but there is also a weird scent that is marring with the eggnog..it could be the green rooibos, or just a flavoring..it’s strong and a tad artificial. A bit stomach turning to me.
As for the flavor…yeah. It’s not you, tea, it’s me. The first sip was GAH overpowering weirdly hot eggnog-but-not-quite-eggnog flavor. Creamy and kind of spicy. I think what the problem is is that I tried it when it was quite hot. Eggnog isn’t generally served hot lol.
As the cup cools, the flavors mellow out to being a creamy cup of green rooibos with some strange spicing, nutmeg like. It does improve immensely as it cools in my opinion, but I’m still not sold on this. Creamy kind of artificial green rooibos is not quite my forte. I am a bit disappointed, because I usually LOVE green rooibos blends. But this one currently isn’t doing it for me.
Overall, not my favorite cup of tea. I will see if I can finish off the bag, if I get past that initial strong flavor it is better, but still not a favorite yet. I’ll have to see if it grows on me. No rating, as this is entirely personal taste interfering with the tea. Great concept, just not the right blend for me. Happy to have satisfied my curiosity though!
The amazing Garret at Mandala kindly sent me a small packet of this in place of my free sample with my last tea order!! I had meant to add it to my order and completely forgot to, and mentioned it on a thread on this site, and it shows up with my order!!! I am so thankful and CANNOT SPEAK HIGHLY enough of this superb act of customer service! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Now, this product. WOWZA. I cannot believe what this does to my teaware! It is literally like brand new. Brand. Spanking. New. If you have ever used baking soda or vinegar or other methods of cleaning, STOP. Buy this! I should post before and after pics, seriously. I took them too haha. My old timolino was so horribly stained I actually bought a new one to replace it, it was far too stained it looked black inside. Now I have cleaned them both, and they both look like new!!! The old one actually looks better than the new! OMG. This stuff. My gravity steeper is squeaky clean, was going to replace it as well. THIS STUFF WILL SAVE YOU MONEY. Lol, now, like a madwoman, I am cleaning ALL THE TEAWARES. Haha, unfortunately, I am going through my packet pretty quickly. But you can guarantee I will be reorder this. In a very large quantity. Thank you a million million times Garret for this as my sample!!
First snow that is sticking to the ground here today! I guess autumn had to end at some point (this is the longest one we’ve had in AGES) and it abruptly ended with about 5 cm of snow already, about -5 C outside, and still snowing haha. I have shovelled for the firs time thisi season, vacuumed upstairs this morning, finished off a few more cups of the sheng from last night, tried a chamomile tea and started coughing, so now I am having a session with the dark, woody shu. And dark and woody it is, nice to hibernate inside with on this snowy day. The best tea drinking days are now here!! I will be having various shu’s today I think :) see previous notes on this one!
I’d like to thank this tea for it’s lovely flavor and sinus clearing effects tonight. I am cat sitting a regular cat (not hypoallergenic like mine) and it is definitely getting a bit rough lol. Might have to vacuum daily for allergies. At least this tea, my inhaler, and an allergy pill are helping lol. And this tea is by far the most pleasant of the three. See previous notes on this lovely tea!
I’m so exhausted tonight. It’s been a ridiculous week at work, with working late and so much to do..luckily a deadline got shifted a week, so I didn’t have to stay until midnight tonight :) but staying a few hours late this week has really tuckered me out. On top of that, everyone in my office is getting sick, and I really do not want to get it too. Thus, the need for a ginger blend tonight.
I wanted ginger, but not straight ginger. I’ve been doing not bad with my reduced caffeine intake, about 1 cup a day of caffeinated tea, if any, and tonight I once again was craving shu, so this seemed like the perfect solution. Ginger AND shu. Huzzah!
After 2 rinses and a steep of 2 minutes, yes, this is hitting the spot. The peppercorns make me cough a bit, but it’s still quite good. I enjoy this tea, and it is warming and soothing on a tired night. I am falling asleep writing this though lol, so I will head off to bed! See previous notes on this tea :)
Having a cup of this before bed to compare to the Apple Custard in terms of creaminess..I think Apple Custard wins, although I still really enjoy the melding of flavors in this one. It’s mellow and smooth tonight, a nice blend of mango, chamomile and cream flavors. Yum. And now I am falling asleep haha, so last note for the evening! See previous notes on this tea :)
Having this again tonight lol. I am once again trying to limit my caffeine consumption, moreso in helping adjust to daylight savings time (the extra sleep is nice, but still messes with the circadian rhythm lol) and dealing with stress at work lol.
I tried a longer steeping time tonight and it is a bit better, although it mostly served to make the chamomile more noticeable in my opinion, yet also increase the creaminess a bit more. Now the vanilla is reminding me of Mango Lassi also by DavidsTea. Hmm, might have a cup of that after this actually haha. Happy I am enjoying this one, and definitely considering stocking up, if I remember to before it sells out for the season! See previous notes :)
I tried a sample of this in store and it was not bad, a bit weak for my tastes, so I picked up 25g to try it out at home, and have brewed a cup now. The dry smell is FANTASTIC – so creamy and appley, it just smells delicious. So much like a tasty dessert lol. I don’t think I’ve had apple custard ever, but I could see it smelling like this!
I steeped this for around 5 minutes with boiling water. The resulting liquor is a cloudy yellow color. And oh my gosh – the steeped smell is even better than the dry! Cream and apple, with some spiciness and a definite raisin smell too. Mmmm the kitchen smells good now too :)
As for the flavor, hmm…yeah, it is too light for me right now. The amazing aroma does not fully translate to the flavor. Don’t get me wrong, it is good..there is definitely chamomile, which almost seems weird in this blend since I don’t find it much in the scent, and there is the creamy aftertaste..but where is the depth that the smell has? I would like a bit more apple and raisins haha. Can’t really taste the coriander, maybe it will come out as the cup cools. But nonetheless, this is still quite tasty, just lighter than I expected.
Overall, a pretty darn tasty tea. I am unsure if I prefer this to Sweet Apple Cider, which I sadly did not get a chance to restock. This one is much creamier, but less apple. It is good, but I just want a bit more from it lol. Maybe with a longer steep time, or more leaf…darn these heavy fruit blends, makes it hard to know how much leaf to put in! But a nice chamomile blend :) as it cools, more creaminess is coming out, so maybe it just needs to cool off more…at least the chamomile and apple go well together!
Flavors: Apple Candy, Cream