598 Tasting Notes
To be completely honest, I thought this was going to be like the Denali ice cream flavor Moosetracks (vanilla ice cream with fudge ripple and peanut butter cups) and I was really intrigued how that was going to translate to tea.
This is not that.
This is still very good.
I can’t believe this hasn’t been pointed out yet, because I think this tastes so much like chocolate covered espresso beans it’s magic.
I don’t really get anything from the coconut and the slight bit of nuttiness isn’t quite hazelnut to me as it compounds the delicious effect of espresso beans.
For some reason I just got the image of Pac Man eating espresso beans, so I thought I would share with all of you.
And then this happened: http://imgur.com/hOPXaKF
Thanks NayLynn! That was…an experience.
Fiance: This smells like amazing cinnamon buns and then tastes like a carb and sugar free version. It’s always disappointing.
10 minutes later
Me: If you haven’t finished your cup yet I will!
Fiance: pouts I wanna. It grew on me.
Fiance: So. Um. How much more of this do you have have? I want it again.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the most quickly resolved disappointment in Fiance’s life.
I brewed this up two or so hours ago and it’s sat by the open window where I forgot it almost that whole time.
It tastes pretty stunning chilled, though. I’m not sure where the vanilla tones are coming from, but it’s a bit like a vanilla coffee drink. Or maybe a little Kahlua-esque? I’m going to regret the caffeine when it comes to sleep tonight though.
Still. A- would forget tea again.
This is the second I’ve tried of the samples provided to me, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit.
As I said in my previous review, I really like the base they use. It’s a bit malty and is smooth and not a bit bitter if you follow the listed steeping parameters.
Cinnamon is the strongest flavor in this cup, with clove being the second most dominating. It’s almost to a point where without knowing there was orange in the blend, I’d guess otherwise. In the grand scheme of spicing, though, it’s not terribly strong at all. The orange itself doesn’t really kick in until the tail end/aftertaste of the sip. The base is still present with all the mingling flavors.
I think this tea suffers from the same thing as the previous tea I tried in that while the flavors are good, the balance is off. I wanted more peach/apricot and less lemon in the peach apricot tea and I want more orange in my orange spice tea here.
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This is all Fruity Pebbles (which I think are slightly more flavorful than Fruit Loops. But same idea). Luckily, it’s fresh and floral and not soapy or counter cleaner-y.
The oolong adds a bit of buttery smoothness, but this blend is all about the citrus.
This tea is starting to grow on me. It’s savory and peppery, while still staying light. There’s a cracked pepper tingle on the back of my throat from the shizandra and a subtle layer of sweet orange-like citrus that elevates the bai mu dan and makes it less dusky as it sometimes seems to get. It all pairs together to make something unique, special, and still tasty.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
I was going to head this with my favorite quote from Bilbo’s party, but this tea inspires great cheer and food-loving in me. So yeah.
Still, it’s the most apt quote for family gatherings ever:
“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
This tea is a amazing and I want it in my face forever now. Seriously.
While it smells strongly of almond, it tastes like snickerdoodles in my teacup — like, real live bakery fresh snickerdoodles. It’s cinnamon-y vanilla in the front of the sip, mingling with the almond to give it that pastry and nutty butter flavor that is cookie-esque. I don’t understand why this is so good.
This makes me wish that everything I consumed ever smelled and tasted like cookies.
Thank you Shmiracles!
I also just realized this was the 400th unique tea I logged. So that’s pretty cool too.
I got this as a bonus in a swap from CK longer ago than I care to admit, but I’m never terribly quick at getting to my bagged offerings. (I’m trying! I promise!)
I don’t really care for this though. The hibiscus adds a bitter/sour note that I can’t shake and the honey has a strange plastic/wax flavored aftertaste. It reminds me a bit of the flavor of wax lips. Which is sad, because I like it initially and then it gets blah.
This won’t be a revisit for me, as I just barely managed to get my cup down this time.
This is what a spiced Forever Nuts would taste like! The anise and cardamom add such a lovely warming wintery element to a flavor set I already know I like. I really think this has more interest and flavor than the normal version too.
Also, Fava recommends steeping theirs for at least 10 minutes to get the most flavor, and I’m wondering if Forever Nuts (and Almond Apple Crisp from English Tea Leaves) would benefit from the same treatment.
Ooooh, I’m so glad I rustled this out the other day. It’s really quite good. It’s a strong creamy lemon flavor with minimal rooibos flavor.
I need to get some more Lemon Chiffon and do a side by side because this is quite good as well.
Happy 500th note to me!