616 Tasting Notes
I’m feeling really weird reviewing one of my own blends, because I feel like there’s really not a good way to be unbiased. But I’ll try. Gah!
It’s rich and creamy, with subtle sweet elements of chocolate. Caramel adds a depth to the cup, and cinnamon and nutmeg add a spice interest. Then, just when you think you’re done, the hazelnut pops up at the end and lingers until the next sip.
It all works really well together and feels far worse for you than it is. A bit bready and desserty, really. It holds up to milk and sugar really well, but absolutely doesn’t need either.
In any case, I was really pleased with how this turned out and it’s pretty nom.
I cold steeped this for about 24 hours, and liked it well enough there’s another thermos of it going now. I’m still perplexed how I like this as much as I do, as there are at least two components in here I don’t normally much care for (chamomile and hibiscus).
This brews up such a lovely raspberry color thanks to the hibiscus. It’s a bit tart, but the hibiscus is tempered quite a good deal by the mint and chamomile. The rose doesn’t come through much in the cold steep, but the chamomile does and becomes a bit apple-y. Then mint is the dominant note, and easily my favorite.
The whole thing tastes a bit like apple mint jelly, though. So that’s kind of neat.
This is a sipdown (73), but only because music27note wound up with most of it.
I don’t particularly care for this. It ranges from mildly artificial to really artificial depending on how I’m feeling that day.
I ended up mixing some of my homemade cocoa mix in because I decided that in the end, I really did want chocolate and this just wasn’t providing it.
As an aside, keeping track of sipdowns makes me realize how much tea in a day I don’t end up logging. I’m okay with that. I try to log each tea at least once, though. I think I’d burn out on Steepster if I reviewed everything every time.
So, I’m going to be at my parent’s house for eight days starting Friday to house and dogsit while they’re in Puerta Viarta (mildly jealous, but eh). The saddest part is that I’m far more concerned about how much tea I should bring and such than any other aspect of this. Because I know I drink more tea while I’m there because there’s not much else to do, but I don’t want to, like, pack a suitcase of tea.
Oh well. I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
The name of this tea has made everyone I’ve told it too giggle uncontrollably. I appreciate that in a tea.
I also like the banana candy-type flavor paired with the slightly malty black base. The banana kind of sneaks up on you towards the latter part of the sip and then explodes with a sweet banana flourish.
This isn’t my favorite of the SBTs I’ve tried so far (I think that might go to Rainbow Sherbet), but I like it and would definitely consider having it on hand again.
This is a really nice EG!
It’s a no frills EG, but that’s definitely not a bad thing when it’s done well.
Spoiler: This is really well-done.
There’s the same strong black base I’ve come to know and really like — with no bitterness or astringency — that actually holds up to the bergamot in this cup. I didn’t really find the bergamot strong or overdone, but with no additional frills it really becomes the costar of the cup (paired with the tea itself of course). And it really is the perfect pairing for the maltiness in the base.
What a nice brisk cup.
Just a reminder that they are in the final week of their kickstarter, which can be found here:
I found the figs and fig flavor everyone! They’re at the bottom of the bag with the cherries.
For real though. Look at these cherries (while disregarding my stubby nail and chipping polish please)!
That’s like. A whole cherry.
I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite cherry tea so far (and I never really thought I’d find out, being that cherry is so often medicinal). This one is smooth with a little bit of vanilla, and the figs really offer a depth to the cup. The base is inoffensive, and all in all it’s so warming and comforting and, well, good.
I keep thinking I have more left than I do, but the whole cherries bulk up what’s left (which is maybe 3 cups or so). Sad.
In the end, I like how this one smells more than it tastes. It smells like sweet orange with a bit of lemonheads in there. But it tastes like a blend of yellow and green Fruity Pebbles.
The oolong adds some vegetal, broccoli-like notes and the citrus begins to mellow around the third steep, but I don’t think I like Fruit Loops or lemon quite enough to seek this out again.
Sipdown! I should really go through the sipdowns tab on my spreadsheet and and figure out how many I’ve had this year. Curiosity and all that.
This was extra earthy today, and I needed a little sugar to pop the toffee more.
Still, a pleasant cup but not one I’m sure I’ll be purchasing again.
Today feels like Monday to me because Fiance took yesterday off for his birthday, so I’m all out of sorts. Or at least kind of out of sorts.
I have club soda in the fridge again for tea soda, so while it’s not tea soda I added some to my cold matcha this morning to give the champagne aspect some fizzy bubblyness.
This makes it a much better, and truer champagne flavor. It’s still a bit weaker flavored than the others I’ve tried, but like this, I’m thinking it works better this way. Hot, it kind of tastes almost a little bit like a fruit gum, the zebra stripe kind from the 90’s.
It’s much better chilled though. It’s more like a light, sweet grapey flavor with a bit of raspberry that kind of mixes together. I don’t know that I’m completely sold that I’m drinking champagne, but it does have a nice airy, light feeling and the bubbles definitely add to the illusion.
Thanks for the sample KallieBoo!.
I’m pretty sure that my brain checked out today as it took me at least six times to type ‘orange’ correctly to find this tea.
Anyway, this was a sipdown.
I didn’t find this too orange-y no matter what way you sliced it, and hot it was too hibiscus-y, but it’s an okay brew cold steeped with a little rock sugar, which is coincidentally how I finished this off. It’s tart and a bit juicy. The orange isn’t super prominent, but it’s present.
This is good, but not much more than that. It’s a fun little brew to mix into other things for a tart citrus element, though.