616 Tasting Notes
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!
I liked this, quite a lot even, but I don’t think I’m really getting salted caramel or salt-sprinkled toffee from it. I do get burnt sugar from time to time, so that’s pretty close and quite welcome.
It’s definitely a sweet and creamy cup. Then there’s a slight coconut note winding through the whole thing.
At least this isn’t the horrible spiced abomination that Teavana made. I would absolutely drink this again, but it’s not quite what I’m looking for in a caramel or a toffee tea.
I’ve refrained from reviewing this because I was working on tweaking the steeping parameters. But I’ve been able to get a consistently good cup from it for the last several times, so I think I’ve got it! Boiling makes it just a tiny bit bitter and can lead to the base overpowering the jammy raspberry.
It’s actually pretty stunning when I nail it. Lovely jammy, sweet raspberry and vanilla flavors with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. There’s the tiniest bit of coconut in the aftertaste, but only once the cup begins to cool. While piping hot, it only comes across as silky feeling.
Definitely keep in mind that this is sponge cake, not cake cake though. It’s basically a sweet, convenient delivery system for delicious berries and cream and it that this is definitely a winner.