551 Tasting Notes
Consuming this today for the ease factor. We didn’t actually stay up late last night, but have I’ve been running on empty for a while now and today feels like the appropriate day to chill.
I really don’t know if ‘gentle citrus flavor’ is how I would describe this one. It’s like drinking a subtle (and not soapy) Earl Grey with accents of orange and yellow fruitloops. Despite being a bagged offering, this really works, and makes a sunny, happy cup. This would be a good EG for people who don’t like bergamot.
Happy 2014 Everyone!
A very smooth, full-bodied cup with a toasty flavor and some malt. There’s a tiny amount of astingency, but no bitterness. There’s also some citrus accents that flower in the back of my throat and a subtle bit of stone fruit sweetness that winds through the whole cup. Because of the nuanced flavors Fiance didn’t realize this was an unflavored tea until I mentioned it! As the cup cools, the stone fruit becomes very prominently apricot, and slightly bolder in the cup. This would probably be an amazing iced tea.
Thank you Short Sorceress!
On the (belated) Fifth Day of Christmas, momo gave to me…
Looking at the dry leaf is like looking at a lot of Davids blends — if I didn’t know better I’d say it was herbal. I don’t really see anything in the way of tea, but there are big shreds of coconut and berries. It’s quite pretty.
Very much toasted coconut and burnt sugar (almost caramelly). This is a creamy, decadent cup. There’s a sweetness present that at times crosses into cloying; almost as if I hit a pocket of sweetener or something despite not adding any. This seems to get worse as it cools. Of course, there’s nothing in here that tastes like white tea, either.
After getting more than a good handful of other 52 Teas black blends under my belt since I’ve first tried this one, I was all ready to change up the steeping parameters to reflect what I learned, and found that because I’d brewed this at work the first time, the water temp was pretty much perfect the first time (195ish).
In any case, I really enjoy this. And so does Not-so-fond-of-banana-desserts-Fiance.
It’s still creamy, and flavorful, sweet, banana-flavored (in the same way that Jello pudding is, though) cup. There’s a definite coconut note chilling in the sip, and a little bit of vanilla. And at the lower temperatures, the black base stays smooth and doesn’t overwhelm the flavors (which are amazing).
This is still one of my favorite banana teas.
This is a lychee tea that falls more into the floral than the juicy category. But only initially.
At first, the taste is floral (but not soapy or heavily perfumed), but in a delicate way. It’s almost like a scented blossom tea, with a lot of flavor packed into a delicate pretty little thing. The sip then ends on an almost explosively juicy note and lingers that way.
As the tea cools, the juicy lychee notes creep further and further forward in the sip and the floral becomes the secondary aspect. I would imagine this would do excellently iced, as a result.
This one can get a little bitter if the temp is too high, so best watch that.
I’m really, really sad thepuriTea is going out of business.
I asked for some of this however many months ago it was that Twinings was running their last freebie promo and after spending all day with family (and a couple toddlers), the convenience of a tea bag is much appreciated.
The bag came out of the package in a little poof of very fragrantly sweet orange tea dust. And as I’m steeping it up, it’s smelling more and more familiar to me. So, has anyone else drink the tangerine flavored Emergen-C stuff? Because that’s pretty much what this tastes/smells like like with a bit of honeybush spice. There’s surprisingly no medicinal edge that honeybush can suffer from from time to time either.
Not exactly a sophisticated cup, but shockingly good. I could see making this in pitchers next summer as a caffeine free option (though it probably won’t happen because caffeine and me are pretty tight).
On the (belated) Third Day of Christmas, CelebriTEA gave to me…
Of the Damman Freres teas I’ve tried, this one is the most florally perfumed, but still very good. There’s a warm caramel in the front of the sip, and cinnamon not fair behind. The apple and lemon kind of merge together creating a sweet-tart fruity note. The aftertaste is subtly burnt sugar and fragrantly floral. I can’t pinpoint the floral notes, though. It’s there, indescribable, but very good.
And of course, like (seemingly) all Damman Freres teas, this is beautifully blended and oh so romantic!
Fresh lychee in a cup!
The oolong base is very light and green tasting and subtlely (and tastily) floral, leaving the lychee to be the main focus. Sometimes lychee can be a little perfumey or soapy, but this one is most definitely not. The lychee itself was very sweet, fruity, and clean tasting and definitely lychee. I got three really good steeps out of this, and a fairly decent fourth.
The whole cup just reaffirms my love for lychees, and lychees and green tasting teas together. I really don’t know if this is a winter cup, but I could definitely drink this all summer long. Yum.
Thanks for the cup Short Sorceress.
Mmm. Liquid thin mint cookie!
I’m impressed with the chocolate here, actually. It isn’t necessarily a dominant flavor, but it’s there in dark chocolate form. It doesn’t taste like carob or artificial plastic-y. There also isn’t an oily film at the top of my cup or in my gravity steeper, so that’s a huge plus.