551 Tasting Notes
Brewed up a second run of this with milk and sugar this time. It tastes less like like melted cookie dough ice cream like I thought it would, and more caramel-ly and nutty and candy-brittle-like. It does taste a good deal less like cookie dough this way, though, which is weird.
Still. This is definitely the way to drink this one.
Admittedly, I like my cookies baked more than in dough form; so I’m probably not the target audience of this tea. But this does taste almost exactly like those cookie dough balls you find in ice cream — vanilla extract, the kind of not-so-great chocolate and sweet dough. There’s a little bit of smooth nuttiness tossed in there somewhere too. And I’d venture to say that milk and sugar would make cookie dough ice cream in a cup.
Unfortunately, like a lot of David’s I’ve tried, this one is a little watery overall, and I like how it smells more than how it tastes. And I really don’t like the chocolate flavors they use. At all. It always tastes like artificially flavored chapstick in the aftertatse.
Thanks for the chance to try this Shmiracles!
While not a favorite, this is a nice dark oolong. Definitely some fruity flavors coming through, primarily nectarine and plantain. It’s not as sweet as peaches, and is definitely on the greener side of the fruits I tasted. Definitely a roasty element, that doesn’t taste like smoke, but more like crunchy fall leaves. It’s a very flavorful and warming cup.
Made this with 2 oz of milk and 1 tsp of sugar and it’s just like eating/drinking melted strawberry ice cream. I’m bumping up the score a little bit because this is uncanny and a little awesome.
Would I buy this tea? Still probably not, but I might change my mind when I whittle down my stash some. It has a niche it fills.
Guayusa is totally something I wouldn’t serve to friends. Or maybe friends who totally don’t care that their tea is the color of murky water. Which is a-ok with me, because that just means I get more.
This was more lavender and vanilla today as I drank the whole cup piping hot. I find that as this one cools the spearmint flavors creep into the limelight, though the strong grassy earth flavors of the guayusa stay subdued throughout. I’m still finding the experience of drinking this to be extremely calming without putting me to sleep.
I need to get Fiance onboard the guayusa train, so I can justify having a couple different flavors. This should totally be my midterm and finals tea.
Short Sorceress was nice enough to send me enough of this to steep up a cup, and then CrowKettle awesomely put some in the package that got sent my way. Thank you both so much!
This cup is both juicy and clean, with hints of honey and apricot. It has that smooth, cooling effect (the one reminiscent of sucking on a cool wet stone while trekking through the desert) on my mouth that I really enjoy from the Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong. In other ways (the fruity notes and florals) this reminds me very slightly of a Darjeeling, but it’s creamier and has more body. There’s also no astringency in my cup at all.
This is definitely going onto the inevitable post tax-season order early next year.
Fiance and I went and saw Desolation of Smaug last night, and while the Tolkien purist in me wanted to weep, it was an excellent film in it’s own right and I’m sad I have to wait until next year for the next one. It’s a really quite long movie, and we didn’t get out of the theatre until 10:30 from our 7:30 showing. Of course this meant I was up way later than I intended (because who can come home from a movie and just sleep, I mean, really?) and up early to get some things done before next week.
I never did get around to making this one iced, (as this is my last bit of it) but I needed something solidly good but not terribly exciting on this groggy morning and this fit the bill perfectly.
Yay! I can finally review this! For the longest time, Steepster kept sending me back to the dashboard whenever I tried to log this. So woo!
This tea is fabulous. The flavors are balanced with the white base so I get both (which I really appreciate). And the fruity flavors are lovely! Apricot (and very much apricot and not peach) is in the forefront, but honeysuckle and jasmine also seep through. It’s a very bright combination of flavors, while still being mellow enough to remind me of drinking wine. I definitely get their ‘light and playful’ tag on this one though! In the aftertaste, there the apricot again and then a creamy lemony flavor.
I really like this one, but the price point is mildly offputting. Thanks so much for the chance to taste this, though, momo!
My brain totally registered this as a white tea for some reason, so my steeping parameters for the first cup were all wrong and then some. And while the cup still tasted pretty decent (phew), it’s definitely better when done right.
Once I did this right, it’s a very nice tea. Lemony with earthy pine-like notes from the stinging nettle (which is an ingredient that is totally growing on me). I was fearing (and expecting) something more tart, and was pleased it was a more subtle cranberry tartness that didn’t make me pucker up. There’s a salty savoriness to the cup that works well, too.
Thank you so much KallieBoo!