616 Tasting Notes
Hmm. Seems like Amoda snuck this back into the box this year, too.
The primary flavor is bright, cooling mint, but there’s a definite nutty, woody note from the rooibos floating in there. The white chocolate is more of a creaminess and a sweetness than chocolate, but overall it makes a pretty decent cup.
I’ve been wanting to try these savory teas for near forever now. Our normal grocery store doesn’t carry them, so I didn’t have much hope, but the store near Fiance’s parents’ house did. So here we are!
I got the sampler with all six flavors and this once sounded the least weird, so it’s where I started. But it was still weird. Good weird. But weird.
On the front of of the sip is a salt and delicate pepper flavor, mingling with a brothy tomato with a little bit of lemon brightness. Then the mint hits somewhere in the middle and is pleasingly balanced with the other flavors. The tail of the sip is more straight on pepper and just a little bit of lemon.
This is so much like drinking soup, but it’s not nearly thick enough to even feel like a broth. I really enjoyed it, but I cannot emphasize enough how weird this is.
First impressions: there’s some seriously potent gingerness to this blend!
There’s also a pleasant maltiness present, which overpowers the slight metallic feeling I find present in Adagio’s black base from time to time. The gunpowder lends a bit of smoke, and the cream offers more mouthfeel creaminess than anything. It’s a heavy, savory feeling cup that reminds me of a meal. This isn’t something I’d have picked up on my own, and I probably won’t pick it up again, but I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. (From the 12 Days swap, Day 9)
I’m in the minority on this one as I don’t much care for it hot at all. CK gave me some a while back, and I kept wanting it to grow on me, but I found it a little medicinal and I guess I was expecting something more butterscotchy. Also chicory and I have a mixed relationship (I like it in coffee, but on it’s own I think sometimes it can taste like a woodier, more bitter version of coffee).
And while I didn’t necessarily care for this, I didn’t dislike it enough not to drink it. I cold steeped as a way to use up more leaf, really. But by golly, I wish I would have done this in the beginning! I can get past the chicory this way. It’s a distant nuttiness to the primary butter and flat rootbeer flavors. I really only get a little bit of base at the beginning of the sip, too. The aftertaste is either butter or licorice depending on what part of my tongue it touches.
Still not quite how I pictured Butterbeer, but I do quite like it this way.
I am so excited I found veggies my birds will eat. They’re so stubborn I just wanna shove it in their beaks and be like EAT. In any case, they eat acorn squash (uncooked and cut into chunks) and jalapenos (with all the seeds left in). Gandalf gets super stoked over jalapeno time. It’s pretty comical.
When I first steeped this up today, I had to doublecheck my parameters because all I smelled was bergamot. Holy man. Luckily it was the same cup as before. Mild base, mild bergamot, mild floral. This would work anytime of day, really. It’s just a lovely aromatic mild cup.
Sad, sad, sipdown.
But I need to get that number down to get myself out of my self imposed order hiatus (which is really the saddest part of this).
This was the (not-quite)EG that got be back into EGs. Sweet rose, immediately followed by malty dark cocoa goodness, all wrapped up in a tidy citrus bergamot package. The rose just kind of lingers on the tongue all coy and tempting you to make another cup.
So, I’m finally winding down and think I can write a couple reviews. I have a loaf of banana bread in the oven and a cup of tea, and it’s the first time I felt remotely calm in five days. I’m one of those people who would love to plan their week out the week prior and this week has been nothing of that sort. It’s mostly me running around like a headless chicken and wishing I could plan, well, anything.
The whole halves of cranberries are really nice in this blend. Not in the eat them out of the infuser kind of way, but in the ‘I know exactly what I’m drinking!’ kind of way. I love the tingly feeling this cup leaves in my mouth, and the cranberries and lemons pair really well to make a cup that’s tart, but sweet and fresh tasting. I’m really glad I was introduced to this one, as it’s definitely an herbal I can get behind.
I actually drank quite a bit of tea over the last several days, but we had company so I didn’t get to logging any of it. Bah, oh well.
I turned this one into tea soda because the lovely music27note was over and we wanted tea soda. And then I didn’t get a chance to share it; which is pretty typical of me, but really quite sad, because it’s delicious this way. Hoppy and tart, with a strong vanilla cream and natural rhubarb flavor. The keemun provides a smooth base with no smoke flavors eeking through (though admittedly the subtleties get lost in the fizziness).
I need to get around to trying this one hot now.