595 Tasting Notes
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.
Mmm. I’m not super keen on rooibos, so I like finding herbals that make me happy. I think this is going to become a Winter seasonal staple. It smells like nutty cinnamon pastry happiness and tastles like apple crisp with almond crumb.
It starts almond-y and buttery, like a rich almond and butter crumb crisp topping. Then it finishes with tart apples, and is kind of a bright flavor. The only thing I’d change is more flavor. Even with the recommended leaf, it can taste a little watered down. I’ll try again with more leaf sometime and adjust the rating accordingly, but it stands here with the given parameters.
And they weren’t lying. It’s very pink.
Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas from TeaTiff
A mildly astringent black tea with strong orange rind flavors (slightly bitter orange flavors). Nice cinnamon spiciness, though. The orange becomes more prominent as the tea cools, and becomes more bitter too. Not my cup of tea (pardon the pun).
This is so, so, so exactly what I needed today. I’m pretty sure I’m coming around with my bi-yearly bout of bronchitis and needed an amazing cup as a pick me up. This filled that spot perfectly.
Shang got put on my radar by the last tea box, with the sample of Jasmine White Classic that was in there, but this really cements my need to make a purchase once my cupboard is under better control.
I’m stunned by how flavorful this is while still feeling dainty and delicate. The tangerine blossom adds a sweet floral quality, and leaves ghosts of juicy tangerines dancing on your tongue. The floral quailty is immersive and fragrant, but not overwhelming soapy or perfumey. Like I’ve seen in a couple other reviews, this one very much seems scented (dried with the blossoms, like some jasmine tea), but whatever it is, it absolutely works. The base also has it’s own natural sugar sweetness, and is smooth.
What a luxurious, stunning cup.
Thank you very, very much TeaTiff!
I spent way more time with family than I expected to this year, so I didn’t drink any tea on Tuesday or Wednesday. But Cards Against Humanity has this way of bringing family together over horribly offensive jokes. My mother was surprisingly good at it. o_O
This is like an herbal masquerading about with a tinsy bit of tea in there. That seems to be a common thread with quite a fews Davids blends, but, if you don’t mind not tasting tea in your tea, it’s an okay thing.
It’s sweet with floral notes, but a dominantly sticky apple and pear flavor. Cranberry is there, but I’m finding it quite faint. It’s very candy-like, and doesn’t need any sugar on it’s own. I would almost classify this overall as more dessert-like than fruity. There’s almost a crumble feel to it.
Anyway. Thank you Ellyn for this cup for the first day of Christmas!
A dominant clove flavor, with cinnamon and cardamon not far behind. I was worried this was going to be more chai-like with the cardamon in there, but instead it’s a very mild, slightly calming blend.
There’s definitely the smoothness and very subtle flavor of vanilla here, as well as a pretty classic orange rind flavor. It isn’t a fake flavor, though, and adds a mulled spice feel to the cup. I’m not really tasting much in the way of almond, but the rose sneaks through just slightly in the aftertaste. Both add a lovely presentation effect though.
The black base is brisk and punchy and in balance with the spices and other flavors. There’s just a mild amount of astringency in the base, but no bitterness. I don’t think this is a cup I’d seek out, but it’s perfect for the season, and a good cup in its own right.