551 Tasting Notes
Tea #17 from HHTTTB2
This is a weird one.
Honestly, in the bag these totally smell like stale chips of sorts. Which was mildly off-putting to say the least.
And then when it was brewed up, it smelled mildly like chamomile. And then tasted so, so much like chamomile, I had to doublecheck what I was drinking! It’s like chamomile’s slightly buffer, spicier, and cooler brother. Like. Chamomile was the bookworm and really good in math and science and Chrysanthemum is the head of the varsity football team. But also the debate captain. And probably prom king. And is maybe a little bit of a jerk.
Tea #15 from HHTTB2
This was more floral and less fruity than I was expecting. I’m glad I didn’t cold steep a cup, because it toes the overwhelming line now.
I don’t honestly get much for raspberry (or tea base), but there a light blueberry-ish note that I can bring back to the acai. It also, unfortunately, shares the baby powder taste/feeling that River of Heaven and Bouddha Bleu also have on me.
Tea #14 from HHTTTB2
This is a really nice chocolate tea. And it’s very clear that it’s blended quite masterfully. I’m letting this one go, only because I know Short Sorceress is looking for the perfect chocolate tea!
There is definitely a pretty potent element of roastiness/smoke from the Keemum as well as a solid dark, unsweetened cocoa note. There’s a very slight element of almond present, but everything takes a back seat to the chocolate/tea flavors. Everything is smooth — no bitterness, no astringency — and it’s very mellow. I really like the kind of bakery/pastry note that seems present at the end. Yum.
Tea #13 from HHTTB2
Once this is brewed up, it smells just like dark cocoa with a hint of orange!
The flavor is dark and cocoa-y, though the base itself isn’t terribly strong. The orange flavor comes through as very much candied orange rind flavor. And while the hibiscus doesn’t come through on the sip, the musty tartness is pervasive in the aftertaste. I’d be afraid to brew this longer in fear of popping the hibiscus into the sip.
Good, but not great.
Tea #12 from HHTTB2
I like seeing chunky pieces in flavored black teas. It’s like. Oh hey! This is what this is supposed to taste like. It somehow also reassures me that it’ll taste less like chemicals. And while that’s not always true, it’s still nice.
There are big chunky pieces of coconut and kiwi in this blend. As well as tinier shredded bits of coconut. And quite a bit of both, honestly.
In spite of all of that, the black base here is simply overwhelming. The black tea is strong and mildly astringent. The coconut lends itself to a thicker mouthfeel, but not much else. As it cools, there is a subtle, natural kiwi flavor that pokes through. Sweetener also helps it along, just as creamer seems to coax out the coconut.
I think, judging how the fruit flavors started popping in the tepid cup, maybe this would be better iced, and perhaps give a better balance of flavors.
Tea #11 from HHTTB2
Light tasting green oolong with subtle peachy notes. The peach is very delicate, but becomes more of a dominant flavor after the second steep. The flavor remains juicy and fresh, however, and never toes the line of gummy candy-like or cloyingly sweet.
I will note, however, for at least the first two, maybe three, steeps there was a dissonant peppery note to the oolong that while not off putting, isn’t exactly good either.
Tea #10 from HHTTB2
I brewed this with 1.5 tsp of tea to 2 oz of water. Then sweetened with a teaspoon of sugar and added in 6 oz of warm milk.
This is really, really smooth. Like liquid velvet smooth. The coconut is sweet and strong, and the spiced are refined. I’m not always really big on chai, but this is oh so good.