356 Tasting Notes
Tea #33 from HHTTB2
I really want to find a sweet, desserty rooibos blend that I can drink at night while I read. Dry, this smells like sugar sweetened rooibos. Which, I guess if you want to get technical, exactly how a cotton candy flavored rooibos blend should smell. The sprinkles in here are really well-placed and add a bit of whimsy to a food I would call the same.
The cup tastes very much like rooibos, with sugar and vanilla added as an afterthought. If I take the sip fast, I can almost miss the rooibos in the cup though. It’s a light, sweet cup, but nothing special.
I’ll keep looking.
Tea #32 from HHTTB2
I find that lychee leans too delicate a flavor to really pair with a base like this, and tend to prefer it in oolongs and greens. While this still isn’t my favorite lychee tea, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this.
I was a little wary of the Keemun base paired with this, but I didn’t get any smoke flavor from it. And the flavor, too, was more balanced than the steeped aroma let on, and actually became more and more fruity as the tea cooled. The lychee flavor is very good. Juicy, sweet, floral, with just the right amount of fruity citrus. The aftertaste definitely leans on the floral side of things, though.
Tea #31 from HHTTB2
Dry, this tea honestly doesn’t smell that different from Oatmeal Raisin Cookie tea. Both are mildly baked goods smelling, and both smell strongly of cinnamon.
The neat thing about this one is that it seriously goes all rice krispy sounding while steeping. Thanks pop rocks!
Once steeped, unless I get my nose right up into the cup, it still smells almost exactly like Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. IF I’m right up in there, it becomes more spicy cinnamon.
Even unsweetened, this is really quite sweet (thanks again, pop rocks). Once you get past the surprising amount of sweetness, it’s quite a spicy, warming cinnamon flavor that stays spicy on the tongue. Most of the black base gets overwhelmed. Overall, this is pretty much a more potent extra-cinnamon-ed version of Glitter & Gold (and just as gimmicky!) And that’s absolutely not a bad thing!
Tea #31 from HHTTB2
Musty and earthy and very slightly sweet, with a brothy mouthfeel. Some very mild astringency, with a burnt sugar finishing note.
A nice autumnal flush Darjeeling, but I definitely prefer the more delicate first and second flushes.
Tea #30 from HHTTB2
Thumbing through the reviews, I was glad to see I wasn’t the only one getting the Sencha flavor still coming through in this cup. It’s definitely a unique experience, as I’m used to that flavor being blitzed away through the roasting and replaced with something wholy different.
In any case, this tastes like heavily roasted veggies with a definite nutty and toasty quality. Vegetal, but warm and savory.
And it made me crave smashed parsnips with rosemary and garlic. Huh.
Tea #29 from HHTTB2
I’ve noticed there were a lot of rose teas in this box. At least three, anyway. That’s three more than I’ve seen in previous boxes at least.
This one has a slightly stronger base than the H&S, and the safflower imparts a little bit of savoriness to the cup. There’s also very naturally sweet, and a little candy-like. It’s pretty heavily flavored, and the aftertaste is quite perfumey. But if you like rose, it’s a very good cup.
Ahhh. Rose teas are so romantic tasting~
Tea #28 from HHTTB2
I could pretty much sum this up with ‘Meh.’
It’s thin, and mildly bitter. Has some astringency. The vanilla is mild and hits on the roof of my mouth in the beginning of the sip. Whe strawberry is pretty fair, sweet and not artificial tasting, but it’s faint and not enough to compensate.
Edit: I gave Fiance my cup to finish. His first evaluation was ‘This is pretty inoffensive.’ Followed up with ‘Oh. Actually this is quite pleasant.’ So to each their own, I guess.
Tea #27 from HHTTB2
Let’s talk a minute about Wisconsin. You know, the state with the highest percentage of binge drinkers in the US. There’s also over 130 breweries just kind of chilling here. We’re not alcoholics , we’re professionals.
So, a beer-inspired tea is right up my alley and I’ve been dancing around the idea of trying this one for a while. I was really excited when it popped up in the tea box.
Once steeped, the tea has a primary bready/baked smell with juicy peaches. Like a peach oatmeal or unsweetened peach tarts. As far as taste goes, this is a very good peach tea! The Cascade hops definitely adds a slightly bitter herbaceous note with citrus accents that really pairs well with the peach. The peach is juicy, ripe and real peach tasting. And the base does have a malty quality, while still being quite light (but not thin). It becomes sweeter and juicier as the cup cools, as well. The aftertaste is mostly peach, with just a hint of lingering hops.
I really would like to make this into a tea syrup and make a fizzy beverage out of this!
Tea #26 from HHTTB2
There is a lot going on in my cup. And it’s all good.
There’s the sweetness of molasses, light florals, the silky rich butteriness of olive oil, and mild cocoa notes and just a little yeasty/bready.
The finish is really clean, with very little aftertaste.
There is nothing here not to like. Yum.