551 Tasting Notes
I found the figs and fig flavor everyone! They’re at the bottom of the bag with the cherries.
For real though. Look at these cherries (while disregarding my stubby nail and chipping polish please)!
That’s like. A whole cherry.
I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite cherry tea so far (and I never really thought I’d find out, being that cherry is so often medicinal). This one is smooth with a little bit of vanilla, and the figs really offer a depth to the cup. The base is inoffensive, and all in all it’s so warming and comforting and, well, good.
I keep thinking I have more left than I do, but the whole cherries bulk up what’s left (which is maybe 3 cups or so). Sad.
In the end, I like how this one smells more than it tastes. It smells like sweet orange with a bit of lemonheads in there. But it tastes like a blend of yellow and green Fruity Pebbles.
The oolong adds some vegetal, broccoli-like notes and the citrus begins to mellow around the third steep, but I don’t think I like Fruit Loops or lemon quite enough to seek this out again.
Sipdown! I should really go through the sipdowns tab on my spreadsheet and and figure out how many I’ve had this year. Curiosity and all that.
This was extra earthy today, and I needed a little sugar to pop the toffee more.
Still, a pleasant cup but not one I’m sure I’ll be purchasing again.
Today feels like Monday to me because Fiance took yesterday off for his birthday, so I’m all out of sorts. Or at least kind of out of sorts.
I have club soda in the fridge again for tea soda, so while it’s not tea soda I added some to my cold matcha this morning to give the champagne aspect some fizzy bubblyness.
This makes it a much better, and truer champagne flavor. It’s still a bit weaker flavored than the others I’ve tried, but like this, I’m thinking it works better this way. Hot, it kind of tastes almost a little bit like a fruit gum, the zebra stripe kind from the 90’s.
It’s much better chilled though. It’s more like a light, sweet grapey flavor with a bit of raspberry that kind of mixes together. I don’t know that I’m completely sold that I’m drinking champagne, but it does have a nice airy, light feeling and the bubbles definitely add to the illusion.
Thanks for the sample KallieBoo!.
I’m pretty sure that my brain checked out today as it took me at least six times to type ‘orange’ correctly to find this tea.
Anyway, this was a sipdown.
I didn’t find this too orange-y no matter what way you sliced it, and hot it was too hibiscus-y, but it’s an okay brew cold steeped with a little rock sugar, which is coincidentally how I finished this off. It’s tart and a bit juicy. The orange isn’t super prominent, but it’s present.
This is good, but not much more than that. It’s a fun little brew to mix into other things for a tart citrus element, though.
This is the first time I think I’m reviewing this one hot, even though I’ve had it a couple times this way. It’s still deliciously malty with a silky and thick mouthfeel, that’s almost like satin waves in my mouth.
Thanks again TeaTee, I’m glad I got to try this.
1 tsp Vanilla Cream Earl Grey (California Tea House)
1 tsp Blood Orange (Adagio)
10 oz water
This is my second time making this concoction and it’s been cold steeped each time. The first time it sat in the fridge for probably 36 hours because it got hidden behind something and I am the master of forgetfulness-fu. I only steeped this one for 8 hours, and it really didn’t seem like the extra time made much difference.
The orange rind/hibiscus combo latches onto the bergamot in the EG and makes this a really bright vibrant cup. The vanilla and cream aspects seem to temper the hibiscus to a degree, so while it is still quite tart, it’s not metallic or overly hibiscusy. I’m actually a bit enamored with this combination and once I have a manageable inventory of tea (so never, really), I would pick up both again to drink this. Especially in the summer.
Bready, yeasty oolong with notes of stonefruit? Check
Walnutty, pecan toastiness? Check
Sweet maple accents? Check
While I’m not blown away by this, I do quite enjoy it and wouldn’t mind having it around from about September – March every year (which is good, because that’s coincidentally when it’s offered). It’s a classic combination of flavors and has a nice comforting quality to it.I can’t wait to latte this. Do I want to wait until morning, though?
I’m all about muddling the holidays, so woo!
This one came thanks to jeweledthumb.I didn’t actually find this weak like other folks (but I leafed pretty strongly at 2 tsp for my 8 oz cup), but it was pretty much devoid of chocolate flavor. I get a nice mint and a pretty well-disguised rooibos, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel though.
This was okay, and even really good for rooibos, but give me Butiki’s Peppermint Patty for my chocolate mint cravings, please.
I steeped this at a lower temperature and time to keep the smoke notes down and found I like it a lot more this way. The fennel is the strongest note, and adds a nice anise flavor and is a bit sweet. This is so much better. Wow.
Also, I just sent Fiance this note because he hates puns. I hope he loves it. But I’m pretty sure I’m just going to get ‘the look’ (you know, the exasperated why the hell would you do that look)
At first, I couldn’t say with certaintea you were the one for me; the realitea was you were a bit arrogant and needed to learn some humilitea. But over time, I’ve gotten claritea to the situation. You’re my favorite person and you suit me to a tea. In actualitea, I think you’re teariffic and Wuyi totealy belong together.
The vitalitea you have put into my life with your generositea and kindness is outstanding. You’re a Jasmine Pearl in the rough, and my love for you is bounteaful. You have dealt with my eccentriciteas and peculiariteas like no other. Your emotional strength has made me realize that you’re my Iron God(dess) of Mercy. (Not just that, but you’re pretea cute).
Like most relationships, ours didn’t come without a degree of difficulitea. But we have overcome that together and you have helped me with my frailtea and insecuriteas and made me realize that I am beauteaful and worthy.
I love you to eternitea, Valentine, and I promise my undying loyaltea to you forever.
Come home soon, I oolong to have you in my arms.
I know this got a little long, but I hope you appreciated my sensitivitea and creativitea
PS: Is that pu-erh tuo in your pocket, or did you just love my pun thread?