616 Tasting Notes
My first non-teabox write up in a while (though a couple more of the teabox related ones might pop up later today). I have more of this tea at my house than I thought. Fiance really likes this, so assuming I was out, I ordered him three ounces. Of course, only to find another sealed three ounce bag in hiding a couple weeks ago.
So we made a pitcher of this last night and drank it iced with milk, sugar and boba pearls — kind of like a milk tea. It makes a creamy dessert-y tea that way and the raspberry flavor is more front-and-center. Nothing stellar, but it fulfilled its purpose. I foresee lots of this iced with how much we have now, too.
Tea #28 from Traveling Tea Box C
More Earl Grey!
This one is better balanced than the Teavana tea, to be sure. And I think the Bergamot flavor is better done. It’s also a softer flavored cup, lacking the punch I expected in an EG.
For decaf, though, this is pretty outstanding.
Tea #27 from Traveling Tea Box C
I’m down to the last five teas in the box (at least of those I’m going to try anyway)!
This is an okay Earl Grey. I used a typical (for Earl Grey) perfect teaspoon for 6 ounces, and found it kind of bland when compared to other EG’s I’ve tried. There’s a nice bit of cream after the main sip, but lacking in the sip itself. The Bergamot is where this falls into meh. It’s not bright citrus and ever so lightly florals, but kind of flat on both respects.
It’s not a bad cup, but not one I’ll be seeking out again.
Tea #26 from Traveling Tea Box C
I’m actually really surprised to find I’ve never tried or picked this up before — I love blueberries!
The blueberry scent in the dry leaf is present, but not overpowering. And smells nice and natural.
I’m not huge on Adagio’s black base, because it has some astringency I don’t like, and it’s a little fickle with bitterness. But cold-steeped, it circumvents all that.
The blueberry flavor is so good. Juicy, fresh, sweet blueberries, in a strength I’m actually surprised with. I like this blueberry flavor more that DT’s.
Next summer I’ll be cold steeping this all season long. Yum!
Tea #25 from Traveling Tea Box C
Oooooooooh. This was a pleasant surprise.
This tea brews up a beautiful dark red color and smells faintly of maple and quite a bit like cigar leaf. Like good cigar leaf.
The taste is quite sweet and maple-y. The rooibos and honeybush flavors eek through and keep it from being overdone, but I was still surprised that it was this sweet without sugar.
For rooibos, I really liked this, but I still don’t like rooibos-flavor in much of anything. So don’t know if I’d ever order this on my own, but it’s well done for what it is.
Tea #24 from Traveling Tea Box C
This tea was almost awesome to me.
Because on one hand, it’s a nice smooth green tea with a soft rose flavor and hints of sage. And these are things I really enjoy.
But on the other hand, there’s also a strong deal of lemon that hits my tongue with the rose, and rosemary, which is a spice I only sometimes care for. And I probably would have liked it more without these.
And yet I don’t really want to stop drinking it. It’s very well balanced and all the flavors are there, and I’m glad I got the chance to try it. It’s just not quite my thing.
Tea #23 from Traveling Tea Box C
The dry leaf here smells really really funky. And not in a good way. Like a rotten fruit in the sun kind of way.
But surprisingly it actually makes a pretty awesome cold steep. I was worried when I cracked open the thermos I was steeping in and got a whiff of the wet leaf again, but the tea itself doesn’t really have that same pungent aroma. I definitely get strawberry off it. And some caramelized sugar type notes. It kind of reminds me of lychee with more citrus.
I don’t think I’d like this at all as a hot cup, but I’m actually really enjoying this iced.
Tea #22 from Traveling Tea Box C
The dry leaf smelled less like smoke and more like fish-something, so that was a little off-putting. I have some seafood/shellfish anaphylaxis stuff going on, though, so I’m a bit hyper-sensitive to anything that is remotely fishy.
Nothing terribly complex in the cup, though. It has an earthy quality, like freshly turned soil, and a bit of stone mineral-ness going on. It’d definitely a ‘cool’ feeling oolong, despite the notes of smoke. There’s a nice sweetness to the sip, too.
Definitely not an outstanding oolong, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Tea #21 from Traveling Tea Box C
I’m starting to wind down on the box, and I’m hoping to fully finish up this weekend. I’ll have it out early next week in any case.
Can I preface this by saying, I love hazelnuts. Cookies, biscotti, panna cotta, semifreddo. You name it, I’m there. Especially semifreddo. Oh my god. What I don’t like is the hazelnut flavoring used in coffee. Ever. It’s too overwhelming.
So. This tea. Hazelnut in a drink has been redeemed! Instead of being a punch of hazelnut to the face, it takes your hand and wanders with you.
This definitely isn’t Nutella in a cup. I don’t even know if I’d go so far as to call this a dessert tea, either. It has kind of an understated decadence, though. It’d probably hit the dessert mark with milk and sugar. But it wouldn’t be this then. And this is pretty outstanding on it’s own.
What this is is a really subtle, tasty cup of dark cocoa and hazlenut on the back of a smooth black tea. It’s a nice natural chocolateyness, a little like unsweetened dark chocolate shavings. The hazelnut is perfect; it’s nutty and sweet and adds a wonderful layer of nuance.
I don’t think this tea is perfect, but it evokes some wonderful feelings.
Tea #20 from Traveling Tea Box C
Finally a tea that tastes as good as it smells!
For as much as I don’t care for Della Terra’s chocolate flavors (or fruit flavors), I really adore their pastry type flavors. I think they nail them.
As far as taste goes, this is definitely strong cinnamon, but there’s also a good deal of raisin, vanilla, and hints of brown sugar. And it’s those last two that make this taste like a cookie. I actually thought there was enough natural sweetness to not add milk or sugar and still capture a cookie essence, but this would be amaaaaaaaahzing as a latte.
I really want to make zucchini bread this weekend.