616 Tasting Notes
I agree with Shmiracles! This is a really clever blend.
Strong and sweet really does sum it up. And works perfectly in taste and for the character. Those make for the most fun blends too.
This starts with just the tiniest bit of smoke and malt then quickly turns into almond and cocoa and cinnamon — cookies really.
These blends are also making me want to marathon it again. Gaaaaaaah.
I received a sample of the from Eva, so thank you very much!
Honestly, I wouldn’t have known this was supposed to be an EGC if it wasn’t for the label. There’s very little bergamot in here, and what’s there is almost fruity. Not citrus fruity, but a little bit like a semi-sweet berry. The cream element, though, is very nice. It’s rich and milky and covers up the weak base.
This tea definitely tastes pretty good, but I’m still not sure about the EG element (or lack thereof).
We polished off the pitcher of Honey Ginger in less than no time — it lasted maybe two days — so this one was next. While I don’t think either Fiance or I care for it as much as the Honey Ginger, it’s pretty good.
This is far less subtly flavored than the Honey Ginger, but it works. There are elements of coconut, pineapple, and orange, and the brew seems to be a little smoother or creamier probably from the coconut. I’m not big on sweetened teas, but a little sugar really only adds to the tropical drink feel of this one.
I don’t think there will be any problems finishing this off.
This came my way from AlexaK, so thank you!
It reminds me a lot of the Creamy Caramel Oolong from Tealish. The first sip was very much tea-ja-vu to me.
The oolong is a little nutty and just a touch toasty, and the caramel adds a small amount of butteriness and sweetness. It suffers from the same issues as the Tealish one, though. While the oolong pairs well with the flavors the caramel was offering, I wish the caramel aspect was louder. As it stands, this could almost be an unflavored oolong with caramel/burnt sugar notes and not a luscious buttery caramel flavored oolong.
So, I’m not a huge Teen Wolf fan; I watch it from time to time, but I don’t necessarily keep up on it. Still! Shmiracles was nice enough to send an unexpected package of samples and this was one of them, so I was happy drink up.
Initially this smells a little bit like cherry cough syrup, like most cherry things kind of seem to, but it’s far more subtle once it brews up. It’s a mild cherry, and the almond is separately recognizable, but also mild. As fair as cherry blends go, this one is pretty satisfying.
Everything I’ve had previous from Shang Tea has been wonderful, so I had admittedly high expectations for this even though it was a bonus sample (yay!) and not something I had chosen myself.
I’ve never had honeysuckle blossom in a tea before, so I wasn’t completely certain on what to expect.
The cup is sweet, buttery, vegeta, sweet and slightly nutty. It’s not a honey sweetness, and not really sugary either, but more of a floral-like sweet.
It’s hard to pick out the base because it all kind of blends together to create a really lovely, relaxing cup.
And for fun, this:
is my earliest memory of honeysuckle.
Definitely fruity and punch like, with an emphasis on the orange element. The cinnamon adds a really warming spiced note, as well. I really think there’s a definite amount of nuttiness too.
Like has been pointed out, sweetener perks it up a bit and makes it fruitier. It definitely has a winter-y feel, and with the sweet and spicy ingredients, it definite captures a bit of Christmas in there as well. (I’m just a couple months late).
Thanks for the cup MissB!
I’m really enjoying this SBT. The flavors aren’t as ‘in-your-face’ as some of the other SBT blends I’ve enjoyed, but they’re very good.
The ginger is quite subtle, so if you’re expecting something peppery or strong this isn’t the one for you, but the honey is a little bit stronger and adds almost a sweet thickness to the mouthfeel. I can almost imagine a little bit of syrupyness from it. Both flavors work together very well, and I’ll enjoy my pitcher of this.
I feel super bad I didn’t get to this one and the Oothu Black during the Kickstarter for Just Organic Tea, but I’ve been really kind of failing at life all over the place lately. So there’s that.
There were whole chunks of cinnamon and clove in the little sample, so I was expecting something kinda spicy. Unfortunately with a bit of milk and sugar, I ended up finding this kind of lacking in that area. The pumpkin flavor is tasty; it’s very much like pumpkin pie, but I think if I were to drink this again I would have to double or triple the amount of leaf to hit the amount of flavor and spice I would typically want in a chai.
At a three minute steep this one seems to acquire some notes of stone fruit — primarily nectarine — at the end of the sip. It’s almost like some of the caramel notes present in the shorter steep have morphed into this. The cocoa, while subtle in the short steep, isn’t present at all in a longer one.
I definitely think the shorter steep is for me.