1178 Tasting Notes
This reminds me of restaurant iced tea. It’s less gross when it’s cold. And you know how always it’s never actually cold so all the ice you put in there really doesn’t last…that’s what it tastes like warm.
Cold now, it’s just still not very drinkable for me. I just can’t stand how it’s just flat. The lemon just smells fake even though it says it’s lemon oil…it just ugh. Moving on.
I woke up too late to go to my stupid lab since the instructor is a rude jerk who won’t count people as there if they’re 5 min late. Then with 9 minutes to spare I realize I have an email from the management that there’s a water break at my building and the water’s going off at 10:45. I filled my kettle to the brim, I filled my Brita pitcher up, and then there’s about 80 oz of water to clean out infusers left. Whooo. I’m set.
This is from yssah, thank you!
This reminds me of Blueberry Zabaglione but a lot more subtle. Blueberry’s there, but it’s not predominant until it cools, the vanilla cream flavor is more prominent.
I like it just fine this way, but I wasn’t hoping for strong blueberry I suppose. I like the base tea to this, there was just this tinge of maltiness to it that was really nice.
I was wondering how this one was any different from Swiss Mountain, and I realize now it has vanilla too. Duh. I should have also figured out they were slightly different when I added milk and it didn’t taste like thin mints.
This one’s also a bit sweeter on its own because of the shamrock sprinkles, which of course did not fully melt because why would I be so lucky as to have that happen, and thankfully my finger is not still green from infuser cleaning.
This one is creamier than Swiss Mountain, and the creamy notes are definitely boosted by adding milk. Chocolate kind of takes a back seat to the vanilla and the mint, though it’s still there.
I prefer the other one, but this is festive for the time being, and just different enough that if I’m looking for something with less chocolate and more cream, it’d be the right choice.
Thanks ToiToi for this sample!
I ended up kind of forgetting this and drinking it cold for the most part. It smells amazing dry, and it turns into a pretty sweet tea.
I didn’t get too much caramel, although it was there. It was mostly this candy-sweet fruit taste with the black tea. Once it had cooled it toned things down a lot, it was more drinkable this way, which was quite surprising.
This was alright warm, but I let it cool off thinking because it smelled so much like a nice, tart granny smith apple, it’d be great iced. Instead it’s so gross, bitter, and the feeling it leaves on my tongue is terrible. Completely undrinkable.
I guess I’ll try coldbrewing it and hope it turns out better. Perhaps also give it a shot with the 160 setting on my kettle.
I believe I got this from Lazey, thank you!
I prefer the Lingonberry tea from last night, the addition of spice to the mix is alright, but I prefer just straight berry. Not sure also how I feel about black tea as the base for the flavor. It could make for an interesting iced tea though, I may have to try it that way.
That’s really all I want to say right now…just found out a guy who had been playing for the Canadiens’ AHL team and suffered a fractured skull back in Nov is retiring from hockey…he’s 24…I saw his first game as a Canadien, and I really liked him because he was from the south too. Also he was the FOURTH generation of the same family to play for the Habs. So sad.
There’s a ton of this in the traveling tea box so I figured I had to try it. Haven’t been a fan lately of red rooibos of any sort.
I figured this sounded different enough…flowers and hibiscus, kind of weird. I figured since I should probably end my tea-filled day with a tisane, this one would work. Steeped it for five minutes, and it didn’t look like it’d be super rooibosy.
It’s a good bit different, the hibiscus isn’t terrible, instead, it kind of gives it a fruity taste. The floral notes aren’t very strong, I kind of wish they had a bit more of a pop.
Since there’s a bunch in here I’ll probably save enough for 2-3 cups and move it along. It’s a good bit different than most other rooibos blends. It’s not like super flavored, but for something more subtle it still covers a good bit of the flavors of rooibos I can’t stand.
Well that’s sad that nobody’s gotten to this one yet. I’ve been lusting after it since the Ambessa teas came out. Good lord I love me some Marcus Samuelsson. I once almost attended some Buick event here to get to just watch him cook. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-avuddQQwKaY/T3310OgSOAI/AAAAAAAACNE/AR8yGdd6tRI/s1600/edun-pioneers-marcus-samuelsson.jpg You’re welcome.
I love lingonberry flavored things. Especially that drink at IKEA. But I hate the IKEA here so I am now missing out on it. When I got my big H&S order yesterday, I couldn’t help but open this (I’m trying to hold off on everything else though), and oh it just smells sooooo good. And the smell is the same in the cup too, it’s killing me to not be able to drink it because it’s still too hot!
It’s really rather light. I even steeped it for three minutes. The lingonberry flavor is there, but the green tea isn’t. At least hot. Eventually I let it cool off and it’s a lot better cold. Definitely tastes like green tea, and the lingonberry REALLY pops. Nice and tart. Will definitely have to give this a shot cold brewed.
Out of curiosity I checked the menus for Samuelsson’s restaurant in Harlem, a pot of this is $6. I wonder how they make it there! Because if I was given a $6 pot of tea that tasted how this did hot, I would not be very pleased.
Oh also the tin is so nice. I love that it’s matte.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a Nepal black before, maybe, I really feel like I might have had one, or ordered one, from Upton.
In any case I just realized how they are so much like Darjeelings, but …even better?! This tea is not only from Teavana but a first flush and I’m LOVING it? It’s very, very much like a Darjeeling. Fruity, so astringent, but something about it is just better.
Of course they no longer carry it and I’m sure they overcharged for it. I’d love to know where they got it from though so I could find something from the same estate elsewhere.
I was hoping this would be just a tad bit more floral, given the presence of all the buds/berries and petals. It kind of just sweetens up the white peony in a different way than it is naturally. Almost like really faint notes you’d find maybe in a Riesling wine? I am going to use the rest that was in the tea box to cold brew a cup!