2605 Tasting Notes
I cold brewed this, 2 parts Cinnaberry and 1 part Buddha Bamboo and I am not loving how it turned out. In a past tasting note, I mentioned cold brewed this tasted like a muffin but this time the sickly-sweet cinnamon is just coating my tongue. The bamboo provides a hint of freshness that actually heightens the artificial quality of the cinnamon, which makes me feel this would have been better off just left on its own. Also, the blueberry kicks in at the end of the sip but it is a fake blueberry flavor as opposed to that of the actual fruit and it lingers behind once you stop drinking. Just an all around not-so-great brew.
This is one of the first teas I got when I started drinking tea and didn’t like it. I also didn’t know of cold brewing or icing teas so I only drank it hot and cursed the tartness the lingered in the cup. Tastes have changed and I learned new techniques so I decided to try it again since I have been icing/cold brewing caffeine-frees a lot lately.
Today I am having it iced and it’s actually quite juicy. The Berry is captured well. I’m getting a lot of what tastes like blackberry leaf and currant. It’s quite nice and has been a great companion while I’ve been running errands today.
I have made monkey bread a few different times now, sometimes filled with chocolate and cream cheese, sometimes just rolled in cinnamon sugar, but never have I made a caramel monkey bread. Sounds pretty tasty though.
This tea I have been putting off drinking tbh because I fear the rooibos. Turns out my fear was unfounded because the base is only slightly present. Mostly I am getting the sweet cinnamon sugar element so often associated with monkey bread. There is also an underlying breadiness sneaking around in the cup that helps sell the monkey bread idea. I don’t know if I’m getting caramel so much as I am a sugar/honey note. With that said, I don’t know how necessary caramel is in this blend since a lot is going on already.
Having this iced today and it is really bringing out the apple and vanilla notes. There is also a fair amount of honey flavor being contributed from the honeybush base while the lapsang smokiness is really mellowed down. Mostly, there is just a touch of smoke that creams up right at the end. Alas, no cherries to be found today and they are missed.
Saying a sad goodbye to an old friend while breaking in a new one. Though it sucks to see this go given its been discontinued for some time now, I decided to send it off by letting it be the first tea made in my new sloth nordic mug. Plus, with age this has begun to deteriorate so there was no better time to use up the rest of what I have been hoarding.
Though its merely a shadow of what it used to be, this tea is still awesome. The “bonbons” are still deliciously sweet while the rose adds a nice floral punch to keep it grounded. The base has become more noticeable over the course of this 100g bag and though its not the best quality tea I have had, it avoids astringency and holds up no matter how long I steep this for (as in I may have forgot about this and steeped it for 8 minutes).
In other news, I went in to DAVIDs today (not my usual one) and for the first time really did not like the sales associate. She was not friendly at all which I get sometimes people have a bad day so they aren’t always going to be cheery and bright, but she also wasn’t very knowledgeable either. Plus, for the first time, I got tea that was just blatantly overpoured. I was buying herbals so I get they are heavy and I asked for 10g cuz I just wanted a taste and she told me that I wouldn’t get very far so I said around 20g would be fine then. When I got home, I realized most of the bags were over 30gs. Like I know its easier to go overboard with the heavier teas but every time I have been in DAVIDs they always ask if its okay or at least try to get somewhat near what I asked for (and this was after I complained about Teavana’s tendency to overpour and not tell the customers and how I felt that was wrong).