2388 Tasting Notes
Thank you Dexter3657 for sending this my way. I was very excited when it arrived but I grew a bit hesitant after stevia overload in Candy Cane and the heavy rooibos-y flavor of Red Velvet Cupcake. However, I love all things carrot cake and am currently having a carrot cake cupcake and thus found it a fitting time to try this tea. I am happy to say that I have now found a S&V rooibos that I enjoy – and of course it would be carrot cake.
Rather than getting sweetness from artificial sweeteners, it has a fruity sweetness from the papaya which blends nicely with the carrot flavors. The cinnamon chips give it a bit of a spice while the green rooibos is muted and allows the other flavors to shine. This is good but I don’t know if I would choose it over the Della Terra version (which oddly enough, Dexter also introduced me to). I will have to compare the two side-by-side.
2 tsps of this in boiling water for 5 minutes results in a tasty, tasty treat. I worried when I smelled it because the rooibos was potent but tastewise this is both apple strudel and pistachio. Like saying this tastes like apples doesn’t even cover the flavor because it is specifically apple strudel, sweet and delicious. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. Too bad they are not online or I might be order more of this :P
Typically I don’t like smokey teas so when Roswell Strange snuck this into our swap I was simultaneously excited (because I love Sherlock and want all the Sherlock blends even though a bunch don’t sound like something I would like) and hesitant (because the whole package smelled smokey). However, I figured if Roswell Strange was generous enough to share, I should at least give the tea a fighting chance. Plus, what’s Irene Adler without her overt femininity and just a touch of smoke?
When I take the sip, first thing I taste is that smokiness but it is immediately followed by a sweet vanilla cherry. I actually don’t even mind the smokiness because I feel as though it really makes for a unique and complex tea. It truly is Irene Adler in a cup and honestly, it is really quite good. Thank you Roswell Strange for including this. You forced me to try something I wouldn’t normally and I ended up really enjoying it. I am quite glad I have more of this to enjoy :)
The flavors are subtle but definitely present. Not in-your-face but the end note is all maple. Unfortunately getting to that point is a fair bit of oolong which more and more I realize I don’t really like. I can see how sugar could really make the flavors pop but as I am not in the practice of adding anything to my tea, I am left with a tea that I wish was just a tad bit sweeter and slightly bolder with the flavoring. Honestly I think it is my own personal preferences because I 100% can tell why this is so popular. However, with so many teas that I absolutely love I am finding it harder and harder to spend time drinking teas that are just alright/not for me. Nonetheless, thank you OMGsrsly for this sample. I got a bag in the BF sale as well and I think that might end up in my stash sale.
This is not a bad cup of green tea. It has a generic tropical fruit flavor and virtually no grassy base. However, I wish I got more pineapple. It is not offensive but it is not all that special or memorable either. Thank you Veronica for sharing but I think once I get through the sample, my relationship with this tea will be over.
My plan when I went upstairs to make tea was to prepare some whites and maybe a fruit tisane. I also planned to make a second cup of matcha. Somehow that turned into me grabbing older swaps instead and making two green teas, an oolong, and eating some yogurt (which did not come in a swap).
This is one of the teas I picked up in Janelle’s stash sale a few months back. It was never something that interested me in store but people speak so highly of it here that I though I would give it a try. Unfortunately the sample I got looks pretty crushed so hopefully that doesn’t have an effect on the taste.
Tastewise, this is pretty vegetal. I am getting a lot of butteriness but none of the apple or maple I hear so much about. It is almost like drinking the melted butter they put on popcorn at movie theatres…well if that popcorn also had a vegetal green tea component. This really is not for me. I am trying to drink the cup but honestly I think this is getting dumped.
The smell of the dry leaf for this reminds me a lot of Santa’s Milk and Cookies. However, steeping this one up, I think it is a tad bit better but not much. Mostly I think I am just not a huge fan of Herbal Infusions black base and in both teas that is the most prominent element. Other than that, there is maybe a touch of creaminess but not much and nothing I would really call eggnog. Oh well. Thanks for the chance to try this Cavocorax. It is always nice to be able to try a limited edition tea, even if it doesn’t turn out to be as delicious as you hoped.
So this is a pretty mellow cup of minty tea. It has a touch of creaminess but I wouldn’t exactly call it “irish cream”. Really it is not bad but whenever I have sweet minty teas such as this, I can’t help but compare it to others I have had (Anti V-Day Treat and Santa’s Secret immediately come to mind) and it just does not have as much of an appeal. I am glad I got to try it though so thank you Cavocorax for sharing. I have enough for one more cup and I am sure I will enjoy it but this is not something I will miss when it is gone.