2086 Tasting Notes
So I have no idea how long I steeped this for and it was quite overleafed but it managed to be nutty, smooth and delicious as always. This is always reliably tasty and it will be missed. I am sure it will return to my cupboard in time but until then I have Pistachio Cream to keep me happy.
After seeing this mentioned by Roswell Strange I decided to have a cup. I also decided to follow her lead and cold brew some teas to enjoy tomorrow.
Anyways, as far as this tea is concerned, I think it is tasty but I have fallen out of love with it a bit. When I first discovered loose leaf and all I knew was DAVIDs, this was delicious but now that I know there are much better rooibos blends out there so once this is gone I am not sure I will be restocking. Nevertheless, it is maple-y and sweet and is a pleasant enough cup on occasion.
I decided to move into whites for the evening (and by evening I mean 10 at night) to cut down on my caffeine. I decided to go with this one because Lovelylotus sent me so much and I am trying to work through it. I also had the thought to add just a smidge of the Honeybush Mango MissB sent me, as I have a lot of that as well and thought the two would make an interesting flavor combination.
So how does my concoction actually taste? Weird. There is strawberry, there is mango, there is sweetness, but each component seems to be in conflict with the others as opposed to being harmoniously intermingled. Oh well, it was worth a try. Thank you both Lovelylous and MissB for so generously sharing your tea stashes with me!
Why do you insist on tasting like Tetley’s Orange Pekoe? When I read the name “Velvety Vanilla” and smell a delicious vanilla scent, I expect some vanilla in my cup. Instead I got generic Orange Pekoe tea. I have one cup of this left and I may just drink it down to get it out of my cupboard. Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me this sample – if nothing else, you helped me permanently cross this off my list :)
I have been hoarding what I had of this tea because I feared the sample JustJames sent me would be gone and I would never have this amazing tea again. However, when Stacy said she most likely will be selling this blend I decided that what good was hoarding a tea if I could never enjoy it. So today I am indulging in this decadent masterpiece.
This cup is pure coconutty-banana-caramel-toffee-goodness! The flavors simultaneously shine on their owns and combine perfectly to make a delicious cup. It will be nice when I can actually buy more than just a few cups to enjoy. Until then, I have one cup of dry leaf left and a couple of resteeps to get me by. Thank you JustJames for selflessly sharing this with me – personally I think I might have hoarded it for myself because it is just sooo good.
Though I am finding this tea better today than I did when I first tried it, it still is not really for me. The floral flavor and I are just not compatible. It was fun to try but I don’t think it will be missed. Nonetheless, thank you Cavocorax for sending this my way :)
I chose this for today’s matcha because I realized my roommate had picked up plain almond milk. Last time I had this flavor was in Vanilla almond milk and that tasted like a vanilla milkshake so I was curious to see if the vanilla I was tasting was actually from the matcha or if it was from the almond milk base. What I have learned from this experiment is that the vanilla almond milk did provide additional vanilla flavor, plain almond milk also helps to bring out the vanilla taste. I am not sure why that might be the case but this cup is definitely more vanilla than when I mix this matcha with regular milk.
As my tastes are now, I would have NEVER picked this one out for myself. I suppose that is the amazing thing about steepster and swaps because Cavocorax was kind enough to send some of this my way. I put off trying it in favor of the many other flavored teas she had sent but this morning I thought I would finally give it a try. I am SO glad I did because this is great! Its chocolate-y and vanilla and just downright delicious. I definitely won’t have any problems getting through this sample. Thank you Cavocorax for giving me an opportunity to try something I would have never picked for myself. I certainly would have missed out if it had not been for your generosity.
After Tiger Assam and I did not get along, I was worried that I would have issues with this one as well. I am not really sure why I thought that given all teas are different but I did. However, Cavocorax was kind enough to share this with me so I thought it was at least worth a taste. Well, it would seem I was worrying for nothing because this was a rather tasty cup. Given that I did not realize it was an Earl Grey, I was quite shocked to discover the bergamot in my cup but it is there and it is prominent. I don’t know if this is something I would reach for often but it is a nice cup for right now. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me :)