2388 Tasting Notes
This smells SOO GOOD! Definitely getting strong notes of caramelized brown sugar both in smell and taste. Alas, I am finding the base to be a little overwhelming and that is drowning out any possibility of cream or custard. Rather, it is adding almost a touch of “burnt” flavor to what smells like a perfectly caramelized treat. I had such high hopes for this but it is falling short of what I was expecting. Perhaps brewing for less time at a slightly dropped temperature might fix that? However, using Simpson & Vails parameters, this was a bit of a miss. Nonetheless, thank you Dexter3657 for the sample. If nothing else, you helped me realize this was just not the tea for me which is good as I would most definitely have bought this and then been disappointed and sad that I had so much.
I noticed there was two pages for this tea. I figured I would go with this one as it is the only one with a tasting note on it.
Anyways, this is another from my awesome swap package with Dexter3657. She was such a sweetheart and included a fair bit of different French teas for me to try. And after the success I had with Naissance, I decided to try another Fauchon.
I am noticing these teas are very potent when it comes to smell. Honestly they smell amazing. However, the taste of mango in this cup is quite subtle and only creeps in right at the end of the sip. Mostly this is a black tea. Subtlety isn’t always a bad thing, I just wish the taste was more closely akin to the deliciously strong mango smell. With that said, I don’t imagine it being too hard to get through the rest of the sample. Thank you Dexter3657 for the opportunity to try some companies that I might not be able to try otherwise (without paying an arm and a leg in shipping).
Thank you Dexter3657 for sending me this tasty matcha! When I took my first sip is was mostly chocolate but I quickly started getting more coffee/mocha notes around the end. As I continue to drink I realized what this reminded me of…a Starbucks Chocolate Chip Frappecino (Frappacino?). Don’t hold me to that because it has been at least 1/2 a decade since I had one but honestly that is what I am tasting. Thanks again, Dex!
Sipping on this as I watch a pretty bittersweet episode of Community. On the plus side, Dan Harmon is definitely back. On the down side, Donald Glover is gone and it was a sad goodbye.
My plan is to finish off the pitcher of this as I want to try at least couple other SBT teas this weekend so I know what to reorder. That is harder than it seems though given the cold temperatures and the surplus of other teas that I am dying to try as a hot brew. At least this tea is tasty!
This is my first Fauchon tea!! And after one sip, I know this won’t be the last.
Thank you Cavocorax for letting me try yet another company and a delicious tea. Sipping on this is like indulging in a piece of almond cake. It is sweet and oh so nutty. Plus it smells AMAZING! Although, tbh, I could do without so much floral. It is like sitting at a dessert table and adding a bit of the centerpiece to the dish – unnecessary and frankly, a little weird. But in the end, the almond cake flavors do win out so the cup is a pleasant little treat.
In future, I would probably reach for S&V’s Almond Sugar Cookie to get my almond baked good fix but that won’t stop me from happily drinking up each and every last drop of this cup. Thanks again, Cavo!!
I have only been awake for about 3 hours and in addition to breaking some kitchenware, I have also managed to throw my phone across the room in an attempt to answer it (thank god for OtterBoxes), uppercut my own nose, and stub my pinky toe which consequently caused me to hit my thigh into the corner of my desk. Basically I am convinced today is the day I die (or just get a few new bumps and bruises to add to the collection).
On the plus side, I have yet to ruin tea so there’s that. And, I realized I have an insane amount of tea I have not tried yet (courtesy of many large swaps and a bunch of BF orders). This particular cup came to me from the very generous Cavocorax. After the success of Nina’s Japon and Marshmallow Treat, I have sort of gone on a Genmaicha craze in which I want to try all the Genmaichas. Luckily Cavo was able to help me out with that plan.
This tea is so drastically different from the other genmaichas. This is more savory than sweet. The brown rice incorporates the roasted rice flavor I love but also adds a touch of maltiness while the coriander gives the tea a delicious herb flavor. Given the option, I will always reach for Nina’s Japon but when that is removed from the equation, this is a nice and unique alternative. An interesting cup for sure. Not one I would reach for often but nice to have around when I want something different. So thank you Cavocorax for the chance to taste this tea! Hopefully you are enjoying what I sent you as much as I have enjoyed what you sent me :)
You guys have never met me in person but anyone who has can tell you I am a HUGE klutz. I will fall over if I am standing upright and thinking, I am that klutzy. In fact, half of Montreal thinks my roommate is an ass because I fall so often that when it happens she either just keeps walking or looks at me with the most disapproving glance and goes “AGAIN?!?!”. Anyways, this morning, while making tea, I managed to drop a plate out of the top shelf of my cupboard, onto a glass that was on the counter. Simultaneously shattering both. My first instinct was to make sure my tea was okay and unaffected. You know you’re addicted when…
Okay, on to the tea. My first thought of this was “holy crap this uses a lot of leaf!”. Roswell Strange sent me 2 tbsps and the whole thing got dumped into my infuser to make a 16 oz mug of tea. That is why I was pretty relieved when I tried it and was not a huge fan. I always have faith in Butiki teas and even though hops are not something that interests me, the Rhubarb Vanilla kept calling to me. Though there is a nice vanilla taste to this and a lovely rhubarb tart, the hops just really aren’t working for me. It is almost causing a dry feeling in my mouth that is just unpleasant. Thank you Roswell Strange for giving me the opportunity to try this but tbh, I am not sad it is gone after only one mug.
It seems like I am the first to leave a tasting note. This is so much pressure but here goes nothing…
When I experience teas from a new company, I am always a bit hesitant that I won’t like it. That doesn’t stop me from trying because you never know unless you try. I think if I expect the worst, than I am always pleasantly surprised (and very occasionally not-so-pleasantly justified). This is definitely a pleasant surprise that I got to try courtesy of Eva.
The black base is smooth and muted, leaving room for the caramel apple to shine. Honestly, this is like a slightly less sweet version of the tasty caramel apple chips by Seneca (the company, not the college: http://www.senecasnacks.com/index.cfm?navid=20). However, whereas with the chip it is clear you are having caramel and you are having apple, in this cup, the two flavors blend together for a sweet and yet fresh tasting cup. Thank you for sharing Eva! I was definitely pleased with this tea :)
Can I just start by saying I smiled way more than I should have when I saw MissB had marked this “for VariaTEA”. I like to think that when she tries teas she thinks of me and that is why this one was specifically sent. I know that is probably not the case but let me dream :)
Anyways, as for the tea itself, I don’t get ginger or pumpkin or cheesecake. What I do get is a very pleasantly sweet honeybush with a hint of spice (perhaps very faintly akin to candied ginger?). It is pretty tasty but definitely falls short when it comes to living up to its name. That won’t stop me from enjoying my sample. So thank you MissB for sharing! I certainly would have been disappointed had I bought this (as it is not ginger pumpkin cheesecake) but trying it I am very pleased with the taste (though I don’t think I would order this as there are other honeybush blends by Frank that I prefer much more).
My plan was to sip on this as I ate an actual Red Velvet Cupcake. In theory, that was a pretty awesome plan. In practice, not so much. This tea is very heavy on the rooibos and the fact that it is being had next to the real thing is just highlighting how off the flavor is.
It is weird because a little while back, I did not mind rooibos but lately it really puts my off when it is not hidden under flavor. Alas, that seems to be the case with this tea. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing! This is certainly one I expected to enjoy but I just don’t think it is for me :(