1962 Tasting Notes
So when I drink this, I can’t help but compare it to Fauchon’s L’Hiver and Butiki’s Lemon French Macaroon. Of the three, I think the addition of rose in this one makes it my least favorite as at times it can verge on being a touch too floral. However in the cup, the floral element, though strong, does work and the base provides the perfect stage for the flavors to shine. It has a really fresh and bright flavor from the lemon and a nice creamy vanilla to round it out. One aspect I enjoy is that this is a much bolder cup in terms of flavor than the other two which tend to be far more subtle. So at times when I want a lemon dessert tea that is much more noticeable, this is the one I would reach for. With that said, typically when I crave these flavors, I crave the more subtle/gentle take on it as well.
Caramel and carrot with a rich black base. It definitely is a Fall tea and it is pleasant enough but nothing mindblowing. Plus, it has a similar thickness to the Pumpkin Chai less all the spices. I wish the garam masala was more present as it would make it stand out from other teas I have had but it still makes a nice cup of hot tea in the morning.
I brewed this hot and when I took my first sip, I found it rather astringent so I added milk. That actually helped quite a bit. This went from a bitter mess to a creamy marshmallow-esque tea. Definitely an improvement. However, it is still not really “s’mores” to me because it lacks the chocolate and graham cracker flavors. Plus, if I need milk to bring out the marshmallow than it is not something I need to keep stocked. If a tea can’t stand on its own, most of the time, it is just not worth keeping around.
I work with a friend of mine and since she has a car and I don’t, she often drives me to/from work when we have the same (or at least similar) shifts. Oftentimes I like to make her tea or do something nice for her to show my appreciation. The other day, I made her a cold brew of this because (a) she loves Birthday Cake as a cold brew so I thought it would be fun for her to try something similar but different and (b) she introduced me to cotton candy grapes so I know she likes the flavor of cotton candy. Well, this was quite a success because all day she kept telling me she liked the tea. Consequently, while in DAVIDs, I tried to pick her up some of this but they were all sold out. That got my mind stressing that I might never have this tea again (despite having about 50g at home) and so this afternoon I was on the website planning to order another 100-250g. Then I thought, maybe I should actually drink the tea again before I do that instead of just romanticizing the idea of it because I think I am losing it. So here we are…
Tonight I made it hot and the sugar overload smell got my mouth watering because I was in the mood for sweet. However, though good, the flavor wasn’t as strong as I hoped. I did, however, add milk to try it a bit different and that helped the flavors pop which is making for a really good creamy dessert type tea. The flavors together are reminding me of ice cream and I love ice cream so I am quite pleased tonight. Yum :)
This tea reminds me of Della Terra’s Carrot Cake….a lot. However, it is also very subtly flavored. Perhaps I underleafed or perhaps it is the green rooibos but I am finding the flavor in this far more muted than I expected. At the end of the day though, it is still a nice cup of tea but nothing I need to keep around.