2484 Tasting Notes
I noticed both Roswell Strange and Cavocorax rated this an 80 and tbh I feel as though I am having a completely different experience. This is probably my least favorite Firefly tea of the ones I have tried so far. I mean, it is not bad by any means but I am just finding the spearmint to be overpowering for my tastes. There might be a hint of nuttiness in here but it is not present in a pleasant way. Instead, I am finding that the mint and the nut combine and end on an earthy/vegetal note that comes off almost drying as the sip ends. Perhaps I might enjoy this more cold brewed but if not, I will probably just pass the rest along or drop it into my swap box.
I don’t know what I am doing wrong because I have had this twice now and both times I couldn’t find the caramel. The houjicha was just too strong for my tastes. Thank you Amariel for the opportunity to try this tea but I just don’ think its for me. I will try the last of this cold brewed and see how that goes.
So in my latest Butiki order with Sil and Cavocorax, we received a sample labelled “New Taiwanese Black”. Unfortunately, I don’t know what it is actually called and that is really sad because it is quite delicious. It reminds me of Yezi’s Jin Pin – malty and rich. Notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, raisin, bread, everything floating around in the cup. Yum! Now to find out its name so I can get MOAR. Much. Much. More!!
I meant to cold brew this for 4 hours but forgot and brewed it for 14 instead. I was petrified of this being hibby overload but honestly it just tastes like a cherry snowcone. Like cherries, it’s not overly sweet not overly sour but somewhere just in between. I am actually pretty impressed with this whole carnival line because they have been pretty spot on flavor wise. Although, at the end of the day, carnival food is meant to be sugary and artificial and over-the-top so that lends itself well to the David’s type tea.
I am having this hot and I can’t decide whether or not I like it. At times it is cinnamony, other times it is creamy vanilla. Root beer is definitely in the cup but it is not the first thing that immediately comes to mind when I sip. This is one I will have to try cold to see if maybe the heat is what detracts from the root beer in my mind since I am not one to drink hot soda.
So this is cotton candy. 100%. Both in smell and in taste. I don’t know if this is something I would want to drink everyday given that ultimately cotton candy is just sugar, but this is definitely a fun tea that brings back memories of bonking the colourful spun sugar at carnivals and circuses. In other news, for cotton candy fans, there is such a thing as maple cotton candy and it is delicious.
This to me tastes a bit like a weak English toffee tea. It is caramelly and buttery and very nice but next time I might go for a longer steep in an attempt to coax out the flavours. Ultimately this is something I may stock just because it is a different sort of flavour other than rooibos when it comes to caffeine free options but this isn’t something I would die without.
Eta: As I continue to sip, there are definitely notes that are almost salty that help convey the popcorn element of this tea. It really is quite nice.