3181 Tasting Notes
So I have been going through a phase where I’ve lost my love and excitement over tea (sorry if that’s sacrilegious on here :P). Consequently, I haven’t been frequenting this site much but even more upsetting is I haven’t even touched my stash in months. I have actually been on an iced coffee kick (spurred on by my recent visit to Israel) and a bubble tea whirlwind. However, thinking about my stash aging and losing it’s zest has made me sad. So, as the weather cools a bit here in Toronto, I decided to make myself a cup.
I basically picked my tea by shoving my hand into one of my tea drawers and grabbing the first bag my hand touched. It ended up being this tasty little number. However, as I brewed it, I realized just as I started my tea love with flavored teas, it might take flavored teas to reignite my interest. So, as I hurriedly sipped away at this tea (as I was running late for work), I found myself sort of bored and less enthused than I hoped I would be. I’m hoping it was just because I didn’t have time to enjoy my cup because I really am trying to pay more attention to my beloved beverage.
The coconut is strong in this one. Strong and sweet. And the strawberry provides a nice counter flavor to help balance everything out. Every now and then I get a punch of tartness from both the pineapple and the hibiscus. It actually is making for a delicious glass of iced tea on this warm day. As for the rest of this tea? It’s currently cold brewing so we will see how that goes and this might end up being a repurchase.
Also, hi steepster members! It’s been a while. Between traveling Europe last month, traveling Israel this month, jet lag, and tbh a bit of tea boredom, I feel like I haven’t drank tea/been on this site in ages.
I recently went on a cruise of the Greek islands with some friends and aboard the ship, we had the ship we had the option to buy unlimited drink packages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). I sprung for the alcoholic package and basically spent morning to night drinking and getting my money’s worth. One of my friend went for the non-alcoholic package so she essentially lived on Shirley Temples.
Now, I have had Shirley Temples made differently by different people but this tastes like none of them. If I stretch my imagination, I can sort of see it especially if this is one made with orange juice but mostly I am getting the taste of cherry (which I guess is the grenadine) and a nice brightness from the citrus. I am actually enjoying it quite a bit. It reminds me slightly of the Cherry Snowcone mix from last year though, personally, this is preferable as it is a little brighter and not quite as tart.
All in all, I don’t think I would call this a Shirley Temple but I would call it juicy and refreshing and that’s all that counts in an iced tea for the summer time.
Flavors: Cherry, Orange
First day in London and my friend and I have already gone for afternoon tea. I ordered this because there wasn’t a large selection and though I had this and was less enthused than I expected, I thought I could coax out the Nutella flavor with some sugar. What I found instead was though the sugar brought out the hazelnutty goodness at first, this tea quickly became bitter and earthy while sitting in the pot. It was weird because there was no leaves sitting in the tea but overtime it just became muddy. So, try as I may, I think it’s fair to say that this just isn’t for me and that’s okay.
Roswell Strange sent me this many months ago and I have been at a loss for what to do with it. Usually I drink my matcha with milk but Champagne milk just seemed like an odd choice. However, for some reason, a champagne vanilla smoothie seemed like it would work better. In hindsight I’m not sure why but that’s how I made this and unfortunately all the champagne flavor is drowned out by the vanilla smoothie mix. Seriously, I am getting no flavor at all and seeing as it’s distinctive flavoring, I should be able to taste something but alas I got nothing at all. Still, thank you Roswell Strange for the share!
I was excited about the raspberry component but not really that enthused about the violet or green base. Still, MissB was kind enough to share so I figured it was at least worth a try. However, I find myself drinking the cup trying to ignore the strong florals of the violet instead of enjoying the sweet raspberry or the tea as a whole. In the end, as fun as it is to try, this tea just isn’t for me. Still, I would like to thank MissB for sending some my way!