1335 Tasting Notes
I grabbed this out of the package from MissB because once I was brewing a tea at boiling, I might as well make another.
This tastes like sugar-free cider. It has a hint of apple sweetness as all ciders do but it remains mellow due to the guayusa base. Not my favorite cup but definitely very pleasant. Thanks for sharing, MissB!!
Every time I see Adagio’s fandom blends I want them. Instinctively I press shopping list just because I like the show/movie/cake/etc. that inspired it. Then I need to rethink my choice and actually look at the tea and ponder if it is something I would actually drink. Unfortunately most of the Sherlock blends, as much as I want them, don’t see like something I would actually enjoy. This was the one exception and of course MissB was right there to satisfy my curiosity.
I am actually very glad I got to try this because it is a really good cup. The bergamot is not overpowering because it is balanced by the caramel and the hazelnut. Moreover, the hazelnut lends a nuttiness to the aftertaste while the caramel incorporates and burnt sugar sweetness. Tasty indeed! Unfortunately, I used the whole sample in one 16 oz cup. So long wonderful Sherlock tea! Our relationship was brief but pleasant while it lasted. Perhaps we will meet again soon. And thank you MissB for introducing us :)
First off, thank god I am alone in my home because I am pretty sure I look like a psycho. I literally cannot stop smiling as I go through all the surprise teas MissB sent my way. There are so many ones I have been DYING to try! It is like she knows…I think she might be inside my head :P. Anyways, THANK YOU SO MUCH MISSB!!! I don’t think I will ever be able to thank you enough for your generosity.
On to this tea…
This has been in my sample box for a few weeks now and today when I opened it up to send some to Josie Jade, I decided to give it a try myself. The smell of the dry leaf was wonderfully cinnamon and maple. The taste is very similar. It is like having a thick slice of French Toast (that got a good dash of cinnamon in the batter) with maple syrup. Frank really does know how to blend a delicious breakfast tea.
Actually, I worried this would be the exact same as Pancake Breakfast but it is quite different. This has less maple and the mouthfeel is not as thick. Plus the cinnamon really sets the two apart. As much as I love Pancake Breakfast, I think this is a tea I could drink more often as it still captures the breakfast taste without being as dense (which of course is part of the charm of Pancake Breakfast but hard to drink everyday).
Oh and for anyone wondering, I used 2 tsps for 16 oz of water and brewed the tea for two minutes in water that was slightly below boiling. Came out quite well!
Typically I really don’t like orange and citrus teas. I will usually overlook them when browsing through a selection because the flavor is just not for me. However, Sophie at Nina’s Paris was kind enough to make me a cup of this when I visited there office and I actually really enjoyed it! So much so that I bought myself a small tin so I can have it again every now and then.
I like the subtlety of this cup. It is not as boldly flavored as most of the other citrus teas I have had. This is more gently flavored and strongly scented making for a pleasant cup. I may not want it everyday but this is definitely my go-to for those rare days when I want citrus tea.
Mmmmm…this is tasty!
I cold brewed this for 16 hours and it is really good. It is Neapolitan ice cream through and through. Plus, it is the Neapolitan I like because it is heavy on the vanilla and strawberry and not so much of the chocolate. Moreover, the base is present but very muted, allowing the flavors to shine (although I tried it at 15 hours and the base was even more muted – I think next time I will stick to that time).
This will definitely be a repurchase.
Though your many cold brewing suggestions all sounded great, I didn’t have any of them. What I did have was a lot of this tea. I worried that this might turn vegetal since when brewed hot it had that quality. However I am glad I relented because this is so much better this way. After 15 hours there is virtually no vegetal base. This is sweet strawberry (mewakeling, I actually thought of you while having this as it is reminiscent of DAVIDs Sweet Strawberry) and papaya all the way. The rating got bumped and I will definitely be making it this way from now on. One of the best cold brews I have had thus far. In fact, I might make another bottle tonight and cold brew some of Caesar’s Lemon Tart while I am at it.
Maybe I am crazy but this is tasting an awful lot like Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0 to me. This is a bit more subtle on the pumpkin flavor. Although that might be because the vegetal taste of Milkshake really bumped up the flavor for me and this base is less prominent. Also, between this and Traditional Plum Pudding, I am worried I am doing something wrong because the spices are virtually non-detectable to me where as everyone else really seems to taste them. Oh well, it is not a bad cup, just not one I would go out of my way to have.