2369 Tasting Notes
Alright so I think my initial excitement about a new tea stopped me from picking up on the rooibos in the first cup. Now that the excitement has passed, I am detecting rooibos but it is subtle and the pear flavor is still the most dominant taste in the cup. It is like a hot cup of pear jelly bellies. Delicious :)
Usually I am not a fan of citrus flavors in tea but between Roswell Strange’s reviews and the deliciousness of Fauchon’s L’Hiver, I decided to give this a try. Consequently, when the amazing NayLynn asked if I wanted anything else from Harney’s aside from the oz of Soba Cha she offered to send my way, I took her up on her offer and got a sample of this. Sipping on it now, I am super happy that I did and I am extremely delighted that the sample is rather large because this tea is really good. It is like a slice of lemon cake, emphasis on the lemon, with a touch of vanilla sugar glaze to add a nice dose of creamy sweetness to the cup. Definitely a nice treat. So, thank you Roswell Strange for peaking my interest and thank you NayLynn for ever so graciously facilitating my order. You guys are AMAZING!!
I had half a banana left over from the first smoothie so I made a second. I decided to use this matcha (1) because I am trying to use it up and (2) because I wanted to compare this to Creme Brulee and see if I could taste anything different between the two. Unfortunately, I got nothing from either matcha, except for a bit of bitterness at the end of the sip that could either be the result of the matcha, the frozen strawberries, or the underripe banana. However, the good news is that each smoothie uses a whole tsp of matcha which means I have just enough left of both Creme Brulee and English Toffee for one more smoothie.
So I am very confused because for some reason, I am getting chocolate notes in this cup. Chocolate and peaches. I think that perhaps the base and yogurt creaminess are combining together in a taste reminiscent of chocolate while the peach flavor is shining independent of the chocolate. The other possibility is the Chocolate Rocket stored in the same envelope as this blend might have contaminated the tea. Whatever the reason the tea I am having now is weird but still pleasant enough. The last of this has been set up to cold brew for later since DAVIDs recommends having it cold so we will see how that goes. Thank you Roswell Strange for the opportunity to try this tea, especially since it is no longer available and I know how you love it. Your generosity is always appreciated :)
Strawberry? Check. Cream? Check. Slightly distracting black base? Unfortunately, check. I can see the potential in this as all the flavors are there but I find the black is competing for center stage as opposed to just being a foundation for the strawberry cream goodness. Consequently, I get notes of strawberry and notes of creaminess but it is all muted by the base. Perhaps some tweaking can correct that issue. Thankfully, Amariel was generous enough to send me a large sample that I have some more to play around with so thank you Amariel for the chance to try this tea :).
Thank you Amariel for sending this my way but unfortunately I am just not enjoying this as much as I hoped I would. I am finding it really quite bland in comparison to other banana teas I have had in the past while simultaneously finding it rather thick as well. I just find myself wanting more rich flavours and less dense base. I have about 1 cup worth of leaf left so perhaps with some tweaking, I will be able to get more from this tea but for now, I am pretty underwhelmed. Oh we’ll, can’t love them all. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the chance to try it out.
So a white that can be brewed at boiling temps (well just below boiling) is my kind of white and this is definitely one of those teas. It brews at 94C for 4 minutes and yet there is no bitterness to be found. Just creamy frosting deliciousness. Why was this discontinued?! It is a tasty, tasty tea that I am super grateful to Amariel for sharing.
It is sweet but not too sweet with a nice buttery creaminess. Meanwhile, it is simultaneously light and fluffy which is unusual for a DAVIDs tea (as I have found many tend to go to the thick/oily side). And there is a nice hint of mango fruitiness that pairs beautifully with the osmanthus which is fresh, clean, and slightly nutty. Even the chamomile is present, though not offensive in this blend as I find it really helps to highlight all the flavors and blends beautifully to create one amazing tea. Seriously, thank you Amariel for sharing!!
ETA: I just got in trouble with my sister over this tea because I gave her, someone who really has no interest in tea, a sip and when she told me it was tasty I was shocked and told her “of course you would like a discontinued blend” to which she told me “why would I give her something she liked if she can’t have it again”…oops :P