2808 Tasting Notes
I am finally getting around to drinking this tea which has been sitting in my brand new carry mug (yay) since around 3:30. I made it and didn’t get a chance to drink it before I went to the dentist and had half my mouth frozen. Now my mouth has unfrozen enough that I can both taste this tea and drink it without fear of burning myself and not realizing. And, I am happy to announce that it is still warm so yay!
Anyways, on to the tea…
I had this before and I remembered being disappointed so I didn’t have a lot of expectations for this cup. However, when I took my first sip, I was surprised at how much flavor I was getting. I am definitely picking up on strawberry and that is the aftertaste I am left with but that is not all this tea has to offer. There is also a nice punch of pineapple hiding among the berries and a nice amount of sweetness from the sprinkles. It is actually really quite enjoyable.
I picked up the Back from the Dead pack when I was in DAVIDs yesterday and have decided to try all the teas to see if there are any I want to pick up in larger quantities online. Of the three, this is the only one I have not had previously so I was excited to test it out. Plus, it smells really quite delicious.
Alas, I have fallen victim to the coffee again because when I tried this right after brewing, I found the hot cup to be far too bitter from the coffee beans. I couldn’t taste anything else but the bean so I decided a splash of milk might balance things out. At first, it didn’t really help but after the cup cooled for a bit, the other flavors emerged. Sipping on the tea now, coffee is still the strongest element but there is also chocolate notes and a nice earthiness from the almond. No orange to be found but that doesn’t bother me too much. All in all, I can see why people might like this but it is just not for me.
Adagio really had a good idea when they thought up these fandom teas. Seriously. I mean, none of them sound all that appealing but when you name it after something or someone we all love, all of a sudden it is in demand. A prime example is this tea. I would never have bought this based on description alone given I hate oolong and this has an oolong base. However, as a Firefly tea, I find myself more open to the idea and even more accepting of flavors I would usually ignore. Does anyone else have this problem?!
Anyways, the tea itself does actually have a fairly strong oolong flavor. I am also getting a fair bit of ginger in this particular cup which when the two are combined, it is creating a sort of drying taste (feeling?). With that said, there is also a nice amount of peachy type flavoring that balances out the cup and keeps it from being too earthy. On top of all that is just a splash of cream which combined with the drying is a tad bit strange but still not unpleasant. All in all, this isn’t my favorite tea out of the sampler, just as Simon was no where near my favorite character, but I don’t find myself rushing to get rid of this sample either like I anticipated I might. Perhaps I want to hold on to everything Firefly for as long as I can because I really miss the show.
In other news, I really need to stop watching old television shows on Netflix that I know will never come back. Every time I do, I am sad it is finished. That happened with Firefly, Dollhouse, and Buffy (can you tell I am a Joss Whedon fan? :P). Most recently, that has happened with Roswell. I finished it last night and I am going through Michael Guerin withdrawal. So much so I have been debating rewatching the series just for him. Although, the longer I sip on this tea and think of Firefly, the more I think I should rewatch that instead. If only it could be like watching shows for the first time, every time you watched because it is just not the same when you know what is coming. Luckily, I still have Supernatural (which a friend might have just reminded me came back last week so yay for two new episodes!). Anyways, I will stop whining now and enjoy my tea…
After my initial sips, I was completely reminded of jelly beans. I don’t know why but that is what this tasted like. However, when I came across the page and saw “fruit punch” listed as a flavor, I can see why someone would pick up on that as well. What I am not getting is mint or ginger, two ingredients listed in this blend. Also, no change in mood. Still, it was fun to try so thank you Roswell Strange for the share :)
Personally I am not a lover of Teavana. I find them overpriced for very mediocre tea and like many others, I hate their customer service and business model. My friend, on the other hand, loves Teavana and consequently decided to share a couple of her teas favorites for me to try.
I made this both hot and iced to compare the two side by side. Tbh, both lack flavor. The hot cup is like creamy water (if that makes any sense at all – think the taste of water with a creamy mouthfeel) with a touch of berry tartness at the tail end of the sip. The iced cup is slightly sweeter and leans toward the artificial strawberry candy flavor but again, it is very watered down. Neither is impressive at all which is probably for the best given I would hate to have to deal with Teavana to get more. 169.
So the first time I had this, it tasted like a big cup of movie theatre butter and grass. It was disgusting, hence the rating of “15”. But with all the love this tea receives, I gave it the benefit of the doubt and grabbed a sample directly from David’s (as opposed to buying a sample that was probably pretty old from a fellow steepsterite). I am certainly glad I did because this is actually a nice tea.
I like that you can actually taste the popcorn in this cup. It is light yet buttery but also has a great maple element to really sweeten the cup. Apple also plays a large role but it meshes well with the rest of the blend. The green base is essentially nonexistent in my sample. If I had to guess based on looks, I would have thought it was a herbal because the leaves are few and far between. Though, that works well because there is no grassy/vegetal notes to distract from the maple-popcorny deliciousness. My mind has been changed. I don’t think this is something I would want all the time but I can see myself craving it every now and again. Yay for second chances!
(And I’ll be sure to up my rating as soon as I get on my computer)
Sipping on this tea, I can’t help but be reminded of Kaylee’s pink dress. It is sweet and feminine and a but over the top but Kaylee pulls it off. Rose is at the forefront but it is complimented by the candy strawberry flavor similar to that of strawberry licorice. On top of all that, a hint of chocolate is floating around in the cup just beneath the other elements to add a bit of depth. I think I would actually get this one again because I really do love Kaylee and this tea is a great representation of her character.