2866 Tasting Notes
I decided to christen my Soda Pop mug (which has been in a box for months now) and what better way to do so than with a variation on one of my most beloved teas, Butterscotch & Hazelnut Mocha Candies. This version uses a much lighter base making for a different but still tasty brew. I think the butterscotch is a touch more obvious but that is because there isn’t much else to compete with it, not that I mind. Ultimately, I definitely prefer the added richness of the White Rhino base in the original blend but this is a great alternative.
I was going to get this as one of my free 50g bags but now as I sip, I’m not loving it as much as I did last time. I just seem to be very wishy-washy about this tea and so 50g might be a bit much to have around, even if it is free. Today there is caramel and popcorn but there is also a little more apple than I would like and a touch of a butter flavor that is sorta offputting. o, as I finish this cup, it might be my last for a while and I am okay with that. 170.
A little while back, I stopped in at the Holt Renfrew holiday shop and picked up some beautiful Mariage Freres teas. Unfortunately, the beautiful tins came with a not-so-beautiful price tag of $45 a tin. Plus, I had the added bonus of having the Holts employees basically glued to me as if I came to steal all their precious tea. So, I was not too motivated to splurge on anything. Consequently, I bought two tins: one of Mousse au Chocolat, which I tried before and really enjoyed, and this tea since it is one that I have been eyeing for over a year.
When I smelled this tea, it smelled deliciously rich and fruity. When I brewed it up, I hoped the smell would transfer into the taste and it did to some extent as the tea was quite fruity. However, it had a generic red fruit taste and not much else other than a mediocre base that fought for center stage. With that said, I steeped it for 5 minutes at 200F according to the Mariage Freres instructions and I think that might have thrown things off so I will be trying this again and again until I get it just right. I mean, at $45 a tin, I’m not about to just give up on it :P.