New Tasting Notes
My throat is scratchy and my eyes burn like coals. Runny nose and cough coming on too. Yep, the nasty cold that is going around work has apparently claimed another hapless victim. I need a cup of comfort. I seek solace in my benevolent lord, The Earl of Harlem.
He possesses a restrained strength in is subtle smokiness. There’s a playful cheerfulness in his citrusy bergamot. There’s a gentle sweetness about him in his lightly floral jasmine. Oh my – He even brought me some chocolates! He certainly is one class act. My dear Earl is a gentleman through and through. He’s come to my rescue once again. The galant Earl will see me through this cold just fine.
Glitter underwhelming, and the same can be said for the black tea flavor. Pretty weak compared to other cinnamon black teas I’ve tried. Would only recommend if you prefer lighter teas, like white teas, and are trying to get into black teas.
I’m going to increase my tea to water ratio, and see if that improves this tea for me.
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This tea is bitter, and has very little tropical flavoring to it. The worst part was that as the tea cooled, it just kept getting weaker and weaker. I would only recommend this tea to people who are just trying to get into green tea and prefer to not have too much of a grassy taste to their teas.
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Flavors: Bitter, Fruity
First of all, I really dislike that you have to get at least four oz of a blend due to the 2 oz. per tea minimum. Second, the sampler at Teavana is a lie. Well, that may be a bit dramatic but I’m pretty sure they douse that stuff in sugar. In reality, the tea alone has a sickly atificial sweetness that needs natural sweetness to offset it. It was way too tart, and it really just tasted like hot fruit juice. I might have given it a higher rating, but this tea’s price was way too high for its quality. Don’t let its pretty dry leaves get you.
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Sour, Tart
This one is strange. Black as coal. Form is a strongly compressed cake that flaked and powdered under my pick. Like shou, but even darker. I wound up with 3 chunks and a bunch of dust.The aroma is burnt, with an undercurrent of caramel. Taste is hard to describe. The burnt taste seemed to float at the front of my mouth while the caramel moved back to my throat. The burnt flavor faded then reappears in the finish (which is very long). This one is REALLY not for the light-roast crowd! I messed up the second steep and did about 5 minutes. Really strong but not bad. The flavor rivals espresso for intensity but without too much acid or bitterness. Some bitterness does appear in the finish and it became more bitter as it cooled. 3rd steep is effectively about the 5th steep due to the long second steep. Still strong. Nose very burnt but there is a sweetness developing in the taste. Drying out my throat.
5th steep is sweeter and less roasted. I’m liking it better, though it is also a bit simpler. Still smells like burnt toast. At this point I stopped taking detailed notes but kept drinking. I’m at about the 10th steep and the harsh burnt flavor is just about gone. What is left is a complex mix of tobacco and leather. The taste is still strong, and the finish is unbelievable. I’m also getting light-headed from the cha qi.
In a way, I was lucky to oversteep the tea. Otherwise I would probably have given up after about 4 steeps, as the flavor, while interesting was not all that pleasant. However, I’m enjoying the later steeps very much and while I need to stop because I’m probably way over my caffeine quota for the day this tea doesn’t want to quit. I’m not giving a numerical rating but this started out as about an 84 just because it was interesting, dropped into the high 70s because I got tired of the burnt flavors, but is now in the high 80s because it is just so darn pleasant to drink. With the exception of the second steep, all my steep times have been about 1 minute. I normally increase oolong steep times after the third but haven’t felt the need for this powerful tea. I still have a few grams so may try this with much shorter steeps next time.
Thanks again to Liquid Proust. this was a lot of fun, and a tea I never would have tried on my own!
I think that this is a pretty good tea for the price. Definitely not a life-changing tea or anything, but it is still pleasant. The main problem that I have is that the first steeping can be a little astringent, which is why I actually prefer the second steeping of this tea. It could also be a little smoother in my opinion. Really, the price is what makes it stand out.
Flavors: Astringent, Nutty, Vegetal
I get the stonefruit more in aroma than taste. In taste, stonefruit is slightly noticable near the start – it’s also bitter in a thyme-y way that builds and lingers for a while. Recommends one steep – stands up to several.
Flavors: Stonefruits, Thyme
A very simple tea: darkly flavorful. If you like cinnamon, you’ll like it, and I imagine it would very nicely complement a plate of sugary pastries. I’m docking points because it’s a little boring and I can’t help compare it to other, more interesting blends (e.g., Harney & Sons’ “Hot Cinnamon Spice”).
Flavors: Bark, Cinnamon
This was a gift from my sister; cute because my dad loves snickerdoodles, and we seemed to have inherited the fondness for them. However, this tea really doesn’t remind me of a snickerdoodle, which I primarily associate with cinnamon and butter, at all. This is very much an almond tea, and light on the cinnamon. That said, it’s a pleasant almond tea. I enjoy it with milk and sometimes some honey.
Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon
The dry tea bag and the steeped tea both smells alright. When I taste the tea it tastes good. But the real highlight comes in the aftertaste about 2 seconds after you swallow the tea. The aftertaste is so good that it tickles your taste buds.
The aftertaste makes me want to take another sip but when I take another sip the excellent aftertaste is covered up with the good (but not excellent) taste of the tea. Then I have to quickly swallow and wait a couple seconds for the aftertaste to come back.
I think it is the slight bit of peppermint that is giving a slight cooling effect and that cooling effect along with the licorice root and other ingredients produces a playfully delicious aftertaste.
I know I can’t stop talking about the aftertaste but that was the real highlight here and that’s probably what I will be dreaming about tonight. I would have given it 100 if the smell and the initial taste was as good as the aftertaste.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Licorice, Peppermint, Smooth
This is one of my favorite teas. It’s really does taste like a hot version of a honey dew melon…and that works. It has a bright, fresh, fruity taste. It’s perfect when I want something light (vs black tea with milk) and flavorful. I’m sad to be nearing the end of my tin—but enjoying every cup of it! :)
Flavors: Green Melons, Honeydew
I often drink multiple cups a day of this tea at work during the fall and winter. It’s not fancy (it’s a ground tea in a teabag, so adjust your expectations accordingly), but I think it’s a very nice, basic spiced black. Enjoy it with milk and occasionally some honey!
For comparison, I have the option of free bagged Tazo chai at work — this is better.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg