200 Tasting Notes
Monthly TTB Club
ThainofBuckland sent me a box with several “Dr. Who” themed Adagio Custom Blends. I decided to try this one first because I have been craving a good chai (I sadly drank everything in my cupboard), and I have yet to try any smoky teas, so it would be an interesting experience. I was a little wary after opening the bag since it smelled strongly of smoke, cardamom, and something sweet which turned out to be vanilla. The brewed tea smelled very similar. The first sip was lighter than I was expecting. This tea actually makes me think of the Tardis traveling trough the vortex trailing smoke. It’s a very unique experience. Happily, the cardamom, which I tend not to be a huge fan of blends in nicely with the smokiness. I think in the end, though, this is just to smokey for my tastes. I’ll probably try blending it with a couple things before I make up my mind for sure, but I don’t think Lapsang Souchong is really for me.
Flavors: Cardamon, Smoke, Tea
I was feeling rather tired this afternoon, and none of the few caffeinated teas I had in my cupboard sounded appealing. I’ve been drinking them for the past month or so and I wanted something new. Unfortunately, my Herbal Infusions order from the beginning of January got lost in the mail, so they’re sending me another one, and my packages from Butiki and the Monthly TTB club just got mailed out, so I was anxiously awaiting them. I saw this on my Tea Wreath, and decided to try it, with a bit of sweetener. It was a reasonably pleasant cup of tea, but I think I’m coming to the conclusion that fruit-flavored blacks aren’t really my thing. But, when I was about halfway through the cup, the doorbell rang and BOTH my Butiki teas, and my Monthly TTB were delivered! So, I finally have new teas to review in the days to come.
Another tea I picked up in the Overboard TTB. I will miss it. It was delicious, especially after I figured out how to brew it properly. Sweet, light, refreshing melon flavor. I tried it cold brewed with the White Guava I also got, but that turned out kind of bitter. I think it would make a terrific iced tea if I could get it right, though. I’ll definitely be getting more of this eventually.
Flavors: Honeydew, Sweet
I got this in the Overboard TTB. I’m really going to miss it. It’s not something I craved often, but it was a nice treat when I had it. Very smooth and rich tasting. I may need to put in an order with Rishi eventually just to get more of this.
In other news, I put in an order with Herbal Infusions two weeks ago and haven’t gotten the package yet. I know it needs to cross the border, but that still seems like a long wait. I looked at some of the recent reviews for the company and it sounds like other people have ended up waiting quite a while for their shipments. I really hope it gets here soon so I can add a few things to the TTB I’ll be sending out in February.
This is the last of my Walter Bishop Strawberry Milkshake Honeybush (that’s a mouthful) that I picked up from the Overboard TTB. I’m sad to see it go, and it gives me a little more interest in 52teas. My first order from them was a disappointment, but this tea was quite good, so maybe I’ll try again eventually. I drank it while watching the beginning of “The Legend of Korra” which I’ve been meaning to get around to watching for quite some time. It has a very different flavor from Avatar, but is intriguing so far. I’m looking forward to seeing more.
So, today I decided to mix together Adagio’s Vanilla and Cream Black teas. I assumed I would probably like it since I like both separately, but wow, I was not expecting them to taste as good together as they did. The Cream tea on it’s own is one of my favorite black teas out there, but the base has a tendency towards bitterness. The Vanilla doesn’t have as much of a problem with bitterness, but it’s a little boring in my opinion. Together they are greater than the sum of their parts. Creamy vanilla goodness that was naturally sweet with notes of dark chocolate. It kind of reminds me of the smell of a vanilla latte- smooth and sweet and rich. It makes me wonder what this would taste like with cream and sugar, but I didn’t want to risk ruining this cup to find out this time. Maybe next time. I have a feeling I’ll be drinking most of the rest of these teas this way.
Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Tea, Vanilla
I was given a sample of this with my last order from Celestial Seasonings. I really didn’t expect to like it. It sounded like a lot of competing flavors, especially since I like very few green teas, and really dislike sleepytime tea. I wasn’t sure what to think of the first sip, because it wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but it really grew on me as I continued the cup. It starts with a mild flavor of lemon that flows seamlessly into mint, and finishes with a faint floral note. I may have to pick up more of this next time I put in an order
Not bad. I’m not sure if I’m figuring out green teas, or if this one is just naturally less bitter, but it didn’t seem very bitter at all. The melon flavor was not quite as strong as I would like, but was definitely noticeable. I’m still more of a fan of black teas than green, but this was pretty decent. Give it a try if you’re interested in melon-flavored green.s
Flavors: Grass, Melon, Tea