2046 Tasting Notes
With my first sip I realized that this tea is like nothing else I have ever tried. It has an earthy flavor to it, that reminds me of good quality pu-erh, yet still manages to be quite different. Once I moved past that I immediately noticed the deep smoke notes. They aren’t nearly as strong as Lapsang Souchong and instead remind me more of Keemun. I’ve moved away from drinking smoke teas lately, I just don’t enjoy them as much as I once did, but this one stands out from the others that I have tried. Behind the smoke flavor of this black tea lurks a tartness, almost reminiscent of sour cherries. It isn’t immediately noticeable, but every once-in-awhile the flavor peaks through followed up by a hint of caramel-like sweetness.
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I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this tea, chocolate teas and I, for the most part, don’t get along. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I decided this was one of my favorite chocolate teas to date. It reminds me a lot of those chocolate mints you get after dinner at a lot of restaurants, I love those things! The combinations of vanilla and yogurt give the tea a smooth, almost melts in your mouth feeling, just like the chocolate mint have. The flavor of the rooibos gets hidden behind all of the flavorings (and there are a lot of flavors going on here other than just chocolate and mint.) The apple pieces in the blend were rather unexpected, but the do lend a tiny bit of flavor that hides out in the background. My only real complaint about this tea is that there is an oil slick at the top that is really unappealing looking, I know it is likely from the yogurt, but I still hate seeing it.
It took me a while to hit on a tea from the Persimmon Tree that I really loved, but I’m glad I finally did. I guess now I’ll have to do a sample sipdown on all of the samples I ordered on Black Friday and see which others I want to reorder.