319 Tasting Notes
Pass the Stash TTB #5
Looking for a non-caffeinated tea in the box tonight so I won’t lie awake until 4:30 AM like I did last night. Whoops.
I love blueberries so I’m always up for trying blueberry flavored anything. Unfortunately, I’m really not getting any blueberry notes from this tea. It’s very tart and I’m not enjoying this at all. I added a bunch of sugar and that didn’t even help.
Pass the Stash TTB #4
I was really looking forward to this one. It smelled divine. Though once I drank it, I could not wrap my head around the flavor because it tasted exactly like lychee black tea. I’m not sure where the apple and “stone fruit” taste is supposed to come from because it’s lychee 100%. Which is not a bad thing; I love lychee tea. But it was not what I was expecting.
If I hadn’t tasted lychee tea first, I probably would have been blown away by this tea because it is lovely.
Pass the Stash TTB #3
I’ve had other 52teas blends to varying success. This one is better than middling, but not something I would have chosen for myself. I have a very mixed relationship with strawberries – I don’t like them. Fresh strawberries taste awful to me, and yes, I know this makes me strange; I’ve been told. But I love strawberry flavoring (because it doesn’t taste like strawberries!). I end up avoiding a lot of strawberry things because I’m not sure how they’d taste.
This tea had the strawberry flavoring with a undertone of cream. I had to add some sugar to really bring out the flavor. And it’s leaving an odd taste in my mouth. Not sure how I really feel about this.
I could see this being better chilled. Must ponder.
Pass the Stash TTB #2
I’m really not sure how I feel about this. The flavors are not mixing well and my mouth is so very confused. Also, I’m slightly nauseated by this tea.
I see others really like this but it’s just not for me. I ended up dumping the rest of the mug and brewing something else.
Pass the Stash TTB #1
First tea from the Pass the Stash TTB. It’s kind of meh for me. I’ve definitely had worse rooibos teas, but this isn’t really anything special to write home about. I don’t get much coconut, and just a very faint hint of macadamia. It’s drinkable, but that’s pretty much it.
The more I drink this tea, the more I like it. I just recently bought 5 oz of this because Teavana had it back in stock after a long time of it being gone. And I love it so much. My firs trating of 70 is now too low in my head, and I have to bump it up.
This tea is perfect. It reminds me of a Thai Iced Tea without the heavy cream and the overly sweet flavor. However, I do also have some Thai iced tea mix and I wonder how it would taste blended with this tea… I must experiment. I must.
I brewed up a jug of this, slightly sweetened with rock sugar, last night and stuck it in the fridge, and I’m enjoying a cup of this now. It’s lovely. Absolutely lovely. The spices blend together nicely and I get a hint of pineapple as well.
I received this in a package along with some truly amazing yarn and spinning fiber from somebody on ravelry. I immediately laughed at the name of this tea, and then oohed over the ingredients list because it sounded delicious.
I steeped a cup of this to go with lunch and it is divine. Smooth, slightly sweet and tart and fruity but not overly so. The cherries definitely come out. It smells like it would be very tart (from the cherries, I guess) but it is just the right amount. There’s a full-feeling to the flavor from the roses, a not-quite perfumy taste. I imagine if I had added sugar it would be more fruity but I really like it as-is now.
However, the sadness. I cannot find anywhere to buy more of this amazing tea. StevenBe is a yarn store in Minneapolis and they have an online store where they sell two teas they’ve commissioned from Bingley’s – neither are Pop Your Cherry Blossom. Alas. (However, both those teas sound amazing and I may have to place an order with them.) I have a message out to the raveler but no response yet. I really hope this wasn’t a one-off and I can buy more of this.
I think it would divine iced, as well.
Flavors: Cherry, Rose, Tart
This may be my favorite iced tea ever. I had walked into Teavana to pick up some Chai Yen Thai because it was back in stock, and they had this on sample. So I took a sample. And then took another sample. And then walked to the counter I had just left after purchasing the Chai Yen Thai and pointed to the jug. “What is that and how much is it and I want it.”
I made a jug of it and it’s sitting in my fridge, and I’ve been drinking it all day. It is lovely. Sweet, fruity, with a hint of mint in the aftertaste. It’s perfect for summer.
Note: Does not resteep well. All the flavor is gone after the first steeping.
Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Mint, Sweet
I feel like I had tried this before but apparently if I had, I had not rated it. Maybe I was scared of the chocolate.
This was… interesting. It is definitely not a favorite tea, and one I would not be ordering again. The taste is very odd and hard for me to define. There is chocolate, yes, and something vaguely honey-ish, and definitely black tea. But it all melds together into something that while drinkable, is not something I exactly enjoy.
I’ll finish my pouch of it, but won’t be buying more.