129 Tasting Notes
I had this yesterday morning for the first time in quite a long time. It’s one of my favourites but I think I overdid it on chais and spice based teas for a while, and kind of drank myself sick of them. That, and I used to brew every black tea I owned at boiling for 5min. Ummm…no. 5min is much too much for a lot of black teas, flavoured or otherwise. So needless to say I’d often end up with a cup of bitter, overly flavoured, sorely oversteeped tea, which I blamed on the tea itself rather than my bad steeping parameters. I think this blend was a victim of that.
So at a 3.5 minute steep, I’m enjoying this a lot more! The vanilla and orange notes come out, whereas before I was just getting straight up sweet cinnamon. I’m almost finished my tin but I might have to get a bit more to play around with. Made a tasty, warming cup.
Drank this in a frenzy yesterday morning while trying to get myself (and my apartment) ready for a visit from the parents. They’re not in town often but they always seem to catch me at a super busy time when my place happens to be a mess. Sigh. I got everything in order just about in time though, and obviously I couldn’t skip out on my morning cup of tea.
I love pumpkin teas and this one is nearly perfect. I love the rich spices and the addition of caramel. I’m really glad I picked up a pouch. Especially since I’m kicking myself for getting 3 pouches of Butterbeer, which I swear has changed. I keep getting bitterness. Sigh. At least I have lots to experiment with I suppose.
So glad to have this back in my cupboard. It makes crappy mornings a little more bearable. It’s what I reach for after a draining day. Pure, sweet comfort. Hello again, friend!
Della Terra Dubbele Chocolade + Caramel Creme
Sipdown on the Dubbele Chocolade! And not quite enough left for a mug. So I tossed in some Caramel Creme and was blown away by the deliciousness. These two seem meant for eachother, soo much more tasty when paired (which is saying something, cause I loved them both individually). The result is sweet-but-not-too-sweet dark chocolate and burnt sugar with an ever so slightly creamy quality that rounds it out keeps the darker flavours from being too much.
Second tea of this lazy morning for me. Enjoying being curled up on the couch by the window with hot tea and a hefty book & happy to have some quiet time all to myself while my love sleeps in.
This is a nice coconut tea. I don’t taste much cream, or any pie crust notes, but as a coconut tea it holds up pretty well.
I think I’ve realized I like tropical coconut notes (like in Buttered Rum, for example) better than bakey coconut, as in this tea. This one tastes like toasted coconut flakes and reminds me of a toasted coconut covered donut.
Most days I find it to be really tasty, but on others I can find it really overwhelming and it makes me feel a bit nauseous. This morning I made a perfect cup though and it’s suiting me just fine. 4 min steep seems to be just the way I like it.
This was another late night new years brew. Strangely enough, this time as soon as the water hit the leaf a strong, juicy orange was the only note I could smell. How strange! The last time I had it I remember it being distinctly pineapple, but orange is the only association I’m getting today.
Yep, the flavour is orangey-citrus for me too. If I try really hard I can convince myself it’s maybe pineapple. My tastebuds must be off, this isn’t how I remember it at all! Not bad, but definitely different.
I had the second steep this morning when I finally rolled out of bed, and it held up nicely. Doesn’t resteep as well as the Canteloupe & Cream, but definitely worth having at least 2 infusions.
Mm this is quickly becoming a favourite. So smooth and refreshing yet creamy too. I had a cup of this earlier this afternoon, and really enjoyed the first steep. Lots of juicy melon flavour that really highlights and compliments the white tea. Lovely clean finish.
I left the leaves in my infuser and a little after midnight I was feeling a bit tipsy and plenty sleepy, so I brewed up a second steep. I was surprised how much flavour is retained in the resteep – I haven’t had much luck resteeping flavoured teas in the past. Anyway I’m not sure if it was the hydration or the caffeine but my cup of tea did wonders in waking/sobering me up :D
This will definitely be a reorder for me, I’ve never had anything quite like it.
Had some of this one for the first time after the big dinner. It was nice and soothing on a full belly and went down nicely with no additions. The scent is of bright, intense lemon with a hint of spice from the cardamom. I was kind of surprised this made it into the 12 teas box; it looked a little ho-hum next to some of the other blends Frank is famous for.
I was wrong, though! This is pretty nice, and definitely holds its own. All of the flavours come together nicely and it made a nice after dinner tea. Not a favourite but still quite good.
Ooh lovely lovely! I knew this would be amazing as soon as I smelled it. Soft mint! Creamy sweet marshmallow! Black tea! I’m not big on minty teas but I like it when it’s subtle and done well. That’s the case for me in this one. It really is a perfect Christmas morning tea. I have loved all of Franks blends with marshmallow so far. Keep them coming, please! Adds such a yummy sweet creamy feel.
The taste of this blend reminds me of those peppermint drops that are made of white chocolate and come in pastel colours. Do those have a name? Hmm. Well this is like those candies in black tea form, and I am really enjoying this. Think I might grab a pouch when it comes available.
My girl got me a big ol’ 100g tin of this in my stocking. She knows me well, it’s my favourite from David’sTea and I had just run out of it a couple weeks ago. My tin is absolutely filled to the brim with goodness :D
This was my Christmas eve tea (we couldn’t wait and exchanged stockings early) and it was so nice and creamy and full of flavour. A bit better than the last batch I had.