192 Tasting Notes
From the Fall sampler, which my friend was kind enough to gift me (along with the tea chocolate) when she came to visit!
Dry, this smells like apples and thick, gooey caramel. Very promising. Steeped, this tastes like apple juice, which is great because that’s close to its intended flavor. That being said, there’s this weird fluffiness to the taste that I couldn’t place until I got to the last few sips in my mug.
This tea tastes like apple juice Jello.
Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s quite pleasant. It’s just … not cider?
Too bad too, because apple cider is one of my favorite things and this tea is a lot cheaper than buying jug after jug of it.
This isn’t something I would have picked out for myself. One of my friends gave it to me as a housewarming present when she was over a few weeks ago. My fiance and I have been living together for a year and just got the house set up about thirty minutes before she arrived. She’s now one of three friends we’ve actually had over since moving.
(Not being conveniently located makes it hard to have company over.)
Anyway. My friend gave me this and some of the Coco Chai Rooibos chocolate. Hot Lips seemed to be the more interesting choice, so it’s what I dug into last night.
The chocolate is extremely dry and crumbly, really not my favorite. I keep wanting to mix it with something soft (ice cream? cookie dough?) to make it’s consistency more appealing. And … it’s overwhelmingly spicy cinnamon, not bad but a bit overwhelming, especially when the squares are so big!
On the bright side, it assuages my curiosity about Hot Lips itself. If the chocolate is accurate, Hot Lips = Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice … and I have a lot of that already.
I don’t know, guys. It’s not bad, but I’m on the fence anyway.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices
I used the last bit of this to make a large, before-bed mug. While not cotton candy, it was sweet and light and did a great job of relaxing me.
Goodbye, Cotton Candy. You were a very nice dessert tea when you felt like cooperating.
I had the last of this hot last night. It’s a really nice tea, if inconsistent. Sometimes, I get a lot of sweet raspberry flavor, other times I get only baked bread notes. Enjoyable while it lasted and one I was very happy to share.
I cold brewed this overnight for about 12 hours and I’m finishing the cup off now. I think I liked it better hot, to be honest. Cold, all I get is a bitter/bready taste that’s not bad but not stellar either. I’d rather have notes of sweet raspberry than bread from this tea, so I think I’m going to polish off what’s left hot.
Backlog sipdown. I actually finished this off last weekend and was too lazy to log it. In fairness, it was a busy weekend – my fiance and I volunteered at a program that makes science accessible to kids on Friday, finished cleaning the house that night, and then had friends over the rest of the weekend. I’m glad we got so much done, but it was seriously draining.
This tea was a sample from my best friend’s mom, it’s currently her preferred tea. I have to admit, I would repurchase this. It tasted strongly of berries (what kind I can’t exactly say) and it really hit all the right “fruity tea” notes for me. The resteep was quite weak, however, I’ve come to expect as much from Teavana.
Not bad, definitely something I’d consider picking up at some point.
When my new project manager first realized I’m a tea drinker, this is the tea she recommended to me. It’s sold by a local coffee/bagel shop and was her drink of choice during her masters program. Apparently, a pot of Strawberry Shortcake was key to getting through late night study sessions.
I picked some up a few weeks ago and have avoided trying it. I trust my boss … but I usually get burned by dessert teas. I expect liquefied dessert and I get nothing. Since I’m bored this morning, I decided what better time to try out Strawberry Shortcake?
The dry leaf is probably 70:30 black tea:additives. I doesn’t smell fruity or sweet. Steeped, this smells faintly, almost sweet. Three minutes may have been too long of a steep time too, because this one is fairly bitter. That being said, the bitterness is relegated to the last half of the sip and the first half is STRAWBERRY JAM. I’m shocked and impressed. I didn’t think it was possible for me to get any sort of dessert flavor out of a tea, considering my recent track record.
Going to resteep this and add some sugar – maybe I can make that jammy quality really pop!
Flavors: Bitter, Jam, Strawberry
I think I’m falling out of love with this one, which is sad because I like the idea of having a sweet dessert tea without caffeine and nothing else in my cupboard really fits the bill. This is usually the tea I reach for after dinner and, while the first few cups were spot on cotton candy, lately it’s just been generically sweet. I still like it, don’t get me wrong, I’m just … a little sick of it? On the bright side, I didn’t stock up on this when I thought it was going to be unavailable. And, if you’re in need of a sugary fix (without the calories) this is your tea.
Dropping my rating to something that feels more appropriate.
Thanks again to Courtney for sending some of this one my way!
I finished off the last of this one tonight and decided to add some sugar to see if I could get more maple. I am SO GLAD I did. This one is incredible — liquid maple syrup incredible! Yum yum yum!
Flavors: Maple Syrup
A few weeks ago, I had dinner at my best friend’s house. For dessert, we had lightly sweetened strawberries and blueberries mixed with mint from the garden. It was completely amazing – light, sweet, a really satisfying end to dinner. After smelling this tea’s dry leaf and seeing all the dehydrated berries, I got very exciting, thinking that perhaps I’d found that most wonderful dessert in tea form.
I used up my entire sample to make a pot of this last night. It is overwhelmingly medicinal. Any fruit flavor that might be there just contributes to the medicinal quality, making this tea taste like less repulsive cough syrup. I get what I think is mint as an aftertaste once each sip is finished, which is the best part of this whole tea.
I was so excited for this sample and I’m really disappointed that I broke out my teapot this!
Flavors: Medicinal, Mint