177 Tasting Notes
Yesterday’s steep of this was so disgustingly floral, I almost dumped it. If I wanted to drink perfume, I’d do so. Or … maybe it’s my fault for getting too many of the little rose buds in my infuser?
I made an effort to mix up the little bit I have left so that my infuser wouldn’t be filled with flowers again. And it seems to have worked out — the first steep was fruity and quite nice! I was pleasantly surprised. The second steep, however, cooled a little too long and all I got was an oil mouthfeel. What a pity, too, seeing as the first cup of this was soooo tasty.
This smells spot on for cheesecake, maybe one with a little chocolate. I bought this against the advice of my fiance, who thought this would go the way of other chocolate teas that I’ve found lacking in, well, chocolate.
I wasn’t in the mood for Coffee Pu’erh today, so I made this as my work tea with a bit of dolce de leche creamer added in. The first steep reminds me of cocoa powderl; it’s not bad but also not a favorite. Maybe I should have let it cool more? The second steep is my favorite – it’s very creamy (just like a real cheesecake!) and I get a lot of graham cracker crust taste. Fantastic!
I had a little bit of this (2tsp) left over from making my fiance iced tea last night. Since I didn’t see any star anise in it, I decided I’d try this hot and see if I liked it over the chilled version.
Without the star anise, this is very juicy pineapple, and the pina colada smell holds true in the taste. I actually like it a lot. Probably not enough to order this for myself, but definitely enough to finish off the leftovers again.
I love this tea. It’s not great as a traveling tea, but at home it’s fantastic. A lightly fruity and incredibly smooth green. Yum! Best part is that the dry leaf smells similarly fruity and the scent fills the whole kitchen whenever I make this one!
Okay, I don’t get this one. Maybe it’s the fact that I gave half the bag to a friend when I first opened it … but I have no idea why I thought this was rich and chocolatey when I first tried it. It’s not bad — very earthy smelling and hay-like in taste. I think my prior association is just ruining this one.
I tried it today with some dolce de leche creamer, hoping to bring out the dessert notes. I got hay with a creamy end sip. Not bad … but really not what I expected.
Flavors: Cream, Hay
I love the smell of this one — it’s all ripe, juicy pineapple ready to be eaten! I thought for sure this would taste like a pina colada in a cup. Even my fiance was impressed by the scent of this one.
I steeped this hot and chilled it to make an iced tea for him. He swears he gets a banana flavor from it. I tried a bit and all I get is licorice. Unless it’s red Twizzlers, I’m not a fan of licorice.
Boo. I really watned to like this one.
Finished off the rest of this last night — holy crushed leaves! I used a fillable tea bag this time, hoping to avoid the leaf particulate that I suspect has been making other cups of this bitter. I got a cup of very blueberry tea that was fantastic hot … but got bitter as it cooled. Disappointing; I liked the blueberry flavor.
Another chocolate tea I wasn’t impressed with.
I get a lot of coconut from this one – if I overleaf, it’s a very sharp coconut flavor, verging on bitter. Today, the coconut overwhelms everything else and contributes to a baked goods-type flavor. The flavor reminds me more of pie dough (but, not entirely) than cookies.
Oh, well. It’s a decent breakfast tea.
Had this last night as a post-dessert treat while playing video games. I think I messed it up. I might have had two glazed donuts before drinking this and I can’t tell if they overloaded me on sweet to the point where I couldn’t taste my tea or if I just got a really bland cup. Both steeps of this didn’t taste at all like cotton candy — very disappointing regardless, and it’s making me reconsider if this is one I need to have stockpiled before it’s discontinued.