304 Tasting Notes
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.
So this is still one of my favorite pieces of tea gear … but I’ve encountered a bit of a problem. Well … several problems actually.
1) Green teas brewed in the Timolino taste terrible! I can’t decide if they’re metallic, bitter, or some combination thereof.
2) Smells linger – meaning that if I make one kind of tea in this on Monday, the different tea I make in it on Tuesday tastes dirty, despite my thorough scrubbing of the Timolino.
3) If I use an unscented denture tab to get rid of lingering odors … I’m now getting a blue patina on the inside of my Timolino.
Anyone have any ideas on how to deodorize this thing without making my tea taste bad? I’m out of ideas. :-(
I haven’t touched this one in months and I think it’s gotten old…
It’s tasting unusually flat today. Most of the cinnamon settled at the bottom of my cup and stirring isn’t helping things much. Alternatively, this is a tea that doesn’t fare well in a sachet.
Oh well. Maybe this will be the next tea I use for cookie baking.
I bought way too much of this when it was part of DavidsTea’s Web Specials and then promptly didn’t drink it. It’s been sitting in the back of my cupboard for months now, and I finally got creative with it.
I steeped eight tablespoons of this in a cup of butter and used the (green) result to make sugar cookies this afternoon. I’ve done this before (with Spiced Fig and Sugar Plum Spice) with excellent results. Pistachio Cream used this way results in cookies that are much stronger than I’ve had before — I’m actually getting the flavor of this tea in every bite!
Plus … if you steep this tea in butter, it makes your whole house smell like a bakery. Ahhhhhhh!