336 Tasting Notes
I love the smell of this one dry — tart fruit, warm cinnamon, and eggnog. It smells creamy and delicious. Steeped however … well, I couldn’t finish the cup the first time I made this.
I tried this again last night, hoping I’d enjoy it more. The first steep is very thick and extremely tart/sour. No cinnamon, but I get the sensation of having eaten something creamy after each sip (maybe this is my desire for a creamier tea clouding my senses?). Second steep is mercifully free of all the tart flavor and it’s approaching creamy. I’m reminded of Teavana’s Strawberry Cream, which was also unbelievably tart. Only difference between these two is that, if you chugged Strawberry Cream, the fruit flavor would mellow out into vanilla cream … and that just doesn’t happen here. It’s either all tart or mostly flavorless.
Picked this up yesterday while at Teavana. I’ve been curious to try it for a while and, when the salesgirl mentioned that this tea tastes really strongly of chocolate, I was sold. The last time I was in a Teavana, I’d tried their Chocolate Chai, was impressed by how chocolatey and rich it was, and was so hoping for the same thing here.
Tangent: I brought my kettle over to a friend’s house yesterday and forgot the base there. So my kettle is home and totally useless without a way to get power to it. I don’t know if I should be embarrassed to admit that I contemplated buying a temporary kettle to tide me over until I can get my base back. It’s only a day, right? That’s not so bad. A little tea made with microwaved water never hurt anybody. Hell, that’s how I was heating my water when I first got into tea and that turned out okay… (I miss my kettle!!!)
I brewed this up using microwaved water, steeped for 5 minutes. Without sugar, it’s brothy? I want to say this is the salt dominating things. Not bad, but unexpected from a tea with caramel and coco in the name. I added sugar to the second steep and found that the salt and coco were both missing, but the aftertaste was scratchy/sweet like after you eat a chewy, gooey caramel candy. Mmmm.
It’s not what I was expecting – don’t say a tea is chocolatey if it’s not! – but it’s not bad. I really want to try it again with actually boiling water and see if that helps things. In any case, it’s another off the “To Try” list … progress?
Got this as a tea to go yesterday. I’d seen it on Teavana’s site and been curious about it — s’mores seems like a flavor several tea companies have tried their hand at and this one was the most accessible for me to try out.
I’m not sure if it was the sample of the pumpkin brulee tea I had prior to drinking this or if it’s Teavana’s oolong base but … this tasted like pumpkin to me. Not pumpkin pie pumpkin, though, Teavana’s pumpkin tea pumpkin. About halfway through the cup, the pumpkin faded and this tea seemed sweet in an artificial way (I want to say cloying but that’s not right…) and I really didn’t enjoy it. It’s definitely not s’mores and it’s utterly forgettable.
Per Katrina Hadley’s suggestion, I brewed up Sweet Apple Cider with some Snickerdoodle — a 50:50 mix — in an attempt to get more of a apple cider flavor from Sweet Apple Cider. The result was this incredible apple-cinnamon-molasses(?) drink that was a perfect replacement for my favorite fall drink. Yum! Guess I know how I’m finishing off the last of my Sweet Apple Cider.
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.