219 Tasting Notes
I had some of this in-store yesterday (and again when I got home). It’s so thick and fruity! I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention to the different flavors while drinking it, but I really like this one. Too bad it’s completely over-priced; if it were cheaper, I get the feeling it’d be one of those teas that I need to have in my stash. My only other complaint is that it resteeps a little weak – not as much fruity goodness.
Backlog from a few days ago.
I’ve tried this twice now — the first time using a filter bag and the steeping instructions given on the pouch, the second time using an infuser and steeping for ten minutes. This definitely needs a long steep time for it to taste like something other than lightly flavored water. Overleafed (3tsp/16oz instead of 2.5tsp/16oz) and oversteeped (10 minutes instead of 4), this tastes nutty and sweet. I didn’t get a lot of banana flavor, despite the hunk of banana in my infuser, but it was pretty good regardless. My only complaint is that the fruit pieces turn to mush in the infuser and it’s a little gross to clean out.
Happy I tried this one.
I made some of this last night because I had a raging, no-caffeine-in-hours headache. This tea is usually a miracle worker for these otherwise incurable headaches. Not so last night. It was also strangely harsh, even after the addition of creamer, which usually turns this one into decadent cheesecake, especially if I make it at home.
Oddly enough, once it had gone cold, it was back to it’s usual creamy self.
Backlog from this weekend.
This one smells fruity and tropical in the tin – it’s not overpowering, but it’s definitely there. I steeped this one and, unfortunately, got so sidetracked that I didn’t end up drinking it after it had cooled down to room temperature. This one is bland at room temperature, I got absolutely no fruit flavor. Actually, I didn’t get much of any flavor.
After I bought this, I thought I’d be disappointed because there’d be too much papaya flavor, and I’m not a huge fan of papaya. I didn’t expect this to have no flavor at all.
Reserving my rating until I can have another cup of this, preferably while it’s still hot.
I’ve had a sample of this for a while now and never felt brave enough to try it. I found it while going through my tea cupboard and decided to try it out. This smells like floral and honey and tastes similar but with heavy marshmallow notes (or something like that … this tea tastes very fluffy to me). Not sure if it’s something I’d want in any appreciable quantity, but it’s good and I definitely regret not trying it sooner.
Flavors: Floral, Marshmallow, Sweet
I used up the last of this tonight and my infuser was overflowing with pieces of popcorn. I guess these sunk to the bottom of the container? As a result. I got a cup that smelled and tasted like delicious, lightly sweet popcorn. SOOOO GOOD! But now I want actual popcorn…
I had this last night thinking it would be a sipdown, but I still have enough leaf (fruit bits?) left for another 16oz cup. Boo. If I had to have an unexpected cup of leaf remaining, I would have preferred it to be of Snickerdoodle.
Anyway. I had this hot and reduced the steep time hoping it would be less tart (similar to Yes We Cran), and it worked out for the first steep. Much more apple and no noticeable tart. The second steep wasn’t so lucky, however, and was all tart apple.
Overall, I feel pretty neutral about this tea. It’s decent and lives up to the apple flavor. It just doesn’t capture apple cider all that well.
I’m looking forward to the sipdown. As an added bonus, my fiance has said that if I sipdown two more teas, I’m free to place a DavidsTea order. Hooray, back-from-the-dead blends! And a continuation of my recent tea buying spree (thus the reason for the sipdown stipulation). This and Movie Night will be my super easy sipdowns because he didn’t specify that the sipdowns had to be on unopened or recently opened tea. Hooray loopholes and hooray for more tea!
Made the last of this in travel mugs this morning. I wanted to have a least one more cup of this without Sweet Apple Cider mixed in to see if I like it enough to purchase more.
The first few sips were very spicy and thick, reminding me a lot of ginger snap cookies. Yum! As I continued drinking, however, this got very appley (reminding me a lot of Sweet Apple Cider without the tart) and thin. I can’t tell if it was the cooler temperature of the tea or me not washing the tops of my Contigos well enough. In either case, I think I’ll be all right not getting more of this one. It was tasty, but I don’t have to have it.
Snickerdoodle/Sweet Apple Cider in a 50:50 mix again. Made this morning in my new travel mugs so I could have something yummy to take with me to work. (Side question: At what point are you bringing too many travel mugs of tea with you to work? I usually bring two, but have started bringing three … mainly because I don’t like the tea I make at work as much as what I make at home. In any case, I’m feeling like I’m being a tad obsessive.)
This was SUPER apple flavored in the travel mug — no sweet notes from the Snickerdoodle at all, just tart apple. Not bad, but it felt like a waste of the Snickerdoodle – which I like a lot better than Sweet Apple Cider – to be honest.
Tried this again and reduced the steep time from the recommended 4 minutes to 2 minutes. What a world of difference! It’s definitely tart cranberry, but less overwhelming with the lower steep time. The spices are more present, too, but in a generic way. Like, you know that they’re there, but not which ones are there. This is so much better than the first time I had it, and I get the feeling this might be good cold. Sadly, that’s an experiment I’m probably not going to carry out. This one is really not my favorite and I’d rather be done with it in a way I know is palatable than play around.
Raising the rating because it is a lot better, though.