269 Tasting Notes
I was so excited when I first saw this. I actually waited through it going out of stock twice so I could order it. And … I sort of forgot that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin flavored things. I always do this – fall comes, there’s pumpkin everything, and I buy it thinking it will be delicious.
This isn’t a bad tea. The scent of the dry leaf is kind of musty and harsh to me. Brewed and with some creamer added, it’s vaguely pumpkin and smooth. A decent, zone-out-and-drink-me tea.
And of an older tea that I had purchased in relatively large quantity, too!
I probably wouldn’t have logged this sipdown if not for the fact that today’s cup is very sweet and cinnamony. I upped the amount of leaf I was using to correct for the tea’s age and we’re back to fantastic on the flavor front. Yay!
I’ve had this a few times now. First with sugar, then without, then with less sugar. It definitely needs sugar and 1tsp/16oz cup seems to be the perfect ratio to get chocolate covered strawberry sweetness. Anything else and the duskiness of the espresso-chocolate mix is at the forefront. Not bad!
So, more of this one as a work tea. Made in the Breville, transferred to a tumbler, but consumed at home (in a real mug!) because the roads sucked too much for driving to work to have been a safe endeavor.
Yeah … so this one has not aged well at all. It’s still cinnamon spiciness, but the cinnamon also builds up on the tongue in the most unpleasant way. I’m really not enjoying this one as it it right now. At least I’m close to a sipdown?
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy
I’ve had this tea for about a year now, and it’s lost some of its original flavor. Time for a sipdown. Lucky me, this is a good breakfast tea and is cheap enough/loses enough flavor on the first steep that I don’t have to feel bad about not resteeping it.
Also lucky for me, this one does WELL in the travel mug! I’ve had such bad luck with that lately I was expecting something truly gross when I got to work this morning, but nope! Hello Cinnamon! It goes flat about halfway through the sip, probably due to its age, but it’s good enough.
Smells like melons. Tastes like melons. Resteep (7 minutes at boiling) is better than the first steep (5 minutes at boiling).
The flavor is really spot on – melon but not entirely honeydew – but I don’t know. It’s not my favorite despite being accurate to its name. Maybe I just wasn’t in a melon mood when I had it the other night?
Although, kudos to Short and Stout for being 2/2 on accuracy of tea taste to tea name. Impressive.
We got about a foot of snow overnight so I’m working from home today. This is the first tea I grabbed out of the cupboard in my post-wakeup fog and, I have to say, I’m really enjoying it. It’s reminding me a lot of honey, taste-wise and they way the aftertaste lingers. Yum!