812 Tasting Notes
I got this in my grab bag way back in July. But, I have swapped and received so many samples in my swaps that I am getting so far behind!
As the name says, it is buttery, with sweet orange, and hints of cranberry. I like it with the honeybush base because it is nice and mellow. And it isn’t too tart.
It almost feels like I am having a baked good for a bedtime snack.
I am really starting to love my little gongfu mini teapot and tiny double walled cups.
Steepings 1-4: Roasted honey notes with a thick mouthfeel. The aftertaste is woodsy.
Steepings 5-8: Now I am getting the waffle cone notes. It is sweet and smooth, but not too strong. Some vanilla is peeking through as well. This group of steepings is my favourite.
Steepings 9-12: These steepings are not as sweet as the previous ones. The vanilla is still present. I am getting a slight cinnamon hint, but no banana like the website suggests.
The first steepings of this tea are almost a little bit too strong for my taste. The later steepings shine though!
Thanks to Nicole for this sample
This is the first Darjeeling I have tried. I am not sure what notes I am supposed to pick up on, but this tea is smooth with a little bit of astingency. I am not picking up the typical black tea base, but that is likely because it is a decaf.
As Nicole mentioned in her note, I am sure this would make a great iced tea!
Dry leaves smell incredibly chocolately.
Wet leaves smell like dark chocolate and malty.
Using my little gongfu mini-teapot and clear double walled cups!
2seconds for each steep:
Steeps 1-4: Rich, creamy dark chocolate fills my mouth with a little hint of baked honey nut bread. The aftertaste is sweet and malty but not “too thick” on my palate. The mouthfeel is full and fantastic.
Increasing by 3 seconds for each infusion;
Steepings 5-8: Now, the tea has transformed from chocolate to nutty caramel with honey notes coming on a little bit stronger
Steepings 9-12: These steeps aren’t quite as steep. But still smooth and delicious. My palate isn’t really sure what notes are present, something lightly cinnamon maybe?
Overall: this tea is fantastic, chocolatey but so naturally sweet, with not bitterness. This is a great tea to enjoy on my day off!! Who knew straight tea could be so complex? I have certainly really learned to enjoy straight teas!
Thanks to Will Work For Tea for this sample
Wow, this is smooth! This is sweet, creamy, and with great vanilla flavour (vanilla is one of my fav flavours). This is a truly great blend. The black tea base doesn’t come through too much…….
Wait a minute……reading other reviews and I realize: this is a DECAF? WHAT? No wonder I couldn’t taste the black base too much…lol. This is way too good to be a decaf. This is the best decaf I have ever tasted. I might have to make a Harneys order one day and this tea will certainly be on it!
Backlogging from Monday.
This is very refreshing like orange juice but with a sweet tropical aftertaste. I am definitely getting hints of pineapple and papaya. Still a bit earthy from the mate base. I like that there are no artificial ingredients in this blend.
I put some in the fridge to cool, and it is good chilled too. The same notes shine through as I mentioned.
Backlogging from yesterday.
I finally got this tea. It was sold out of my local DT for quite awhile. Then, the last 3 times that I went, I got distracted by other new teas and forgot to try this one!
This is better than I was expecting. It is earthy but not as earthy as a mate base. I like this guayusa base, it is earthy but remains sweet. To me, this and the new main squeeze are very similar which I tried the day before this one.
The papaya and peach come through very nicely. Too bad there is flavourings in this one.
I put the last part of this cup in the fridge to cool and tried it this morning. It was very good chilled. Very peachy and refreshing.
Thanks so much to Stacy for this lovely sample
These leaves are suprisingly really long and beautiful looking.
This black tea is great quality. Natural tasting black tea first with smooth notes of honey. In the aftertaste and at the end of the sip, I am picking up those lovely fruity peachy notes.
I am really enjoying this without any additions!
Thank you Stacy for this sample
Hmm, I have no idea what tamarind is. This tea was really good. I was eating some leftover cake with it, and the sweetness of the cake really made the flavour pop. It is nice and creamy, but I am really not sure how to describe it.
Good suggestion Alphakitty!
EDIT: Upon Stacy’s suggestion to add sugar, I added sugar to my resteep for 5 minutes. It turned out really good. Cuts the bitterness of the first steep without sugar. This does taste a little bit more familiar now, I have probably have had tamarind like Alphakitty suggested.