2898 Tasting Notes
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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge (September) – “A breakfast tea”
Finished this one off with oat milk. Nothing much to say about it really, a blend of Assam and Ceylon. Not a huge fan of Ceylon, would prefer just a plain Assam. But yay, only two Fortnum advent teas left to go! :)
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This was a 10g pouch that Tezumi included as a free sample with one of my teaware orders.
It’s nice. This hojicha is made from a spring sencha instead of the usual bancha. It has a bit more bitterness to it than a standard hojicha to me, but also more complexity. Lots of layers of roastiness with deep wood and mineral smoke, crisp autumn leaves, and rich nuts. Sweetness blooms at the end of the sip and the finish is long and mellow. Tasty!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Charcoal, Mineral, Nuts, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smoke, Sweet, Wood
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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge (September) – “A hibiscus tea”
I wasn’t sure what tea to use for this prompt, since I’m not a fan of hibiscus or fruit tisanes in general, so it’s not something I keep around. Luckily, this was in my Sips by box for September!
I used the whole sample, which was 12 grams, because I find I really need to use about double the volume of leaf for fruit tisanes or it comes out too weak. Now, this tisane looked like it was about 50% hibiscus, so I was nervous about using so much, but I did it anyway.
Happily, the hibiscus part is fine, it’s not overly sour and has a nice amount of tartness that doesn’t overpower the blend. However… This sort of tastes like a tropical-scented candle to me. Weirdly, it doesn’t really taste like peach or apricot, but has more of a generic tropical fruit vibe. I would guess mango, papaya, and maybe pineapple? But not the real fruits, the candle version of them ha ha. It just tastes weirdly artificial and there’s a slight floral note as well that’s not helping things.
How surprising that the hibiscus turned out to be the best part of this tisane… XD A shame, because the packaging for this tea is completely gorgeous.
Flavors: Artificial, Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Sweet, Tart, Tropical
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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge (September) – “A chocolate tea”
So I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to get actual sipdowns for every challenge this month, because I’ll be on vacation for two weeks. But I’m going to try anyway! :)
Anyway, this tea. I think this is from my very first Dessert by Deb order, the weekly promotion was for a free 75g bag of a chocolate tea and I chose this one. Ironically, it’s not really a chocolate tea to me? Mostly it just tastes like an orange rooibos, I don’t really taste the chocolate or cacao nibs or the black tea. That being said, it is enjoyable. I always like Deb’s orange teas because they’re flavored with actual orange slices, which give a lovely sweet and true orange flavor.
This is not a favorite for me though, I prefer her Orange Creamsicle Mousse and Blood Orange Cider blends.
Flavors: Creamy, Orange, Rooibos, Sweet, Woody
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I’ve been enjoying this one with oat milk. Not sure why I’m so into adding oat milk to black teas lately, it’s something I rarely do in general. Not that it’s a bad thing, just unusual for me!
Enjoying this last cuppa plain though. This one needs no additions as the base is very smooth and the bergamot is moderate and doesn’t slap you in the face. It’s a nice citrusy bergamot too (which seems silly to say considering bergamot is in fact a citrus…) with no perfumey notes.
Tasty, enjoyed it, but also happy to have another empty Fortnum tin! :)
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earthy, Hay, Lemon, Smooth, Woody
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So I remembered liking this one a lot more than I actually do…
To be fair, the cinnamon flavor is nice, and it does have a buttery cookie quality to it. But the blackberry leaf ruins it for me, it’s very stevia-esque and there’s too much of it. It coats my tongue and makes the whole sip taste cloying. Oh well, happy that the bag is empty now.
I actually just got a big haul from Simpson & Vail, with several tins of favorites (my first time buying tins!) and also a bunch of new-to-me teas to try. Lots of fall teas! I’m setting them aside for now, because I know I’ll need to work extra hard on sipdowns this month since I’ll be on vacation for two weeks starting next Saturday…
Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Stevia, Sweet
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This was fine, but definitely didn’t have a ton of flavor left. It smells nicely caramelly, but in the flavor I get mostly a bit of creamy vanilla and a slightly tannic Ceylon base. Something about it is tasting waxy as well, like a vanilla Chapstick.
Anyway, there was a point in time when Nina’s had all of their teas on Amazon in 50g increments, but now it’s just tins of a few teas. They have a “Shop” link on their website, but it just tells you to email them for inquiries. Hopefully someday they actually build out an online shop, as there are a lot of teas from them that I would still like to try…
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I’ve been feeling compelled to go through and finish off some of my Bird & Blend teas lately, because they’re mostly pretty old and even though I love them, I never reach for them. Poor neglected teas!
I actually like this one even more than I remember. That milk oolong base just really adds something, it makes it taste buttery and almost white chocolatey, like peppermint bark. And of course, it adds a rich, silky texture that gives it even more of a decadent feel. This last cuppa is a bit heavy on the herbaceous mint, but I chalk that up to the dust at the bottom of the tin.
Definitely a reorder for me, maybe if B&B has some Strawberry & Nutella Pancakes for their boxing day sale I’ll try to go for the free shipping threshold. We’ll see! I did set aside one serving of this for my DIY advent calendar, because I think it’s perfect for the holiday season! :D
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Creamy, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet, White Chocolate
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I thought this had lost all of its added flavors, but looking at my other note, it seems it never had any to begin with, lol!
Tastes like a second flush Darjeeling with a bit of added acidity. There’s a whisper of clove as well.
Super underwhelming. Luckily, I only bought a box of 10 sachets of this one and I only had a few left. So hooray sipdown! :P
Flavors: Acidic, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bread, Clove, Smooth
I don’t know why I ordered this one.
It was stupid of me, really, because I’ve never liked a single one of Deb’s Earl Grey blends. At first I thought it was the lavender, but they don’t all have lavender in them. So I guess it’s either the bergamot or the base tea, but something tastes super earthy, like I’m licking potting soil. And combined with the candylike blueberry flavoring here, it’s very weird. Adding oat milk doesn’t help either, then it’s creamy blueberry dirt.
Sigh. It’s my own fault for ordering this tea, I guess I was just too intrigued by the bergamot & blueberry combo, since I don’t think I’ve had it before. Oh well, into the swap box it goes…
Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Candy, Dirt, Earth, Lavender, Musty, Sweet