789 Tasting Notes
I dumped the rest of this into a small jar with water and left it in the fridge for a few days. Poured a little into a cup, added a shot of Treaty Oak rum and some agave and I have myself an almost perfect drink. There is a little bite in there that I don’t care for which is likely due to overleafing, but there is a ton of tasty watermelon flavor in there! Vodka would have had a cleaner taste that went better with the watermelon, but the white rum isn’t bad either. Could probably use an ice cube to dilute it a little. Eh.
Today is a rough day and the start of a rough new reality. I steeped a cup of this tea, took a sip, was intrigued and then got side tracked with some manual labor in my yard that included hauling bags of cement. Now I’m all sweat, gross and dusty while trying to focus on experiencing this cup instead of turning to my liquor cupboard. Yay me! LOL!
I absent mindedly chugged some of this before reheating. I’m noticing more coconut when it is warm and more of the tea flavors coming out when it is cool. I think I can pick up a bit of the butteriness from the cashew and maybe a hint of carrot. Adding cream isn’t doing much. The creaminess is heightened, but I’m not tasting any other flavor changes. Maybe a little more carrot at the end of the sip? I’ll have to revisit this tea when I’m in a better headspace.
It took a few sips before the flavors started to balance out and the bite to calm. I usually take my breakfast teas with cream, sometimes sugar, but I have gone through half this cup without so far. It has a slight sweetness on the sip along with a slightly astringent tobacco flavor that fades into a malty aftertaste. Adding cream is really changing this! My first sip tasted sweet and was reminiscent of cookies. A slight hint of banana at the beginning of the sip than lingers into the aftertaste… unexpected, but I like it. I’m not getting heavy malt like I’m used to with breakfast teas, but it is a very enjoyable cup.
Man, this tea is OLD. It’s old and it’s still putting out a good cup! Since buying it my feelings about rooibos has changed, but a little cream and sweetener drowns it out and I’m left with the delicious smooth lime flavors. I used to be so in love with this tea that I last bought a 4oz bag that I’m still working through. At some point I kind of forgot about it, but I feel like I’m falling for it again.
Since DT is no more, I googled “lime chiffon rooibos” and it came up with a bunch of other companies that sell what looks to be the same tea. I’m glad to know that if I fall hard for it again, it is still out there to be had.
I can smell strawberry and something earthier behind it, maybe alkaline when sniffing at my cup of tea. There is a quick hint of strawberry at the beginning of the sip that quickly gives way to the alkaline taste, which passes into the earthy spice by the end of the sip. The lingering flavor is a spice heating up my mouth slightly. I’m a little surprised that the strawberry isn’t more prominent in flavor. I have had several strawberry teas that are quite intense with the flavor of the fruit. Adding a bit of sweetener (agave in this case) really cranked up the fruit flavor. I can taste the strawberry on the sip and also in the lingering heat. I’m liking these spicy teas! I have a couple strawberry teas I need to get through, maybe adding a splash of hot sauce will have a similar effect as this tea and make me more excited about them. I’m also now dreaming of strawberry preserves with jalapeno on a toasted bagel with egg! Digging the sweet and spicy on this one!
This would be a great tea for when you have a cold with the spice to cut through stuffy sinuses!
Ooooo, I think I can smell the chipotle! I don’t understand why spellcheck keeps getting caught up on chipotle. It’s not that weird of a word.
I can smell a little bit of chocolate under the chipotle. First sip was a little flavorless with slight heat at the back of my throat. As I sip on the flavor grows slightly, I can taste chipotle, not just feel the heat (which is also growing). I’m not getting much in the way of chocolate and there is a flatness at the start of the sip. Going to try adding sugar to see if it brings it out. I hesitate to add creamer because I don’t want to dampen the heat from the spice that is pleasantly lingering in my mouth. The sugar really does brighten this! All the flavors are more prominent and I can pick out a chocolate pudding hiding behind the chipotle. A hint of an ashy flavor mid sip that turns into a roasted pepper taste later on. The spice is picking up a little and warming me on this overcast day. This has the perfect level of spice for me, a good amount of kick that keeps my attention without being overwhelming, but the chocolate pudding part could use a little amping up to compete with the chipotle.
Turtle dove?! What the hell is a turtle dove? Is that some candy bar or confection reference? I feel some googling is in order.
When steeped this tea smells familiar. It reminds me a little of TWG’s NY Breakfast and American breakfast, of Marriage Freres’s Wedding Imperial, of nutty chocolate teas. When I sip, I get a slightly malty chocolate nut tea. It, like many others I have tried that were similar to it, are a little flat in taste. I get high notes and base notes… maybe the middle is missing? Many of these teas (like Wedding Imperial) required a bit of adjustment and cream to get the perfect cup. I’m guessing the same may be true for this tea. Adding cream and sugar… and yes! Much better! The cream fills things in a bit. It takes over the sip a bit, but then heightens the chocolate and nuts which take turns and sometimes merge in the aftertaste. There is a slight dryness in my mouth after each sip. I would have to think long and hard about if I like this better than NY Breakfast and if it should become a cupboard staple.
The rooibos seems to filter to the bottom of the bag making it difficult to get what seems like an even mix between rooibos and tea. Smells fantastic in the bag.
Wow! Again with the bright lemon notes! I get lemongrass notes dominating the sip. The blueberry is laying low and comes out in the aftertaste. The whole thing is well balanced, which I love in a tea. The scent is exactly like the name, I smell lemons, blueberries and a pastry behind them. If I wait long enough after the sip, I get the same in the aftertaste. As it cools and I sip faster, the flavors merge sooner. Adding cream really kills the flavors and ruins the cup. Bad move tea drinker, bad move.
Visually, this tea is stunning! It looks like little balls of two toned silken yarn with little brown sprinkle stars, the occasional silver bead and tan mini chips dispersed with chips of cinnamon bark breaking the mix up into sections. I hope it’s as delicious as it looks! The scent of cinnamon dominates this mix, as it does a few other AQ2T samples that I have. After it is steeped, the leaves unfurl, the sprinkles melt away and it looks like a mass of brown leaves in my steeper. There are little bits of the silver sprinkles drifting in my tea like glitter. It is starting to smell less like cinnamon and more like gingerbread. The first few sips compete with bites of my snack. I’m noticing how well rounded this tea is. Smooth without any bite and a mellow cooked ginger dominating the flavor. I’m not really getting honey or pancake, so I’m adding a little sugar to see if it brings them out. So far the sugar seems to bring the cinnamon back out. There is a sweetness in the aftertaste that is more prominent now too. I think I can pick out honey notes, but the pancake part (like most pastry notes in teas) is still eluding me. This is a really well done tea that I’d like to have again sometime. I really missed trying new teas!
I have in the past been resistant to lemon flavored tea. Probably due to traumatizing experiences with yucky flat lemon tea from the grocery store. Luckily this is none of that! This is bright lemon and lemongrass notes which mix in well with a base that I’m not tasting on it’s own, but is there adding base notes which round out the tea quite well. I think I can smell the graham, but it melts into the taste and I can’t pick it out. I’m drinking this happily with no additions, but I do wonder if adding creamer would help or hinder. I am impressed that this tea pulls off lemon so well without a bitterness that I would expect. Creamer doesn’t seem to be doing anything spectacular for this tea. It seems to be best on it’s own.
*Edit: The last sip of the cup is a little gritty, I assume from the graham. I’m not used to grit in my tea! LOL!