789 Tasting Notes
This tea is good, but I’m a little puzzled. Cinnamon in eggnog?! Nutmeg is quintessential for eggnog, so the cinnamon is throwing me off. It is however a very creamy smooth tea. It reminds me a little of a butterscotch tea I have had and enjoyed. I’m a little distracted by the aftertaste of green beans and Indian curry that seem to be lingering the more I try to concentrate on the flavors of the tea. Cinnamon fades the further I sip into this cup. Adding sugar didn’t do much for me and I think I added a little too much cream, so now the bottom of my cup is cream with light notes of nog.
I went off my buying hiatus and placed an order with AQ2T after reading a bunch of good reviews here. My packaged arrived battered and with some sort of tire marks on it (thanks USPS) but all the tea was in there. I was a little disappointed to see the samples were packed in regular thin ziplocks, which makes me worry about the flavors merging from one tea to another or the tea picking up plastic bag notes, but I guess that means I’m going to have to try them all out pretty quick. All twenty of them.
First on the list is Pumpkin Chopotle Cream since it is late and this is a honeybush. I notice a super strong cinnamon scent when dry and steeped. The first couple sips seemed really light and hollow, but as I sip a little further the cinnamon comes out. I am mostly getting cinnamon. I * think * I am getting a little pumpkin in there, but it is hard to tell. I expected some heat from the chipotle, but I think the only heat I’m getting is from the cinnamon at the end. It is rather smooth which is nice and there is a little sweetness likely from the cinnamon as well. Adding cream doesn’t seem to change this much. I may be getting a slight dryness in my mouth after each sip that wasn’t there before. I’m not much into honeybush at this point, but I wanted to give this a go anyways. It mostly seems like a cinnamon tea, but maybe it will change a little with age in my cupboard.
I found a sample of this that someone had sent me long ago. Not sure if I reviewed it. It has been hiding in my tea stash for a couple of years by now, so flavors are likely to have diminished. It still smells wonderful dried. Once steeped I get a light watermelon flavor coming through. It is very smooth and has a slight sweetness. I’m still tasting a little cinnamon from my breakfast which is a little distracting and amusing. I don’t get any green tea bite and I bet the watermelon taste would be amplified with a little sugar. Tried adding stevia at the end of my cup, but I’m not used to it enough for it to not be distracting as well. I’m a little puzzled with my experience of this cup! LOL!
Teavana seems to have done a few rooibos/mate blends. I don’t think I have seen anyone else do one. This smells great in the bag. Chocolate, nutty and earthy. Once steeped I can still smell that, but the flavor isn’t as strong on the sip. I get a light leather/tobacco taste on the sip and more nutty chocolate on the aftertaste. It is a little lacking somewhere, but I can’t figure out exactly why. The experience is much improved with the addition of sweetened creamer. It is better rounded and more hearty now. The strong notes on the sip are lessened and more of the nutty chocolate comes through. This tea is enjoyable and I’d gladly drink more of it, but I don’t think it is worthy of a permanent place in my cupboard, which is good because I think it has been discontinued.
One of the first loose leaf teas I fell in love with was Teavana’s Tiramisu Treviso. It was a rooibos. It didn’t taste exactly like tiramisu, but it was really good and with no notice it was discontinued and gone forever. Having developed a dislike of rooibos since then, I was excited and hopeful that this black based tiramisu from Teavana might be reminiscent of the previous. So today I went all the way across town to a mall (I never go to malls, so it’s super weird and yucky to be in one) to try this tea. I thought I should get a cup of it to go before committing to 2oz of loose tea. When they ran me up, my total was $5.40. For a cup of tea! 2oz of the tea would have cost me $7. They don’t have the prices listed and if you don’t ask, they don’t tell you how much it is until they are ringing you up. They got me in their sneaky trap and I walked right into it blindly. Unfortunately that wouldn’t be the last bitter taste in my mouth from this experience.My first sips have this tang to it like it’s filled with fruit and hibiscus. It is the kind of tang that as it passes over your tongue, your jaw muscles get an achy wave. The girl making my tea asked if I wanted it sweetened and I said no. I’m honestly not sure if she did or not because this cup is really sweet. Once the initial tang passes, I do taste some fruit which quickly turns to coffee notes. There is a weird aftertaste where coffee and tart fruit take turns appearing and retreating. Adding creamer dampens the weird fruit notes, but it also weakens the rest of the flavors too. I had such high hopes for this tea and it is nothing but a gross let down. Mixing David’s Birthday Cake with Coffee Puer makes a WAY better cup of tiramisu. It feels like a waste pouring a $5+ cup of tea down the drain, but here we go!
I discovered shortly after exploring oolongs that I’m not a fan. I just don’t get them, which seems like a loss when reading the enjoyment other people find in them. Not one for learning lessons the first time, I’m back years later for another cup of this tea… while listening to Propagandi. It seemed like a good morning for angry political skate punk music.
This tea smells fantastic dry and steeped. There is a light sweetness on top of some creamy notes. It is like tea candy in scent. I can taste those things on the sip. Creamy sweetness at the front of the sip, but it goes a little flat and cardboard like (which is the dominating trait I get from oolongs) towards the end. If I sip a little faster the flatness is skipped. Maybe that is the way to go? Chug it? The aftertaste is the same as the sip with the nice light flavors lingering. This is pretty good in my experiences with oolongs. Could this be my gateway oolong?!
Looks like this tea has been sitting untouched in my cupboard for two years now! Unfortunately it hasn’t gotten any more exciting with age. I cold steeped it overnight in the fridge. It tasted of generic fruity green. I added a little sweetener hoping that might better define the fruit, which cut down on the slight green bite, but really didn’t do much to make the flavors transform. I get a light fruity floral flavor, but nothing very exciting.
TWG teas have been so hit or miss for me. There are a few that I really enjoy, but so many of them strike me as unremarkable.
Another Zhi tea sample I got for Xmas! I’m always impressed with a tea that I can enjoy without any additives. A lot of the time with blacks they have to bitter of a bite, especially malty breakfast teas that I have been loving on so much lately, so I adjust them with cream and sweetener. This tea however is super smooth and creamy on it’s own. The assam and coconut merge so well together that it is hard to tell the two apart. Most coconut teas that I have encountered are green unless it is a mix of many flavors that uses coconut to add something, not be the focal point of the tea. I am enjoying this enough to debate if it should be a staple in my collection, but coconut has tendency to go bad faster than I can finish a bag, so maybe sample sizes are a better route for this. Hmmmm….. tea things to ponder.
I was imagining I wanted some Momoko with cream when I saw this in my cupboard and changed my mind. I had some Tochiotome with cream instead! I enjoy this tea, but I don’t feel it stands out among a sea of strawberry flavored green teas. It is a little candy like in flavor, which isn’t good or bad. I’m not feeling like I need to restock this, but I think I would like to keep a good strawberry green in stock in my cupboard. Luckily cough(not at all because I have a tea hoarding problem) I already have back ups.