1893 Tasting Notes
This is tea #11 from the sampler. I’m sitting on the couch sipping it while I relax from a crazy day of work at the bookstore. I’m back on Boxing Day too, blah.
I’m not sure what butterbeer is meant to taste like as I’ve never tried any of the fan-made recipes floating around the internet and I don’t think it was ever described in the books. I’m going to assume a similarity with rootbeer as this is what this blend tastes like to me – and that’s totally okay as I love rootbeer. There’s a bit of something more in there that’s harder to define – it’s smooth and slightly creamy with a bit of natural sweetness. Very yummy!
Twelves Teas of X-mas #9. I find that I like this particular lemon green blend better than the Sun and Cloud Mist – I’m not quite sure what it is, but part of it I think is that the base is milder and the lemon isn’t as strong or sharp. The cardamom is subtle but adds a little bit of spice that makes this blend unusual – there are a lot of lemon-flavoured teas out there but the cardamom makes it stand out.
Twelves Teas of X-mas #7 (the last tea I can recall blogging about was #5 so I think I might be missing one somewhere in there). Somehow Frank has managed to make this tea taste not like lime, but actual, bona fide lime jello. I’m not sure if I can describe what the jello part tastes like but there’s clearly something more there than just the tang from the lime. The marshmallow works perfectly with the other flavour and don’t seem out of place like they do in other blends.
I’m noticing a theme of green-teas-with-marshmallow in this sampler, BTW. :P
This is from way back on Day 3 of the twelve teas of X-mas.
Everyone else seems to love this tea but I only found it to be okay. The green tea/lemon combination was a bit too harsh in this instance and together with the marshmallow (which is rather faint) gave the tea an odd, slightly chemical taste that doesn’t do to much for me, I’m afraid. I’ll mess around with the steeping parameters a bit with what’s left of my sample to see if matters improve.
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeeee…… ;P
This is another tea I already have a pouch of, although I’m certainly not complaining about having an excuse to drink it again. In the past I haven’t been too impressed with Frank’s pumpkin-flavoured teas as I couldn’t seem to get much actual pumpkin flavour out of them. This blend, on the other hand, manages to hit the mark quite nicely. It’s like pumpkin pie with caramel drizzled on top. The cheesecake flavour is milder though I suspect adding milk to this tea would bring it out better. It’s sweet, creamy and decadent, and it’s great for wiling away the evening while the cold winter winds blow outside.
Twelve Days of X-mas tea #4. Yes this is a day late and I missed #3 as well – work has left me too busy to do much tea drinking. This is the first of three days off though, so I intend to take full advantage and catch up on my tea-drinking. ;)
The dry teas smells like nothing so much as grape Kool-aid which must be from the black current flavouring. Thankfully, the tea doesn’t taste like Kool-aid, though the most dominant flavour is the fruity black currents. The bergamot is surprisingly subtle, but it gives the tea an interesting citrus tanginess.
Tea #2 of the Twelve Teas of X-mas. This blend smells very much like bubblegum or maybe tutti frutti – which is a bit disconcerting at first. After it steeped the flavour resolves itself into actual fruit notes, mostly orange and banana. They go very well with the honeybush base which gives it just the right dash of sweetness. I don’t normally do honeybush with milk, but for some reason I could see myself trying the next cup with some to really give it that smoothie taste. I love it, and I may very well buy a pouch if my Christmas budget permits it.