642 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! I could have sworn that I wrote a taste comparison between this and 52teas’ Coconut French Toast with Cardamom Maple Syrup, but now I can’t find it anywhere and I finished off the 52teas about a month ago so… either I planned to write it and never did, wrote it somewhere unusual and lost track of it, or accidentally deleted it, but the end result is that no such tasting note exists. Alas.
I drank most of this tea grandpa-style, with two balls in a 12-oz mug. I must have gone off script at some point, because I ended up with just one ball left. I decided to gong fu it. I’m five steeps in and still going. The first steep has a strong maple flavor. Subsequent steeps transition to primarily malt and cocoa notes. It’s good on a cold winter’s night.
I actually finished this off at least a year ago, but apparently never posted a note for it. I just found the beginnings of one in my drafts and decided to put it up for completeness. Initial notes: “The dry leaf smells like nutella and butterscotch candies. It brews up slightly darker than a Werther’s candy.” From what I recall, this blend tasted like nutella and butterscotch too. I remember it feeling warm and wintry and comforting. It wasn’t my absolute favorite but it was damn good.
I’ve claimed a sipdown for this before, but then I found another bag when I moved a few months ago. Alas, this time the sipdown is real. The blend is so old that I was worried the fruit would have molded or the coconut would have gotten soapy. Thankfully, neither of those things came to pass. Instead, this remained a sweetly strawberry and creamy coconut confection to the end. The nuttiness is largely gone and the other flavors require some sugar to really pop, but it’s a respectable showing for a two-year-old white tea blend with coconut and dried fruit. There are some good blenders out there right now but I have yet to find anyone who surpasses Stacy’s skill. I’m just grateful that most of the blends seem to have held up to aging well – I might still be hoarding a substantial amount despite my efforts to use it while it’s still good.
Edit: Upon review of my records, it appears that this additional bag came from greenteafairy in a swap we did two years ago. Apologies for the omission, and thanks for sharing!
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Strawberry
You know your tea habit is out of control when most of the gifts you get are tea related! My partner’s parents got me a Tea Forte gift set for Hannukah, which includes two mugs and a sampler set. This blend smells so good that I felt the need to post about it immediately. It just smells beautifully of ginger and apricot. As it cools, the apricot changes to pear. The taste is sweet pear with a hint of ginger. However, this takes on a weird and off-putting stevia aftertaste when it cools. The good news with a sampler is that I only have two pyramids of each blend! I’m disappointed with this one because it starts off so good but ends on a bad note that really lingers.