2071 Tasting Notes
The fine people at Harney & Sons are determined for me to like this one as well, as they keep shipping me samples of it.
This is pure red-hots in a cup. No lie. Its spicy cinnamon sugar sweetness, leaving a brisk warmth in the mouth, and tingling the tastebuds.
Its a very, very well crafted tea, but it has one flaw. I don’t really like Red Hots.
So, I’ll drink this without complaints, and even enjoy this single cup, but I’m not going to bring in a lot of it into my cupbard.
I wanted chai this morning, and by gum I was going to have it!
This is a mellow chai. The vanilla eases the spices into the tea, and the whole effect is very light and pleasant. Its a pleasure to sip.
Its not an overly invigorating tea, but rather one that gently wakes you up. This is a quality I like in my morning cups. Well, usually. Sometimes you want to have your very socks blasted off.
So, thus chai’d and breakfasted, I am ready to face my day!
I went and looked at the last note I wrote for this, a couple of years ago now, and it could nearly have been, word for word, this review I was going to write.
The more things change, eh?
The upshot is I’m getting slightly panicked once again about my cupboard, and am determined to sip down the less winning or sample sizes of tea, so I’m working through my sample bowl. So, nearly identical situation.
And my opinion of this tea has not changed. Not my cup of tea at all. I’m not one for tropical flavors, and I’m always a little stumped by black and green blends.
But, like all Harney teas, it wen’t down very smoothly, and is very well blended. I am, as always, impressed with their skill, if not loving their flavors here.
But another sipdown, such as it is!
Alas, this tea and myself just never really got along, no matter how hard we tried. And I feel like we did both try!
But it just wasn’t to be. I found the coconut to be overwhelming, making everything bitter.
So this tea is not for me. Not at all. So I must say that this Sipdown is a bit of a relief.
Backlogged from last night.
Cardamom French Toast tea is back at Davids, and from the buzz, it might be permanent? Oh please, please say this is so, as I just adored it last year.
Which also means that I grabbed a ton of it, plus a few other favorites, and they will arrive soon. Which means that my cupboard is officially ridiculous. Plus I may be wanting some teas from a Quarter to Tea on top of all of that, and, well, I have sipping down to do….
This is not a sipdown, but we’re getting mighty close. And I’m still enjoying every sip.
I know I’m in a summer sipdown sprint, but its the first properly cold morning in ages. I had to reach for something warmer, mellower, and just more cold weather appropriate today.
I can see why this one is rated so highly among us Steepsterites. Its rich, almost decadant in its flavorings, and has a very strong chocolate/malty flavor, tempered by vanilla.
Add me to the list of its fans!
I’ve got two Butiki teas still in my cupboard, and I’m afraid I may have kept them too long.
This one has still got a nice strong base, with a good, rich and malty flavor, but I’m no longer getting a sense of milkshake out of this, or pumpkin, really.
There is a few cups worth, and I will certainly drink them, and I will do it soon.
But I’m afraid I let sentimentality get in the way of what was best for this tea.