1560 Tasting Notes
The base is a pretty high quality black. Malty, honey, cocoa, delicious tannins typical in blacks. No bitterness at all, even in a longer steep (6 min, boiling water).
A hint of vanilla, lots of rich cocoa/dark chocolate. I was hoping for more vanilla, but this is still tasty. The sunflower seeds are nutty, but I find their flavour a bit musty (although allergen free). It wasn’t the marshmallow treat I hoped, but I did enjoy my cup this morning.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Tannin, Vanilla
Review for the bagged version of this
Surprisingly, the primary flavour here is a really aromatic and flavourful white tea.Not vegetal like bai mu dan, but distinctly a white tea. A little bit fruity, I think that might be the sprinkle of darjeeling they added in. The fruit flavour is perfect—-present but not tart or overpowering. Slight natural sweetness of huckleberries, blueberries. Distinctly those two. No artificial generic berry flavour, no citric acid, no stevia or hibiscus. Just the perfect lightly flavoured white tea. I brewed two pots of iced tea (550 mL per pitcher) and the flavour really held up. This is a great iced tea.
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Fruity
Lemony chamomile? check
Yup, exactly as I hoped. The anise is fantastic for licorice lovers like me who don’t like metallic, sickly sweet licorice root in teas. I maybe could have gone for a touch more sweetness, but I did coldbrew it. Honeybush really doesn’t shine unless it gets brewed near-boiling.
Flavors: Anise, Citrus, Dry Grass, Lemon, Licorice, Orange, Spicy, Vegetal
My 52Teas order finally came in. Turns out, the reason it took so long to get delivered is because customs held it, openeed the package, and then proceeded to fine me $12.34 in import fees for the package containing undeclared spices. lol whatever you say CBSA…pretty sure it is clearly tea (consider the fact that the labels list teas as ingredients, the exporter is called 52Teas, and if you open the package it is obviously tea.)
Anyway, I tried the two herbals I ordered, one of which is this. The honeybush is somewhat sweet and tastes like typical honeybush, although I personally thing some oatmeal flavouring or rooibos would have improved it. There were some interesting fruits. The mango was distinct, although a bit tart. I couldn’t make out a ton of blueberry, but it was there. Overall, it wasn’t as good as I hoped, however it wasn’t bad either. I was hoping for something more desserty (oatmeal, brown sugar, maple syrup, that kind of thing).
Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Mango
I’m pretty close to a sipdown on this one. Only one cup left.
This does gingerbread quite accurately-spicy cinnamon, peppercorn, ginger, clove. The puerh base is a bit Earthy, but not very strong (you might think it was a black if nobody told you it was puerh). I think the base goes really well, though, because it isn’t fungal, fishy, or bitter as some cheaper pu can be. A hint of star anise gives it a great undertone of sweetness. What really sells gingerbread for me is the molasses taste this has. The spices are strong and spicy. Overall, a great spiced tea.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Cookie, Earth, Ginger, Licorice, Molasses, Spicy
My sample is labelled “Chocolate” and not “Belgian chocolate”, but I assume it is the same thing because there is no entry for just chocolate.
I used half my sample (1 tsp/2.5 g) with 200 mL hot water. I should have used milk because the aftertaste of this matcha is bitter and faintly astringent. This does taste of milk chocolate (mostly aroma of chocolate, less so in the taste) but it is also very floral in a perfume kind of way. I actually really like the flavours, but the bitterness is a dealbreaker. I’ll try it with milk next time, but I’m probably going to pass on ever buying this again.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Chocolate, Cocoa, Floral, Green, Perfume, Sweet