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I really need a pick me up. I started feeling sick this morning and I still do this evening. I blame my sick co-workers who came into work yesterday. I figured this would be a good time to break out this tea to try. I can smell the licorice upon opening the package. The taste is so similar to Davidstea Organic Throat Rescue tea. I like it and it is very soothing.
I’m honestly just at a point where I’ve given up with tea at restaurants. I’ve officially become that person who brings my own tea, in a teabag, and just asks for a pot of hot water…
Maybe that’s bad restaurant etiquette – but do I care? No.
This one was great; I do find that it really reminds me of sweet, but also kind of supple and just a little bit spiced (with cinnamon) apple pie filling. There’s not much going on, or at least with this cup there wasn’t anyway, to make me think of the pie shell/crust itself so I don’t feel like I get the ‘complete’ picture. However, with how tasty that filling component is with the hints of cinnamon and coconut undertones I really don’t mind or feel I’m missing out. So it all works out overall!
So there are… a lot of ingredients in this blend and I was doubtful that they would come together in a way that actually tasted like apple pie but much to my surprise and delight when I steeped up my first cup of this it was actually pretty perfect.
It was definitely one of those situations where if you focus on the profile too much you’ll start to break up the overall flavour into all of the individual things that make up ‘the whole’ so I definitely had to actively work against myself at some moments to not do that and to just let myself enjoy the overall taste. ‘Cause the overall taste? It’s scary accurate to apple pie! Complete with like sweet filling, tart slices of apple, and buttery, flaky cinnamon dusted crust. A perfectly balanced dessert profile that captures all the things I love in the real thing!
Didn’t think I’d ever find this tea again, but here it is! I actually think I might still have a small amount left in a tin somewhere, as it was Creamy Nut Oolong that I really adored, but this is delicious as well. It’s exactly as I remember it from Teaopia – needs to be overleafed for best flavour, but deliciously sweet and toasty, with a hint of chocolate.
This morning, the sun was bright and warm and I thought it would be a perfect day for a walk. Well, yes and no. I set out for a sizeable stroll on the apparently clear sidewalks. Yeah, no. Once I was in motion, I discovered that the streets were coated in a thin glaze of ice, fine enough to be invisible until you had taken a flip. And so I proceeded on my walk gingerly and slowly. I did arrive at my destination eventually, but my body is sore from the stiffness of taking such care for so long. But also, I am in one piece, and for that, I am grateful.
This is tasting very very familiar to me: caramel sweet and taffy nuts. Delicious and familiar.
To be continued.
Thank you for the sample, Dexter. A most enjoyable cup.
Finished off the last half of the free sample I got from Citizen Tea.
I definitely over steeped this one though, and it came out really bitter tasting with very, very drying/astringent nutty notes. I tried drinking it as it was but I just could not get into it – so I ended up adding some Irish Cream flavoured sweetener to it, and that definitely made a world of difference. It almost tasted like a completely different tea so maybe I did add a little much of it, but the sweet, creamy flavour did compliment the almond brittle notes nicely and it definitely masked the bitterness from my crappy steeping.
Overall though, I think even steeped up properly, this one just isn’t a tea for me though.
Got this one as a free sample a little while back with an order.
I didn’t know much about this apart from the fact that it’s a super big favourite of Dexter’s but that alone was more than enough reasoning for me to be excited to try it out. It certainly smells lovely though; like toasted nuts, vanilla, and caramel. Mmm!
Steeped up it’s not bad, but not as smooth as I expected it to taste. Primary note is definitely nuttiness – but it’s a very heavy roasted nut kind of taste with some slight char/bitterness. Really almond dominant; but I feel like a bit of hazelnut too? It’s not bad; a little bitter in my tea definitely isn’t a deal breaker for me but for a tea that’s supposed to be a “creamy” nut flavour it was definitely a touch unexpected. Other notes are caramel, though a very heavy and rich version rather than light and creamy. Kind of simple? I expected notes of, like, vanilla or something? It feels weird that there aren’t any.
Kind of just an average tasting tea to me overall.
Thanks for this one Kittenna!
I got the impression from talking to Kittenna that back during Teaopia days this was a pretty popular blend? I must have missed all the hype though because the first time I’d ever even heard of it was during that conversation with her. I mean, it totally sounded lovely but I definitely wasn’t struck by the large overwhelming feeling of “shit I’ve been missing out!”.
Steeped up? It’s fine. It actually does remind me of S’more – oddly enough right down to the the graham cracker keeping everything together. And I say ‘oddly’ because I didn’t really see anything in the dry leaf that would make me think of graham cracker. So, you know, points for accuracy. Biggest issues with the blend as a whole is that the overall profile just seemed weak/watery for a flavour that should be really robust, rich and sweet and then also I got a whole lot of apple notes in the body and that felt a little bit out of place. Still a good tea overall though, and I get why people seem to enjoy it.
Received this as a sample in my Citizen Tea order. It’s actually pretty tasty! Nice toasty oolong base with a warm apple flavour (not green apple). I absentmindedly drank both cups of it without noting anything specific down, but I did enjoy it and would definitely pick it up in the future.