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I didn’t love this one. It wasn’t bad per se but it’s a little lacking. I found the tannins in this to be quite strong and any chocolate flavor is weak. It’s sort of there but mostly this tastes a little more dirty than delicious. Nevertheless, thank you Arby for sharing this with me. It is always fun to try new things, even if they don’t always taste amazing.
Thank you to India’s Tea for the free sample of this. I have been enjoying coldbrewing it through the summer. Yesterday morning I did a hardcore caffeinated tea day, and I wrote down reviews as I was drinking them (my friend and I brewed at her house). So, this is a queued tasting note from yesterday.
2 tsp, a full mug of hot water, ~3-4 minutes (until it smelled of fruit and was aromatic)
-I can really taste the acai flavour, but can not make out any mango
-some generic fruity flavour, as well as a few distinct fruits (blueberry, pear)
-a bit bitter and tannic, but would be nice as a coconut milk latte (or brewed cold with a touch of lemon nad sweetener)
-the black taste is unremarkable, it tastes like a generic Indian black tea (no interesting tasting notes in the base other than something a bit floral)
-floral in the aftertaste (persimmon flower, orchid, peony)
Overall, it wasn’t a bad cup. I preferred it coldbrewed to prevent the bitterness coming out. It had a nice acai berry flavour, but this isn’t a tea I would buy for myself or tell someone they need in their cupboard.
Flavors: Bitter, Blueberry, Floral, Fruity, Orchid, Tannic
Arby was very generous with her sample of this tea which gave me a chance to try it both hot and iced. Since I wasn’t sure of the recommended steeping parameters I went with 3 minutes at 200F. I think that maybe wasn’t the best choice though because there is an astringency here. Coupled with that is a blackberry note that I think can be attributed to the acai. On top of all that, there is a mango sweetness that pops up every now and then though it is more fleeting than I would like.
Iced, this is more astringent than the hot cup. The more discernible fruity notes in the hot cup are jumbled together creating a generic fruitiness that is being drowned out by a bitterness.
I think I should have tried making the hot cup and iced cup separately since it would have given me an opportunity to try different steeping parameters and possibly mitigate the astringency and bitterness I am getting from these cups.
Thank you for sharing, Arby! It was fun to try something new and even though I think I messed it up, it was nice to get to experiment a little.
This weekend I got a few sipdowns in and then today I had a mini explosion thanks to the very generous Arby. Thank you! Now, I am back to 310 teas with at least 2 orders on route and a monthly subscription box on the way for June. So now that I finished the 365 Days of Tea Instagram Challenge, bringing my cupboard to a more manageable size is my next goal.
Thankfully, a few of the teas Arby sent are easy 1-2 cup sample sizes so it should be fun getting through those and trying a variety of new offerings. Plus, now that I have my second swap package from Arby, I am feeling like I should probably sipdown the teas from our first swap.
Anyways, my plan was to start with the Toffee tea, as per Arby’s instructions to drink that immediately however we are sitting down for a dinner of bbq sausages and hamburgers and a hot toffee tea seemed like maybe that’s not the best match. However, this fresh and fruity iced tea will likely go over just fine with my meal. Especially since mint is the focus, while citrus gives it a bit of a zip at the end. It’s nice. Thanks again, Arby!!
Coldbrew 1 tsp, 500 mL cold water, about 1 hour
This is a fairly mild chocolate flavour. I am getting hints of that milk chocolaty coating. Lightly tannic base, some spices (cinnamon). It isn’t a rich desserty tea. It is a black that is lightly flavoured. It is a pretty general base. Nothing exciting or indicating exceptional quality. It might be worth trying if you like flavoured black teas brewed western style.
Flavors: Chocolate, Spices, Tannic
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Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Spices, Tannic, Tannin, Walnut
Thank you to India’s Tea for this free sample. I paid $8 for shipping, but received several free samples.
Last cold brew of the evening. I’m not going to sleep with all this caffeine. D:
I’m not very familiar with Indian varietals, but I assume this is an assam or assam-based blend. Very malty base, which is the perfect mouth feel for a chocolate tea. This isn’t a highly flavoured tea, the base comes through really well. Hints of spices, slightly woody, a bit sweet (about the level of sweetness you would find eating a fresh apple), a bit of cocoa.
I’ll be trying this hot and as a latte as well and posting a more thorough review.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Spicy, Thick, Wood