430 Tasting Notes
This tea tastes exactly like pfeffernusse cookies. Exactly. Especially the ones dipped in chocolate. Good thing, because I happen to have some chocolate handy.
Yeah, I don’t know. I got berry and occasional tart sips on a nice smooth base. The coconut was missing for me altogether, but perhaps the slightest bit of it mellowed things out on the second steep.
Gotta say that this grows on you. I’ve been drinking this throughout the day: four cups in all. Still barely there coconut for me. Even still, delicious.
Flavors: Berries, Smooth, Tart
After a long stint of drinking flavoured teas, I found myself craving something else and reached for this favourite. I don’t drink it all that often.Maybe that is rooted in crazy fear of wearing out that loveliness or discovering that, in fact, I don’t appreciate the nuances as much as I thought I did. Or maybe I hate the idea of treating this tea as ordinary when, to me, it is not that at all.
Today, this first cup is a rich savoury earthy broth with bready notes and malt and sweet potato and hints of chocolate and the gentle huskiness of smoke.
What is your approach with and rationale towards your extraordinary teas?
Flavors: Baked Bread, Broth, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes
Ha! Another meditation retreat in the city and by chance, this was one of the teas I took with me. Just noticing that coincidence now.
This tea somewhat bewilders me. One day, it is all raspberry. Another day, the heat picks up and the front of the sip is somewhat searing followed up by berry sweetness. To my tastes, so far, none of my cups have been really really spicy, as in unbearably so. In all cases, the black base is present and lovely and apt to carry the flavours that emerge.
When I open the packet, it makes me happy to see such a generous sprinkling of raspberries in the leaf.
The flavours are all good. The cups, however, are somewhat inconsistent. I am actually perfectly fine with the surprise aspect of inconsistency; one day you get more this, and another day, you get more that. I wouldn’t want the flavours to be more regulated to ensure the same tastes in every cup. In that sense, it reminds me of the Smokey Peach one that I had mentioned the sips were like a strobe light of flavours though in this one, the whole cup is consistent throughout, but each cup varies in what flavours it gives. I like the quirky nature of surprise in hand blends.