442 Tasting Notes
One good thing about taking a much needed technology break is tasting new teas from a swap 100% blind.
This one is from the lovely and generous VariaTEA.
Tried this black and then with a dot of half and half to add a cream element which here is lacking. Both ways, cinnamon comes up front. Prefer it black. I find this blend thin on flavour. It is ok, but it doesn’t hold a candle to 52Teas Banana Pudding Black, which I adore. Here, banana is missing entirely despite a banana chip in my leaf.I’ve never had Bananas Foster as a dessert, but this tea doesn’t come all that close to my understanding of what the dessert is supposed to be. Keep in mind that I am not a big fan of cinnamon, so I might be biased. Sorry.
Thank you, VariaTEA, for letting me try this one.
I really really enjoyed this one. There’s that signature A Quarter to Tea flavour going on here, but just enough of it, not too much, not too little. I’ve had others from QTT in which the honey flavour was just too in your face overwhelming and it took till the 3rd steep until it was bearable, but here, perfect. Lovely base. To me, this one is a winner. Well done.
Thank you for sharing this one with me, VariaTEA.
Yeah, who was it that recommended doing a condensed double strength bit of this in a gravity steeper and adding quite a bit of milk? Was it you, Fjellev? I think it was.
Well, I did just that and it was very delicious. Very delicious. I shall use up the remainder of my pouch this way. Thanks for passing that along. A new treat!
My last cup of this was all juicy natural berry and a hint of coconut. Really nice.
The coconut crumbs that had collected at the bottom of my bag of dry leaf must have contributed to the sweetness that rounds out the tart berry. Very enjoyable.If it were to come around again and I were over my vanilla and toffee and chocolate tea obsession, I might just order a big bag of this lovely, slightly unpredictable tea. I say unpredictable because the balance of coconut vs. berry in the spoon of dry leaf seems to control the flavours in the cup. All good though. Don’t change a thing.
I’m on my second steep of this now. How very delicious! The first steep today had cinnamon peeking through much more prominently than it usually does for me. This second steep has a good helping of vanilla and spiced custard. Damn.
It’s a cool on the brink of rain day here and I’m hanging out in flannel jammies indulging myself. What next, what next? Maybe a mystery oolong from one of those foil packets with no English info on them whatsoever.
Such joy in tea world to have the day stretch out with a good book and a cup of tea for solace.
I like the cucumber and I like the melon. What I am not crazy about are the warm spices which to me, translates as pumpkin pie type spices. Yeah, nope. To me, here, these strike a jarring note. I am wondering whether something peppery or more gazpacho like, like for example a hit of balsamic vinegar, would work more effectively here.
Flavors: Cucumber, Melon, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor
I have been sipping this down throughout the week. Now, I have been really really enjoying it. Every cup.
That said, previously I had mentioned that the original tea, before I had added One Night in Rio to it, was lacking. The pineapple had been missing and there was a soapiness present from who knows what. The soapiness has now disappeared. And with the addition of the bright pineapple and coconut of One Night in Rio to the original Anne version of the 52Teas marshmallow blend, this one is a win.
Let me say this again, should it be useful, pineapple, coconut, and marshmallow are an excellent combination.