1720 Tasting Notes
Having been super busy with work over the past few weeks, continual plans to visit DAVIDsTEA to redeem my points for 100g worth of tea kept getting foiled, so of course, when I finally got there today, it was too late as they expired on the 3rd. Damn. I kept thinking I had until the end of the calendar year.
But I was able to still redeem my free birthday cup of tea from last month. I chose this because I didn’t feel like dealing with their sugary sweet blends this time around. It was ok but expectedly astringent, so astringent that it covered up most of the plum notes I was picking up on. Nothing memorable, to be honest.
As much as I enjoyed this one, this sipdown has been muchly needed considering the fact that I purchased this nearly three years ago. Amazingly enough, it’s held up beautifully after all this time. No staleness whatsoever. Consistently malty, a little starchy, and sweet like molasses and raisins. Depending on how it was steeped, I’d sometimes get the dreaded smoky note, but even then, it was always minimal. Fantastic with milk.
Round two of this tea. My boyfriend and I gave this a whirl yesterday without any additives. The dry leaf smells like an almond cookie more so than marzipan, perhaps.
Steeped, the base is slightly astringent and the almond translates more as almond extract than a roasted almond. My boyfriend observed how the almond flavour comes out more as this cools, and I totally agree.
Today, I’m trying it with a splash of 2% milk, which is pairing super well with the almond note. I still wouldn’t describe this as marzipan since it tends to be warmer and softer in its scent profile, almost almond-vanilla-y. This is still more almond extract that has been lightly sweetened. So again, like an almond cookie or biscotti.
I’m thinking this would make a fantastic latte! Should try that next time.
Sipdown, cold brew style. This got even more sour when prepared this way versus iced. Kind of wish it tasted the way to dry leaf, if you will, smells, which is like those sour gummy worms. Now I want a handful! This winds up even more sour than actual Granny Smith apples or Crabapples, and as someone who loves sour foods, even this is a little too much for me.
How does this not have hibiscus in it? Aside from the woody red rooibos (the green rooibos is virtually non-existent), I’m getting a heavy, tart hibiscus but without the syrupy mouthfeel that accompanies it. I wouldn’t have guessed that this was supposed to be berry had I tasted this blindly. Maybe cranberry but not raspberry nor blackberry. Very tart, leaving the palate dry. A great surprise in my mystery grab bag but not what I expected.
Anne has done a fantastic job recreating this marvellous blend. Frank’s reblends could never match up to the original, but this is seriously awesome. A generous smattering of real blueberries combined with a high quality base truly elevates this blend. The blueberry and flaky buttery pastry notes are poppin’. Couldn’t ask for a better blueberry tea.
My boyfriend just got back from a badass European excursion and spoiled the hell out of me. So much guilt ensues. Amongst the exclusive Oxford Street LUSH perfumes and killer magnets (one from Abbey Road Studios!) is a bounty of tea from various countries. It’s just all too much.
This quaint little teashop in Köln carries an interesting selection of flavoured teas, and he generously made a trip over to pick up a few blends. Apparently the owner is absolutely lovely.
A caramel blend with hazelnut brittle aways seems like a good idea. The dry leaf smells creamy and nutty. It’s like a cross between Simpson & Vail’s Caramel with Tea Desire’s Walnut Truffle.
Steeped, the scent of the liquor smells heavily of caramel, but in regards to the flavour, I’m mostly picking up on the brittle, although it’s not an obvious hazelnut. It’s more like a nut with a higher fat content such as walnut. There is absolutely zero astringency from the base. Actually, the base seems to be quite mild in general. So grateful to be able to experience a tea that’s been specially delivered to me from over 7000 kilometres away!