1713 Tasting Notes
First experience with this tea was meh, in my travel mug. Vaguely fruity green with no spice. It could be that I need to deep clean my mug. I added a tiny bit of sugar, which didn’t help.
This time, I am at home, and found it to be delish. Just the right amount of spice, and it works well with the herbs added. And its giving my headcold a run for it’s investment :P
Added a half tsp of honey as well. I’ll have to see if my taste receptors are different when not sick. This definitely isn’t fruity today!
Strange, as I can’t stand the smell of this one dry!!
Intersting. In a good way.
Hot, I saw some serious malty beer notes. I quite enjoyed that even though it was a tad weak. So I let the bag sit for an extra twenty seconds? maybe thirty? (as per my timer) and a slight bitter note emerged. I’ll have to pay attention next time and find my optimal time.
Now, that bitter note IS very remnicent of beer. And I love beer, just not exceptionally hoppy ones. I tend to enjoy the lighter varieties, which are about as far away from Guinness as you can get. That said, once I got into my cup, towards the bottom, I found myself quite pleased with the bitter note. Perhaps my dislike for bitterness in beer is only present when the alcohol intensifies things, as that does tend to make it much stronger, and longer lasting in the aftertaste, for me. This requires further investigation. Colour me intrigued. As for the rest of the tea notes, beyond malt and bitterness, the green tea note hung around in the background. I can’t say much more about that at the moment, but I hope to one day soon.
Oh! also, for anyone who has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a good friend of mine has it, and she cannot have most beers, but for some reason, Guinness gives her absolutely no trouble. I looked it up, and apparently Guinness has no wheat in it, but it does have Barley, and the strain they use doesn’t have gluten, just a “gluten like molecule” which appears not to trigger any symptoms. I know there are a bunch of true GF beers out there as well, but I’ve heard they aren’t very satisfying. Sorry for the ramble. I find this all rather fascinating.
A very light tea, yet it is surprisingly well balanced with the spices. I do get a mild pear note. Comforting and rather nice, but not especially memorable. The second steep might reveal more of the tea notes. We shall see :)
I have some of the sample left, which I look forward to experimenting with. Thank you for the sample A Quarter to Tea!
Cold brew! I like it much better this way. Roswell Strange said it right, bubblegum notes do take over. There is still a hint of cherry. But the overwhelming floral notes from a hot brewed cup are rather muted. A relaxing blend, to be sure. I can see how it would be a love it or hate it type of tea though.
Not something I’ll repurchase, but I’m glad to have tried it.
I tried this with about 95c water and about 90 seconds, which resulted in a generically spicy cup, and some background roasted rice notes. I didn’t catch any notes of frosting, other than the odd feeling moment during occasional sips. Next time I’ll try with some milk and sugar as recommended on the package, and at a lower temp/longer steep time.
I’ve not decided anything about this one yet, so this note is more for my reference than anything else!
So much yum. Just the way I remember. Perfectly cherry!! and almond. Indugent and comforting. Oh yes. I do wish it was a tad stronger in the flavour. It wouldn’t stand up to a latte. Still gonna try it one of these days.
I’m on staycation with the boy, so added a few drops of triple sec, inspired by the “blueberry tea” recipe… amarreto, grand marnier, and tea. The true alcohol version actually does taste like the berry, despite a lack of anything blue in the ingredients. My concoction today is quite delish, but not blueberry though. Still, I am a happy girl.
Nostalgia lives here :)
Really loving this tea!! I must try it as a latte soon.
Plain, it was rich and comforting. A touch bitter when hot, due to the coffee I think. Half a tsp of sugar helped. The chocolate and creamy coffee notes were more present in the second steep. I didn’t get much oolong flavour, but then, I don’t think that was the point here :)
The old me rated this at 90, under Teaopia. Now? Still ahhhhmazing. But I have perspective. Or maybe i’m jaded. hah. Even still, 4 points lower than 90 isn’t much.
Anyhow, I tried it both hot and cold brewed. Delish both ways, and just the way I remember. I love the cola flavour, and it really does wake me up! This is the only tea in my order that I bought 50g of. All the rest were samples. Because I knew it would be worthwhile. I’ve missed you old friend!
This was ok. No additions.
Light blueberry flavour, which is a refreshing contrast to David’s Blueberry Jam.
I’m not a huge on the base, but I imagine there aren’t many Assam’s out there which would pair well with bluberry. (assuming the base is ceylon, as most flavoured black teas are)
Also found it very smooth, and easy for sipping. There are some teas out there that I adore, but for some reason I can’t easily drink quickly if needed. I’m happy to say this isn’t one of them :)
This would go well iced, I think!