3353 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! This was a sample from one of the Toronto tea peeps, but I’m not certain who. Possibly Indigobloom?
Anyhow, despite age and being in a tiny bag, this was really yummy. Steeped up to quite a pale yellow, but plenty of flavour. Sadly, I drank this a few days ago and am blanking on exactly how to describe the flavour, but it was on the beany/sweet side as opposed to grassy or mariney.
I’m not clear if this is a tea I got in an Amoda box, or if it was gifted to me from someone else… but – it’s delicious. Apparently I really enjoy lavender in teas now, and this having a white base makes it particularly potent and pleasant. I got three solid, lavendery steepings from this – not much to say about the base because it was pretty light and I’m currently sick, but I thoroughly enjoyed this tea and will likely seek out lavender whites in the future.
Had a cup of this from a baggie of tea from a long time ago… definitely lost most of its flavour but it was surprisingly still fairly enjoyable as a straight tea (and had some characteristic 52teas flavouring that I was able to recognize). I have some of this in the original packaging as well; I believe it may have fared a tad better but who knows when I’ll get to it.
Soooo, long time no post, again. The short story is that I’ve been working too much to bother, and also, I’m 3 (far too short and terrifying) days away from having a baby! :D So I’ve been a little occupied. But I’m thinking mat leave might be a good time to get back into posting regularly… but we’ll see.
Anyhow, I still have obscene amounts of tea despite drinking it regularly, but I still indulge in my monthly box from AQ2T because it brings me joy to receive 4 new teas every month (and bonus, they’re usually tasty).
This tea uses my one of my absolute favourite base teas – rolled yunnan. It’s the base of my beloved Peach Crostata, as well as some other tea that I’m currently not remembering the name of. The base is just so malty and delicious, and the blending is typically superb such that the flavouring pairs perfectly with the richness to make an amazing cup.
This tea is no exception. The blackberry flavouring is perfectly layered with the base here, producing a smooth, rich, deliciously juicy cup. I’ve always enjoyed blackberry blacks, particularly the blackberries + cream varieties, but this one blows anything I’ve tried away. The smoothness of the base is likely one of the keys here making it so enjoyable.
Would highly, highly recommend this tea and kind of wish it would get a spot in the permanent collection… in 10+ years when I am allowed to buy new tea.
Might have overleafed, or maybe this isn’t a black? The tea seems somewhat artificial and a little astringent – I think the raspberry just isn’t doing it for me here although… actually, maybe I’m lying, the second sip is better. Not really picking up on the rhubarb, really, and there is an artificialness I don’t care for. It isn’t bad though, and I do think I did overleaf. Enough left for one more cup later :)
Now that I’ve remembered that this is supposed to be a grapefruit tea, it’s sitting much better. I’d initially confused the two teas I was trying, which made me quite disappointed in the lemon poppyseed tea until I realized the switch! This tea is pretty accurate to its name – lovely grapefruit flavour, just enough ginger to add some flavour but not overpower, and the base… does its thing (can’t really pick up anything specific, and it’s not astringent). I’d imagine this would make an amazing iced tea, especially if sweetened. Not a favourite for me personally, but high points for accuracy!
This tea is pretty delicious. It might be the lemon tea of my dreams, actually. Amazing base choice (I’m in love with the rolled yunnan she uses!), lovely soft lemon flavour, and vanilla to wrap it all up. Sometimes lemon teas can be a little harsh; that is not the case here. It truly does taste like a fresh lemon poppyseed muffin, and I can’t get enough.