3229 Tasting Notes
Another sample from Jillian – thanks!
I previously had a nice sample of this from Mercuryhime, and found it to be quite delicious. I really seem to like creamy/chocolate flavours in honeybush (which is why I’m so excited for the Chocolate Malt Honeybush, which I’ve previously had, because that is such a perfect and delicious flavour combination!)
Until I receive that packet, though, this will have to do! I’m getting all the same chocolatey/vanilla/even strawberry notes as before, but for some weird reason there’s an odd bitter/sour note in here. This was steeped for just as long as the other two honey bush blends I had tonight, so it shouldn’t be an issue there, but it’s unfortunately making me turn up my nose a bit at this particular cup. I don’t think honeybush goes bad….? Bleh :( Will have to try again, and perhaps with a shorter infusion next time.
Oh…. yum!!! So, the first time I had this, I wasn’t a big fan. Consequently, I’ve given much of my packet away, thinking that I didn’t really like it. I started noticing, however, that people’s tasting notes seemed to be pretty favourable, so finally, I figured I’d give it another shot, and that was a really clever thing to do, it seems, because oh man, sweet creamy coconutty deliciousness! Probably the best coconutty honey bush/rooibos I’ve had. Looks like I’ll be drinking up the rest of the package myself…!
I’m also a bit tempted to mix this with other honeybush blends to add some creaminess… I wonder how it would go with Strawberry Rhubarb Pie? Or even the Lemon-Lime Cheesecake Honeybush I just had? Hrrrrmmmm…
Drinking a bit of my sample of this one from Jillian tonight :) Thanks!
As with the other sample of this I had, I’m mostly getting lemon-myrtle-y flavour, plus a little bit of lime. If I think too hard, this tastes a touch like cleaner, but it doesn’t really, just a smell-association thing. No cheesecake, but that’s no big surprise. I don’t think I’m getting the plasticky flavour that I mentioned previously, which is nice!
Although this blend is nice enough, now that I’ve had Lime Chiffon/Lemon Chiffon from Della Terra, those will be my go-to citrusy evening blends, because I adore the creaminess in them, which is something that I really wish this tea had!
Thanks to Sil for a generous sample of this one!
My first impression when drinking it was that it tastes like a black flavoured with tasty tropical fruits! Well, apricot and peach aren’t terribly tropical… but I think it was just the slight hint of ginger throwing me off, because now that I know what ingredients are in it, I definitely feel like I’m tasting apricot/peach and ginger. Overall, pretty tasty! Lacking in astringency too, which is always a big plus for me + black teas.
Thanks again, Sil! It’s great trying all these totally random teas that I would never have access to otherwise! :D
Attempt 2 at this one. And conclusion? It’s kind of odd. A bit nutty, a bit fruity. Kind of peach-ish, but a bit play-doughy as well. Not one I think I’d really want to drink again, unfortunately! It’s nice and lacking astringency, but as I’m not a big fan of black teas anyhow, this conclusion is less than shocking!
Thanks again Azzrian!
Sipdown! And what a sad sipdown it is, too. I really enjoy this blend – perfect for a treat that’s sweet but not sickly, and not astringent or bitter as black blends can be. I will require more of this in the future, so if I ever swap with you (yes you) and you feel like sending me some, that would be awesome.
I think I brewed it a touch strong today, as I used up all the leaf instead of leaving behind a 1/2 tsp, which would have been silly, so it’s a bit overpowering, but still very enjoyable. Bumping the rating a touch because this is definitely a tea I’d like to keep around in my cupboard. I seem to have a soft spot for flavoured pu’erhs, haha. But not like, ginger pu’erh, we’re talking dessert ones. Nom nom nom.
Thanks again for introducing me to this one, Azzrian!
Sipdown! Thanks Sil!
I re-read my tasting note of this from last time, and I pretty much would write an identical note this time. The flavour is very reminiscent of a lighter Laoshan Black, but perhaps with a bit more sweetness, and there is more depth in the flavour profile, in that there are many different things going on here. I’m choosing not to think about them too much though, and just enjoy this. As I mentioned before, this would be a great morning blend for me, as I’m not one for a tea with any sort of astringency/punch in the morning, as my stomach does not like that. Not to say that this isn’t packed with flavour, but it’s not an assault on my mouth, as I presume (perhaps incorrectly) many breakfast blends to be. All robust and strong.
Anyhow! A yummy cup, sad to see it go but I probably could recreate something pretty close with the other teas I have from Verdant, hahaha.
Woah! This is one fruity green tea! With a hint of something savoury as well, which I’m thinking is perhaps the olives?? Who puts olives in tea, anyhow?! Thanks for letting me sample this interesting blend, Azzrian!
Anyways, I suppose it’s not really as fruity as I made it seem, but it certainly doesn’t taste like any other green I’ve had, with this almost smoky, savoury note in addition to sweet fruits. The more I sip, the more prominent the savoury quality is, as the fruitiness kind of takes a backseat. The green tea isn’t overly noticeable in here; a basic sencha, it looks like, and not particularly noteworthy, just present.
I used probably nearly 2 tsp of tea for about 8 oz. of water, and I’m not finding the tea to be weak, so that’s what I’d stick with next time, likely.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not overly fond of most flavoured greens, and although this is certainly interesting, it isn’t a tea I’d pick up myself (but I’d totally want anyone who likes olives to try this one, just for kicks!)
Thanks again Azzrian!
First to review?!
This tea smelled pretty delicious in the infuser both before and after adding water. Sweet, vanilla-y mint. Yum! Much like Santa’s Secret from DavidsTea, if my memory serves.
I think the flavour is much the same as well, although I’m definitely feeling that there’s more vanilla in here… which for me, is a good thing! Overall, quite a tasty tea! Not sure why it’s anti v-day though, haha.
ETA: Second infusion is surprisingly tasty! Still vanilla mint, and strong enough to be quite enjoyable. HOWEVER, there is a strange sour note poking out here… I’m not sure if it’s my tastebuds, oversteeping, or what exactly, but I might just leave the rest of this cup until morning…
Yum! This one’s pretty tasty, but very basic. Just a black tea with caramel. Much like Weeping Angel, actually, but the base is definitely more resistant to turning bitter, and the caramelly flavour is not as pronounced. This would be good in the travel mug in the morning, but as I only have a sample, that may only happen once :)