3217 Tasting Notes
Mmmmm, drank some of this tonight. I’m incapable of drinking it in proper dragonwell style, as I can’t take such hot liquids, but my single infusion was pretty tasty (although a bit oversteeped). Mom couldn’t pick out the sweetness because of the slight bit of astringency, but thought it was quite nice, although she certainly preferred her cup of Mandarin Silk!
Unfortunately, I let the second infusion sit far too long, and although it had good flavour, it was far too astringent. Thinking now, I probably should have just diluted it a touch instead of dumping it! :( Oh well.
My boyfriend’s mother gave three sachets of this as a gift to me just before Christmas, so I figured I’d bring them home and actually drink the tea on Christmas Eve! Steeped up a cup each for my mom and I and then, finding it to be rather weak, dipped the third teabag intermittently into each of the cups for a bit more flavour.
I was initially worried at the spearmint aroma emanating from the bag (as I dislike mint), but the mint is fairly light here. As are, well, all the flavours. I mostly taste mint, with a hint of sweet cinnamon spice.
I will admit… I’d prefer not to drink this again. I definitely appreciate the chance to try it though, and also the fact that she didn’t heap me with an entire box of teabags!
This one’s coming off awfully weird too. I had forgotten that people had remarked previously that it tasted a bit like curry…
Anyhow, it tastes like a stale sort of apple to me. Not that I know what stale apples taste like… well, maybe I’ve previously had stale apple candies of some sort. Anyhow, another one that I’ll have to try again while not sick, and I have plenty left to do so!
Hmm. I think trying this while sick wasn’t the best idea. I can smell/taste the marshmallow and a bit of the caramel, but it’s rather weak (that could be an underleafing problem), and there’s a bit of an odd flavour (could easily be a tastebud issue). Ah well, have lots to try again with!
Picked this one up during Butiki’s Black Friday sale especially for my mom. It clearly smells quite minty, and my mom tells me that it doesn’t taste like peppermint to her, but just… minty! And quite strong, too! I’m sick so I didn’t sample out of her cup, but I may get her to leave part of one infusion for me just out of curiousity’s sake… not that I’ll be able to taste too much of it anyways!
Sooooo I definitely forgot I was steeping this, and it got 9 minutes! Yikes! However…. no bitterness/astringency! Della Terra teas seem to be remarkably resistant to becoming such.
This smells much like DavidsTea’s Glitter & Gold (cinnamony), and tastes similarly… except I must admit that it’s… sickeningly sweet. I suspect it’s because I left the cup brewing so long, and I think cinnamon imparts a bit of a sickeningly sweet flavour when left infusing too long.
I’ll have to try this once I’m healthy again, but I think it’s reasonably tasty!
Ok, apparently this is the chai I have (the summer version).
Anyways! Made some up for my mom yesterday, and she enjoyed it well enough. Thought it was quite spicy (as in, spiced, not heat). I decided to re-steep it today for myself, and dose it with milk and sugar…. well, milk turned to eggnog, and I added too much sugar…. whoops! So it’s a bit too sweet and not spicy enough (or rather, it’s not spicy enough for my stuffed up self to really taste), but tasty anyhow, seeing as the cup has already been emptied :D
So guess who got their parcel from Della Terra on…. SUNDAY?! Since when does Canada Post deliver parcels on Sunday?! And not only that, but my two Try Me packs were put inside lovely little tins, and I swear that there was more than just 0.5 ounces of tea in some of the packs. Ah, so awesome!
So this tea was my free gift for placing an order on the day I did, and just as I was lamenting that I hadn’t brought any strongly-flavoured herbal teas along with me to drink (since I’m sick and Verdant’s Mrs. Li’s Shi Feng Dragonwell would be totally wasted on me right now), I remembered all these new teas I received, and found this one and another that may just have enough spicing to cut through my lack of smell-ability.
So clearly I have retained at least a bit of my ability to smell, because this tea smells just like Christmas! Like… clovey, cinnamony, orangey apple cider. Delicious. Sadly, this also brewed up a deep shade of hibiscus, and unfortunately, that is all I can taste :‘( I’ll try again later with a shorter infusion (3 instead of 4 minutes), but I’m so disappointed since this smelled like it had such potential, but appears to be another tea ruined by the dreaded hibby. Come, tears.
(I’m going to sweeten this and see if that improves it… even the aftertaste is delicious! So maybe sugar will help? Or maybe I just need to pick the hibiscus out next time before brewing???)
ETA: Success! Sweetened (yeah, maybe a bit oversweetened… I’m sick, ok!) it tastes much better. So that will be my fall-back plan if this one gets a bit too sour again. Yum, haha.
12 Days of Tea #10! A fourth tea I’d not tried! We’re on a roll here :) I wonder what tomorrow will bring??
The dry leaf definitely smells like blueberry cotton candy. My initial thought was Black Currant Bai Mu Dan which I knew it wasn’t, but once I saw that it was blueberry, it did make sense. A bit of an artificial blueberry, however. Not an issue for me though.
Again, the fact that I’m sick isn’t really doing me any favours here, but I think I like this one. I’m definitely getting a blueberry sweetness which is quite nice, and there’s a nice heavy body to it which I assume is the green tea. I can’t really pick out the green tea itself, but I’m having a fair bit of difficulty picking out flavours to begin with!
I think I may prefer the regular Cotton Candy Black, but this is pretty tasty itself, for those times when you’re looking for a sickly sweet confection-sort of tea.