3229 Tasting Notes
12 Days of Tea #8!
So I’m back on schedule with drinking these teas on the correct days. I was too busy for my roomie and I to do it together, so I ended up taking the box home for Christmas, and she will finish off trying things in the new year.
Anyhow, this was a tea I was quite excited about trying, as I had been sad that I missed out on sampling it when it came out, since it sold out rather quickly. Unfortunately(/fortunately?) I don’t think I’m a huge fan. I’ll admit that my tastebuds might be a touch wonky (as I’m currently suffering from an ill-timed holiday cold), but I just didn’t get as much chocolate flavour from this tea as I wanted. The dry tea smelled fudgey and delicious (and a bit alcoholic!), but the tea just didn’t live up – it was thin, and tasted too much of black tea base, and not enough of chocolate. It wasn’t bad or anything, but I definitely prefer Della Terra’s Dubbele Chocolade. So I suppose it’s ok that I didn’t pick this one up after all :)
12 Days of Tea #7! I shamefully admit that I did not drink #6, as it was Graveyard Mist, and I truly dislike that tea.
Anyhow! I only had a sip of this before I stupidly brushed my teeth. It tasted much more pineappley than the previous batch, which was much more just the lime jello flavour, but it was still good! I’ll properly review it later :)
In other news: I’m home for Christmas! Woooo, relaxation… not! Christmas shopping tomorrow, baking Saturday, decorating the tree/house tomorrow and Saturday… trying to cram a whole month into four days, here!
Backlog. Light, fruity pineapple is emerging first, followed by a delicious creaminess.
By far the most pineappley tea I have ever tasted! And the creaminess makes me think a mature, sophisticated version of a pina colada, but without the calories. This may be a tea I pick up more of (even if it’s only another Try Me size, just to have some around).
Second infusion in half the water was also quite tasty.
Backlog. It’s sparkly, a la DavidsTea’s Glitter & Gold! Awesome :) There’s a bit of a fishy aroma once brewed (I seem to be quite sensitive to that with pu’erhs), but it also smells like sweet artificial strawberry. Delicious, haha.
This is actually quite a good flavoured pu’erh, in my opinion! A nice fruity strawberry flavor overlaying a mild but present pu’erh base. There’s a hint of fishiness, but it’s not really all that bothersome. As I mentioned about the aroma, I am finding the strawberry to be artificial, however I adore that candy strawberry flavor, so it’s not a negative for me in the slightest. This is the first fruity flavoured pu’erh (that’s not citrus) that I have had, and I’m really quite enjoying it. I definitely understand the rave reviews!
Second infusion in half the water for far too long was quite tasty as well.
Backlog. I really enjoyed this one! Brewed in my Timolino for maybe 3 minutes, at a bit less than boiling, it definitely made me think white chocolate when I drank it. I really seem to be enjoying white tea blends where the natural flavours of the tea are prominently featured. Unfortunately, I can’t remember a great deal more about this one, therefore will have to write a proper tasting note in the future. Glad I picked it up though!
Backlog. Strangely, I got zero ginger out of this one, but it tasted almost exactly to me like the spicing of an Indian rice pudding that I really like! Green cardamom pods and nutmeg, primarily, are what I was picking out. So, gingerbread tea it definitely was not, but it is quite tasty regardless!
12 Days of Tea #5!
Ahh, Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. Yep, opened this packet and immediately knew what it was! And it definitely did not fail to impress. SO delicious. So very, very delicious. Made me want to pick up a packet of the inevitable re-blend, but no more tea…. no more tea…
12 Days of Tea #4! And the first one I had yet to previously sample!
This was one of the teas that I had been wavering on so much about purchasing. However… I’m glad I didn’t. All I got from this was a black currant flavoured white tea. And given that I dislike Black Currant Bai Mu Dan…. I was not impressed. Couldn’t taste bergamot, but the black currant flavour that comes off quite fakey to me would have ruined it anyways. My roommate thought about the same (I noticed it was one she didn’t end up re-steeping).
My roommate picked some of this up for me for Christmas, since I’m running low on the DavidsTea version and Bon Thé Place in downtown Guelph was having a sale!
I took this to work in a travel mug, so it’s tough to say too much, except that it was pretty tasty. I’m not sure how the milkiness compares to other milk oolongs, but it was quite satisfying. I guess I didn’t wash out my mug very well though, as when I reached the bottom, it tasted much like Banana Oolong… which was in the mug yesterday. Thankfully no lingering stevia, so it was ok with me! I will, however, use the bottle brush on the mug tonight. Haha.