3217 Tasting Notes
Hmm, tried this for I guess the first time last night, and wasn’t a big fan. A bit astringent, and not flavourful/chocolatey enough. The second infusion, which I drank tonight, was a bit better, so it’s entirely possible that the amazing Hello Sweetie just made this one pale in comparison. I’ll reserve a rating until I try it again.
So far, this is the tea I’m most impressed with. A more solid base than the others, edging on peppery (I believe that’s how one of the other reviewers put it, and it seems fitting), combined with a bit of cinnamon, a good dose of nutmeg, and not enough creaminess for me. I’m also almost picking up a hint of smoke? Either way, I am enjoying this (even though it’s not entirely the right season in which to be drinking eggnog!)
I have to agree with AJ (the other reviewer here) – this tea is surprisingly weak, especially for an assam. I LOVE the marshmallow flavour though, it just kills me that the base here isn’t robust and malty enough to back it up. Again, I had already overleafed (we’re talking 2 tsp/8 oz. here), so there’s not much more I can do. The second infusion was very bland, so infusing longer is unlikely to help.
Not bad; this tea tastes pretty much as it is supposed to. Very distinct pineapple, combined with a cardamom-heavy chai (which I like). The gunpowder base isn’t as smoky as I was expecting, but it works here. I’m a bit conflicted here, only because I prefer my chais with milk, but I don’t know how a) a green and b) a pineapple tea, would do with milk. I will perhaps try that combination out later though.
If a pineapple chai is something you’ve always dreamed of, this tea would most certainly fit the bill.
Picked this one up in the recent 52teas clearance sale. I had high hopes, but unfortunately have noticed a trend of flavourings in these teas to be weaker than I’d expect, which definitely impacted the tea here.
First infusion – the mate didn’t have a huge presence due to the 2-minute infusion (probably good because it can be overwhelming), but I could taste distinct pecan nuttiness combined with caramel, and ended up reminiscing about Cashew Turtle. Such a delicious tea…. Sadly, the flavourings weren’t overly strong, and the base felt weak, so it wasn’t nearly as rich-tasting as I was hoping for.
Second infusion – Sadly, this mostly tasted like roasted mate.
Overall, I enjoyed the flavouring, but the base didn’t work here for me, and despite overleafing a bit, the flavouring strength wasn’t there. A good flavour combo idea, though.
Not liking this quite as much as I did the first time. The flavour is very light, and the aroma is almost a bit off-putting, but I think it may actually be either a tea or flavouring aspect that I just don’t like the smell of, as opposed to anything else. Flavourwise, it’s light, but it’s butterscotchy. I believe I prefer the original blend? But I’d probably have to try them together.
Not entirely sure I’d actually tried this tea before… but it’s pretty darn good. Loving the combination of the butterscotch with raspberry – it’s reminding me quite a bit of a raspberry butter tart I split with my boyfriend over the weekend. (We ate a half dozen butter tarts. So delicious.) I’m not really picking up on the hazelnut, but it’s probably just contributing a nuttiness that I can’t distinguish.
The only downside to this tea (other than it being completely unavailable) is that I’m not overly keen on raspberry flavouring, so I kind of wish it was paired with something like sour cherry, maybe even strawberry. But it’s still quite delicious.
Oh, also, the base tea is not overly noticeable here.
Oh so delicious. Second time at this tea; I just have a teensy bit left for a small mug later. Anyhow, it’s really quite delicious. Packed with minerally “oolong flavour”, roastiness, sweetness… really the biggest thing I’m noticing here compared to other similarly flavoured oolongs is the dried fruits-sweetness, which is wonderful. I’d definitely drink this one again. Thanks again to Tea Ave for the sample!