3229 Tasting Notes
Another tragically old sample – but on the plus side, I now have extra faith in the power of tinfoil to keep flavours separate! Clever wrapping, and thanks for the sample, Cavocorax!
Anyhow, this tea was decent; a strawberry black. Didn’t really pick up on the lime, but hey, it’s old. A bit of a different twist on a regular strawberry black though – a bit more fruity. It kind of seemed like a tea I’ve had before from a different vendor, although I couldn’t pinpoint which.
I have a few cups of this left – should probably migrate it to work to drink there. Because who doesn’t need a selection of 300+ teas at work…
Sipdown! An old tea sample from… Jackie T, apparently? Anyways, it seems I lied and did not “savour” this tea as I remarked I would 4 years ago. That said, it still was a fairly decent cup of tea given its age, and I believe I even resteeped it. Not quite as Cashew Turtle-y as the first time, but definitely reminiscent.
Took a while to write this note, so my recollection of the tea is a bit foggy. However, I seem to remember that my initial impression was of a decent berry-flavoured white tea, but that as it sat/cooled, the flavour turned into something medicinal and less pleasant, which is unusual for a tea – usually I find that the flavour improves upon some cooling. (Some teas I have actually found to taste better the next day!) Anyhow, I also have another half-sample of this tea to work through in the event that my experience was a one-off.
Sipdown! This was sent as a free sample along with my latest order. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any of the berry flavours referenced by the other reviewer – I just found the tea to be somewhat medicinal. (There’s a small possibility that I swapped this tea and Scarborough Fair by accident, but I don’t really think so.) Current ratings assume I didn’t swap them!
Review of the old (original Frank) version of this, which remains quite potent despite its age. Very citrussy, almost like nerds candy (lemon-lime). Base tea is unremarkable, which is fine. Definitely reminiscent of key lime sherbet I used to have as a kid, although this tea does not have the creaminess.
I’m really intrigued by these non-traditional tea blends incorporating savoury spices/herbs – they are incredibly hit or miss (in my experience), but always interesting! Unfortunately, although this tea is definitely tasty (for anyone familiar with Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream, the cantaloupe is very similar, but less creamy), I’m missing out on picking up anything from the sage. The leaf is fairly small, so it’s not likely that I just missed an ingredient, it just mustn’t be an overly strong flavour (and perhaps I’m looking for the wrong flavour – I kind of thought it might taste like cantaloupe stuffing?)
For those not familiar with Cantaloupe and Cream, the flavouring is a nice, light, realistic cantaloupe (or honeydew; I find those two are not distinguishable in tea). It’s a definite melon flavour, but not as in-your-face as something like Lupicia’s Melon Oolong. Overall, a perfectly tasty tea, but missing that special something I was thinking I might find.