3229 Tasting Notes
Backlog from two Mondays ago (continued).
Determined I’m going to at least catch up with some of these notes tonight! Drank this in a travel mug a couple weeks ago; it was good as usual, but I think my 4 oz. from the Birthday Sale last year just aren’t as tasty as other batches. That’s ok though, it’s still good.
Cold-brewed this on Saturday to compare to DT’s Hard Candy, but didn’t really end up doing so, I just drank it and it was good. Still think they’re pretty much the same tea, though. Delicious sour cherry/cranberry tartness + coconutty creaminess and general sweetness. Very refreshing.
My bad… I bought this at last year’s Toronto Tea Festival and am just getting to it now (even though it was rather expensive). I’m quite sure it’s lost some flavour, especially since I just steeped it for 4 minutes (by accident), and it’s not astringent, but has almost a metallic edge. Bleh. Live and learn. It’s not that it’s terrible or anything, but I’m sure it was better a year ago. Anyhow, as my overwhelmingly helpful black tea descriptions go, it tastes… tea-like. There are supposed to be notes of toffee, apple, honey, almond… not picking up on those. It’s probably not helping that I’m drinking this after a bunch of other sweetened teas, either, but maybe using a bit more leaf and a shorter infusion time next time will help.
I’m surprised that coconut isn’t first on the ingredient list… because I’m pretty sure my pouch is 75% coconut flakes! Anyhow, this tea is kind of interesting… and odd. Pretty creamy, and I can taste some honeybush, so it’s kind of like 52teas’ Coconut Cheesecake HB, except amped up on the coconut flavour. It’s currently hot, and definitely not my favourite that way; I’ll have to wait a bit to see how I like it when it cools.
I had high hopes for this one, because CACAO SHELLS! And while it is definitely pretty chocolatey (kind of artificial, yes), I didn’t realize the chocolate was spiced. Now, that’s not actually a big problem, just not what I was expecting. Can’t taste blueberry anywhere here, though.
One big plus to this tea? It’s not sweetened, I don’t think. Not beyond the chocolate pieces. No licorice sweetness. I am pretty sure this would be best as a latte, so I’ll probably take the rest to work. The milk supplied there makes lattes easy for me (too easy…)
All in all, though, probably nothing I’d get again. Straight cacao shells produce a better chocolate flavour if that’s what I’m craving.