3217 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Thanks to Roswell Strange for the last of her precious sample of this tea! Also, super pleased that Octavia’s samples are in small resealable pouches.
Anyhow, I found this tea kind of interesting. The initial aroma smelled quite appealing, and reminded me of a 52teas blend I enjoy – Apricot Cheesecake Shou Mei. I think that’s the one… So clearly my brain wasn’t wanting to process a difference between apricot and mango, which was a little odd. Either way, once brewed up, it tastes rather similar too, so I think the base tea must be the same and contributing something in each case, and the flavourings, both being fruity, aren’t different enough for me to distinguish. Regardless, it’s tasty, and in the aftertaste, I get a sort of tanginess that makes me think of sorbet. To be honest, though, it’s probably not mango-y enough for me, but I haven’t really ever had a mango tea that was.
A huge thank you to VariaTEA for giving me a sample of this tea! I’ve been super curious, but haven’t had the chance to really get my hands on any of this previously.
The dry tea smells very chocolatey, and cacao nibs are clearly visible – I don’t always like the inclusion of cacao nibs for whatever reason, and the smell of the blend came off to me as a bit fakey, so I was prepared not to overly care for it. Sadly, I was a bit wrong. It’s way better steeped. Like liquid dark, fruity chocolate. Maybe a touch artificial, but it’s so rich and creamy. And dark. I do quite like it. Not enough to pay the extravagant prices that it costs, though, but it will remain in my head as a great chocolate tea to recommend. The only thing that would maybe make it better would be some cacao shell and perhaps a bit of base tea roastiness. (But then I’m probably turning it into LBCG… which is my all-time chocolate favourite).
(Oh, also I steeped this for 4 minutes by accident. It was fine. So the black base here is clearly pretty forgiving.)
I was gifted with 6 oz. (6 oz.!) of this recently, and was really hoping it would be at least decent (high hopes given Teavana’s reputation). Thankfully, it’s not too bad. There are a ridiculous number of ingredients (including many I dislike) mashed into this blend (not good for cup-to-cup consistency, sadly), but they come together to produce a somewhat fakeish, juice-like, strawberry fruit-ish tea. But forget about the oolong – it’s only in here so they can charge a lot more for the blend, because I’d estimate that maaaayyybe 10-20% of this blend is actual tea.
I actually resteeped this, and found that the second infusion was perhaps even better than the first, where everything just blended into a fruitiness. I’ve certainly had much more unpleasant blends, and I think this would actually be pretty good iced/cold in the summer. I wouldn’t buy it myself, though, because I much prefer tea that contains a noticeable amount of actual tea.
Made some of this into an eggnog latte shortly before coming home from my holiday, and although it was certainly tasty, I don’t think the flavour is bold enough for the eggnog (and since I have to use so much tea for a regular cup to begin with, I felt it was a bit of a waste to use like 5tbsp for one eggnog latte, just so I could taste the custardy-apple.
Boo, this was another tea that didn’t work well at all in a travel mug. It just tasted off, and I’m not sure why. It is a pretty old bag of tea though, so maybe something has changed in the flavour over the years (yes…. years…) Will have to try it normal-mug-style to see.