3217 Tasting Notes
Another tea I thought I didn’t have, but it turns out that I bought it and just never tried it. Whoops. (Also means my cupboard number was off. Again. I really need to do a thorough inventory so I can accurately record sipdowns…)
Since this has the Dreaded Hibiscus, I kept the infusion time to a minimum, and it seems I was successful, since the liquor is only somewhat purplish. The flavour also indicates my success – barely a trace of hibby. However, the rest of the flavour is kind of odd. It tastes almost like… melons? to me, along with something floral. But the floral tastes weird and artificial. It’s reminding me strongly of something, but I’m having trouble figuring out what – my best guess is Minute Maid fruit punch, which I’m not overly fond of. Yeah… fruit punch is what I think I’m tasting. And since I’m not overly keen on that particular fruity combo… this tea is not great either. Minus points for tasting extra artificial, too, and for the unnecessary faint hibby sourness. If you like fruit punch, this probably tastes awesome to you.
Thanks to Janelle for sending me the last of this tea to sample :) I was in the mood for some herbals tonight, and figured I’d try out this tea, since it has fennel + two ingredients I enjoy (in food, at least)… and the fennel in Kapha Ayurvedic was actually quite a pleasant surprise both in the initial infusion and tonight’s resteep.
The aroma very, VERY strongly reminds me of an Indian restaurant, or grocery – cumin and fennel dominating. My boyfriend has some aversion to the smell of Indian spices, and I imagine this tea would make him gag (I find it makes me crave Mutter Paneer and Aloo Gobi and all that yummy stuff). Flavourwise, it’s primarily coriander, followed up by cumin (ok, those two switch depending on the sip) and surprisingly little fennel. Like, not even any sweet aftertaste of fennel. It’s also very weird to have cumin-flavoured water. Coriander, I can handle, fennel in small amounts is ok, but cumin is SO savoury, it’s throwing me off.
Despite this tea being reasonably pleasant, I’m finding that all it’s really doing is causing me to have severe food cravings, so I’m glad I only had a single cup’s worth of this.
Final tea of the split ones we picked up at the Tea Festival. This one is actually not a blend I’ve had before, so I have a much more favourable opinion of it. Basically, it tastes like a fruity pineapple juice. Which is pretty tasty, though not my favourite flavour combo. I see that Sil rather liked this one, though, so I’m going to call this a sipdown (976), and she and Raritea can have the rest.
Another Tea Festival split purchase. Not bad, but unremarkable, with the same strawberry-papaya combo commonly seen in “strawberry” green blends. Sigh.
ETA: Retroactively calling this a sipdown (975) because I don’t think I really need to have any more of this. Too common of a flavour profile.
Sipdown! 977. Gotta make sure these T By Daniel teas are ready to visit Raritea!
As stated in both previous notes, this both smells and looks like DT’s Forever Nuts. And the ingredients are pretty much the same. I think it’s safe to say that T by Daniel is probably just another tea-reseller. Sigh. One day, I’ll learn. At least I like Forever Nuts, therefore enjoy this tea. I’m just disappointed in getting this blend from yet another company.
Blar. Was going to leave a short review of this one since I thought I had previously reviewed it, but I guess it’s another tea hiatus victim. Anyhow, it’s not a favourite, though it’s not too bad either. Soft ginger (like in gingerbread), a few other spices, and a nice green base. Another one that will probably be relegated to travel mugs to finish it off. It is nice, though, that I dug it out in the appropriate season!