440 Tasting Notes
Went to the store today and made sure they gave me at least one jellybean in my 10grams. Being a good customer must have paid off because I got three!
The jellybeans are awesome since they are Jelly Belly. But the tea itself is a novelty tea to me. There’s a slight peachish fruit flavour to it, but the vanilla base overpowers. Not a bad tea, but nothing memorable either.
I am intrigued and yet disappointed all at the same time with this one. I feel like they tried to improve on Blazing Strawberries but just . . . missed. The strawberry smell is lovely but for me when I drink this each sip is either water with a backhint of fruit, or . . . strawberry plant. I felt like I was drinking my perfume I have from Fresh called Strawberry Fields. I don’t think I’ll be stocking up on this one. Which means I’ll be stocking up on the Blazing Strawberries still on my David’s tea wall instead I guess!
Okay, call me crazy but I was craving koolaid and tea at the same time. So I decided to kill both cravings with one cup, and it worked! I brewed this one up normally (80C for 2.5 min) and made up my lime koolaid at full sweetness. Then I mixed both 50/50 in my cup. And wow is it delightful!
The base taste is the koolaid, but there is a tea note to it, and the afternote is pure sparkle. Yes reader, the sparkle remains! Definitely going to be enjoying the rest of this “pot” I made!
Last year when this came out I loved it. I drank so much of it in the late summer early fall as I clung to those last warm days. I revisited it today by brewing up what was left in my cupboard as a cold brew iced over night.
Disappointment is the best way to describe what I’m feeling with it. Something tastes off. I’m not getting the peach I remember as intensely and the vanilla seems . . . old? Maybe it was just some old tea and that was why so I’m not going to rank it, but still. Sadness.
I’m beginning to think my tastebuds are off because I really didn’t like this one. The cinnamon had that fake cinnamon flavour . . . you know, that cinnamon toast crunch artificial flavour? I can’t stand that version of the spice and that was all I got from the cup beyond a faint caramelish undernote that I assume was the honeybush with something to simulate the icing. After my first experience with this one, and now this . . . I think I’ll be bidding this one adieu.
I adore how this tea smells dry. It’s so light and fruity and just utterly makes me long for spring. Once brewed there were definite scent notes of strawberries and fruit as I pulled out the infuser, but when I sniffed the leaves and the pot, I couldn’t figure out exactly where they were coming from since neither seemed to hold them.
The tea itself is a beautiful light yellow-green when brewed, and is a delicate flavour on first sips. As I continued through the cup I started to get the feeling in my mouth that I sometimes get with extremely perfumed teas, or ones with a lot of artificial flavourings. Overall a nice tea, but I’m not sure if I’ll restock.
I am beginning to wonder if my internal cheesecake flavourings are different to Frank’s, because I haven’t gotten cheesecake from any of them I have tried. That being said, this is a lovely tea for coconut lovers. It is sweet and creamy and I do wonder if I should try it with milk next time I drink it.
Iced tea is such a great way to use up little tea scraps or do sipdowns for me, and that’s again what I did last night. I put the end of my Happy Kombucha from DT in with some Raspberry Rush from T2 and cold steeped it. It ended up surprisingly fruity with more of an oolong tea base flavour. I’m enjoying the litre I brought to work with me greatly!