4097 Tasting Notes
I had two perfect teaspoons left of this tea. My plan was to make this recipe: http://blog.davidstea.com/en/pumpkin-chai-maple-latte/ and save the other teaspoon. However, I did not read the water had to be 200 degrees so I took 1.5 cups of cold water and dumped it in the pot and put the tea in as well. Then I realized my mistake so I strained the tea out and used the wet leaf to make a regular cup of this tea and the remainder for the recipe.
I reviewed the recipe on Sororitea Sisters so I won’t go into too much about it other than it was not worth the effort.
As for this last cup of tea, it’s a bit of a mess. It is almost smokey somehow. My guess is flavor contamination from something and flavor deterioration from age. Not sure how the contamination happened though since this is in a sealed tin, as is everything else. Oh well. It is not great and thus probably good that today is an accidental good bye. Since Pumpkin Chai is currently being sold, I could restock if I wanted but I think I am going to take a break from this one for a little while at least. Perhaps I will get more next year if I tame the beast that is my overgrown stash of teas.
I woke up very early for class so I made tea. This tea. I debated between making it hot, which I love, or iced. Since the weather was a bit warmer than it should be today, I decided to go with iced. It’s still got great banana flavor and some creamy coconut but this just doesn’t compare to the hot tea. It’s good. The hot tea is great.
Happy thanksgiving steepsterites!! I figured when better to try this tea than today following an awesome thanksgiving meal. Alas, I really don’t like this. Think an underlying marzipan with the actual stuffing spices. I just had stuffing and this actually isn’t that far off from the taste, though definitely heavy on the fenugreek. With that said, having tried this, I am convinced stuffing is not a flavor you want in a tea…at least it’s not one I want in a tea.
AQ2T has a distinct honey flavor which pops up in all sorts of teas where maybe it shouldn’t. When it pops up here, its not out of place so I am not mad at it. Though, it is a strong flavor making this come off as something I’ve had before and not in a great way. I’m also getting some cinnamon and a smooth sweet potato flavor. It actually nicely captures the honey cinnamon sweet potato flavor but what surprised me is how much the white tea is contributing here as well. It’s like I am drinking a plain white tea as well as a flavored tea in one mug. Interesting but not the best.
This tea smells like fuzzy peaches. Fuzzy peaches and ginger. Which makes the familiar pinkish/purple hue of hibiscus all the more confusing. It really seems out of place and unnecessary because the hibiscus is there but not necessarily tart. Ginger is present but doesn’t have much of a burn. And there is a sweet fruitiness here that tastes like peach. So it has a lot of flavors and yet they somehow cancel each other out and make this bland. Not the best but maybe it would be better hotter? Or iced? Cold brewed? Perhaps warm is where this falters.
I tried this as a snickerdoodle latte because I very much enjoyed it as a nutella latte and the snickerdoodle latte was very sweet yesterday when made with the banana pudding tea. So I used this tea which maybe isn’t as sweet as my flavored blends and only used 1/2 the sugar suggested. Yet this is not awesome either. The cinnamon is latching onto something in the tea that is really undercutting the snickerdoodle sweetness and making it more of an earthy flavor. This makes the snickerdoodle latte less enjoyable and this tea less enjoyable so basically this was a no go.