3433 Tasting Notes
Found a way to use the last of this leaf – combining it with DAVIDsTEA Bear Trap. Thank you Evol Ving Ness for the idea! I wrote about it here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/336660
I iced this and combined it with Tea Desire’s Buddha Bamboo and the result is awesome! Tbh I was worried that the Buddha Bamboo would take over and make me feel like I wasted this tea but it actually blended together really nicely.
The berry of this is coming out perfectly in this blend. All tartness from the hibiscus has been muted by the Buddha Bamboo. It’s got much more sweetness to it and there is a great strawberry/cranberry flavor going on here with the softest hint of vanilla. Somehow the Buddha Bamboo just rounded out the flavor of the Bear Trap tea.
I have had this one for a while thanks to the generosity of Cavocorax but I tend to not reach for it given its not really ingredients I look for in a tea (i’m looking at you, mate). However, today I got home early and decided to give it a try. I brewed it up hot and then iced it and then got distracted by homework and making a soup so I am only getting to it now.
My first impression is smoke. Lots of smoke. Smoke and Earth. Then a bit of orange sweetness creeps in but it’s subtle and hidden among a mess of spices and stronger, harsher flavors. I guess in that sense it is true to Sherlock Holmes and his brash attitude but as far as tea goes, this one just isn’t for me.
Thank you Cavocorax for the share though.
When I was at DAVIDs a couple weeks back, this was the tea that appealed to me most by smell. Just rich and fruity. I was sort of hesitant when I made this because I wasn’t sure how that would translate in a brew. I’m having this iced and the result tastes like gummy candies – sweet and fruity. Though it isn’t all that natural tasting, I kinda dig it.
Edit: Overtime, like so many other DAVIDs teas, the sweetness and artificial taste builds which is not so wonderful but still it’s a pleasant herbal option.
One of the few remaining teabags from the book of tea. This definitely is subtle and takes a bit of paying attention to register cherry but it actually does taste like that. However, as I have said time and time again, the base just kills it for me. It is quite strong next to such a mellow flavor that I find I just want MOAR!!! I shouldn’t have to focus to taste the flavor of a flavored tea. I think it is fair to say I am just not a huge fan of Lupicia black teas and this is no exception. Still, it was fun to try.
Brewed this hot but I’m drinking it cold. Pineapple is for sure the major player here but banana and apple pop up here and there. Coconut comes through as a light sweetness that floats atop the cup. It’s nice but I don’t know if it makes enough of an impact to make me want to order this one in the future. Good, but not entirely memorable.