560 Tasting Notes
Bought a sample pouch of this on a whim because H&S was having a sale on all their ‘city’ teas and this was one of the few I hadn’t tried before. I’ve had chocolate hazelnut teas from a handful of companies now, and they never seem to live up to their promise. This one is no exception, but it’s also no worse than the others. Don’t tea blenders know that chocolate hazelnut is just a fancy way of saying Nutella? Chocolate hazelnut is the most luxurious, the most decadent of all the flavors — or at least, it’s supposed to be. Personally I think it’s something that works as a coffee or hot cocoa flavor, but I’ve yet to find a tea that’s full-bodied enough to really do it justice.
Anyway, it was worth a shot, but Paris and Boston are still my reigning favorites.
Sipdown. My laptop just bit the dust so now I’m discovering the woes of doing everything by phone not to mention sticker shock at computer prices. Why is it so fun to shop for tea and so completely unfun to shop for computers. If I look at one more spec sheet I think I’m going to lose it.
Anyway there’s nothing wrong with this tea but it is sadly underqualified to soothe me from all this computer stress. I think I may have to resort to whiskey.
Got a sample of this in my last H&S order. I’m enjoying it much more than I expected, because I usually don’t find assam all that appealing. It’s very smooth and has a slight cocoa note.
Unfortunately H&S sent me DECAF tea though instead of regular, so THAT has to be sorted out. No way can I drink decaf.
This sample got lost in the back of the cupboard. I try to avoid jasmine because, although I like the flavor, I tend to get headaches from it. However, the jasmine in this is very pleasant and light, not perfumey at all, and gave me no problems. The oolong makes a nice base for it — I nearly always see jasmine paired with green tea, and the oolong is an interesting switch.