613 Tasting Notes
This came as a sample in my order. It’s a nice enough black tea with a hint of sweetness, but I do not taste caramel, and honestly, I never do taste caramel in caramel teas. I don’t know what they’re going on about. The only tea I’ve ever had that tasted caramely was Je T’Aime from Nina’s Paris, but it wasn’t really billed as a caramel tea, per se. And then they went and messed up the recipe, so that one’s out too now.
Caramel: The Phantom Flavor
Just got my first order in from Amitea. I think I’m going to try this again with a shorter steep time, because right now the base is way overpowering the flavorings. I get just a little hint of vanilla and cream. It’s pleasant enough, but I’m getting astringency far more than I’m getting the richness and smoothness of Devonshire Cream.
Hooray, got a small order in from NMTC, so the cupboard doesn’t feel quite so bare now. This was a little sample they threw in. It tastes very much like English Breakfast, but a bit lighter and mellower. It’s fine enough, but probably not going to become a staple around here.
This is my very last little pouch of Rainbow Sherbet. I was saving it to celebrate whatever came up, but it turns out that this is the only black tea left in THE ENTIRE HOUSE. I would like to blame tea elves or something, but really it’s because stuff keeps breaking and the repair costs have siphoned off the tea fund. This month I was extremely worried about the mystery ailments of my car, and basically stopped spending altogether because God only knew how much THAT was going to cost, but lo and behold it was just the starter, and I got my car back from the shop today without having to sell a kidney, so I guess that’s what the Rainbow Sherbet will be used to celebrate: I have a working car, both kidneys, and enough money left over to hit up at least one or two of the holiday tea sales, glory hallelujah.
What a nice surprise on this rather bleak day. I got this as a sample who knows when and forgot all about it, but when I was rummaging through my tea box, hey presto! This is the first long ding I’ve tried. The leaves look very similar to long jing, long and narrow, but they are a darker green and sort of curled in on themselves. It tastes quite mineraly — none of the green bean taste I’m used to getting from long jing. Not my favorite, but interesting. I think I might go poke through that box some more.
Got a sample of this to compare to NMTC’s gunpowder green. This actually tastes slightly like white tea, I guess because it has some hay notes. It’s more vegetal overall than the NMTC, which leans toward the earthy and mineral notes. Plus this is a lighter tea. The flavor is fine, but it doesn’t really register as gunpowder with me. I just expect them to be punchier than regular green. So as the heartier tea, the NMTC still wins for me.
H&S was giving whole tins of these away, so I snagged one even though I am leery of spice teas in general. I didn’t realize it had a rooibos base, but I probably still would have taken it because I am a sucker for free stuff.
Anyway, it’s actually not bad. All the flavors are on the mild side, so it works as a soothing herbal. The pumpkin isn’t coming through, but so often it doesn’t with pumpkin spice flavored things. Wouldn’t buy it but I’m not sorry to have some in the house (plus the tin is awesome).