2428 Tasting Notes
So I saw a pouch with a ‘T’ written on the back from my 52Teas mystery bag, flipped it over and it was this one. I was one of the lucky ones who tried the original Frank blend of this and I KNOW I’ve suggested this as a reblend. I didn’t even know it was part of the Christmas teas so I’m obviously very happy it was included in my mystery bag! I’m wondering how much Anne was aware of this though? (If it was possibly because it was on my wishlist or possibly because I wanted it reblended.) That would be extremely awesome but definitely don’t expect 52Teas to go THAT far with mystery bags! I’m not even sure if my order could have been connected to my Steepster name or if it was just a really great and crazy coincidence. ANYWAY…
This blend is almost exactly how I remember Frank’s blend tasting which is pretty crazy in itself! I was wondering how the base could even taste so close to Frank’s original assam base when I read in Anne’s tasting note that she used an assam/assamica blend and not the usual mix of black teas for the base. The amounts of cinnamon, peach, and blackberry flavor are identical to what I remember. But HOW? How are the proportions in the blends so similar? Amazing. There were two huge peach pieces and a blackberry in my infuser. Since the tea is pretty fresh, I was kind of expecting more of a flavor that would make it a crumble but this is tasty anyway. To be honest, I kind of expected more magic from Anne’s fresh blend. But having both blends be so similar is magic too. Now if only Peachy Keen would be reblended…. another fantastic peach and blackberry tea! I could drink Peachy Keen every day. But this one is a great blend to revisit as it was one of my favorite blends from Frank.
Flavors: Blackberry, Cinnamon, Peach
Flavors: Maple, Nutmeg, Vanilla
Additional teas: I’ve had a cold or something for the last three days so I’m trying to sipdown teas I don’t love while I can’t taste them anyway. (I’m never sick! I haven’t even had a cold in about 12 years!) This one was always a bit odd, but stored in a thin baggie and traveled in a tea box…. so I probably was never giving it a fair chance.
Additional notes: I bought a sample of this from Fusion before and just recently another sample. (Man, those sample sizes have gotten smaller.) I LOVED this tea… roses, bergamot, RHUBARB. But I feel like though this is supposed to be a newer tea, the flavor isn’t as strong as the previous sample when it was fresh. Honestly, if I tried my old sample of this, it would probably have this much flavor. I noticed that with another new sample from Fusion too (the Cinnamon roll). Not as strong flavor as the previous sample. hmm.
Only one tasting note for this? HOW? I do remember someone on Steepster saying they loved this one, so I’m happy to try this sample. I wanted a nutmeg tea today and somehow this just happened to have it, so I went with it. Apricots even! Mmmm. I love that this blend uses three base black teas: golden Yunnan, Fujian and Assamica. (I’m also VERY glad that the new 52Teas uses the fancy black teas because I always hated the Ceylon in the old blends.) The flavors result in a lovely cup: mostly notes of apricot and hints of nutmeg. Exactly what I had hoped. I’m not really tasting the almond or cakiness. But that is completely fine, I like what I’m tasting!
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep
Mastress Alita sent over some generous tea samples along with some of Bluebird’s Candied Yams that I wanted more of… I only had a little left of sample! So THANK YOU SO MUCH Mastress Alita for that amazing tea package! I really appreciate it and hope you love the Bluebird teas I sent over. I think the picture for this tea is the black tea version and not the rooibos that I was able to try here. I really like this rooibos blend. I think it has a balanced mix of the spices and a slight sweet apple flavor. I somehow haven’t ran into a blend like this in all my tea drinking days, which is why samples of unique blends from other Steepsterers are so fun. :D
Flavors: Apple, Spices
How was it necessary to add this to the database?! Anyway, I’ve always been aware of this tea and I always wanted to try it. So thanks Starfevre for supplying! There were two of these iced tea bags in the package Starfevre sent over, though each had a different packaging so I assumed they were different “harvests” or Frank mixed the blends at different times. So I was interested to see if these two “harvests” were different at all. I tried hot steeping a teaspoon from each package on different days (and saving the rest for later). Sadly, they both taste the same but both just taste like black tea now. So some teas do age, even in nice packaging (no rating from me). This must be the most faded tea ever. This doesn’t taste fantastic, but it’s still caffeine. But I’m sure I would have loved this when it was fresh!
Additional notes: I received an e-mail yesterday about Verdant’s new harvest of Laoshan Green so I had to pull this out of the teas that Starfevre sent. THANKS AGAIN! The Laoshan has always been one of my favorite green teas, possibly the all time favorite. I know this harvest is older, but whoa the flavor is still so fantastic. I certainly couldn’t tell it was years old, though that would mean the tea was even more tasty when it started! Amazing.
Bluebird kindly sent this one along as a free sample with my Boxing Day order. Thanks Bluebird! I love carrot cake and have tried a plethora of carrot cake teas. The ingredients here seem like they would make for the IDEAL and dreamy carrot cake cup: Rooibos, Cinnamon, caramelised hazelnut, carrot flakes, vanilla pieces, nutmeg, and even pretty purple mallow flowers. I love that Bluebird actually makes the effort to put actual carrot in this blend. It sounds like the perfect carrot cake blend in my opinion, but the result ends up a little weaker than I’d like. I went with a teaspoon and a half for a mug. Sadly, I think because I’ve tried so darn many blends like this, Bluebird’s blend is not quite living up to my expectations here. The flavor is fine, but I just expect it to have more flavor than this, especially if I’m using a half teaspoon more. Overall the flavor turns out mildly sweet, spicy, cakey and carroty. But I’m surprised that there isn’t MORE of these notes here.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5+ minute steep
Additional notes: StarFevre had a ridiculously awesome giveaway of teas for some reason, and I’ve been hugely enjoying a few of them so far! THANK YOU STARFEVRE. I really appreciate it. So many good teas! I know they aren’t the freshest, but I really can’t tell so far with the teas I’ve tried. Free beats fresh anyway and I can usually appreciate any cup of tea anyway… unless it’s a really really bad cup of tea. haha. I actually tried this a while ago and now get to revisit this. Still a delicious tea I can enjoy and appley.