1482 Tasting Notes
I don’t know what it is about this tea, but I’ve never fully warmed up to it. I love banana and smoke and this tea has both, but there is something else that isn’t sitting right. It has a very truffley depth to it that is intriguing, but I’m pushing back from something. I’ve tried for two years and I’m now giving up on this and tossing it in my get rid of bin.
I’ve had this for so long now and it still delivers a good cup! It has a nice smooth fruit with vanilla flavor on top of green tea. It is reliable, but I don’t find myself reaching for it often and I still have half a tin. I like it enough to keep it, but it’s slow sipping down. Maybe I’ll try using it more as an iced tea once the weather warms up.
My first steep of this was 3m and the cup was great. I sipped through it while getting the tiny roommates online for school. There are six alarms on my phone daily to get them into all the zooms on time. I stuffed my face with leftover coconut naan, washing it down with my first cup, not taking the time to appreciate the tea. Now that the morning has settled I’ve made a second steeping, which isn’t as delicious as the first. It still smells great with a deep strawberry like scent, but the flavors are now lighter than I’d like. Now that I’ve let my cup cool it is getting a little of that flatness I mentioned in my previous notes. This appears to be a cup better sipped hot!
Sipping down this sample from AmandaStory! I added a little sugar in the cup this time and I think it improves things a bit. Makes the marshmallow flavor profile seem more complete. Marshmallow flavor is about all that is going on in this cup. The rice part is totally absent. The base of the tea adds a little depth to the marshmallow flavor, but I would lean more towards this being a peeps tea or a riceless krispie treat tea. Fun to get to experience it, not something I’d buy.
This was SO good when I first got it. It’s been in my cupboard for about 8 months and the flavor hasn’t held up. It just tastes like matcha. No pumpkin or spices or anything, just matcha. It’s still tasty, but not the same. I’m going to have to remember to go through David’s flavored matchas faster if I want them to be flavored. Let the craving take hold and don’t let me hoarding nature kick in!
This smells really interesting in the bag, but the flavor isn’t translating how I’d hoped. There is something a little savory and broth like in this for a second and it’s a little tart at the end from the modest level of hibiscus. I’d like to lower the steeping temp and maybe time in hopes to get a different cup from this tea. It isn’t bad, I just haven’t figured it out. I have no idea what hot cross buns taste like. I’ve only once recently come across a place that sells them, but they were sold out by the time I got there. It would be fun to do a side by side comparison of this tea and it’s namesake bun!
I’ve been liking this and reaching for it a bit lately. It has a flavor profile that is very similar to some green almond teas I have enjoyed with the almond and coconut, but on a black base. In comparison I think the black base adds something that distracts a bit from the almond. The other cups of this I’ve made had a better flavor and I’m not sure why this one turned out slightly flat, but I’m still enjoying it. One thing I noticed is that it’s really only good for one steep, the second being very flat and dull, so it makes it a little more expensive vs. teas you can get multiple cups out of. I’d almost consider reordering, but I’m not quite there with it.
I had a cup of this the other day that I think I enjoyed a little more than this one. I recall overleafing it a bit. This smells like caramel when dry and steeped. There was a flatness to this cup and I added a touch of sugar to round things out a bit and it seems to have worked. In some sips I think I can pick out salt and in others not. Salt seems to be a tricky thing to add to tea because if you add it dry it just filters to the bottom of the mix. Guess I’m liking this because my cup is now empty! Time for a second steeping!
One of the mystery teas in my mix box! This is another one of the teas blended to one of Arthur’s songs. I’m finding the crossing of interests with music and tea fascinating!
This tea has a slight tartness to it at the start of the sip. I had to look at the ingredients because cinnamon was a prominent flavor I was picking up, but I didn’t see it on the packaging! I might have to double check. It’s more of a mellow baked cinnamon as opposed to the spicy bright cinnamon. This has pea flowers in it which colors the tea a deep purple/magenta and lends a little bit of earthiness to the flavor. A lot of pea flower teas I’ve had didn’t do much to mask or build on the pea flavor and I’m glad to see that isn’t the case here. There is a fruitiness I’m getting, but I can’t say what fruit. Like Sobre, this tea has a lot of flavors coming in and out of focus while managing to merge slightly as opposed to stepping on each other’s toes. There is a lightly tart cinnamon apple in the finish. Reminds me of apple cinnamon oatmeal! I’m looking forward to see how this tea grows on me over time!