2831 Tasting Notes
This is an interesting combo of smokey and strong (tannic/very bold) but also fruity (black current maybe?). It is good, but without milk it would be too bitter and tannic for me. A bit of soy milk mellows this blend out, however it isn’t something I would drink regularly if I had other H&S blends available. The cup of tea smells sweet and fruity, but when tasted the mouthfeel is almost smokey and there is a lingering bitterness like if you eat burnt toast and the burnt part has that weird mineral acrid taste. It is difficult to describe, but there is no sweetness. It isn’t bad, and I think many people like black teas that are very strong.
Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Smoke, Tannic, Tannin
I love the super flavourful coconut in this blend. The one drawback (IMO a deal breaker) is the bitterness of the base. I finished up one of my samples of this from a few years ago be brewing it cold. Even cold brewed it has a substantial amount of bitterness and I find very unpalatable. The coconut is lovely and creamy; the vegetal notes from the base are nice too.
Flavors: Bitter, Coconut, Green
Another sipdown of a delicious tea I should have finished a while ago. I think this one is 2 years old.
I love the malty black base and the blueberry comes through as natural but flavourful. I added a bit of soy milk, however I still didn’t get the pastry or cream cheese notes I would like. If I didn’t know what this tea was called, I would think it was a plain blueberry black tea. Still tasty (esp. because I love blueberries), however the desserty aspect of the name is what drew me to it. I even tried steeping a long time (over an hour) starting with boiling water.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Malt
Sipdown of yet another small amount
I don’t love this tea (sour and fruity mixed with medicinal mint and eucalyptus? Yuck) Much like cold 911, someone thought medicinal herbs would go perfectly with something acidic. It reminds me of a cough drop, actually. I do love wintergreen and spearmint flavour so in many ways I like some aspects of this blend. Without the fruity and sour notes this would be a fine herbal.
Flavors: Fruity, Herbs, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Menthol, Mint, Sour
I feel like I totally missed the main tasting notes on this one. I think I’m missing out, since I really don’t taste much in the way or pear. The base isn’t my thing (sencha is a bit bitter and vegetal IMO) and I can’t make out any particular berry or fruit.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity, Green, Vegetal