4771 Tasting Notes
So I’m kind of obsessed with this tea, although I’m not always 100% successful in brewing it (user error/laziness?). I love the lavender, I love the bergamot, I love the base (smooth!), and the creaminess (when I can manage to get it to appear). I’ve had mad cravings for earl greys lately, and 52teas is my go-to (I have multiple EG cream-type blends to choose from) – the only other tea that I’m enjoying as much in that respect is DT’s EG Cream matcha, which also hits the spot. All of the other EGs that I can find in my stash (others from DT, Bird & Blend, Dessert by Deb, misc companies) are either too harsh, or have a weird flavour that I’m not totally fond of. Even made into a latte, they’re not as good, and I’d really prefer to enjoy my teas without additions.
Long story short, thank you for making this, Anne! I think it’s very much along the lines of my submissions for the contest, and I was thrilled for it to be blended.
Well… to nobody’s surprise, the coconut in this 6-year-old tea has gone a bit off. That said, only a bit off, so I was still willing to give it a whirl (I’ve had mixed results in the past). It’s actually not too bad – creamy coconut, and probably less mint than there once was, so more tolerable in that regard. It appears that there is a single cup of this left now, so I guess I’ll keep it somewhere nearby and hopefully take care of the last bit soon?
I was so excited that this tea returned this year! I had given up hope that it would ever come back, so what a nice surprise it was. Of course, I was planning on heavily stocking up but missed the boat on this one as well… however, my order history tells me I purchased 350g, so that should be enough… right? (Except I’m pretty sure I’ve already latte-d through at least 50g of it). Plus side, I found 2? old pouches of it that I can now confidently finish off. One is already done, I think, and the other I ran across the other night. Not sure where it ended up.
I’m conflicted about this tea. Sometimes it smells/tastes deliciously like creamy, sweet candy strawberries, and other times it smells/tastes rotten. I blame the hibiscus, which is too bad – chocolate strawberry should be a fantastic combo. I think it’s best with a short infusion. I also wish it wasn’t sweetened. Stevia, yuck.
2021 Sipdown 2/365!
A second sipdown, hurrah! I thought I had a bunch of this tea but my spreadsheet suggests only one other bag, which I think is nearing or already at its end… so this might be a final sipdown. Hard to say.
Anyways, this is a very satisfying dessert tea, basically liquid caramel popcorn. Even years later, that’s still how it tastes.
This tea should have been finished long, long ago (but there’s still a cup’s worth left, and the spreadsheet tells me that there’s another small amount somewhere, too). It was purchased before DT started putting dates on their bags (which is no longer a thing – back to square one), so a reasonable estimate is probably like, 8 years old? Yikes. However, it actually tastes shockingly good. I didn’t remember liking this tea (but a 93 rating suggests I did indeed), but it is most definitely topping Lavender Buttercream and Matcha Ice Cream from today. The flavour is somewhat muted, but deliciously fruity (berries), and there’s probably some lavender (but at this point, I don’t think I can taste low levels of lavender). A surprise particularly because it’s a rooibos and I tend to dislike those.
ETA: Read through my previous notes and it sounds like I rediscover this tea every time I have it. Hilarious. I’m not sure why I have such a mental block on realizing I like it.
Really surprised I rated this as highly as I did… maybe it was better fresh? I guess I’ll leave the rating as is. It’s not that old in comparison to many of my teas, but it’s almost devoid of lavender flavour, and is pretty much a vaguely sweet rooibos at this point. Not buttercreamy at all, either. Odd. It makes me want to pick it up to try a fresh batch, but I do not want 50g of it. Dilemmas.
Wanting to find Matcha Ice Cream and my lavender teas from DT was what kicked off this latest mission – so here’s lavender tea #1! I know I wasn’t the biggest fan of any of DT’s lavender teas due to a weird flavour that I found offputting, but this one really smells amazing in the bag – so much so that I was having regrets about not having picked up more.
However, the flavour does bring me back to why I hesitated in the first place – it’s delicious, creamy lavender… with this odd chapstick(?) flavour that I just can’t place and am not a huge fan of. That said, the creamy lavender is good enough that I can look past that a bit, so I do wish I had another 50g of this somewhere (but I actually have 1-2 cups left).
Whoops, already off-track with those sipdowns. I don’t tend to drink as much tea on the weekends because I’m either resteeping teas I’ve had during the week, or just don’t really have the time.
Anyhow – finally found this tea, which I’d been wanting to have for a while since I noticed it was back online. Unfortunately, this cup was particularly stevia-sweet, and as a bonus, the almonds are somewhat stale, so it has certainly seen better days. Not a tea to stock up on, that’s for sure, or if you do – remove the almonds. The cup was drinkable but I’ve reconsidered ordering more and will probably just finish off what I have (likely ditching those almonds for future cups – I am thankful that they haven’t gone as off as coconut tends to).
Disregarding the almonds and stevia – this is a nice and creamy, tasty cup. But… you can’t really disregard those two, haha.