139 Tasting Notes
Wow, It’s been a while since I’ve been blown away by a tea, and a bagged tea, at that.
On opening the package I immediately got a strong smell of chocolate liqueur (although there is no actual liqueur in it). I do believe i could get happily intoxicated just by smelling this tea.
I made it with a little touch of milk, and it does really taste just like a truffle, a caramel liqueur filled chocolate truffle, intensely chocolaty sweet and very creamy. The smell mellows a bit after brewing, but is still very strong and enticing.
The blending of Assam with Rooibos seemed a little odd to me at the beginning, but the overall taste is outstanding.
There are a lot of really good teas, but every so often I drink a tea, and think “WOW, that is GOOD tea”. That hasn’t happened to me since I first drank 52teas Sheri’s Blend.
When I first opened the pouch, the smell of freshly baked brownies was so strong that I had to resist the urge to take out a spoon and taste the leaves as is.
The brewed tea has a very walnuty taste. It lacks just a little bit more chocolate, but it is still sweet and delicious and smells fantastic.
I thought it was ok the first time I made it, but I must have over-steeped it because it was a bit bitter. The second time I made it I paid more attention to the time. I also added a touch of milk. The result: WOW. Simply perfect. The milk makes it so creamy, and really brings out the coconut. It tastes as if it should be chock-full of calories (like a real pie), but it isn’t.
It was a sad, sad day when my Cinnamon Raisin Toast tea ran out. Happily, I did get more in the recent reblending.
What can i say? This is, without a doubt, one of the smoothest, most well balanced flavored teas I have ever had. I only wish I could keep on drinking it without dreading the day it will run out again.
The first two times I drank this, I did not like it at all. Nothing particular that I could put my finger on, just an overall “not for me” feeling. I am new to pu-erh an. The rest of the sample sat in my cupboard for about 6 months, until recently I decided to give it one more chance.
The firs two infusions were, again, not to my taste (yes, I rinsed the leaves twice). I either put too much leaf, or else I am doing something else wrong with this tea. It was way to strong, too astringent. (both were 15 sec infusions)
HOWEVER, I somehow pushed through to the third infusion and bam! the tea became something else altogether. It’s fresh and energizing. I can’t stop drinking. I am on my seventh or eight infusion and it just gets better. I’m not good with the flavor descriptions, but this tea is good!
Now I’m still wondering what it is that i did wrong with the first 2 infusions. Anyone?
But I am sure going to be ordering some more of this. And I am going to increase my previous rating.
I adore rooibos, but I’m not too fond of apricots, so i was a little skeptic about this tea. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a robust, slightly spicy brew. Not too spicy and not too fruity. I would never have considered putting apricots and cinnamon together, but it works well. I made a huge pot this morning at work, and the sweet smell from the hot tea has hung around all day. Makes me want to drink more tea.