2725 Tasting Notes
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Cold brew, as always these days…
This is really just not a good tea. It’s very bland, with only a slight tartness from the hibiscus and rosehips and nary a hint of passion fruit. A shame, as I love passion fruit… Also the oolong is quite cardboard-y tasting with a bit of mineral.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cardboard, Hibiscus, Mineral, Paper, Rosehips, Tart
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Cold brew… I admit, the rest of the pitcher got dumped.
There is so much stevia! I apparently used to like this one, but I just can’t handle it now because of the intensity of the stevia. Plus it steeped up a very unattractive brown color instead of the lovely blue it used to, heh heh…
Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Sweet
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Another cold brew sipdown, finishing off a large 80g bag of this tea from a couple of years ago. Happily I still have more in my stash!
This has a lovely vegetal-yet-nutty flavor profile when it’s cold. I don’t remember finding as much nuttiness when it was warm, and it’s quite refreshing to sip on. The vegetables are spinach and edamame for sure, maybe with a bit of bok choy for good measure. Lovely for these hot days!
Flavors: Bok Choy, Cashew, Creamy, Nuts, Smooth, Soybean, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal
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Finished off this fairly ancient tea as a cold brew.
It’s actually quite nice this way. I would consider ordering it again if DT still carried it, even though it has a bit of stevia. There’s the perfect amount of tartness from the hibiscus combined with a nice tart yet jammy blueberry/raspberry combo, and I can still taste the yerba mate underneath it all.
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Earth, Elderberry, Hay, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Jam, Raspberry, Sweet, Tart
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The last B&B subscription tea for June, and cold brewed again.
This is slightly bland, but the fruit flavor strongly reminds me of canned fruit cocktail, specifically the pear chunks and grapes. So I’m enjoying the nostalgia factor of that, as I don’t think I’ve had fruit cocktail in a very long time… :P
Otherwise, it doesn’t remind me of cotton candy at all. It’s more like a lightly flavored fruit punch. Not terrible, but certainly nothing I would seek out.
Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Grapes, Pear, Sweet, Tart, White Grapes
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So much lavender! X.X
Deb kindly included this as a free sample with my last order, but unfortunately I don’t like lavender, and it’s very potent in this blend. Prepared it as a cold brew, I’m getting mostly lavender with some coconut on the side. Blegh! XD
That being said, if you’re a lavender lover, this one is for you!
Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Lavender, Perfume, Sweet
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Another fruit tisane from June’s subscription package. I cold brewed the whole 20g packet in a liter of water, as I didn’t really have any interest in trying it hot.
Hmm… I actually almost quite like it. The combination of the peach and the cardamom with the tart hibiscus is interesting, and gives me a bit of a peach cobbler vibe, but with more dimension. However, I am not a fan of the rose, it throws the whole thing off and adds a weird perfumey note.
Almost, but not quite. And not sure how it relates to peach soda at all…? If anything, it’s closer to some sort of mulled peach wine.
Flavors: Candy, Cardamom, Hibiscus, Peach, Perfume, Rose, Sweet, Tart
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Cold brew sipdown. After this, I only have one tin left to finish from Vahdam, and then the remainder of the turmeric tisanes, which I’m not quite sure what to do with… It seems silly to make myself drink them, but I doubt anyone else would be interested either heh heh.
Anyway, this is okay. If I didn’t know better, I would guess it had green mate in it, there’s a slightly smoky earthy note that’s giving me those vibes. I guess it must be the moringa, I dunno. Otherwise it’s somewhat bland and herbal-y with hay and cucumber notes.
Fine for mindlessly sipping on, not something I would purchase.
Flavors: Basil, Cucumber, Earth, Hay, Herbaceous, Mineral, Smoke
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From June’s subscription, prepared as a cold brew.
It’s not bad, it has a strawberry Jello sort of flavor going on. I did add a touch of sugar to the pitcher after tasting it, as it was too tart for me without it. I perhaps get some pomegranate? I think it’s difficult for me to distinguish it from the hibiscus, which also has a sort of rich/tart flavor profile.
Anyway, it’s a fruit tisane. It’s fine.
Flavors: Candy, Hibiscus, Pomegranate, Red Fruits, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
I quite like this one.
It has a lovely strawberry flavor that hovers somewhere between ripe strawberries and candy. The tinge of added sweetness from the maple crystals really helps to round out the strawberry as well. The coconut gives the illusion of cream, and because of that this really does end up reminding me of a Swiss roll with strawberry whipped cream filling. The cake not isn’t there specifically, but I still get the overall impression. Definitely not a buttery cake though, but a light and sweet sponge. There’s a light grassiness from the green tea, which doesn’t interfere with the other flavors. Honestly I’m happy to taste the tea itself, because that’s not always the case in Deb’s blends (because of all the additions).
Going on the shortlist for a 100g tin!
Flavors: Cake, Candy, Cream, Dry Grass, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet, Tart