2725 Tasting Notes
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Another cold brew from the subscription. I didn’t realize this had butterfly pea flower, so the color was a fun surprise when I started pouring the water into the pitcher. It came out a dark red-violet color in the end.
Unfortunately, this one is pretty generic and boring. It’s sort of just tart and vaguely fruity, with a noticeable mustiness from all of the pea flower. There’s maybe a bit of peach, but I certainly wouldn’t guess blueberry.
Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Musty, Peach, Sweet, Tart
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I cold brewed this one, and the Blueberry Peach fruit tisane that also came in the May subscription box. After all, the theme was cold brew, plus fruit tisanes are sort of weird hot IMO. The dry leaf, oddly, smelled like banana candy?
This is very interesting. It actually sort of reminds me of their old Elderflower Prosecco, even though there’s no elderflower in it. I wonder if it’s the lime leaves that are giving me that impression? I do get pear, and it’s definitely crisp fresh pear.
There’s something about it, though, that reminds me of artificial sweetener or something. And it sort of ruins it for me. Otherwise, this is a very refreshing and crisp pear tisane!
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Champagne, Elderflower, Floral, Pear, Sweet
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Someday I’ll finish off all of these Vahdam advent leftovers, heh heh… Let’s hope it’s before this advent season! XD
Anyway, I actually quite like this one. It’s a light and fragrant black tea, and the dry leaf has a deliciously honeyed aroma. The rose isn’t overpowering (luckily for me) and melds well with the citrusy cardamom. I also get a strong saffron flavor here, which I assume is also the source of what I’m detecting as honey. I suppose it could also be from the nuts, but that seems less likely to me.
Anyway, I find the combination very enchanting. This might be the only one from Vahdam so far that I would consider ordering, just because it’s quite unique. It would make for a lovely afternoon tea break with some small cakes…
Flavors: Cardamom, Citrus, Earth, Floral, Honey, Rose, Saffron, Smooth, Spices, Sweet
This is my daily morning tea lately, as I’m working through sipping down these Capital Tea packets. I don’t have a ton of experience with Assam as I tend more toward Chinese and Taiwanese teas.
This is mostly what I would expect though – very malty with tobacco and raisin notes. There’s a lot of depth and richness to the raisin, which is lovely, along with some hints of dark brown sugar. Astringency is present but fairly light.
I will say I can tell even when drinking this that I shouldn’t have it on an empty stomach ha ha, as it’s quite acidic and strong. I’m not really a tea with milk person, but I’ll have to try it with this one as it can definitely take it!
Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Malt, Metallic, Molasses, Raisins, Sweet, Tannic, Tobacco
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Finishing this off as a cold brew.
If anything, I’m finding even less of the creamy custard flavor than in the hot cuppa. It’s mostly a pleasantly tart strawberry Jello sort of note.
Nothing special to my tastebuds, but still enjoyable!
Flavors: Candy, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart
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Didn’t expect this one to be a sipdown, but I unfortunately tasted a little bit of rancid coconut in this cuppa.
I was considering getting a 100g tin of this one, but this packet was about six months old and the coconut was already going off. There’s no way I’d make it through a tin in that time… :\
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Finishing off my packet of this from 2020 – I still have the packet left that they sent for this last New Year’s. I did two steeps and combined them in one of my usual teapots, then added a few plums and konbu knots.
I think I underestimated the effect of the plums, because wow! This has quite a noticeable umeboshi-like savory fruity flavor to it. There’s also a touch of bitterness, probably because it sat for a while before I got around to drinking it. Those dastardly particles in the bottom always do that, the jerks…
But it’s still yummy! The base is Sencha of the Wind, which is a kabuse sencha, so it has a nicely concentrated and rich umami flavor and notes of steamed spinach. I’m also getting a piney note that’s very pleasant. And then there’s the salty-tart ume and marine konbu. It’s really almost like drinking a broth!
I actually have a powdered ume and konbu “tea” that I picked up at this lovely umeboshi shop in Kyoto, and this is reminding me of a less salty version of that!
Flavors: Broth, Evergreen, Fruity, Marine, Pine, Plum, Salt, Savory, Seaweed, Spinach, Tart, Thick, Umami, Vegetal
From the May (?) subscription box.
I’m having this hot now, but put the rest of the packet in the fridge to cold brew, so will leave a sipdown note for that later.
It’s not bad hot. Mostly it tastes like a slightly tart strawberry candy rooibos. There’s just a little bit of creamy custard here as well, though I wish there were more. I think the rooibos base is a good call, as it does meld well with the flavors. I’ll be interested to see if the creaminess fares better in the cold brew, as that’s what B&B intended for me to do with this tisane. To be continued!
Flavors: Candy, Cream, Custard, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart, Wood
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Okay, only sort of a sipdown. This one has lost almost all of its flavor at this point, so the rest of it is getting dumped. I blame Kusmi for not offering any size other than enormous in loose leaf!
I still get a hint of citrus, and to me it tastes more like the mandarin than the bergamot. But mostly it’s just a plain bland black tea at this point, and I’m not going to force myself to drink the rest of it. Life is too short for old, flavorless tea!
I don’t even see this one on the website anymore since they started transitioning over to organic and re-releasing a lot of the Løv Organic teas. Pity…
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Mandarin, Orange
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One of my oldest teas! This was from October of 2017. Mine was actually in a tin with the Japanese name – “Imo Kuri Kabo Cha”. I find it funny that the name is a play on words, instead of the normal spelling of kabocha (かぼちゃ) they replaced the last two hiragana characters with the kanji for tea (which is also “cha”) so it’s still pronounced the same but it’s spelled かぼ茶. So it’s sort of a pun because it does have kabocha in it but it’s also a tea. Anyway, I was amused! And also somewhat proud that I was able to read and understand it, heh heh…
This tisane makes me a bit nostalgic because I remember it being somewhat popular years ago. Sweet potato is such an unusual flavoring for a tea, and the combination of it with chestnut, kabocha, and rooibos is so supremely autumnal. It’s almost like a thick pumpkin soup, so comforting…
I also had this as a milk tea the other day, and let me tell you, it was fantastic. I’ve never made a rooibos that way before, but the creaminess with the flavors was just so tasty. I’m sure it would be completely wonderful as a hot latte in the fall as well. I’ll have to consider ordering some if it shows up on the US website this autumn.
Flavors: Chestnut, Kabocha, Nuts, Pumpkin, Roasted Nuts, Rooibos, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Wood