1530 Tasting Notes
Advent Day 9
What the….? I was so confused by this tea! It says chai, so I expected chai spices and it says breakfast, so I thought hearty chai. Nope. If this was a chai I’d have been disappointed. Then I saw that I had this on my wishlist and was wondering why. Looks like it was in last year’s advent (they have a million teas and this is just the third year they have done an advent… you’d think they wouldn’t have repeats this soon) and RoswellStrange had left tasting notes about it being a spiced coffee tea. My interest is peaked again. It’s definitely hardy! I had been getting bored with all the ethereal light and fluffy teas in this advent and then MF answers my boredom with something heavy. I do get some spices. It reminds me of a light version of a strong cinnamon tea a local brunch place is known for. It has the depth of coffee, but not in the overpowering way coffee has. It’s hard for me to taste the spices on the sip, but the end and finish let them out more. As it cools the spices come out more and light coffee is more discernable. I’m tempted to add cream and sugar like I’d have in a chai or coffee, but I’m also afraid I’ll ruin this. My intuition was right. I hope I never defile a cup of this like that again. At this point I probably wouldn’t buy this tea, but I’d happily have another cup of it.
Advent Day 7
My tea timer didn’t start, so I way over steeped this before suspicion about the amount of time passed set in. This tea seems very forgiving to that. I had released it from the bonds of the tea bag it came in and the leaves had unfurled significantly making an odd blueish brown steeping. It smells very fruity, but I can’t pin what fruit they might be. I can’t taste any rose, but as my cup cools I get the tang of rose petals on the sides of my tongue. This tea tastes like it is all high and mid notes, which makes it seem very airy and light. I think I’d like it better if it had low notes to ground it more. It’s another perfectly fine tea that isn’t quite to my tastes.
Advent Day 6
This is a fairly mellow orange tea. I’ve had some that have a very bold orange flavor and this one is moderate, but well done. It has a light sweetness to it. Angelic is a good description of this since it is so light and ethereal. The flavor is balanced well with the tea base. This is a good tea, but it’s also boring. A one trick pony that is very well trained, but gets old. I would not buy this tea.
Advent Day 4.
This has got to be the most mellow non EG EG I’ve had. It’s like EG light. There is a grassy/has flavor behind the light ethereal berg. It’s blue, but I don’t know I can taste the pea flowers which is good because they might make an intriguing looking tea, but they taste like dried peas which is never a flavor I look for in my cup. The start is almost fruity, the finish gets a strange taste and feels dry with maybe a hint of honey. Actually, the dryness starts mid sip wish is such a weird things to wrap my mind around. This is interesting, but not one I’d choose again.
This is supposed to be a toffee chestnut tea, but all I can think of is pecans. Freshly dropped from the tree pecans. There is a burnt toffee flavor in the background that gives it a pecan pie flavor to it and it’s nice. I bet adding a little sugar to it would make that impression even more solid. It has a nice depth to the flavors that gets a little bitter when it cools, but it’s not bad. So far I’m pretty impressed with this brand based on the two teas I’ve tried.
Advent Day 3!
MF puts steeping times on their teabag tags, but I wish they would include temperature as well. Luckily they have it on their website.
From what I can tell from the two rose teas I’ve had from this company, they do rose really well. It’s a very true to life or scent rose. This tea is light and delicate with just a hint of tea flavor peeking out behind the rose which gently and smoothly dominates this cup. it fades away gracefully towards the end of the sip and just a hint of rose is left on the finish. As delightful as the flavor is I find I get bored with it partway into the cup and wish they would have paired it with another flavor to make the experience more interesting and not all high notes. I like it and I’d drink it again, but I wouldn’t buy 100g of it.
Went to a local store today where they usually have an empty shelf in their tea section with tags saying the prices on a variety of Hella Teas and found it was finally stocked! I really wish the HumpTea wasn’t a rooibos because I love the idea of a Digital Underground tea. I grabbed a bag of this and Don’t Gimme No Bammer, which sounded the most interesting out of the selection. Super excited to try these and be supporting a local black woman owned business!
I walked away while steeping this and oversteeped, but it doesn’t seem to have ruined the cup. It’s been making me think of bananas and I think that is because of a similar flavor profile to one of August Uncommon’s teas that has banana. This has a light smoke and cognac flavor to it. I’m getting some bitterness when it cools, but it’s well balanced while it’s hot. I think I’m really going to like this one once we get better acquainted.
Advent day 2!
This tea steeps up to a nice aqua grey blue. I had to switch to a clear glass to fully enjoy looking at it. Unfortunately it tastes like faded fruit nothing. Like the 2nd or 3rd steeping of something stronger and more interesting. It’s a smooth nothing, but none of the flavors are strong enough for me to even guess what they were supposed to be.
There wasn’t a sample size of this on the site and I felt pretty confident this would probably be good enough to buy a tin on instead. I may have been wrong. My tastebuds might be ruined from vanilla teas like Black Orchid from Mariage Freres and The A La Vanille from Theodor. This falls very flat compared to those. The vanilla is light, weak and one dimensional, the black tea is flat and cardboard like. My mouth is left feeling dry after each sip. There is no finish. I feel really silly having bought this tin. Reading over tons of glowing reviews of this tea leaves me feeling baffled that so many love this stuff so much!
Advent day 1
This tastes very green Marco Polo like! I’ve had MP black before and aside from fruity vanilla I haven’t been able to ID the individual flavors. This has that and a bright green tea flavor added instead of the depth that black has. It’s nice and very well balanced. I’m on my second steeping of this. I am very much enjoying it, but don’t know that it’s one I’d add to my cupboard especially when I’d have to buy 100g.