361 Tasting Notes
I brought along this sample from Alphakitty on our minibreak and had the perfect opportunity tonight to try it. We went to a wood fired cafe tonight that has this great “date night” option. Upstairs, they have a babysitter. You drop off your kids and then head off to dinner downstairs. You order food for your kids and they feed them upstairs. Wasn’t sure how the Bean or the little dude would do, but if meant the husband and i could drink beer and have normal adult conversation, I was pretty sure the kids could handle it.
Anyway, after way too much pizza, I ordered a s’mores. I’d seen someone else get one and it looked insane. Burnt marshmallow atop a chocolate bar atop a homemade graham cracker. It didn’t take much thinking. And it was crazy good. I actually didn’t eat much of the chocolate bar, it was too thick, but the burnt marshmallow/graham combo was to die for.
So… back to the matter at hand. When we got home I was still thinking about the wonder that was that s’mores and decided I’d try to prolong my enjoyment by making this tea. Funny thing, only thing i could really taste was the burnt marshmallow flavor, which is my favorite part. I didn’t taste much in the way of graham cracker or even chocolate for that matter, but the burnt marshmallow sold me. I can’t wait to get home and try the marshmallow treat sample that Alphakitty sent me as well.
I think I’d order this if it gets reblended again but first I’ll need to try the straight marshmallow one. Thanks Alphakitty for the treat!
I haven’t had much luck with the 52teas lately so I was a little nervous about trying this. Luckily, it was an improvement over the last couple I’ve tried. Still not mind blowing by any means, but I can see making this every once awhile. There’s a banana flavor in there that bothers me a bit, so I think next time I’ll throw in some Cacao nibs from tisano to make it a little richer, which could mask it. This tea also required some milk and honey. Overall, it’s pretty decent. I won’t reorder, but I’ll go through my bag.
I got this in a swap from Tealizzy and I just saw her write about it and how much she likes it so I thought it was a good time to try it out. I didn’t know what Anise was, but upon googling realized I probably shouldn’t have requested this tea. I stand firmly on the “Black licorice is one of the worst flavor in the whole wide world” side of the fence. But, I already had the sample all queued up so might as well try it.
Wow! This is pretty good! I took a sip of it plain and the licorice flavor was there, not strong but still present. Then I added some milk and honey per Tealizzy’s instructions and the licorice flavor was gone and just a yummy creamy spicy tea remained. Not too heavy not too light. I’m diggin it!
update I used my whole sample to make big pot of this an guzzled it down. It’s going on the order list. I want more right now. Yum.
I didn’t have high hopes for this tea as I don’t tend to love apple teas, but the description sounded pretty tasty and i’m a sample junky so I added this to my cart. It’s an okay tea. I wish it was more of something though. It kind of tastes like watered down apple cider. Not bad by any means, but just no real oomph of any kind. I wish there was cinnamon or a richer apple or something to really make this into a pie flavor. I’ll drink the rest of my cup and sample bag for sure, but not re-order.
This a tea company out of Portland that makes a chai concentrate that you can buy at the nicer grocery stores and get lattes at the local coffee shops. I love this chai. So spicy. Minimally sweet. The polar opposite of that awful “Oregon chai” which I totally can’t stand. This is one of my absolute favorite chais. I try and recreate it with my own loose leaf and can never replicate the spicyness. I don’t know how far their distribution goes, but if you ever see it offered, don’t miss the chance!
Backlog from yesterday.
I bought this tea because I actually really love movie night from davids tea so was excited to try 52s caramel toffee popcorn. I read some notes so that I could get an idea for the ideal preparation method and I did about 3 mins at a little under boiling. Then I let it cool a bit. I could definitely taste the toffee-ish flavors, but no popcorn. So I added a little salt to see if that would bring out the popcorn, no luck. And then it just tasted strange.
Anybody have any suggestions for this one? I want to like it, but I couldn’t tweak it quite right. Suggestions?
I got this in a big swap with AlphaKitty and was really looking forward to this one. So much so that I brought it with me on our little mini trip away. Once we got to our destination and I was ready to settle in and relax I brewed some of this. It smelled great dry.
But alas, pu erh and I just don’t seem to be great friends. We get along great when I can barely taste it (cinnamon swirl bread, Aztec spice) but this one was a much stronger pu erh flavor and I just couldn’t seem to get used to it. Maybe someday my tastes will evolve, but that day was not today. Thanks for the taste though Alphakitty!