6105 Tasting Notes
Got my 52teas package!! I love teamail so much. Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t spectacular – my husband and I got our booster shots and both of us were hit really hard with reactions (fever, chills, etc.) so I was first totally occupied with the kids, and then trying to recover – so I’ve barely made a dent in trying them so far. And now, I think I have a cold. At least, that’s what the symptoms might indicate, and the general public no longer has access to covid testing here… so we’ll never know.
This tea was one of the first I tried – I love apricot in teas and it sounded so delicious! The aroma of the dry tea was pretty tasty, but the actual tea didn’t quite live up to the smell – the caramelly flavour was pretty light, as was the apricot. However, it was pretty tasty regardless, as I seem to like the rich and flavourful base teas. It’s possible that I oversteeped and the base teas took over a bit, so I might have to play with this or pay a bit more attention.
A very unique spicing combination here, although there was some familiarity to it – I can’t pinpoint what it’s reminding me of, though. Also drank it a few too many days ago to be able to describe it, but it’s a nice combination, a bit fruity, and not too heavily spiced. I look forward to future cups.
Another October 2021 sub box tea. I was excited for this one, and although I liked it, it didn’t quite meet my hopes. It was definitely strawberry, but I wish it was a little jammier; however, the “toast” note came through really well, presumably from the popped/roasted rice. It was also nice that it wasn’t overwhelming (it is a bit in some of the other blends using the same ingredient).
Despite being a black tea, I got strong vibes of the original 52teas Peach Chai white tea – just a similar peachy flavour and spicing (cardamom-heavy) – and with the base of this one being fairly nondescript, it didn’t impact the flavour much. End result is a nice, unique, light chai that tastes pretty good without additions. Enjoyed this one!
Nice chocolate orange flavour, but I find that I crave a richer, more flavourful base tea. Probably because I just want every chocolate orange tea to be Butiki’s Two Friends, on a delicious premium taiwanese assam base. Because of that, though, this isn’t quite satisfying for me. I might try it as a latte, where the flavour of the tea itself is less important.
I really, really wanted to like this one, but it seems that the bergamot Deb uses does not work for me. It tastes wrong, and I don’t know why, but I dislike it. I initially thought it was the lavender that was rubbing me the wrong way, but after multiple other lavender blends, some of which I have thoroughly enjoyed, it’s clear that it’s the bergamot. Does anyone else have this same issue? It tastes to me like a different flavouring that is sometimes used as perfume, which I thoroughly hate. (Sidenote, I believe this flavour is also present in DavidsTea’s Serenity Now, and is one of the reasons that I prefer that tea when it’s well-aged – but there are also many other flavours in there so it’s not dominant.)
I mean, I didn’t expect to like this… and I didn’t. I also mixed the gross eggnog in with it, which didn’t help. (Fwiw, PC’s plant-based eggnog is pretty bad; there’s a bitterness to it that’s not pleasant. They could have done better.)
I probably didn’t have a great sense of the tea because of the eggnog, so I’ll have to try it again straight, but I didn’t really pick up on anything except peppermint.