1211 Tasting Notes
For the last few weeks I’ve really been craving fruit/chocolate combos, and have been making a lot of choco-berry smoothies. Looking through my tea, I only had this and Lupicia’s Strawberry and Chocolate pu’erh that fit the bill, so I decided to try this.
I always forget that Lupicia often uses a CTC base on their blacks, so I’ve been a bit mindful to not overleaf or oversteep. It is still quite a rich black tea, but not so much as to hide the flavor. The chocolate is a little softer than I was imagining, but is more cocoa sweet/bittersweet than that strong chocolate liquor flavor usually found in teas, and the raspberry is simply lovely… a little jammy, a little candy sweet. I’ve had many nice hot ’n plain cups of this in my work thermos the last few weeks.
This morning I decided to make a latte, since I figured the strong CTC base would be up to it. 3 parts tea (double the leaf), 1 part warm frothed vanilla almond milk, and it is very nice! It’s very creamy and full of sweet raspberry, but still has a nice classic black tea body in the undertones.
Flavors: Candy, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Jam, Malt, Raspberry, Sweet
I spent four hours cleaning house yesterday and every part of my body hurts… so today is dedicated to tea, books, YouTube videos, and naps. I’ve been on a big “pirate” kick with my media lately, so while this tea isn’t the most seasonally appropriate choice, it did seem to fit nicely thematically.
It smells divine. I’m a big fan of 52Tea’s pineapple flavoring. The oolong is really silky and floral, and accompanies the pineapple flavor so nicely. It’s not as tangy as I’d like from pineapple, but there is something very satisfying about the soft sweetness of this flavor as well. Oddly enough, I’m not really getting any ginger… a soft aftertaste of it at most. But this is really nice. I imagine it would be great iced, as well.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Pineapple, Silky, Spices, Sweet
Whenever a 52Teas packet recommends 4g when there are 15g total in a package, I tend to leaf-up a gram so the leaf will split evenly and I won’t have a weird amount left over. I’m not sure that was the best thing to do in this situation as the yerba mate was very strong… or maybe it’s just that I haven’t had any in such a long time, I’ve forgotten what a strong green flavor it has. It is very vegetal, in a fresh grass sort of way, and a little smoky ala Gunpowder Green. It’s not my favorite flavor, but it’s drinkable. The raspberry cream flavor is spot-on, as usual, though. Very creamy and sweet, like a raspberry dessert. The mate is just overwhelming it a bit much for my liking, and because it is so strongly vegetal, I’m getting more of a “fresh raspberries right of the vine, stems and leaves intact” sort of vibe instead. It’s fine, but I definitely prefer this particular flavor on other bases… the energy boost sure is nice, though!
Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Grass, Raspberry, Smoke, Sweet, Vegetal
I had stored this packet sealed, but I fear that age may have still taken its toll, because I’m not getting much flavor from it. It smells quite nice in the bag, but even overleafed and steeped for a very long time, I am not getting apple or caramel. I do pick up a fruity note that is probably the apple, but somehow I’m tasting it as pear instead. The spices are nice and quite present, particularly the cinnamon and allspice. I’m not getting caramel at all. The tea is pretty rooibos-heavy in flavor, which is fine for me (I like red rooibos) but would probably be a bit much for others. It was tasty, but I definitely got “spiced pear” instead of “caramel apple cider.”
Flavors: Allspice, Cinnamon, Fruity, Pear, Rooibos, Spices, Sweet, Woody
My boss got some teabags of this inside a Christmas gift and prompty gave them to me since I’m the “tea person” in the office. The teabags didn’t come in any packaging with ingredients, so I had to look it up when I got home, and was hesitant because chamomile was the first listed ingredient and I’m just not a fan of it. However, peppermint hides a world of hurt for me, and there is enough mint here to take the edge off the chamomile, so I actually found this pretty pleasant. There is a bit of a floral background note from the chamomile but mostly it tastes minty and a little grassy. The mint is the pulverized teabag sort so a bit dusty/dirty tasting, which isn’t my favorite when better mint is out there, but it’s drinkable. Didn’t take me very long to use up the teabags, either. But I’m not particularly sad that there are no Trader Joe’s near me and thus I can’t restock it. There are plenty of other evening choices I like better.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Grass, Herbaceous, Mint, Peppermint
Lately I’ve been working through a large package of a white chai, but this morning I was really more in the mood for a black tea and pulled this one out. The smell in the package is lovely… it really does give a strong “holiday spice” vibe and the fig adds a sweet fruitiness to the aroma.
The steeped aroma is similar, though there is something a little citrusy about it, despite no citrus in the blend. The flavor is very warm and cozy… the spices are gentle, and I think the citrusy note I’m getting is from the clove, which has a nice aftertaste. The flavor overall reminds me a lot of the “Tea and Scones” blend, just less grapey, and I think that’s because dates, figs, and raisins all sort of hit the same “sweet and fruity” notes to me. Perhaps just a hint of something reminescent of vanilla or cream. It’s a nicely balanced chai between warming spices and gentle sweetness.
Flavors: Citrus, Clove, Cream, Fruity, Spices, Sweet
I’ve really been enjoying this tea. The aroma of stonefruit and lavender is so complimentary. The flavor is too! The apricot is a little more subdued to the lavender, which is pretty strong in this tea. I like lavender and am fine with it, but I think it might be a bit much for those more sensitive to florals. I think a little more balance between the apricot and the lavender would elevate this a lot, especially if the apricot had more of a “juiciness” to its flavor. Still a very relaxing evening tea and a shame it was recently retired on Plum Deluxe’s website.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Honey, Lavender, Stonefruit, Woody
After learning my lesson about free tea left in the breakroom at work from the stinky feet Cinnamon Horchata tea (which I finally managed to finish), I only grabbed one bag of this instead of the whole box. So glad I did. The ginger is waaaaaaaaaay too spicy for me, making it one of the few cups that was simply undrinkable for me. And the flavor just tasted like one of those medicinal honey cough drops. Bleh.
Flavors: Ginger, Medicinal, Spicy
I received a sample of this tea from Derk, thank you!
It is so good. It smells like a pine forest in a cup, and it is so relaxing. I love pine notes in tea, and this is just pure, wonderful pine. I will have to get some of this sometime!
This is a tea I was gifted from Todd from his China trip. It says “Meng Ding Shan Cha” on it, but I don’t know the brand or shop it came from. There is a panda on the front of the package and “Fangxiang” possibly is the brand? Inside are a bunch of individual plastic wrapped packets of loose leaf Chinese green tea. Each packet is about 4.5g of tea.
I tried one packets in a liter for cold brew and it came out a bit weak, so on my next try I used two packets for a liter which came out just right for me. It’s crisp and vegetal, I get notes of leafy greens and cucumber, as well as a sort of wet metallic note that makes me think of spring water and mossy rocks. It’s a quite refreshing cold brew.
Flavors: Vegetal, Green, Cucumber, Metallic, Spring Water, Wet Moss, Wet Rocks