1303 Tasting Notes
This blend smells incredible! It’s all juicy strawberries right out of the bag. It smells very sweet and it could be my imagination but I can almost smell the creamy yogurt. In fact, it smells just like Strawberry Creme Savers if anyone remembers those. Love those things.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Hibiscus, Strawberry, Sweet, Yogurt
Backlog from December 5th:
It’s Saturday morning. The laundry is going, the breakfast dishes have been put away, and my favorite Christmas candle is burning on the kitchen counter. It felt like the right moment to try one of my new holiday teas from 52teas’ recent Kickstarter campaign.
Of all the Christmas teas, this was the one I was most excited about when I placed my order. I’ve really been intrigued by smoky teas lately so this sounded particularly exciting. The dry leaf doesn’t smell as smoky as I expected, though there is some smoke there. I can also smell a light spice, like the faint whisper of a chai. I steeped according to the instructions on the package, but the flavor to me seems muted. I’m hoping I can get more from it by steeping a little differently next time.
Flavors: Smoke, Spices
Backlog from April 21st:
Pineapple Kona Pop / Raspberry Pineapple Luau
I mixed these two together this morning for something different, but it didn’t really create anything spectacular. In fact, it’s pretty tasteless. I’m sure it’s partly due to my teas being older, but it’s really just not good. There is a vague fruitiness but it mostly tastes dusty and bland. The color is a deep berry red which I’m assuming is from the hibiscus which I can also taste. Not impressed.
Flavors: Dust, Fruity, Hibiscus
I made the mistake of eating super spicy salsa and chips before drinking this so I’m not sure I tasted much. There was some smokiness, and it was a nice cup. Trying again for a second steep.
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 7 minutes
A little watered down but not bad.
Flavors: Astringent, Smoke
I steeped this for less time today to see if it might help with the bitterness, and it has. I can taste the orange, but it’s more like the bitter bite of zest or pith, and there is also an artificial sweetness which I think must be coming from the licorice. This cup is more tolerable than previous versions so I really think the shorter steep time was beneficial. It’s still tart and astringent but not overwhelmingly so.
Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Bitter, Licorice, Orange, Orange Zest, Sweet, Tart