865 Tasting Notes
I decided to cut the suggested water volume for the bagged version of this since it’d be closer to the amount I’d use for 1 cup instead of 2.
1 bag/6oz almost boiling water. Very dark liquor, almost a coffee color w/ reddish tins. The aroma is that of a rich and complex black tea. Unfortunately, the taste is that of the aroma. I’m getting more of the floral aspect, but no chocolate. :(
Ok, I’m a sucker for novelty. Not only the weird, but teas named for people, places, events, etc so when I saw this I knew I had to try it.
1tsp/6oz water just below boiling.
This is such a pretty tea! The liquor is a gorgeous pinky red color and the aroma is definitely fruity. The flavor, unsuprisingly, is mainly of currant w/ a hint of hibiscus. Unfortunately I can’t really taste the pineapple or the oolong base. On the other hand, I can’t taste the rooibos either which makes me very happy! My final opinion of this tea will be based on how it morphs over time.
Made this for a friend today. I nearly lost the thing that means most to me next to God today. I didn’t realize that Madison’s invisible collar battery died and she ran up to the neighbors’. Luckily Christine was home… she’s never home on Friday afternoons. When she came up to bring my Madison home I made her a cup of this, sweetened w/ 1tsp sugar free maple syrup, as thanks. The day worked out great though because she ended up hanging out for 2 hrs and we’re going out tomorrow nite.
I made this my ground hog order because I wanted something different. I love dessert teas and I love savory teas so my theory was I should love this. Dessert (pie), check. Savory (pumpkin), check.
After getting all hyped up about this, my expectations were shot in the tea cup as soon as I looked at the ingredients. Pumpkin is never actually mentioned. Could that be covered in “natural flavors”? Maybe. But if something is mentioned in the name of a tea, I like to see it listed in the ingredients.
The raw leaf smells like pumpkin pie. I just hope the cinnamon isn’t too strong… cinnamon can be a very selfish flavor.
2.25g/6oz water just below boiling. Hmmm… that’s interesting, a lighter liquor than I was expecting and more red. It smells almost exactly like the raw leaf which is good, but it doesn’t smell like a pie was just taken out of the oven.
Wow… I can barely taste the cinnamon! While that’s good (I was hoping for more pumpkin and less pie or spice), I can also barely taste the pumpkin. I can taste it, but I’m not sure I’d be able to name it if I drank this not knowing this was supposed to be a Pumpkin Pie flavored tea. I’ll try preparing it like a chai next time.
My ground hog order finally came the other day and based on all the cran-this and cran-that I was pleasantly surprised to find this! I’ve never had a watermelon tea before so quite honestly I’m not sure what to expect…
2.25g/6oz water just below boiling.
The raw leaf kinda smells like watermelon bubble gum… but not… there’s something else… strawberry? The liquor is a dark brown w/ reddish tones and the aroma is that of the raw leaf.
I was hoping that tasting it would clarify my confusion, but it doesn’t. It still tastes like a strawberrry or strawberry watermelon black tea… Hmmm…
My 1st H&S order! Feb 12th is one of the hardest days of the year for me so I decided to give myself a lil extra tea therapy and bought a sample tin of this as well as sample tins of White Christmas and Holiday Blend. Boy was I surprised when the FedEx truck arrived at 9am! I’ve never had anything delivered by FedEx before so I’m used to things coming late morning/early afternoon.
I decided to try this 1st as dessert after lunch. The bottom of the tin says 1 sachet makes 2 cups so this is perfect. 2 cups is a lot at once for me so I split it w/ my mom. 1 sachet weighs 2.62g which to me seems extremely light for 2 cups, but I’ll try it anyway. 1 sachet/12oz water just below boiling.
Whoa… hello! Can you say “liquid chocolate”? That’s exactly what the raw leaf smells like! Makes me wanna eat it w/ a spoon.;)
Based on the weight I’m surprised at the darkness of the liquor, it’s a dark brown color w/ red tints. The aroma is not nearly as strong as that of the raw leaf which is a disappointment, much more of the black tea base comes thru.
The flavor surprises me as well. It doesn’t taste like liquid chocolate as I would have expected based on the aroma of the raw leaf, but It is a good, substantial tea. The base is strongest followed by the chocolate w/ a hint of rose. I’m going to steep it in 8oz water before making my final conclusion.