1056 Tasting Notes
This is a super cozy cup and so easy to drink. Trading the smoke of Outlaw for chocolate, this blend almost makes me like chocolate cherries and remember that Black Forest Cakes exist and are some of the few cakes I like.
This tea is also a nice consolation for an eventful Canadian Thanksgiving (only three of us this year). First, my father accidentally poured the gravy into a pot with soap (ahhh… he’s the saddest about the loss of gravy). Then I placed a stirring fork on a hot stove element and then touched said fork with my middle finger, somehow. My finger is currently in a nice cold glass of water… but I at least I have tea!
Taken with oat milk.
Flavors: Alcohol, Cake, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Malt
This is definitely a niche tea but I like it more than not for its similarities to Silk Road’s Chocolate Panda (which contains vanilla so I like that one slightly better).
I think the aroma and flavouring is reminiscent of those licorice hard candies you get at Greek restaurants (there are also cinnamon ones). Sweet sugar, anise, with a touch of chocolate and barley (all hail the Barley Mother) to give it a “thickness” which I will generously dub “creamy.”
I added milk to my last steeped sample portion and kind of wish I’d been drinking it that way the whole time. It toned down the more medicinal aspects of this blend and made “creamy” truly creamy. Also a nice way to wind down with some “horror” novels (plural) last night. I don’t usually read or watch a lot of horror – I’m more a fantasy/sci-fi person but it’s always nice to branch out to the other speculative fiction genre every now and then.
My mom could not even handle the smell of a steeped cup so your mileage may vary.
Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Creamy, Licorice, Medicinal, Roasted Barley
I like this one more than I remember. It takes well to milk and the combo of fruit and smoke is charming. Bumping the rating from a 75 to a 77. It’s solid.
I like lapsang souchong, especially in the fall, so really appreciate it in all of these AU blends right now (and it’s in a lot of them).
Steep Count: 3 (and it held up so well, even with oat milk!)
Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Wood, Malt, Mineral, Smoke, Stonefruit
Another DT sipdown tonight.
This, along with losing Cardamom French Toast, triggered a re-order. I haven’t payed attention to DT in a while but they appear to have brought back a few old “comfort” staples like Forever Nuts and Coco Chai Rooibos (and my old undergrad favs: the bubble teapots… and just when I lost my white one at someone’s house!). So that was a big cave.
It’s raining, it’s windy, it’s dark, and it feels like fall. I’ve gone through two pots of black tea and three mugs so far. To be expected at this time of the year. Hello darkness my old friend.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pumpkin Spice
I didn’t have this one in my virtual cupboard but it’s a sipdown nonetheless. This is one of those comfort teas that I keep around in large quantities and pull out whenever I have guests or tea requests by housemates.
This easy peasy cardamom black tea that takes so well to milk/mylk and pleases all the people at this time of year. I both love and hate that sugar is part of the blend (it works here though). Also, tastes eggy and “french toast-y” so it’s a win even for me.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cardamom, Eggnog, Sugar
This one tastes strongly of prunes (plum), which I was force-fed as a child. I cannot find the will to love it or even like it much (A+ prune flavour). The citrus and spices do remind me of seasonal things though so that’s nice.
If this had not been prunes I may have enjoyed the interplay of stonefruit, clove, and bergamot a bit more, but alas…
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Clove, Nutmeg, Prune, Stonefruit
Picked up a big bag of this a while ago during a time when there was a pancake syrup tea void in my heart.
While I enjoy it (but not so secretly yearn for maple syrup walnut tea), my parents appear to be super fans. They demand more of this tea. I suspect Pancake Breakfast is going to get a lot of rotation with them during the upcoming cool fall months.
Taken with oat milk.
Flavors: Malt, Pancake Syrup
August 2021 Tea
I drank this one up last week but just wanted to give it a quick shout out because I love lavender. Also, Anne does pretty good things with blueberries. Not sure if I’m 100% behind the combo but I think I mostly liked it. This tea and I had good times.
The black tea base is also pretty, with twisted leaves, and is a nice change from 52teas other black tea bases. It does come across as delicate and complex though, and I felt a little bad adding milk to it (did not stop me though).
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Floral, Frosting, Lavender, Malt
I had a happy accident happen to me: I accidentally knocked over my cup sitting on my bedside table and got this tea all over my carpet and the hard to reach areas between the bed frame and the baseboard moulding. So, areas that… let’s just say I should probably clean a little more regularly than I do.
Why was it a happy accident?
A) This tea smells amazing. It’s literally the best and now it’s over everything;
B) the mug also knocked over my lavender oil (that was on my bed table too?), which also smells amazing and pairs surprisingly well with amaretto;
C) there was still plenty of the delicious tea remaining in the cup; and
D) bedroom cleaning and de-cluttering occurred! Huzzah tea!
Flavors: Almond, Amaretto, Malt, Marzipan, Stonefruit
Well, this is still an abomination of a chimera tea – but slightly more tolerable than I remember, so bumping up the rating from 35 to 45. Should probably bump it up higher tbh because I’m ok with resteeping and finishing the sample off. Less leaf is more with this one.
I still have this compulsion to dip my tea into aioli sauce, and this makes me incredibly uncomfortable.
Tastes like savoury smoked plantains slathered in truffle and olive oil. I can also taste the blackberry leaf and vanilla, which I think is supposed to fill out the banana note to a sweet caramelized point but just plays havoc with my sanity.
More palatable with oat milk. Maybe?
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: banana, Blackberry, Meat, Mushrooms, Olive Oil, Smoke, Umami, Vanilla