1555 Tasting Notes
I got a sample of this with my sample size order of this! It was part of a week long sample set for their tea community thing. It looks like they have a subscription of some sort where everyone tries the same tea on the same day and interacts about it. So kind of like what we do when multiple people have the same advents. It seems like an interesting and creative way to engage their customers and I’m kind of surprised I don’t see other tea companies doing something similar.
The sip on this tastes a little tart and weak in flavor. The finish is really nice though. I get blueberries and maple and a hint of something sweet. I guess the maple is supposed to carry the idea of pancakes without the actual flavor of pancakes being a part of the mix. This isn’t bad, but I’m not crazy about it either. I don’t think I would have ordered it had I tried it before, but the tiny roommates will likely dig this and plow through the sample bag.
I seem to have forgotten how to drink liquid! It’s amazing how just the tiniest amount down the wrong pipe will throw you into a coughing fit! At least I got a few sips in before choking so my coughs have an enjoyable maple quality to them. That was good planning on my part. Roommate came in and commented on it smelling like maple too!
This has a nice maple flavor. Reminds me of David’s O Canada. I like that there is honeybush and green rooibos in there too which masks a little of the red rooibos. The dry post sip mouth thing is there, but not horrible. I haven’t been exposed to much Jane Austen stuff, so I’m not sure what the connection is, but it’s an alright tisane. I feel like I’d need a little more going on in this mix to be compelled to make a purchase, but I am enjoying this cup.
Update: As it cools it has a very nice buttery finish.
Sipdown sipdown, sipdown sipdown! That’s sung in the key of Jungle Boogie, btw.
I finally bit the bullet (not sure where that phrase came from), went through my entire cupboard and made a spreadsheet of all my teas! Took a couple hours, but it was kinda fun going through everything. This tea was hidden on the shelf below my cupboard with a little more than a serving left, so I steeped in concentrated and dumped it into a cup full of creamer. I have noticed some creamers giving my teas a slight banana taste, so it seemed like this latte choice would be a good one, but the banana is hard to taste. Does banana + banana cancel each other out? The rooibos flavor is muted nicely, so at least there is that. I can’t tell if the creaminess is banana or soy creamer. It’s an okay evening cup anyways.
This sample came in a little week long countdown with my tea order! The instructions say to steep for 7 minutes! I only did 3 and got a flavorful cup. It seems like a pretty good chai. Heavy on the cardamom in the front of the sip, which I like. It reminds me of David’s Kashmiri Chai, but that one is on a green base and this is black. The clove comes out strong towards the back of the sip. I like this. I don’t know that I’d buy it as I already have several favorite chai’s, but it would be a decent back up if the others were not available.
Got a sample of this with my order! Oh man, the chicory is really something. It adds this bitterness that I’m trying to work my way past. I love the chocolate macadamia combo. There are four sources of chocolate flavoring in this mix! Natural flavoring, chips, nibs and cocoa. I feel like the chicory is less shocking as I sip on, but its more encompassing. I think I can get some of macadamia creaminess in the sip. The suggested steeping time was 4 minutes and I usually do 3 for blacks, but I feel like shorter might have been better. I tried adding some soymilk and it did mute the bitter, but now there is a slight apple juice without the sweetness quality to my cup. I don’t understand what I just did. I feel like this tea might need some tweaking with the steeping parameters to get the best cup out of it, but I like general idea of it.
I really liked this character in GOT. An older sassy lady who didn’t put up with any BS, knew what was up and shocked younger characters with her bluntness. This tea is almost a twin to Teavana’s Amandine Rose. I feel like the rose is a little stronger and the cardamom adds an edge where the AR had more rounding cinnamon, but that difference is really hard to tell. This mix has little candy crowns that I suspect are what added fun little sparkles to my cup. I’m finding I have a similar issue with this tea that I have with other almond/rose combos where the flavors translate to baby powder. I wish my brain didn’t do that! Fun sample to try, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again because I have a couple other teas with similar flavor profiles.
I got a bag of this as a stocking stuffer for one of the two tiny roommates who keep pilfering my tisane bin. The toll is I get to try it! I’m liking this. It’s spot on the nutty banana flavor. It’s strong, but the flavor is light. I’m tempted to add some cream or something to give it some depth and richness. It’s a little bit woody from the honeybush, but not rooibos which I appreciate. This is alright. I don’t think I’d buy a bag for myself, but the tiny roomies seem to dig it.
Still just striking me as your average French melange blend that features orange. It’s nice and has an almost caramel undertone, but it’s really not something amazing or unique which is what I look for when buying teas that take effort to get from overseas. This blend will not be a reorder.
Kilauea volcano has been erupting this week and has made a lake of lava. It totally blows my mind. A real lake of lava, not the CGI casually used lava rivers that Star Wars seems to be so fond of. Right now it’s as deep as a 44 story building is tall and growing. It’s amazing!
Seemed like the appropriate and perfect occasion to break out this tea. I’ve had it around for a while and never really got into it, but have enjoyed a cup now and then. It has an almost preserved orange flavor. I always compare it to the preserved orange peel candies at Asian food markets. It’s very specific flavor in my mind. A touch of lemon to brighten and a hint of smoke for base notes. It’s okay, but it’s not what I’d think of if I were doing a volcano inspired tea. I’d have fire and spice and smoke. Maybe some coconut or passionfruit or mango for the Hawaii tie in. Citrus just doesn’t scream HAWAII to me. They have SO much delicious fruit there. Citrus seems so… Florida. Apple is Washington, strawberry is California, peaches is Georgia and so on. Anyways, I’m glad the volcano isn’t threatening people or lives of any type unlike the eruption a few years back with the slow motion lava wave rolling over the landscape and engulfing jungle and homes.
AJRimmer Advent Day 25
Happy Holiday, y’all! I sipped on this cup while watching the tiny roommates open gifts. I taste spiced caramel apple, which is strange after reading the ingredients! No caramel or apple, so I’m not sure what is translating into those flavors for me. I feel like I’m getting more clove than cinnamon, but the cup seems well balanced. It’s a nice festive cup to start my day with! Thanks AJRimmer!