1290 Tasting Notes
Advent Tea: Day 10 from Michelle
I really enjoyed this chai and I even thought it tasted good before I added milk to it. The spices are well-balanced here and aren’t overpowering. A lot of chai blends have competing spices or just an overpowering amount that you need to add milk to in order to smooth out the flavors. The ginger and cardamom in this one come through and it’s not a clove heavy blend. The base tea wasn’t astringent or bitter either.
Advent Tea: Day 9 from Michelle
This one smells and tastes similar to the 52Teas Spiced Rum Raisin Cake tea. I got the same sort of grape flavor but it’s supposed to be plum. I haven’t had too many plum-flavored things so that is probably just what plum flavoring makes me think of. It’s a nice spiced grape/plum tea. I enjoyed how the spices didn’t overpower the flavor of the fruit. Thanks, Michelle for including so many fun holiday blends in our advent swap.
Advent Tea: Day 7 from Michelle
I could definitely taste the bourbon in this one. This one actually reminded me of another bourbon tea. The one from Harney & Sons. There are only a few bourbon teas I’ve tried though. That’s probably why my brain is comparing them. That one has a unique woody flavor that isn’t present in this one. I like this one and would drink it again. I like lapsang teas a lot. Thank You Michelle
Flavors: Alcohol, Smoke
Advent Tea: Day 4 from Michelle
I’ve tried this one twice now by the time I’m actually posting my review. (The first cup was drunk on Day 4 and the second was prepared yesterday.) The dry leaf of this one smells like cinnamon and vanilla. The steeped tea tastes pretty similar as well. The vanilla flavor is very nice and there is a slightly brisk quality to it. It’s not overly brisk or drying for breakfast tea though which I appreciate. Accents of cinnamon hit your tongue. Drinking this gave me all of the cozy holiday baking feels. Thanks, Michelle!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla
Advent Tea Day:3 from Michelle
I remember this one tasting quite buttery and nutty. The black tea base had a little bit of a bite to it and was a tad astringent. I have enough for another cup and will write a more in-depth note later. Next time I’ll try a 2-minute steep instead. I enjoyed it. It was a fun one to try as I don’t recall ever having had a praline tea before. Praline fudge was something I enjoyed growing up when we would go on family trips though. It was my grandmother’s favorite fudge flavor. I might have to try making some fudge flavors for Christmas other than the classic chocolate walnut this year.
Advent Tea: Day 6 from Michelle
I’ve heard great things about Simpson & Vail Teas and especially some of their holiday ones. I’ve been wanting to try them for quite some time now so it’s been a real treat trying these advent samples from Michelle! This one has an interesting assortment of ingredients and holiday flavors. The ingredients include cranberries, orange, almonds, cinnamon, and chocolate mint. In flavor, the only flavor I could pick out was the chocolate. The mint and almond I think sort of blend in with the chocolate. The chocolate flavor is maybe reminiscent of a tootsie roll or at least that’s how I’ve seen others describe this particular flavoring. I don’t think this one fits the name or concept. I would’ve expected more nuttiness or more almond or something. It was an enjoyable cup and I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Dessert blends are the perfect pick me up during a stressful week or just whenever. Thanks, Michelle!
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet