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How on earth did I not review this already? Maybe got deleted with the steepster change of hands?? Anyways brewed some from on old bag; two steepings combined, and the last steeping was 8min cause I got to talking with roommates. Made it iced as usual. Not just cause it tastes waaay better iced, but my AC is broken and it is HOT. There is a bitter, tangy zing to it, but I always had just a bit of sugar to smooth it out and bring out the meringue flavors; I think I put in 8g of sugar for a 16oz cup. The is one of the few teas I would want a big bag of to have to serve to people. It just so perfect for hot weather. Sweet, refreshing, lemon zing, and mild amount of spices.
Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Spices, Sugar, Sweet
Happy National Junk Food Day! Today the prompt is to drink a tea with flavor notes of a favorite junk food.
I actually had a bit of trouble with this one, because most of the things that immediately stood out in my head I’ve already written reviews of quite recently (I don’t like “duping” reviews, unless it has been a substantial amount of time between the notes). For example, Marron Chocolat (because I love Nutella) or something like Candied Yams or my Tangerine-stuff Pu’erh (because Orange Slices are my favorite candy!) Lately I’ve been putting on a lot of cookie pounds, though, and this was the only tea I found in my collection with “cookie” in the name, so I went with this (I have not been very particular about what sort of cookies I’ve been nomming lately… they are all fair game!)
A Raspberry Almond cookie makes me think of those little thumbprint cookies with the raspberry jam in the center. I really like those, and my coworker makes some amazing thumbprint cookies! The aroma from the dry leaf is very sweet raspberry forward, though the honeybush has a quite strong aroma of its own. I can actually smell that “peppery” note I taste in honeybush.
The steeped cup smells like sweet/candied raspberry, honeyed nuts, and pepper. That’s pretty much what I’m getting in the flavor, as well. A very sweet raspberry, with a strong honeybush base with notes of nuts, oats, honey, and pepper. It’s a fine cup, but not one that stands out to me. I’d prefer the raspberry to be a little stronger/tangier in flavor, having more of a jammy quality, and while most of the flavors from the honeybush are very complimentary to a cookie, here that peppery note from the honeybush it taking me out of the cookie feel a bit too much.
I used up the rest of the packet making a latte with vanilla almond milk, and liked it more that way. Had a nice raspberry cream vibe, and the sweet milk hid the peppery taste from the honeybush.
Flavors: Candy, Honey, Nutty, Oats, Pepper, Raspberry, Sweet
G is for…Gooey Butter Cake
Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me the subscription boxes that this came in! I’m really excited to try this one and am so happy it happened to be included.
I’m not sure what I expected from this but it’s not what I’m having in this cup. It’s buttery, I think but it’s also not cake-y like I expected. I’m also getting less sweetness than expected. Lemon and the black base are also coming through and that’s making this more tea than cake. Is that bad? Not necessarily but I really looked forward to cake.
Plain, there’s too much bitterness, and the raisin sort of hits me wrong – it’s pretty grapey, which feels weird in a black tea to me. With milk, the flavors are smoothed over and I find myself enjoying it a little more. Raisin-y black teas aren’t really my thing, but it seems like this tea does a pretty good job at emulating what it’s supposed to. As it cools, it gets even more grapey, which I’m not loving.
Brewed what was left of this ancient tea; about two teaspoons. Did two steepings and combined in a glass with ice that had 10 grams of sugar, a dash a bing cherry juice and candied Bing cherry; not the syrupy type though. Drank it on my way to work the next day. It tasted better than I thought. Not sure if the cherry juice helped. It had a nice tangy light orange flavor and cherry flavor. The tea base tasted good as well. Brisk, but not too astringent with slight toasty malty notes. Overall a pleasurable drink.
Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Malt, Orange, Tangy
D is for…Dream On
Late start to my day but this is my cold brew I prepped last night.
It was part of the sub box that Roswell Strange gifted me so thank you!!
This tea I’ve had once before but it was late and I was sleepy and didn’t write a note. Today, I’m enjoying this because of the vanilla and strawberry. I’m not loving the chamomile. However, while usually the chamomile tends to ruin things for me, it doesn’t here. I don’t mind this but it won’t be a restock when I finish.
This is better with milk. I got two decent steeps out of it. I love S&V’s blueberry crumble tea so much, so this one didn’t quite measure up. I get blueberry, the base honeybush, and the flavors that bring it together decently well. The strongest flavor is the honeybush, which definitely leaves me wishing the other flavors were more prominent. It doesn’t really taste like blueberry cobbler. I accidentally bought two small pouches, but I finished the first with just two large mugs of it (3 tsp each) so it shouldn’t be much trouble to finish the second.