1317 Tasting Notes
“Ewwwww, that sounds disgusting… I must try it!”
That was pretty much my reaction when I first saw this and subsequently added it to my wishlist. Some of you may wonder why I find the idea of toffee popcorn so icky. It’s because in this country popcorn comes with salt on them. That’s it. Salt. Only salt and nothing but salt. Not butter, not food colourings, not sugar, not jam, not chocolate, not taco sauce, not mayonnaise, not chili, not beans, not nothing. And certainly no caramel or toffee of any sort. Salt. That’s it. Just. Salt. With salt on is coincidentally also the only way in which I am and will ever be prepared to eat popcorn. Anything else… I can’t imagine anything more icky.
So. I really don’t know what possessed me to get this. Probably the word ‘toffee’ overruled the rest of the name.
Anyway, it smells sweet and caramel-y while also smelling fairly salty. Can’t really smell popcorn apart from the salt, so I’m telling myself it’s salted caramel flavoured instead. That sounds far more appealing to me and in this context it smells rather nice indeed.
Flavourwise, I can detect a whiff of something that could possibly be popcorn, but it isn’t convincingly so. I can’t really find much in the way of toffee at all. It’s actually more like a nutty tea than anything else and it does also contain both almond and macademia nuts. This is also because the base is a blend of black tea and oolong, and oolong can be quite nutty in flavour sometimes all on its own.
It’s actually a pretty okay tea, although it seems I’m enjoying it mostly because it doesn’t taste like what it’s called at all. Peculiar thing, that.
In other news, happy new year Steepsterites. I hope you were all careful with your fireworks if you had any, minded your fingers and wore your safety glasses. We had a fair bit of it here as the neighbours put on a good show. We don’t usually buy it ourselves. Of course nothing can beat the view of fireworks we had from the balcony of the flat where I lived before we moved in together. That was in the middle of a large town and from the balcony we had views of nearby hills, so ideal watching conditions. The cats took proceedings relatively well. There was some cowering under the bed around midnight when the fireworks were at peak intensity but other than that they made a minimum of fuss.
More Christmas present tea. I have to say that I put this one on the list pretty much only for the benefit of Husband, who is a whisky enthusiast. A few days later (when it was too late to do anything about it) he mentioned that while he liked whisky, he wasn’t generally very interested in whisky-flavoured things. Oh. Well, plock.
Anyway, here it is. I have to say that I wasn’t expecting much from it myself. I don’t like whisky. I don’t like most kinds of alcohol really. I don’t like the way spirits feel in the throat and I can’t even smell a beer without making a face. I can drink wine, but usually only a glass or so. Seldomly two, and very very seldomly more than that. So a whisky flavoured tea? Naaaaaaaah.
I have, though, recently become keen on smelling his whisky when he has some. I can pick up some of the same sorts of nuances as in tea, although it requires a fair bit of concentration to sort of smell ‘through’ the alcohol. Over Christmas he and my father had one that smelled distinctly orange to me (as in the colour orange, rather than the fruit.) and another one which I thought smelled a bit like almonds.
This one smells really very nice, actually. It has cocoa kernels in it and carob, so there’s a strong cocoa-y note to it, but I’m also picking up a scent of whisky from it. Primarily because I know it’s supposed to be there, but it very clearly resembles some of the whisky that Husband prefers. Also vanilla, a bit, so the whisky this flavour is supposed to imitate was obviously stored in bourbon casks. THE THINGS YOU DISCOVER YOU KNOW SOMETIMES!!!!
From the flavour I’m getting a fair bit of cocoa again and a fairly oaky sort of note as well. Those are the two strongest notes for me. Underneath that a bit of vanilla and permeating everything is something which I imagine must come together as something whisky-ish.
However, Husband just came into my room and said that he didn’t think it smelled or tasted like whisky at all… The theory I’m working under now is that I can imagine whisky a lot easier in this because I’ve only got the smell of it to work with. I can’t believe he didn’t find it whisky-y, though! I really think it is!
Rather better than I was expecting, though. I find I quite like this. Probably wouldn’t buy it again, though, since Husband was a little luke-warm on it.
Here is some Christmas present tea. I put this on the list because, pear. Because, marzipan. Because, tartlet. Need I say more?
It smells jolly nice, although not particularly pear-y, marzipan-y or tartlet-y. At least not right at first. But jolly nice. If I concentrate and breathe the scent for a while, I can smell it all coming together in marzipan-y tartlet-y niceness and with some fruit that I can easily imagine could be pear. The more I’m breathing the scent, the closer I feel it comes to the target. Gosh, I want to bake a pear tart now! Those are so good with a bit of creme fraiche…
In the flavour, though… Not really. No amount of concentration really manages to bring it together for me. It’s jolly nice, it just doesn’t taste like I thought. Perhaps this is due to the mysterious addition of mango. The ingredients says it’s got mango in it. Why??? The only thing thing of the title that I feel I can taste with certainty is the marzipan of the title, although it feels more generically nutty than marzipan. Luckily I’m very keen on nut teas lately. Jolly nice.
This post is likely to be a bit… Part of my Christmas present from Husband was a box of handmade chocolates and they’re terribly distracting! I shall try to focus on the tea as well as possible. (The nifty thing about them is that he could tell the person in the shop which I don’t like and have a box completely without minty chocolate and without liqour-y ones.) I’ve nearly eaten all of them anyway, om nom nom nom! I bet I’m going to get mocked for how quickly they went, but seriously! You can’t just have one chocolate. It’s unpossible!
Anyway, tea! Husband, when prompted, suggested an oolong. I thought that sounded like a good idea, so I thought I’d have this one. One more thing to tidy out of the cupboard. Today I’ve had the Great Steepster Cupboard Tidy of 2014. My cupboard housekeeping has rather slipped lately. I tend to gather a few things for removal before doing anything about it, but this time it had just never got done so the pile of things to be removed only got larger. Plus all the things that I didn’t actually have anymore because I’d forgotten to remove them when I used them up. Or never added in the first place. And of course the pile of stuff that went in the compost because it was unlikely to get used up ever. Some of it was from last year’s tea calendar! Brought my cupboard down to pretty much half the amount of teas. But it’s tidy now, and everything in it is stuff we would conceivably drink.
Not doing well with this tea. It’s very good. It’s oolong-y and roasty and very supreme indeed. Not sure it’s particularly more supreme than their normal one (which was sold out at the time which is why I bought this one), but it’s pretty supreme to me.
Smells like bark and tastes toasty and a bit bread crust-y and I wonder what’s inside this chocate with a nut on it? Ooh nougat! Om nom nom nom nom!
Yum yum, we have it again!
I was trying, on Husband’s wish, to buy us some more of this about a month ago, but for some reason NBT suddenly wanted a rather extravagant shipping fee from the UK to Denmark (I wrote to them to ask if that could really be true, but never got a reply), so I put it on my English Christmas list instead. I am now one of those people who put tea orders on their Christmas list, apparently. Well, it was an old favourite (and a bunch of samples) and I thought a rather special occasion. One should be allowed to take advantage of family connections, don’tcha know!
So cheers, you lot, and happy holidays.
I’ve had this tea a number of times now but only just realised it now that I’d never posted about it. Lucky this is what we had today, then, because an actual tasting note wasn’t really what I thought I’d be writing here today… I wish I’d paid more attention to the tea, then.
Anyway, as mentioned I’ve had it a number of times, so I think I can muddle through. Basically we’ve got a citrus-flavoured breakfast blend. The base blend itself is strong and.. breakfast-blend-y. I can’t tell what all has gone into it, but I suspect it’s largely of Indian/Sri Lankan origin. The citrus-flavouring is not super tart, it’s more of a bitter-y flavour and a bit perfumed. I think we’re dealing with bergamot here and possibly some grapefruit. It’s not very strongly flavoured, so rather than tasting like a flavoured tea, it’s more like a standard breakfast blend with a twist.
I rather like it. I like that the emphasis is on the base blend, which makes it a familiar sort of thing to drink if one enjoys breakfast blends, but with a bit of freshness on the side.
Anyway, what I actually came to say was, merry Christmas, Steepsterites, as in this country we celebrate on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day.
One of these days I shall get around to summing up the AC Perch’s christmas calendar which continued to disappoint straight through to the 24th… Not buying that one again next year!
This was the tea for the 18th. We’ve got a bit of a backlog, but this is the sort of thing that will happen when you keep finding things that make you think, “meh.”
I don’t know anything about this one. It’s a white tea. I don’t think it should be flavoured, because it usually says aromatised on the packing if it is and it didn’t here. Was it grown in Iran, then? If so, we’ve got a lot of points on the Scale of Interestingness. Somehow, though, that strikes me as a little unlikely. That sort of thing doesn’t seem to be ACP’s style, although you never know.
When drinking it, I am further confused about whether or not it’s flavoured, because it tastes extraordinarily like peaches. Like a lot a lot a lot a lot a lot of peaches!
It didn’t actually have any of the things about it that normally puts me off in a white tea. None of that cucumber-y, courgette-y flavour. Not much in the way of floralness and no grass or straw or anything. Just peaches.
It was so strong at one point that I actually visualised biting a peach while tasting it. I could see the yellow flesh of the fruit and feel the downy skin of it. I could see the wrinkly stone and almost feel its roughness against my tongue. It was a really strong sensation of peach there. Far stronger than just your average ‘oh, this tastes like peach.’
So. I don’t much care for white tea in general and this elicited another sigh when opening it but it has turned out to be quite drinkable. THIS is the sort of experience I’d been hoping to get from the Christmas calendar, dammit!
Finally something sensible! December 16th’s tea. I decided to put yesterday’s satchets with the tin of it that I already had.
This! This is far more me than most of the things I’ve had in the calendar so far (apart of course from the wonderful Panyong.), and the stuff I hoped I’d find. Next year I might get the Christmas calendar from Simply Tea which costs the tip of a jet, but is all unflavoured things. We’ll see.
Anyway, I think I’m putting this under the correct heading. The satchets say breakfast tea, and it does indeed taste like Assam and Ceylon, so this is where I’m putting it. Apparently this is the oldest blend in their repertoire.
It’s strong and flavourful and with a great deal of raisin and honey notes to it. I’m enjoying this very much and it’s just the thing to have before making dinner (I’m famished) and after a round of Parcel Bingo with the Danish postal service, in which I came to pick up a parcel and went home with a totally different parcel (also for me, so no catastrophe there) which I didn’t even know had arrived yet. I shall have to go back and have another crack at getting the first parcel tomorrow. Ordering Christmas presents online is easier in the moment of shopping. Not so much when trying to keep track of which parcels have arrived and how many are still outstanding…
So December 14th was a green blend which we didn’t have yesterday because we had a lot of mulled wine and all round Christmas cheer instead with decorating the tree and whatnot. So there just wasn’t ‘space’ for a distinctly summer-y sounding blend.
Summer-y or not, though, this was one of those that I want to find in a product such as this calendar. Something that wouldn’t have caught my eye otherwise but that I might find interesting when tasting it. In other words, not something that I know I won’t like much.
It smells like sweeties when steeped. It’s a very fruity blend with dried fruit bits in (tropical) and large rose petals. Smells like winegums. This of course made me interested!
Unfortunately it doesn’t taste like sweeties. It tastes like… like… like… I’m not sure. I can taste the tropical fruits, pineapple in particular but also something else that I don’t really think I like much. It’s a quite grassy sort of flavour, which leads me to think about the bamboo. I’ve had bamboo in blends before and actually rather enjoyed it, so I don’t think it’s the bamboo alone that does it here. I think it’s more a question of, for me, the bamboo simply doesn’t play well with some of the other ingredients. The rose petals is giving it a fairly floral finish as well, which I’m not keen on either.
Another miss for me, then, but I’m quite pleased that it wasn’t a known dislike before I even tasted it!
As for today’s tea, I’m having a bit of a think about it. I’ve decided that in order to prevent things lying around for ages untasted, I must drink these in order. Today’s box however contained two satchets of their green mandarin blend, which I’ve already got loads of in a tin. So, is it okay to put those two satchets with the tin, or must they still be used before I can have tomorrow’s tea? Answers on a postcard, please. (To be frank, my decision will probably hinge on what tomorrow’s tea actually is)
December 13th. I have no clue what’s in this (and I can’t be bothered to look it up) but I expect it involves mint in some way what with having ‘cool’ in the name. That’s usually a minty word.
It has a quite familiar smell to it which I think is grapefruit-y. Husband doesn’t agree with me on that at all, but couldn’t otherwise place the smell. I think there’s spearmint involved as well. It has that sharpness.
I guess it comes as no surprise, given the nature of this calendar, that I’m not terribly keen on spearmint because I find it tastes like toothpaste. Sometimes I wonder why I even keep trying with it. Tea after tea that I don’t like, who could blame me for giving up? I keep at it because surely at some point they must run out of things I don’t like, mustn’t they? Tell me yes, please!
Anyway, we are having this one as the cup of herbal before bedtime, so now I’m just hoping it doesn’t contain mate or guyuausysusyuyauyuayusuayu or whatever it’s called. With my luck, it probably does.
After steeping, the grapefruit smell has disappeared, so now I don’t think it involves grapefruit at all. Instead it smells rather strongly of licorice. (This should be good for Husband who’s been a bit ill recently with a persistent cold) There’s a minty smell to it as well and something else that I can’t quite place, but suspect might be some kind of spice.
It definitely has licorice in it. It’s right there in the aftertaste, being all thick and sweet. As for the rest?`I have no idea. It’s not as minty as expected, but I am getting a bit of a minty mouthfeel after drinking a few sips. The aftertaste is fairly dominated by the licorice though, so it’s a little difficult for me to focus on. Can’t tell if it’s spear or pepper.
There is something else in here giving it body and I can’t tell what it could be. Don’t think it guyyuayuayuayauayayussuaysya or mate, much to my relief. It could even just be the natural flavour of a whole lot of mint, since mint is more than just the aftertaste, although the aftertaste is what I primarily tend to think of as minty.
The licorice is a little over the top, but other than that, it’s okay. Not awesome, but not awful either. In the context of the calendar so far, that’s not a bad result at all.