678 Tasting Notes
I didn’t even realize this one had rooibos until I went to record my note. Yes!
This one is pretty tasty, nothing I need to keep around, but my one cup is enjoyable. The chai like spices aren’t under- or overwhelming. There is a subtle hint of vanilla here too. Not at all what I was expecting from looking at the dry blend.
My word, this tea is delightful.
In other news, my brother called me tonight, which has not ever happened. He always texts, and rarely at that. I was less than impressed to hear that his girlfriend had given him an ultimatum over the new house he just bought. Thank goodness I’ll be home in a few short weeks.
But yes, I need this in my cupboard permanently methinks.
Sipdown! I can’t decide if I’ll restock this one or not. This was is malty and smooth, which are some of my favourite qualities. The LB/Bailin mix is interesting for sure.
I enjoyed my experience with Whispering Pines, so I’ll keep an eye on the website to see if enough teas stand out to me to place another order in the future.
I had a pretty shit day at work and all I wanted was a cup of comfort this evening, something funny to watch, and to turn in early.
We went to the Modest Mouse concert last night which was amazing as a sidenote.
I decided to brew up this one and compare it to Cavalla, which I also have next to me now. Cavalla has become my comparison of choice for my Crio Brüs just because. The Vega is fairing better than Coco River in that there is no bitterness, but I don’t know that I’m getting any strawberry or citrus notes, it generally just feels a bit thinner than the Cavalla.
I still really enjoy this one though.
I had this one as a matcha milk last night. It was surprisingly tasty considering almonds are not my favourite thing as a general rule.
It had a natural sweetness to it that hinted at almond abstract, but not nearly as strong. It came across almost like a sweetened almond milk with a hint of matcha.
I don’t need it in my cupboard, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.
I have come to the conclusion that I’m not huge on Coca River. My first steep last night had what I thought was a hint of bitterness that wasn’t in the Crio Brüs I’ve been drinking copious amounts of. So this evening, I decided to do a comparison between Cavalla and Coca River and the bitterness is unmistakeable. Much easier to definitively notice it next to the pure creamy deliciousness of Cavalla.
I’ve been steeping a cup of Crio Brü daily, or twice daily, or three times daily. But that’s not important. What is important is that it is delicious. Dark chocolate delicious. However, thus far I haven’t deciphered any noticeable differences in the ones I’ve tried. That is, until Maya.
Maya reminds me of something I’ve had before, but I can’t put my finger on it. There is a spiciness to it, but more like Christmas cookie spice, not hot pepper spice. It is delightful. Christmas cookie spice dark chocolate in a mug. Perfection.
As far as the other Crio Brüs, I’ll be doing some comparisons for sure.
[Comparison LB, Fancy LB, & Fujian]
I’m sorry to post similar notes, I’m hopefully making it easier on myself if I need to scroll back through my notes and check something out.
Initial sips, LB and Fancy LB are pretty well the same, but the FLB is ever so slightly creamier, and LB is very subtly sweeter. There is almost, almost and underlying bitter note to the fancy LB, but that could be my mind playing tricks.
In comparing, I see how different the Fujian is. It’s still by far the closest to LB I’ve ever experienced, but there is a hint of Bailin, which I’ve found in the Ailaoshan as well from Whispering Pines. Yes, more Bailin than LB perhaps, but still LB-like.
I always try to sit back and enjoy my teas (granted, that doesn’t always happen), but I don’t generally attempt to decipher each and every note in every cup I enjoy, unless I’m doing comparisons.