493 Tasting Notes
I decided to crack open my sample of this today and made one big pot long steep (+3min steep) and one little glass pot steep (15sec).
15sec is light and smooth, but on the bright and sweet side. My roommate tried some and asked if I added a little sugar to it. Big pot has a thicker flavour, and yielded honey nectar syrup. I don’t really pick up any spices from either session but long steep has something musky about it that may be reminiscent of cloves.
For me this is a very sweet tea. Maybe that changes in later steeps, but I won’t find out until later tonight.
This is part of my recent fruit-herbal kick.
This is tart, fruity, with a dab of yogurt. I was surprised to find that I liked this better hot than cold (it’s too much like sour yogurt for me). A shorter steep time (4min?) prevents Hibiscus from manifesting completely in all its sour glory. I often never remember this though, which results in a thoroughly shredded tongue and throat. Whoops.
On a side note: DT and Purdy’s decided to join forces today at Hillside (maybe they’re doing it in other places?). They’re handing out samples together, which included two “tea” chocolates (Passion-fruit, Chai). Interesting stuff!
The thing about not having microwave and trying to reheat Indian food is.. it really makes the aroma sink into everything. I have an easier time heating up rice and veggie dishes on the stove, like eggplant bharta (new favourite thing!), than the meat/potatoes dishes.
Anyways, this tea. I’m not as big a fan as I used to be, but every once in a while I get “cravings” for it (umm..). Today’s cup ended up being in the top percentile of Coco-Lemon Thai cups, which is amazing because I don’t know how long I steeped it or what the temperate of the water was. Somewhere between vindaloo and tandoori chicken tikka.
I want to get over this tea but I can’t- it has that awesome citrus cream thing going for it that I love so much in Della Terra’s Lemon/Lime Chiffon. The whole coconut cream and lemongrass thing gives me a cheery spring vibe. I think this tea was released during the onset of spring last year, so there’s that going into my overall impression too. It’s a tea full of happy (and it goes well with curry).
I hate it when I carelessly steep the last of a good tea (it happens way too often). I managed to completely kill this one! Think unsweetened dark chocolate slime mixed with crunchy coffee beans. Bah! I hope I didn’t ruin my chances at a second steep when I dumped all that potential down this bleak pit of lost time and flavour.
Here’s to a very bittersweet sipdown. At least the empty cup smells amazing.
Happy New Year!
I thought I would have this tonight after being without caffeine for two days but it wasn’t meant to be. First the sample bag split open on both ends, and half the tea fell on the dirty floor. Then I unintentionally dumped the rest down the drain when I attempted a rinse. Definitely up their with my top embarrassing sleep deprived moments. I guess the first caffeine beverage of the new year will have to wait another day!
Luckily, I had some a week back via glass gongfu session, although I only got up to 3 steeps. I liked the spice but I wanted to play around with the puerh parameters, as it wasn’t too my taste (too much sweet earth dirt).
Thank you, Mandala Team, for making my first purchase quick and painless, and for adding extra samples! I haven’t branched out to new companies in a long, long time.
This is delicious. It’s sweet, creamy and cocoa tinged, with a nice finishing accent of pepper spice and sour chips (also smoke in some of the steeps). Smooth cocoa notes come out thicker at the end as it cools a little.
It’s also a relatively forgiving steeper: 1tbsp, first steep boiling for 30sec, in a mug (wait, is this thing more than 8oz?). Second steep 174F (ahhh..nooo!), for 1min. Third steep, boiling 1min (this is gold).
This is turning out to be a rocky session, but the tea plows through all the challenges I present it. Thank you, tea; I’ll treat you (and all puerh) better next time.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Earth, Honey
11/12 teas of Christmas, 2013. Backlog.
Peppers with a bit of banana and smooth gunpowder green turns out to be an interesting combination. Sis and I sipped away at this last night without coming to any major conclusions. If this tea was available all the time and I had easy access to it I’d probably pick some up every now and then.
Yes! This is definitely a CrowKettle tea. I’ve never had the actual sugarplum dessert but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it! This is a sweet and sugary white tea, with a wisp of syrupy stone fruit and a touch of mint. I’m such a sucker for this kind of thing, even if it is kind of crude in a way.
Thank you, Frank, for the fun advent box! Merry Christmas, steepsterites!
How am I supposed to drink other breakfast blends after this? The cream and the honeyed caramel notes are delivered as promised. Yet another tea from Verdant that I now wish I had more than a sample of.
Bonnie’s note mentions that this is low in acid? Sounds like a good tea for me! :)