430 Tasting Notes
Ok, I need to buy some star anise, among other things, to give this more oomph. Today I made it up chai stove style (which is a silly way to do it as there are no spices in this right now). I plopped in some ice cubes, because why not, and added sweetened condensed milk. It sort of worked. Next time I’ll follow a recipe or something.
Cavocorax gave me enough of this to play around with for a while, which is great because I’ll need it!
This one’s interesting. The flavoring may have dulled down over time, as I’m not picking up much mint. I didn’t think there was any at first but there is something increasingly freshening in the lingering aftertaste, that’s definitely minty. My first impression was of smooth malt balls, actually (maybe that’s the chocolate element). Not a bad cup at all, and it goes well with milk.
Thanks for the sample, Fiddling (I think this one was from you)!
I think I’ve hoarded this strange tea long enough so here it goes- 5min in boiling water.
It smells deliciously bready and tastes almost sweet in a starchy way. This is so mellow- just the thing I need to wind down after this crazy, long day. so many good and bad things happened at school today, but it all ended well. I got to count and eat lots of smarties in Intro to Anthropological Research, and I’m choosing to focus on that.
Thanks for this unique tea, Sil!
I think this one was from Fiddling. Thanks for sending this my way; it’s not easy to get Adagio teas over here!
I’m drinking this in my mug while listening to (maybe too much) Queen, when I should be studying for two midterms tomorrow. Call me sad and indulgent.. All I need to do is turn around and look down- and voilà! There’s the textbook and studying would happen.. After I finish this cup.
this cup is full of low fat raspberry truffles. It’s much more satisfying than reading handwritten notes and goes well with milk.
Grr, I found a pot’s worth of this hiding away in the very back of the cupboard. And here I thought I was done with it.
Having no patience, I dumped the whole amount in a tiny tea bag and put in an even tinier tea cup for 4 min and 30 sec. Ok, this is high concentration actually pretty decent- very sweet and creamy. I think this is the best it’s ever been for me. Bumping up the rating a little.
Sipdown! I’m glad to be under 70 teas but I’m sad to see this one go. After that first pepperoni misunderstanding, I think we were starting to grow close.
Not much in cedar today, but lots of sweet buttery earth- makes me think cinnamon. I’m not sure if that last note is intended or if it’s just because it sat beside Jackie T’s winter chai in my cupboard for four plus months. Either way, the overall outcome is delicious. Thanks again for the samples, Jackie T.
Thanks for the sample, Jackie T!
I did a quick rinse for the fishiness, and then steeped it for about 3 min in my David’s Tea mug (feeling lazy). The flavour isn’t bad, but a little strange. It reminds me of a wood-smoked, honey garlic pepperoni stick, and I can’t shake the comparison. Maybe this isn’t for me but it was neat to try!
Edit: Maybe I was a little quick on my toes. Sometimes I have no patience. I did a second steep for a shorter time period of 1 min 30 sec, which yielded cedar with a sweet floral coating. Midsip is still a tad earthy-sharp, but the finish is nice and smooth. The pepperoni is gone and I’m actually sad there’s not much left now. Thank you for the advice, Bonnie :)
I wasn’t very keen on this one with my first sample sachet, a few months ago. I’m loving it as much as my Yunnan White Jasmine today, however. My list of variables include: season change, longer steep time, older age of the batch, and potential mug and steeper contamination from yesterday’s Butiki’s “With Open Eyes”.
The flavour is sweet and saturated, like a banana, with some gentle melon notes. The jasmine isn’t overpowering to taste, although the aroma gives my nose a good kick as per usual. It’s floral and smooth, complimenting the cheese scone I just ate, in a surprisingly flattering way.
When I removed the steep basket from the mug I got some fizzy little bubbles for a few seconds. Hm, maybe I should clean my mug more thoroughly, or give the rest of the unused leaves in the sample a quick rinse before first steep next time!
Edit: bubbles were only on first steep, so quick rinse it is! I think I may like the second steep better, anyways. There’s a little citrus lemon to it.
I’m hard pressed to think of a more fitting tea for this chilly, yet sunny, Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe something Pumpkin.
I think the pecan comes out somewhat more strongly than the maple, which isn’t too sweet. It’s a close thing between the two though. There’s a faint note of citrus lightly squeezed over top, and the oolong base has that flavour which I often relate to waffle cones. Mmm, salty-sweet, and nutty.
This is the epitome of why I love tea. I had a sweet and deep champagne like this in a wedding party once. It was gone too quickly, just like this tea.
The rose isn’t too heavy, and comes along more towards the finish, and smooth, floral notes of amaranth pop out a bit. There’s a sweet note mid-sip, a sour malt tone, and some buttery cream lingering throughout.
Um, I really love this one, in an extremely biased, Silver Needle and floral loving way. The description on the website is right; it tastes even better when it cools (more sweet cream).
Note to self: check out Glenburn Silver Needle