429 Tasting Notes
I did a six minute Sil steep and it’s like a cake or some other kind of bready dessert. It’s a richer, more self-indulgent, cup than my relaxing short steep session. The latter was all about “watching” the various ingredients draw in and out through the various steeps, but this throws everything together at once as a dense, finished product. I like it both ways, and may have to pick up more.
I don’t know how I feel about the last two movies but I love hobbits oh, so very much (I had to declare this somewhere). I think I’m finally ready to finish LotR. I never got around to reading the very last book, although I’ve read the other books a few times now (weird, eh?).
I wandered away while making this and got distracted for who knows how long. Now it tastes like cinnamon domineered potato pancakes with a touch of bright apple sauce. The potatoes are very starchy now (almost oily fried).
I actually think this may have worked out well in my favour, taste-wise. This is so good, and the green base is forgiving.
7/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.
I try not to do these so early to prevent spoilers, but the Vancouver snow has seized up my brain. (Wait! What does that have to do with anything?)
This is a nice, if not overly complex, caramel tea, with somewhat of a bitter nip at the end. I had this a while back but I don’t recall the buttered toffee that I’m getting today. I’m glad I can taste that now. There’s something almost salty about it, that with the butter creates a popcorn finish for me.
Mm, I like this a lot more than I did last time. It’s the butter.
6/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.
I don’t particularly care for honeybush or rooibos, and that whole tobacco, fruity medicinal thing they have going for them, but I like the idea of this blend. It’s also nice to drink something that isn’t full of caffeine for a change.
There’s a weird sweetness that may be buttery cream, or chocolate covering. It’s not quite reaching the full glory of peanut butter cheesecake for me though. I still want a piece of cheesecake after this. Oh, well. That creamy sweet coat over the honeybush is still decent, even if I can’t identify what it reminds me of with confidence.
Edit: I over-leafed it for my last session and the cheesecake, plus a bit of chocolate, really came out. Still no peanut butter though.
Two rinses, boiling water, short glass gongfu steep (I’m so getting a gaiwan in the new year).
Ah, the name of this tea sums everything up extremely well. I don’t know what I expected. The first initial sips give a premature impression that this is a thin tea, but the build up of creamy and sweet notes, with a cushion-y nip at the end, form something surprisingly thick and bready over time. Coriander is noticeable and the cinnamon is prevalent, but it’s the sweet zap of ginger that grabs my attention.
The citrus is a spiced orange and it’s a nicely incorporated aside that really lingers as an aftertaste, and in the back of the mouth with the vanilla bean.
The creamy and sweet vanilla notes are starting to come out in the later steeps (4), while the spice lost ground somewhat. It’s an extremely appealing and decadent change. I almost taste apple crumble.
I just read Sil’s 6 minute steep instructions; I’ll have to try that next.
5/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.
Oh, not bad! This one tastes like a thin, resisting slice of cinnamon toast, overburdened by butter and syrup. It’s tasty but deceptively filling. Makes a good
breakfast brunch tea!
Edit: Also egg. You wouldn’t think it but it’s there in all its strangeness.
This one’s quite neat! the first steep bore similarities to a greener Darjeeling’s second steep. There’s a smoothing out of sour, muscatel notes and a subduing of hay and malt, except this tea was never bold in these characteristics, like a Darjeeling, to begin with. It’s a trippy experience. The finish was also deliciously sweet, which made it an easy cup to gulp down.
While the second steep is still somewhat malty, it’s starting to taste more like a silky floral white tea, with a bit of citrus. It’s a very pleasing and smooth tea, with lots of fun layers.
4/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.
Ah, I was hoping never to see this one again. It smells and tastes better than my first encounter with this tea, but I don’t think this will ever be a favourite. There is something that teases at being burnt marshmallow and buttery cacao but then it all folds back into a sour and oily mild green with a puff of old smoke. This tea is such an awful tease- the empty cups smells like melted chocolate and Rice Krispies. Cruel.
Oh, well. I’m glad I gave it a second chance.
3/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.
This one is a hodgepodge of nostalgic flavours- primarily coconut and banana. Something about these two ripe ingredients gets to me, and conjures up images of rainbows, warm rain, and tropical islands. This blend also reminds me of the coconut cream pie blend, which I drank in copious amounts last spring, but with the additional sticky banana chip note.
This cup is sweet and creamy, with a bit of an astringent nip for grounding. Definitely something I can get on board with.
Edit: I accidentally oversteeped my second serving of this tonight by about 6 minutes. I added some milk in an attempt to cover up any bitterness and WOW it’s so creamy and banana..ful.