713 Tasting Notes
I was excited to drink this today, a good start to what is likely going to be an exciting and hopefully a sting free day, but unfortunately it seems to have fallen flat. The tea is in a bag as a sample sent by Lupicia. It isn’t super old, but isn’t brand new either. It smells great, but has this flat cardboard like taste. It has been so long since I have had it that I don’t remember what my steeping parameters were. I could have looked it up, but I was busy prepping everything for the day and took a wrong guess. I’m now waiting for my drill to charge which gives me a few free moments to write a tasting note.
What am I so excited about today…..? I get to do my first cut out! In beekeeper talk, it’s when you cut a hive out of where it isn’t supposed to be. I keep my hive at a neighbor’s family farm and their neighbors told me they just bought an old trailer that has bees living in the wall. I went to check it out and it’s a small colony of honey bees, the drywall is pulled off exposing the hive and it’s perfect for my first cut out! I’m getting all my extra hive equipment set up and planning my strategy of removal and installation into their new home. Oh the things I find thrilling!
I forgot to check if I had any creamer before making a cup of this and am now drinking the cup without any additives which is unusual for me with a chai. It was better when it was warmer, but now that I have neglected the cup and let it cool, the tea isn’t as even as it was when hot. I like this chai, but I don’t think it is going to be one I restock after it is gone.
I’m at the point in my tea drinking exploration where I want to find my favorite version of each tea I like and hone in on those in my cupboard. I have yet to find my favorite version of a black chai. I think it would be similar to this, but stronger and with a touch of chili.
I just steeped a cup of this and when I sipped it I noticed the tea wasn’t as hot as it should be. Makes me concerned for the health of my beloved Breville kettle! Even at a lower temp, this tea is putting out a good amount of flavor. It is a little lighter than usual, but still very well rounded and the spices come through nicely. Good morning!
This is one of the first loose leaf teas I tried many years ago and the first one I’m having in the 2016 new year! I’m just coming out of a head cold that mucked up my sense of taste and I’m hoping mint will help clear my sinuses and the flavor be strong enough to taste. I can pick up a little of the mint, but not much. Maybe I’ll be able to taste better tomorrow. Still, it’s comforting holding a hot cup of tea!
Happy New Year y’all!
Sip down! I had to filter out all the dust at the bottom of the tin to get the tea leaves separated. I ended up with a smaller than I’d like amount for a cup and it resulted in the most disappointing cup of the tin. It’s still a really good tea, but this last weak cup doesn’t do it any justice. I would love to buy another tin of this someday, but must wait until I have sipped down some of the other chocolate malty teas I have. This could take a while!
I’m so glad the semester is over! I now have time again to write about the tea I have been chugging to get me through the day!
Lots of honey scent in the dry tea and once steeped. Not much flavor in the sip, which has a bitter tinge to it. The honey taste comes back on the aftertaste, but it’s more like a scent than a strong flavor. I’m having it without additions right now, but when I add cream it does change it a bit. The cream adds more of a base to the high notes in the flavor and makes the honey taste more tangible instead of all being on the nose.
I’m not often a fan of oolongs, yet I keep trying them anyway when I see flavor combos that sound interesting. There is something about how all the flavor is in the mid to high range leaving me feeling like there is a lack of depth and substance to the overall taste. Can you tell I’m a huge fan of black tea? That being said, I was taken by the scent of this tea and pleasantly surprised at the taste! I way overleafed this cup to use the rest of the tea in the bag and it is giving a nice intense flavor. The cinnamon adds a bit of sweetness and the walnut gives it a nice depth. It looses it’s appeal for me as it cools and is letting that light oolong flavor come through. It’s been a long time since I have had baklava, so my comparison is a little rough, but I get more the impression of baklava instead of an exact replica baklava in a cup type thing. I can’t really pick out the honey or rose, but it is all blending together in a nice pastry flavor. Although I’m enjoying this cup, it’s not something I feel compelled to go out and buy more of. I’m just not an oolong kind of girl.
The first sips of this cup were almost unbearable! It was super strong and had a bitter edge to it, even with cream which usually mellows it out. The next few sips were better, but almost overwhelming with the floral flavor. A few sips after that and I could pick out some raspberry in the floral mix. As I go to take another sip, I catch almond notes in the scent. Maybe that is the intense floral I’m picking up? It gets better as it cools, but it’s definitely not an enjoyable cup from beginning to end. I was looking at the steeped leaves and they looked more green than black so I may try steeping at a lower temp if I decide to try this tea again, but I’m getting to the point in my tea appreciation that I don’t have patience for teas that don’t yield a great cup.
I’m not quite feeling this one today. Started sipping on it plain, but there was something edging on bitter, so I added some cream. The cream evens out whatever I was focusing on, but also dampens some of the bite from the berry, which I enjoy. Even tho I’m not into this one right now, it still hasn’t stopped me from finishing two cups!