1843 Tasting Notes
After some careful sniffing I think I might be smelling mango while the tea is steeping unfortunately that’s about the only time I can detect it. I reduced the steeping time by a minute from last time, but unfortunately the tartness of the hibiscus didn’t decrease proportionally. I finally resorted to adding a teaspoon or so of honey which toned things down somewhat. When it’s sweetend like this the acai flavouring is actually quite distinct.
So out of all of CS’s Zinger teas that I’ve tried this one is probably my favorite, although, given my loathing for hibiscus, it might be more accurate to say that it’s the one I hate the least. ;)
I picked this up at the Ten Tousand Villages craft fair last weekend. It’s a non profit organization that sells fair-trade products from all over the world. The things they sell are all handcrafted and there some absolutely gorgeous and unique things for sale – plus it all goes to a good cause, the money going directly to the artisans and helping to improve their lives. Here’s a link to their website (I hope this doesn’t count as spam):
Anyway, so I was attracted mainly by the fact that this tea is fairly-traded and organic (which is always a good thing as well) and not hideously expensive. It’s not a bad tea by any stretch of the imagination, but the spices are rather weak, almost an afterthought to the tea instead of the main event.
The black tea base itself is pleasently smooth and flavourful though, which is a nice change as I’m used to crap teas being used for chais.
So I got vaccinated for the swine flu and the regular flu today (yay universal healthcare)and my arms are feeling rather sore so I needed something nice and soothing. This late in the day I generally don’t need the big energy jolt that black tea gives me unless I’m either studying or going out later.
This is still may favorite white tea, I love the flavourful white tea accented with notes of real pear. Although I think I might have oversteeped it just a touch judging by the taste; it’s like it’s just on the cusp of turning bitter.
I made a kind of crude chai latte this morning, steeping the tea in a mug that was 2/3 hot water and 1/3 milk and when it was done I added a teaspoon of honey. The results were pleasently sweet and creamy-tasting, although this tea still tastes too much like cinnamon heart candies.