376 Tasting Notes
hey, WOW! first off, thanks to ifjuly for the ninja tea delivery today! it was totally unexpected and wound up being very funny…. ifjuly, in an effort to protect the tea from the elements and ghastly weather, taped everything up to a point where my wrecked hand just wouldn’t do it, lmao!!! i wound up shredding the packaging because i wanted to know what was in there!!!!
the brilliant ifjuly taught me something new about my personal preferences (not something easily fit inside a parcel!) apricot in a tea is fine by me, but peach tends to come off as annoying! NOTE TO SELF!!!!!
the dry blend is bright and colourful. it has a lovely deep smell of dry stewed apricots. i’ve never had saffron, so i can’t say how it affects the blend, but there is an element in this tea that is unfamiliar but not unpleasant.
light, sweet, smooth, deeply apricot….. i haven’t had an abundance of good experiences with american tea room— this improves my opinion!!
thank you so much, ifjuly!
this came to me thanks to ifjuly. much thanks!
i don’t get notes of cranberry or of almond, though i do get some tones of strawberry and an element of cream (but not like the donut, lol). smells fruitier than it tastes, but still tastes quite decadent…. would i buy it myself? in the shadow of fruits d’alsace and the black lotus and any other number drop kick blends i’ve had lately (many but not all from europe) no. however, still makes a very nice cup and if i were in ifjuly’s living room i wouldn’t say ‘no’.
hmm, brief view of the other reviews of this blend and those are not the experience i have had!
reading their reviews i overleafed and extended the steep time….whew! strongly marzipan!!! no problem!!! makes me wonder if they revamped the blend since then?
added a half teaspoon of agave syrup… noooooooot necessary, lol. a bit of cream with it was very nice.
smooth, not astringent. naturally sweet…. i think it might make a nice latte, and might be even nicer with a bit of contrasting spice added— nutmeg? i seem to be on a nutmeg kick!
so far this one is my least favourite TG tea…. not bad, just not as remarkable as the others i’ve tried. this also doesn’t follow my definition of a chai.
impressions: a vanilla tea. quite subtle. fruit tones that are very mild… some orange, less apple. some spice, but again not strong.
i do find this vendor impressive… i won’t ascribe numbers yet. i need to play with methods, timing and temperature.
=0) we will come to an understanding…. i am certain of it.
i taste ripe, golden orange mangoes sliced and adorning the tea cup my son served me with….
i didn’t think i would get to try this one. i bought it for him (he likes all things mango and i don’t expect this bag of tea to last long, lol).
this blend is happily rooiboos free (!!!), light, fresh, i get an aroma of mangoes on the tree, of rind, but within the taste fruit and texture are the only layers. the mild fibrous tissue, juice spilling over my fingers and getting under my nails, the mild piquant but not spicy aspect of mango…. absolutely brilliant!
the very best tea blenders give spielberg and houdini…. they are illusionists and absolutely persuade me to suspend my disbelief. TGTeas…. you are among them. wow oh wow.
smells divine…. absolutely, evilly, amazingly, calorie carryingly like a chocolate mousse with a perfectly ripened raspberry reduction decadently dripped over top. i’ve never smelled the like.
but the taste has a curl. no. no no no no. maybe if i say it backwards: ON ON ON ON!
dammit. literacy only works if you use it =0(