377 Tasting Notes
new tea companies are so much fun to sort through… maybe even more so on low down dirty bad days like today.
i had concerns. it has been that bad a day….. but the tea smelled sooooooooo gooooooood. i mean wow. new germany tea company getting-to-know-you tap dance. should i? shouldn’t i? maybe i should just leave it for a better day….. aw, hell! maybe the tea would turn everything around! i put the kettle on.
the smell only got better. i was reminded of my gran’s kitchen with stewed rhubarb on the stove. it had the kind of smell that burned my fingers and my tongue, got me yelled at and lectured….. of course with standards like that (and the day i’ve been having) of course the smell and the taste didn’t match. sigh.
and then i had a moment. i was such a pest as a kid…. always wanted sugar on everything and thusly got it on virtually nothing. so when i ate my stewed rhubarb it was always with plain cream… no sugar, no nothing. and i always thought i was so hard up.
i really was a pest… i added plain cream. my day is much better. if you like stewed rhubarb this, my friends, is your tea.
smooth, tart but not bitter. cream component with no random chemical inflections. believe the 2 min steep.
sorry i’ve been a grouch today. don’t know what my problem’s been.
i know why MissB sent this to me. 1) not a caramel note in sight. 2) the smell!!!!!! wowza! the name is totally accurate too.
when i was a kid my gran would have a tin of cassis sucking candies in her mammoth sized purse…. opening the tin smelled just like this blend! juicy, tangy, robust, intriguing! a hint of astringency from the assam which is the perfect compliment to the black currant. i genuinely do get a sense of juiciness.
nice balance. definitely drinking a tea vs juice…. very nice. this blend makes me happy. i’ve had a number of ‘meh’ experiences lately. this was not one of them!!
thank you MissB!
never had a black like this one! indeed it is very clear and clean…. personally i don’t get malt. i’m getting an undeveloped brown sugar hint that is mixed with a vegetal tone: as though someone cut a swath of a demerara plant and stashed it in my tea as a stir stick.
no astringency, no bitterness…. really a clear green curl. scent wise i do get malt, but not on the palate.
i took advantage of the christmas discounts, i am interested to try the other samples now! (the rest i have saved for my upcoming not for profit course starting in january =0)
i heard an odd metaphor that applies aptly to this blend: dog’s bowl. weird, right? but if you think about the jumble of stuff in a dog’s bowl it is a good description of the muddle of flavours in this tea.
cinnamon and clove + chocolate? not my favourite, but i like to think i’m open minded. coconut? okay. mate…. which gives me banana (oddball gene), and rooiboos. OOF!
MissB you are braver than i!!! it’s just not a good fit with me, i’m more of a cat guy.