343 Tasting Notes
bit of a guilty review here… sortof sleep-steeped this one today as a black… oops!
however, lovely anyway. christmas in peking (at least when steeped as black) is orange… not a typical orange though. i taste tangerine. well, tangerine when hot…. tangerine/apricot as it cools. honestly, while it was an accident to steep it so strictly, i would do it again =0)
thank you for the treat yyz!
very nice… back to study.
a sample of this came to me by way of ifjuly.
hardly slept, thumped out of bed after a few hours sleep and threw the rest of my sample in my mug as an incentive eye opener.
the first time round i wasn’t inspired… good but not great, i guess? this morning it was awesome though! exhaustion? timing…. wait wait…. i didn’t rinse out my mug from the aloe vera berry last night.
wow, do those blends blend well! even as an oops.
and i’m off again. (insert whoosh sound)
omigod…. this is so stupidly good! and i love the aloe vera baseline! and even though it’s 3:30 in the morning it’s still not time to sleep nd i have no time to fully review it.
HOWEVER. HIBBIE HATERS… it is totally balanced in this blend! fruity, flowery, not overpowering, juicy…. beautiful. again, i have to go =0(
omigod…. can’t live without this one. wowie!
yyz, must say… don’t know that i’m as kind a person as you. this is a cup of lovely calm that i might not have shared!
didn’t even bother steeping outside of your recommended parameters. i am usually very picky about black and green blends too… very nice indeed.
very, very distant tobacco taste. not unpleasant. not bitter. very creamy. lovely vanilla. sense that the tea has thickness….. is making me sleepy! (not like i needed a big push, lol).
thank you to yyz for this lovely cup… and after a loooooong day!
be wary when a prof brags that a course does not hold exams- what they may actually be saying (as in this case) ‘all the time i would expect you to be studying for exams you will instead be working your butt off in other ways times 2!’ fascinating, brilliant, exciting….. also exhausting! lol.
dragged my butt up the stairs and cast about in yyz’s envelope for a ‘feels right’ sample. ooh, christmas in prague? sounds good!
i did have momentary concerns. the dry tea has a heavy smoky component… not usually my thing. i skimmed over the ingredients- VODKA? hmm. jury was out on that one; i had no idea what effect that would have on a tea! lol. the only way to know was to boil the kettle and add h2o.
with water the smoke vanished. deep purple almost overripe but not quite plums…. stonefruit! like when you bite a bit too deeply and your teeth graze the pit. there is a hint of stone flavour in this blend!
don’t think i’d want to drink it every day, but a lovely experience and one i’d be happy to repeat from time to time.
this is a clever tea.