847 Tasting Notes
The last tea from my monthly club package.
This blend smells strongly of coconut and pineapple with a hint of spice. Like a fruity yet sour chai, strange but in a good way.
My first sip had strong coconut and pineapple flavours which matched it’s scent but in the after taste there was a strong burning sensation and dryness. Basically when it says fire it means it. It’s not too strong and thankfully it quickly subsides but it is certainly one of the spiciest Chai’s I have tried.
The more I drink the more I’m getting into it. The pineapple has increased in strength to create a spicy cinnamon and chilli pineapple medley in my mouth. Also the coconut is becoming a little creamier now it’s cooling. Yummy.
Part of my monthly club package.
This blend is so beautiful in appearance, very natural and pure. It has a strong spearmint aroma which is both fresh and very cooling but also sort of creamy and sweet.
Flavour wise it’s very thickly spearmint with some sweetness and floral tones. The floral tones are rather recognisable as being jasmine particularly in the after taste. It sounds like a bizarre combination (jasmine and spearmint) but they actually work very well together.
As it cools the blend becomes creamier and less sweet and thick. I can actually feel myself relaxing whilst sipping. :)
My last cup of this tea and I’m actually quite enjoying it. More than last time anyway. I’m at my parents house looking after their dogs while they pick up a new Dachshund puppy. It’s a 6 hour drive there and back so quite a long way but the new puppy will be nice for them. This is their second Dachshund now, my mum loves them, not sure she would ever go back to another breed. They are calling the new puppy Jim after Jim Morrison.
That’s my quick steepster summary for now, back to playing To The Moon on Steam. :)
Thank you Lala for this sample. Received from my Secret Pumpkin package.
This blend smells very spicy and nutty. The coriander adds a herbal element to the spice, it is like a chai with a difference.
The orange comes through nicely in the flavour being sweet and creamy in the first few sips which is followed by a dry nutty and spicy chai like flavour. The pistachio is rather heavy for for a non pistachio fan like myself but it’s forgiving as by the time you think ‘yuck pistachio’ the spices come in and you end up thinking ‘yum spices’.
The orange actually becomes stronger as it cools which is a large plus for me as I love orange.
I like it, sort of orange tea meets a nutty chai tea.
Let me officially introduce you all to Sooty (yes that name is official too).
Right now he is fast asleep and buried into my dressing gown by my side. He has taken a liking to me straight away and he wont leave me alone (not that I’m complaining). My other cats aren’t sure what to make of him yet so there is some hissing and low growling going on (mostly by the kitten) but it’s only been a couple of hours.
We are having a pot of Earl Grey to celebrate :) I really like David’s Teas – Earl Grey (original). So bold and strong, simply delicious!
Thank you Scheherazade for this sample.
I can smell the apple, cinnamon and coffee in it’s raw form but it’s hard to say which one is dominant. Though they are not all to my personal taste (I’m talking about you coffee) they work well together, like a warm pastry or cake styled dessert.
Flavour is dark and toasty with the coffee being fairly strong but petering out with a sweet yet spicy cinnamon finish. It’s also rather dry and nutty. The apple is not as strong in flavour as it’s raw scent at this point but I believe it’s as least keeping the blend lightly sweet.
It takes some getting used to with the strong and bitter coffee flavour and it’s a very interesting blend overall. It was worth a try and but sadly this blend is just not for me. Perhaps someone who drinks coffee would love it but I will personally stick to original apple and cinnamon blends.
Also I mentioned last night about getting a new kitten, well I am due to receive him today some time. He is 16 weeks old and pure black with some tabby stripes. Sooty is still a real possibility but I think I need to meet him first before naming him.
Here is a picture I received from the owner:
I was contacted this morning by the lady that I got Ebony and Ivory from a while ago now. She said that her cat has just had another litter and a new black male kitten is available if I would like him. She was so very sorry about Ebony’s passing that she made sure I was the first one she would ask. Well after many tears and a long chat with my husband we agreed to adopt the little man. We are waiting for news on his age and a picture but it gives us a chance to think of a name for him. So far in the running are Sooty and Loki. :)
This arrived last week with my first Tealux order. Assam is usually a morning style tea for me but my husband requested a black tea tonight and this one has recently been put into a clean jar ready for use.
In appearance the leaves are golden brown in colour and look long, thin and squiggly. They have a musky, wooden scent with a delicate hint of sweet malt.
The first few sips reveal a smooth yet creamy Assam of medium strength with hints of wood, musk, malt, dark treacle and raisins. It’s a little dry in the after taste but not much at all.
As it cools the sweetness increases and it gains a subtle velvety smoke trait.
A nice Assam not too dissimilar from golden Dian Hong. A winner for me and the hubby.
This Oolong consists of varied sized balls from roughly 4mm to 1mm in diameter. They are dark green with some brown and medium green in places with a few pieces having quite large stems still attached. A quick sniff-spection reveals a dry and perfumed floral scent.
The liquid once steeped is very light yellow. It has a sweet and floral flavour with a dry after taste. Very delicate but it does have a buttery element present though honestly it’s a little ruined by the overwhelming dryness. I don’t mind some dryness from an Oolong but this one feels like it leaves a powdery substance in my mouth after each sip.
Also as it cools the perfumed element becomes stronger as does the dryness which I didn’t think was possible.
I usually prefer Ali Shan to Li Shan and this was no exception. I had high hopes for this tea and while it was still a pleasant enough Oolong it just is not for me.
Today has been officially declared as Oolong Day in my house due to recent tea cravings for something mineral yet sweet. Since my husband has two weeks off we decided to do an ‘all nighter’ last night and we stayed up until 9am when we decided to have a nap for a couple of hours. We have been having a marathon gaming session of The Last Remnant and Oolong goes so well with it.
This Jiu Jiu Jiu is as delicious as I remember. Very sweet and floral but dry and light. A lovely combination for any Oolong.