935 Tasting Notes
I received a sample of their Autumn and Spring Tie Guan Yin to compare them from the Canton Tea Club. It’s taken me too long to find the time to do it but today I am by myself all day and have nothing but time.
Steep one – 10 seconds
Spring (left) – Light yellow in colour. This tastes gentle and fresh with a subtle floral greenness.
Autumn (right) – Light yellow in colour (lighter than Spring). This tastes perfumey and more mature and thickly green.
There really was such a difference in taste and it was a fun experiment. To find which tea won my battle please check my blog.
Over the last couple of days I have been experiencing an unnatural burst of energy and willingness to clean. I’m not saying I live in a pig sty but my house is clean yet untidy but with method to my madness I know where my things are. Perhaps it’s Christmas on the horizon that is boosting me to make it special this year, last year my husband was undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer and he finished just in time for Christmas (which I see as a miracle) but he was still left feeling nauseous and unwell. :(
So this year I am going to try my very best to give him a Christmas that he deserves.
I tell this story because it will hopefully show you all how I am slowly feeling the Christmas spirit. First it started with the winter frost tea and now with this spiced winter tea. I have two teabags left and could do with drinking as much as I can to clear my already overfull cupboards.
This one is noticeably rooibos based in look, smell and brewed appearance. It smells of cinnamon and clove.
Taste wise this is like a rooibos chai, it’s very rooibos heavy with cinnamon, clove and subtle almost herbal orange. I have a drop of milk to to ease some of the sweetness from rooibos and it worked well.
It’s too rooibos and too chai for my liking, I’m not a fan of either. :( Plus it doesn’t make me feel Christmassy. I will finish this one off and it leaves a small space on my tea shelves so at least there is a positive side.
I have been saving my sample of this for December time, particularly when I wanted to feel more Christmassy. Now is the time, I did some cleaning yesterday and wrapped some presents and I can begin to feel it drawing closer but the only thing that can get me into the festive mood is candy canes. I love candy canes! This one says it contains candy cane which is beyond amazing!
This blend is a mixture of finely chopped black tea leaves with some sort of finely chopped green/brown leaf and red candy looking pieces. It smells sweet and creamy :)
Once brewed this tea forms a dark brown liquid that smells sweetly of cinnamon.
My first few sips reveal earthy cinnamon with a sweet vanilla flourish followed by a breeze of refreshing mint. It’s a rather subtle blend overall but the ingredients compliment each other well.
If I was to say anything negative about this blend it would be that there is not enough candy cane in there for me and I was hoping it would be a little mintier.
Not sure if I feel more Christmassy but I’m certainly more happy at any rate. :)
This will be my third Keemun Rose blend this week, I’m in love with it! Since my tooth extraction yesterday I have been finishing off my Monkey Fart – 52 Teas iced tea (since I was told I could not have anything hot for 24 hours). Now it’s been over 24 hours and I chose this blend to have as my come back to hot tea. :)
This was a bargain as it was only £2.52 ($4) for 125g and it’s a local shop so I can pick more up as I please. :D
The loose tea smells rather earthy and malty with a sweet tinge. The leaves are short, dark brown and thinly pointed with a few red/pink rose petals scattered around.
Once brewed the tea soup smells sweet and floral with rose being very obvious. Yummy. It’s also dark brown in colour.
Delicious! The Keemun is nice and malty and the rose petals sweeten it perfectly. The other brands I tried were sweet and sour but this one is not at all, it’s more of an earthy and floral tea that is smooth yet deep.
Perhaps next time I will try steeping for a minute extra as it’s not quite the desired strength for me but it’s more of a personal thing.
My favourite blend out of three this week. :)
Today I had a dentist appointment to receive a filling and have a tooth extraction which is a huge step for me as I hate dentists. It’s nothing personal but my childhood dentist scarred me for life (for reasons I shall keep to myself for the time being) and it’s taken me a few years to pluck up the courage to visit. The work went well but I was horrified when I was given a care leaflet about looking after the blood clot where the extraction took place. The leaflet stated NO HOT TEA! I have been into my black tea’s as of late and my heart broke into two pieces.
I visited my mum as she lives not far from the dentists practice and she said a parcel arrived for me (I get parcels sent to my mums address as she is always in). My Della Terra order had arrived after I went crazy on Black Friday ordering stuff, it was the light at the end of my dreary tunnel.
The only tea that told me to brew less than boiling was this one which made it perfect to try first since it’s the only one suitable for the next 24 hours.
Anyway I’m starting to ramble so I will get to my review.
The loose tea smells very chocolatey though not specifically white but I can see spots of white chocolate flakes amongst the brown chopped up leaves.
Once brewed the tea forms a dark honey colour that smells as chocolatey as the loose mix.
I have been waiting all day to have a cup of tea and it’s now 5:33pm. My first sip and I can taste chocolate mixed in with a slightly malty and earthy Pai Mu Tan tea. It’s a nice mixture but I still wouldn’t say this was specifically white chocolate, it just has the generic chocolate smell. Perhaps I’m being a little picky as white chocolate is my favourite.
It’s almost like a hot chocolate but without the milk and creaminess aspect. It sweetens the more you drink and the malt flavour blends in more.
Happy with the blend overall, it reminds me of Maltesers but in tea form. :) It helps ease my days pain.
This tea was recommended by darky after seeing my review for Rose Petal Black by The Tao of Tea. I have been on a Keemun binge recently and unfortunately the Rose Petal Black by The Tao of Tea did not please me. I ordered this brand with a few other samples to try and they arrived this morning.
Upon opening the packet I was delighted to smell the familiar thick, earthy tang of Keemun whilst investigating the whole rose flowers of pink and yellow that were embedded within. It was enough to make my mouth water.
Brewed for 3 minutes and just under boiling as advised.
The smell once steeped was heavily malty yet sweet and floral. Flavour wise this had sweet and sour elements but much more palatable that I was expecting, it was a rather smooth and well balanced blend. The Keemun is of a good quality by itself and I was happy with the condition of the roses.
This was so nice that I had to have a second cup straight after my first cup and whilst contemplating my third cup I realised it was time for me to finish work. If a tea can put work out of my mind then that shows it’s yummy.
So far this is the nicest rose and Keemun blend I have tried, though I do have some more brands to try at some point.
I was given an Adagio Teas Ingenuitea iced tea maker a while ago and both me and my husband are off work today and felt like brewing up a batch of iced tea. A few months ago I placed an order with 52 tea’s and was excited to try this tea as I had never had banana flavoured tea before (and still haven’t). With my need for iced tea and my husbands love for banana’s it was easy to decide to brew this tea and use my Adagio Teas Ingenuitea gadget for the first time.
As I opened the little packet to expose the large prepared teabag I took in a strong smell of banana’s, it smelt almost milkshake like. The last time I had beer flavoured anything it was for my husbands birthday (5th November) last month when I bought some banana beer as a novelty. Funnily enough I can member saying that smelled like banana milkshake too, which means it also smells like the loose tea for this.
Brewed and left to chill for a few hours while my ice in the freezer becomes solid, it’s been difficult to leave the mixture in the fridge without sneaking a taste. I remain a good girl though and have left it well alone..until now. Serving time. :D
The iced tea is brown in colour, monkey coloured some may say, and it still maintains the amazing banana smell. It’s a sweet yet creamy banana smell, very candy like.
The flavour is more subtle, while I can taste banana I can also taste a rather malty yet cocoa nibbish. The balance is about right for me, it’s not too sweet nor too earthy and the banana lingers in the after taste quite nicely. Such a nice novelty :)
I would buy this again as it’s perfect for the occasional hot spells we get here in the UK (if we’re lucky) but at the same time I’m quite happy with a few others I have in for loose tea at the moment. Great job 52 Teas, yummy work. :)