1314 Tasting Notes
Bloody hell it’s hot today! Heat wave across the UK. Apparently it’s nothing compared to tomorrow (which is apparently going to be 30C in my area). Funnily enough it’s made me crave black tea rather than Oolong which is my usual ‘go to’ when it gets remotely hot.
My big flaw with this tea with the first tasting was that it was very beetroot like, and it still is though today I seem to really be liking it. Earthy and beetroot, almost dust like but in a nice way. Though I know that is strange and doesn’t sound very nice. It’s strength is not overly complex either which works well in hot weather, evidently. Very re-hydrating.
On steep two so far and I’m about to do dinner so back later or tomorrow. Blog entry coming tomorrow (at last) and Sororitea Sisters post is written and should be published soon. :)
I woke up with a headache and back ache this morning which has persisted through the day. Not to mention my new Vans have cut the back of my ankles up pretty badly from yesterdays visit to the in-laws. It takes a couple of hours travel via bus and train to get from my house to theirs.
With all of this in mind I’m not really ‘feeling’ up to much today. So we decided to marathon ‘24’ and forget about the house work for today. It was when I decided I didn’t want caffeine that I searched my tea cupboard and found this blend. It’s been a while since I had it and thought I would perhaps add sweetener in it this time, just some calorie free stuff. Plus I do love rose petals in tea, they make me feel so pretty.
Sweetener has made honey like tones to this now which blends the dryness of the herbal infusion together a lot better. Much more satisfying than I remember, and the right move it would seem. Albeit perhaps a tad too sweet now it’s better than dry and sickly herbal. That being said this is not a bad drink by any means, it just has an acquired taste. Plus with it being sweeter I can taste more of a rose flavour.
Plan for the day: tea and tisanes followed by 24 and perhaps a naughty take away in a bit. A local vegetarian restaurant does some amazing fishless burgers.
I’ve been drinking this today in preparation of my driving lesson. I was in no mood to drive but had to regain focus so I had three or four bowls of this before my lesson. It was a good plan because my instructor said if I continue to drive like that I will pass my exam :D
I reviewed the sweet, cow milk version with pictures on my blog and honestly going from that blend to this one was difficult. This one is much less sweet (which I decided would be better for my diet) and I prefer soy milk anyway in general. So less sweet, more dry (from the soy I believe) and with a nutty sort of light after taste. I adored the sweetness so to adjust I did have to start using sweeteners. Now I’m happy with this ‘au natural’.
The Matcha itself tastes mild but with enough grassy and warm umami tones to be pleasing and recognizable. More soy than Matcha in terms of flavour depth but it’s nice and if it helps me stop the sugar intake then I cannot complain. Would buy this one again for sure.
Well I was about to type and say my plan for the day but as I was about to begin I received a text message from my husband to say his uncle has passed away. I only met him once as he lives quite far away but he was a nice man, welcoming of me into his family and it’s truly tragic news. He looks like the double of my father in law, it shocked me the first time I met him. Like twins, I will always remember that.
So getting onto what I actually was going to say and start with before being given such sad news. Today I am cross stitching up a storm to try and get somewhere on my Heaven and Earth Designs chart. It’s a massive piece and will take a long time to finish but I adore the design and plan on persevering through. It’s a free chart on their website called Ice Princess by Hannah Lynn, so if you’re into cross stitch/sewing then take a look.
To aid my busy sewing day I have a large pot of this delicious Bi Luo Chun that I plan on re-steeping a few times. Usually I would glass tumbler this tea but today I grabbed my personaliTEA teapot from Adagio and decided to brew it that way. Much thicker than the glass tumbler way but just as tasty, gives me a real burst of energy which keeps me sewing.
Then to top it off I am watching horror films throughout the day. Started with Carrie 2 and now moved onto Stake Land. I adore horror films more than I do tea and that is truly saying something. It’s a trait I picked up from my parents and we often enjoy watching horror films together. The more gore the better.
And that is my day and tea of the day, I hope you all drink some wonderful tea today!
I’m in the mood for something black or dark after dinner so I chose this tea.
The leaves are a beautiful combination of silver, red, and brown shades in little cute, squiggly pieces. Dry and wooden in scent.
This tastes as dry and wooden as it smells, but at the same time it’s slightly sour and slightly floral without being sweet. It’s not too thick in strength which makes it rather refreshing. The after taste is sour and wooden but it lightens to leave a musty, earth tone.
It’s quite nice but not one of my favourites in terms of Darjeeling, nice for every day but not for special occasions. At least not for me. May try this iced shortly and see what the difference is.
Oh my word, has it really been two months since I last wrote? :o Many apologies! During that time I was studying for a Driving Theory Test which I have now passed and in honesty I went to a bit of a dark place and had to lift myself back up. I drank tea but did not feel like doing much of anything, I’m sure some of you will understand. It’s behind me now and I’ve had my time to recover.
Today I have had approx four mugs of this which includes a re-steep. It’s been helping me get through my day very nicely, a random pick this morning after breakfast. The leaves are beautiful, brown that turns green in the water and smells lightly of brown sugar and dry wood.
Flavour has been incredible all day, remaining consistently sweet, earthy, wooden and with a slight sour hint in the after taste. Not enough to be malty but almost, more sour wood but fairly thick.
I think this is one of the nicest Bai Mu Dan that I have tried, even with the re-steep it’s delicious!
Will work on a new KittyLovesTea blog entry featuring an award winning Canton Tea Black so stay tuned for that. Also keep an eye open for more SororiTea Sisters posts :D Will be working on one in a day or two.
Oh and ps – I’m listening to Spotify as I just joined and must say I’m loving this song at the moment, if you like rock/metal then check it out.
Red Is The New Black – Funeral For A Friend
It is with thanks to my wonderful international friends that I can proudly review this Davids Tea sample. From Canada all the way to the UK!
My first thoughts on this tea are of the scent, which I was met with as soon as I opened the packet. Sweet yet spicy cinnamon stick tones mixed with light herbs and wood with a dry, nutty finish. Chai like but super duper cinnamon-esque. As a huge fan of cinnamon I find it particularly charming!
In appearance the small/fine Rooibos blend is met with large, rough pieces of what I believe to be apple and cinnamon stick. Giving it a rocky, desert feel.
I followed the steeping parameters given by Davids Tea which can be found further up in the Tea Description.
Once steeped I am met with a delicious spicy cinnamon scent that reminds me of ‘Red Hots’ candy. My childhood was built around that candy! This scent takes me back.
In flavour the cinnamon bursts through with spices behind it before softening into a sweet, light, herbal blend that lingers in the after taste. It’s a little dry but still acceptable. In terms of Chai there is a spicy touch about it but the heavy cinnamon makes it completely different, it takes the idea of Chai to a new level. And similar to scent, this does have nutty notes which are increased by the dryness. Tried to consider which type of nut but came to the conclusion it tastes mixed and I couldn’t differentiate it.
Also I can’t help but taste ‘Red Hots’ candy when I take small sips of this. It’s pure nostalgia in a cup!
Overall I really enjoyed this tea. It truly is cinnamon heavy and though it does offer a spicy Chai element and slight Rooibos flavour (which others may find more pleasing) I am taken aback in awe by the simpleness of it. Plus it has to be said that this being Organic is the ‘icing on the cake’ so to speak.
Chai? Yes please.
Cinnamon Chai? Heck yes please!
Nostalgia? All the time. :)
For more information on this tea please view my SororiTEA Sisters post.
Not an in depth review of this for now but quick notes are better than no notes. I’m playing The Sims 4 with my husband as well as cooking dinner hence why this is just quick!
When I bought this tea it intrigued me, the written information on the listing says this is a Yunnan Menghai Chen Ripe Pu Er (hence the title) which is a little vague but the wrapper says it’s a Yunnan Tse Chi Beeng Cha from a company called Kunming Hechangxuan Tea Industry Co LTD in Yunnan, China. My Chinese is not great, but I believe Beeng Cha is pressed tea ie cake. I found this article which is an interesting read on explaining what Tse Chi Beeng Cha means. http://www.puerh.fr/en/article/tong_and_yunnan_chi_tse_beeng_cha.htm
I suppose the old saying is true, you do learn something new every day!
The cake had wonderful large leaves. I posted pictures on Instagram if anyone follows me :)
In flavour this is very smooth with: dry wood, damp fresh soil, dry musk and rich malt tones. At least in the first few steeps. Also became sweet which was a pleasant addition, it kept the balance smooth.
Still balancing food and playing, while also talking via whatsapp on my phone, but I have time to explain a little of my methods. I’m steeping this in my Yixing teapot which is roughly 370ml. Rinsed twice for 20 seconds and starting with 30 second steeping time whilst increasing it 15 seconds for the first few steeps.
After that it just softens in flavour and strength the more you steep it, but it remains smooth and clean tasting. I’m not going to sugar coat it, this was a nice Shu but it is by no means amazing. For the price I have no complaints at all! My husband liked this one as well. May age this for a couple of years and see if the flavours become more complex, but we shall see.
Flavors: Musty, Smooth, Wet Earth, Wet Wood
This tea smells nice but at the same time it’s a little strange, like a mish mash of flavoured sweet fruit lipglosses combined into one. Somewhat artificial and overly sweet! It’s steeped scent is also the same.
Yeah…. it tastes as it smells….so like lipgloss. I know I’ve said it a lot but seriously, it’s like applying a vast amount of fruity lipgloss and then licking your lips. It’s chemical, waxy, synethetic, overly sweet, plasticy and the whole crazy flavour just lingers in the after taste. While it is very unusual and unpleasant at times it’s not terrible, just not for me. I had a friend that loved to eat lipgloss, literally she would run her finger around my chocolate orange lipgloss tin and eat what she could scoop out! Maybe she would like this tea…
The first time I tried this it was made traditionally, which is was certainly not meant for. Today I made it into an iced latte as a pre dinner treat. The resulting tea still tastes mocha like to me, even my husband said “Yum! Chocolate flavour”. So very disappointing! Yet at the same time it is nice. Nice enough that my cat Honey stole some of it from my Chawan. And between you and me she keeps giving it the “get in my belly” look and more than once has she moved in ‘for the kill’.