697 Tasting Notes
Day 2 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
I should have known this would happen but I didn’t think it all the way through before I purchased this set of teas. I have had this tea before and actually own a bag of it. I think I will have had many of these 12 days of teas before. But maybe not. So I shouldn’t be so pessimistic. It doesn’t really even matter anyway. It is the surprise and good tea that counts.
I accidentally steeped this one for about 5 min instead of 2 min 30 sec which I usually do. The timer went off at 2 min and I thought I would estimate the 30 sec more. But then I totally forgot about it. All in all probably steeped for 5 or 6 min. But it is still really good. The actually root beer flavour is quite strong. But there is still a little vanilla flavour. I would describe it this time as more Barq’s root beer, with bite. The vanilla and float flavours are a bit less than with a shorter steep. It smells super delicious. I want A and W for lunch now.
For a while, I was obsessed with flowering teas. I just thought it was so neat how the balls would open up in beautiful pieces of art. But what I found after a while is I dislike how most of them tasted. I totally understand it is super hard to artfully sow tea leaves together so they bloom perfectly, I am sure there are only a few kinds of tea leaves that will work for this, but I just don’t like the taste of most of them.
This one is super jasmine smelling. Very parfumey, not parfume in the sense of good smelling, but parfume as in body spray. There is a definite chemical type smell to this one.
The taste is not as bad as I had anticipated from the parfumey smell. It is definitely jasmine. There is a chemical parfume taste but it is very light. There are some really sweet notes that remind me of berries, maybe like cherries. There are also some peppery notes. The jasmine is mellowing quite a bit as it cools, and the sweet berry notes are becoming stronger.
I have to take back what I said above, this one is tasting not too bad, not a favourite or cupboard staple, but it is drinkable.
Day 1 of the 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
I feel like I went all out on the “days of Christmas” sample packs this year. Ha ha. I am absolutely loving the scratch and reveal feature on each little pack. Next year, scratch and sniff maybe??
Anyway, for the 52 teas, I will do what I am doing with the Dammann calendar and review each tea the next day.
Upon smelling this one, it shouted “Christmastime!” to me. Not sure why, but something in the smell. The cinnamon or something.
The brewed tea tastes like valentine cinnamon hearts to me, which is my favourite food group. The cinnamon is sweet but there is a kick from cayenne in this blend. It is not too spicey or burn-y on the tongue though. The green tea is very light, maybe slightly astringent, but it works well with the spice and the cinnamon.
I would never have ordered this blend on my own, so I am glad to have had a chance to try it.
The dry tea is so very pretty. New colour scheme for my house maybe? Ha ha. The dry sachet smells of delicious cherry candy and maybe some vanilla, or at least something creamy.
I made this to brave out shopping with me. Wasn’t even shopping for me. My brother keeps texting me with his shopping list. I have been done my list for a month now. I hate holiday shopping. And the roads are super bad today, winter bad. Guh! Anyway, my contigo mug kept is super warm so I am drinking it now to de-stress from my outing.
Anyway, this one is sadly reminding me of soap. Like if you are staying at a kind of fancy hotel and they have delicious smelling little soaps in the bathroom. It tastes like cherry and lavender to me. It is definitely a very thick and creamy liquor. The cherry is sweet and artificial candy like.
Unfortunately I am not liking this one a whole lot. Well still almost half of the calendar to go so I am not worried, ha ha.
Orange is the new black everyone!
I am on an orange slice kick again. I added a slice of orange to a cup of this tea. It is a delicious balance of sweet orange, and dark, malty, black tea. It is quite a bit sweeter than usual with the orange mixed in with the natural sweetness of the tea. Just enjoying the day today!
Made this one again. This time I used 2 tsp tea and a 1/2 tsp of brown rock sugar. I also steeped it for a bit longer this time as well. It is much thicker and a much more definitive chocolate and peanut butter taste. I would say that the chocolate is the dominant flavour. (The honeybush is still peppery but it improves if I let the tea sit for a while).
It seems that a lot of different French tea companies have a “la lune” tea. I am not sure if there is a story behind this, but I would like to know it.
This one is quite the bouquet of fruits. It is pretty good. I am finding the black tea base is thick and malty. It is fairly strong. I am getting nice strong flavours of blueberry, passionfruit and citrus. There is some red fruits/currant flavours closer to the aftertaste. I feel like I am getting some mallow root as well. As the description states, this was is really well balance, even though there are a lot of fruity flavours in the tea.
This is quite a bit different blend from most of the other Nina’s teas I have tried. This one is very thick and heavy, in a very good way. Most of the other teas I have tried have been more light or delicate. I am quite enjoying this one.
Mad Tea Experiment Take 2.
So now that I have an orange and a few really good ideas (stolen from others, or course), I blended half and half lapsang with keemun. I added 4 small pink rose buds, 3 slices fresh ginger and a slice of navel orange. The orange and ginger stayed in the cup the whole time. WOW!! The keemun definitely toned down the lapsang. There is still some smoke but not overpowering. The keemun was not too smokey itself so I think that helped. I think with the experiment yesterday, I used Darjeeling but it was not strong enough to tone down the lapsang too much. The orange and ginger provide some spice, pepper, but also some sweetness. There is a very light citrous flavor. I actually want to try this with blackberries now.
This is totally reminding me of a rich, dark Chilean malbec. I love it.
Mad Tea Experiment #3.
I made this again, as above, but this time I added an actual French Vanilla Bean. Well it was actually half of a dried bean, I cut it open the long way and added it to the tea. I was ok. I thought it gave the tea a more alcoholic type taste. There was a creamy vanilla taste but it didn’t work so awesome with the ginger and the orange. I then added some maple syrup. The maple syrup definitely added some sweetness and was delicious as always with the lapsang. But I think for me I prefer this with my Experiment 2 recipe.
On another note, my maple syrup bottle used a cork as a stopper. When I went to take the cork out, it broke in half, leaving most of the cork in the neck of the glass bottle. So I had to dig it out with a knife. Now I have an open bottle of maple syrup. Guess that is what I am eating for the rest of the weekend :)
The dry sachet smells so much like grapefruit to me. I thought immediately I would like this blend. I didn’t actually look up the ingredients in this blend until after I brewed it. So I was surprised to see there was no grapefruit, and that there was jasmine in it. I probably steeped it at a little too high temp.
This one tastes not too bad. I find the jasmine to be quite dominant. I am getting a bit of citrous which could now be the pineapple. I don’t get any grapefruit flavour like I was getting in the dry scent. I think there could be some mango in there as well. I am not sure what red passionfruit tastes like and if it is the same as regular passionfruit, but I am not getting any flavours I would describe as passionfruit.
This tea reminds me of an exotic oriental tea. It is a good tea, and it is extremely well blended, but is not my preferred flavours. I think I would have loved this tea if there was no jasmine in it.
Mad Tea Experiment. YES. Its been a while.
So a few days ago (I think), someone made a comment or a tasting note (I think) about adding ginger to lapsang. It was Sil or Terri (I think). Sometimes things just all meld together.
Anyway I had this bright idea, that I had to do some experiments. I took this lapsang and brewed it mixed half and half with a Darjeeling of unknown origin. (I think it was from bulk barn – I think. Ha ha.) Then I added a slice of ginger. I had also wanted to add an orange slice but I could not for the life of me find a single orange for sale. Let me clarify, I could buy a 4 or 8 lbs bag of oranges, but I really just wanted one. And a real orange, not a mandarin. Anyway, all of the bagged oranges were gross looking, bruised with rotten spots. So I just went with the ginger.
The half and half mix of tea, toned down the smoke a bit. I am not a huge Darjeeling fan but I thought it would work for the experiment. I didn’t want to use of the prized assam (also from bulk barn – I think) in case it didn’t turn out. I didn’t taste the Darjeeling much. The lapsang was quite strong but not as strong as if drank straight. I just used one slice of ginger because I didn’t want it to get too spicey. I hardly tasted the ginger at all. It did add a bit of sweetness to the tea, but not that little spice that I would have liked.
So I now have an orange, an excellent looking orange to be exact. So I have some ideas for the next experiment. Stay tuned…I think :P