4826 Tasting Notes
I am finishing up the last of my Strawberry Matcha now. Somehow… this is THE BEST chawan-full of strawberry matcha to date! As I sip this, I am sad that my pouch is empty! The strawberry is much more pronounced here, the matcha is delightful.
And now… I am even more sad that my chawan is no longer full…
I got this as a sample some time ago, but haven’t tried it until today.
The aroma is very lavender, but, I like how the bergamot comes through. It has a really pleasing fragrance – more enjoyable to me than lavender or bergamot would be on their own.
The flavor is very nice. The bergamot and lavender are paired nicely here. Sweet, floral, sharp, citrusy… very nice!
A quick glance at my tasting notes from today, and you might think I’m on bit of a chai kick – first the Alberta Street Chai, then the Carnival (which has some spice to it but isn’t “called” a chai, although I think of it as such), and now this. I didn’t really plan it that way, it just happened that when I opened my cabinet looking for a black tea, this is the first one I happened across… and so I decided to try it.
I am glad that I have enough of this to try again, because I think that next time I am going to try it without the latte. Not that it’s bad with the frothed milk (it’s quite yummy!) but with the citrusy tones, I think I want to experience without it. ha! Even the description from Drink T says don’t add cream. I like it with though…
This is a very good chai. The citrus and vanilla notes give it a really interesting flavor. The spices are very nicely done here – a little peppery, a little zingy, a little zippy… but not TOO much. It’s like a little bit of a lot of spice, if you know what I mean.
When Sanctuary T offered their White Tea Brownies as a steepster select, I couldn’t pass it up. But… I couldn’t just buy the brownies. NO! Of course not. I also ordered the Sanctuary Sampler Kit, which is pretty cool. It’s this neat chipboard portfolio, with the five teas taped to the inside, and index cards that offer information about the teas, brewing, etc. It also includes a small package of T-Sacs and bamboo skewers.
I don’t really use T-Sacs, I have an abundant supply of them, since I bought them bulk to package samples of my own teas in, but, I don’t use them for my own tea brewing very often unless I am doing a side-by-side type of comparison or something. I just prefer my smart brewing device. But… I must say that the adding of the T-Sacs and bamboo skewers is a clever idea especially for those who are new to tea, which is who this sampler kit is obviously created for.
Anyways… The brownies were absolutely to die for, and now they are gone… but I do have more on the way, because Sanctuary T did a very evil thing and offered the discount through this past Saturday. Of course, I’m going to order MORE if you do that!
Back to the tea. This is the first tea that I’m trying from the sampler kit. It smells so nice. Nutty and spicy. I love the smell of cumin and I’m thrilled that someone (besides me) puts cumin in their blends!
This has a very nice balance of sweet and spicy. There is an underlying smoothness to the taste too. Very nice. I like this one a lot!
I’ll be on Alberta Street on Wednesday to attend an art class, so I felt that this tea was appropriate.
This is a good chai. Lots of rich flavor, and strong enough to withstand my brewing method and still be flavorful.
I like this a lot better than I thought I would after I bought it, and I decided to give it a few more points on the numeric scale.
Following mrawlins2 lead, I decided to brew some of this with just a pinch of Tippy Earl Grey from Golden Moon. The result is a completely different tea! I can’t believe how different this tastes with the addition of so little of the Tippy Earl Grey. It’s fantastic (of course, it was fantastic without the addition too).
This cup is creamy, custardy, strawberry goodness! YUM!
I was very nervous to try this tea. I have stood by the notion that I do not like green yerba mate for a long time now… and this is pure, fresh, unflavored and unfettered green yerba mate. I was certain I wouldn’t like it.
But I was wrong. This is really refreshing. It tastes really good. It doesn’t have that overly earthy quality that I normally associate with yerba mate. It isn’t smoky. It is slightly sweet and just barely vegetative. Very pleasant. And invigorating!
Ali Shan is my favorite Oolong. I love it so much, in fact, that I bought a Yixing mug strictly for my Ali Shan teas.
I took out my gaiwan for this (yes, my gaiwan is becoming less a gadget and more an essential brewing tool). This is a really lovely Ali Shan. The flavor is rich – pleasing mouthfeel, although it’s a little lighter (less) mouthfeel than in some other Ali Shan teas I’ve encountered. It’s still quite nice though. Buttery. Floral. Only a hint of vegetation.
A very nice Ali Shan!