519 Tasting Notes
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped five minutes, drunk bare.
I’ve not had this blend for a few years. I think the roasted mate in here is new since my last cup.
I often avoid anise, but here it works, its black licorice notes giving some depth the ginger and cinnamon. I can only taste the roasted mate on the after taste, where its often harsh bitterness shows up. (I much prefer green mate.) This tea brews up a bit cloudy, probably because of the ginger, but it’s got a lovely spice heat. I like this blend better than DavidsTea other chais — although Saigon Chai is very good — but I’m not much of a chai fan, as I find the tea bases used are often low quality. I drink this one for the stimulant effects, and for that, it works just fine.
1 bag for 250mL water @100C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.
Very balanced, even a bit mild: smooth. A good tea base that, you know, tastes like TEA (way too many flavoured teas out there taste only of the flavours, or they taste of poor-quality tea and then flavours). Some copper notes: I expect it’s mostly a Ceylon base. The cardamon gives a lovely sharp aroma but does not assault the tongue. I am enjoying this in the late afternoons and early evenings. For a bagged tea, it’s excellent.
1.25 tsp for 250 mL water @100C, steeped 4 minures, drunk bare.
I ordered the Silk Road sampler when my teen daughter asked me to order a custom-blend that comes in a tin with a picture of her favourite anime character on it. And it just so happens I’ve been craaaaaving Keemun today, and this EB is heavy on the Keemun.
Toasty/bready, smooth, a bit smoky, robust finish … ohhhhhh, yeah.
1 bag for 250mL water @100C, steeped four minutes drunk bare.
I just got a big box of this as a gift.
A mostly Ceylon base, I think, and very smooth, with some copper notes. The cardamon smells divine, something like bergamot, only not so oily. Less spicy on the tongue than it smells, but very refreshing. A very effective hot-tea-on-a-hot-day-cooldown drink.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @80C, steeped two minutes 30 seconds.
I got a packet of this as a gift from thoughtful friends.
Opening the package, I did not see much tea. Loads of fruit. It’s very pretty. It’s got a tart scent I can’t quite place …
Packet says 79C for water temp. Huh? For a white? Ohhhkayyyyy ….
WHOA! Tartness overload, and a stain leaking from the infuser that looks like blood in the water … oh no. Hibiscus. Oh GAWD NO, please, not hibiscus …
And I notice in the ingredients list there’s acai powder and maltodextrin. GOOD LORD. If I wanted sugar or any of its cousins in my tea, I’d put it there!
I really want to like this, especially seeing it was a gift that the givers went out of their way to obtain, but it’s a pink, mostly flavourless brew that smells overwhelmingly of hibiscus. I would never guess there was any actual tea leaf in here.
If you like a fruity tisane-type of drink, you might like this one. I uh … I can’t taste anything except hibiscus.