517 Tasting Notes
A fun tea. The scent coming all pent-up from a tin can be a bit overwhelming, but that’s rose petals for ya.
So, China black, chocolate and rose petals … steep gently, maybe sweeten if you like … a wickedly good afternoon or evening tea. A good balance. I feel more beautiful after drinking it; that’s chocolate and roses working their magic. If you like flowery teas, definitely try this one. Would make a lovely accompaniment to dessert on the way to … um, sorry, better keep this PG. :)
I ordered this in a 50g pack, which I’ve not come close to finishing, and have since received several free samples of it. I want to like it more than I do, but I find all I taste is sugar and a dull China black tea. Am I not brewing it strong enough? I don’t taste anything pumpkin pie-ish, either, just more sweetness. It tastes — to me — almost as though the tea has been much stronger and assertive but eventually got whittled down by committee until it became inoffensive. No spice kick, either. A calm and gentle chai, just not to my taste.
I dunno about skinny-ness from drinking this or any other tea, but something did counteract my last pigout. Maybe this tea. Maybe not.
It’s sharp with the ginger and ginseng. Quite hot with the ginger if you steep it over 3 minutes. The pu-ehr itself is almost lost until the gentle aftertaste.
Overall, I really like it once I start drinking it, but it’s not a go-to tea. Given my jeans size, perhaps it should be. ;) This one is like Earl Grey for me: I have to be in the mood for it, but when I am, nothing else will do.
Strange — but delicious. Wow. I dared myself to order this one, because my first reaction to the ad copy was ‘Blech! That sounds terrible!’ But it’s not. Deep, a bit sweet, almost heavy. No astringency. No maltiness (oh my, imagine coffee beans with Assam: hurl!). Just one delicious fusion, straight out of The Tempest: ‘Has suffered a sea-change into something rich and strange.’ Want to try this one with a bit of stevia later. Would probably stand up nicely to milk.
Straight ahead cinnamon. Not much tea taste. I almost always add ginger tea to any chai I’m making, because the heat of the ginger fuses with the sugar/stevia to coax out more complexity from the tea, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Not sure how I feel about this one. Tame and calm and utterly inoffensive, as chai blends go. No real spice heat.
The bagged version of this really disappointed me — like drinking ashtray leavings. Flat, stale and nearly tasteless. And I adore smoky tea. Loose in the black tin with the green lid: quite good. Doesn’t take multiple infusions well, I find, but I can forgive that when one cup is as good as this.