1367 Tasting Notes
Interesting tea. I grabbed it because I’m becoming a huge fan of Cara McGee, and the ingredient list seemed compelling to me. Vanilla chocolate ginger chai with a gunpowder base? Okay, I’ll bite.
Really unique blend, and I understand now why the description reads “never dull”. Every sip is a bit different. Sometimes I get smoky chocolate, other times (like my last sip) I’m getting vanilla chai with granular ginger. The base is always present, it’s just the accents that differ.
Do I like it? It’s intriguing. It’s far from love, however I do appreciate the blend and complexity.
This is delicious, and I’m so glad that JustJames grabbed some in the Huge Black Friday Tea Buyout of 2013 (seriously, it was almost $500 in tea from fourteen different companies spread over six people)!
Smells strongly of an Earl Grey, but tamed down a bit with something dessert-like. Vanilla, I’m assuming, even though my brain says caramel… know JustJames would avoid something caramel unless it’s from Stacy at Butiki.
Steeped, it smells the same. The edges of a normal Earl Grey are smoothed out by the vanilla and something faintly berry-ish. Sweetened I get more of a creamy anise flavor, which is weird since there’s zero licorice anything in here. Regardless, it’s delicious, and I’m so glad I decided to go in on this bag!
Grossly oversteeped, so I’m unsure if this is really how the tea is supposed to taste.
Strong apple flavor with a sort of granular apple feel to it (like an applesauce almost). I smell ginger however fail to taste it, yet there are some other unknown) apple-like spices in here. It’s the toddy part that’s getting to me. I’ve made many a Hot Toddy (had one the other day!) and whatever they’ve used for the whiskey (or booze) is offputting. Again though, maybe I’ve just oversteeped this and it’s the base yelling at me to do it justice.
Yum! Enjoying my first ever episode of BBC’s Sherlock (love it!) while mowing down on a grain-free cinnamon bun/whoopie pie, a cup of this tea, and a new knitting project. Gotta love holiday gifts, especially those that support my dietary needs! (Recipe is from the 30 Minute Wheat Belly book, which I received for Christmas).
This was gifted to me in a colleague holiday gift exchange. Thank you, Secret Giftee!
I wanted to try a new herbal tonight, as I’ve had more than my fair share of caffeine today. It smells strongly of cinnamon, licorice and something I failed to place, however steeped it’s all cinnamon. All I’m getting out of the brew however is hibiscus, followed by cinnamon, and something… off. Musty, darker fruit? Perhaps this is the plum. Sweetened with some Truvia (1tsp for 12oz), it’s still… yeah, I have to dump this. Sorry giftee, as I know your intentions were only the best.
Thank you Sil for labeling our swap with your handle on them; I need to start doing this as well, and marking the ones I receive as I get them. Why? Because it could be one of four different people’s swaps. JustJames? CelebriTEA? akgrowngirl? OMGsrsly? I dunno. I also have several packets of this now, and huge thanks for that as well! It’s become a favorite.
The deep, dark purple in this makes me want to dye wool with it. I’m getting closer to my dream of dealing with wool from shearing to finished product, and I think when I get to dying my own wool, it’ll be with elderberries. http://sewnnatural.com/blog/2012/09/natural-dyeing-with-elderberry.html
Well, this is interesting. I’m unsure what’s in it exactly. Looks like two different kinds of green tea (one very long and fine, one almost mulch-like, or a mint perhaps), with orange rind. Smells strongly of a super sweet cherry. Steeped, it’s a light green, and tastes… well like a green cherry tea. I like it better with Truvia, but even then, there’s something that I find meh. Perhaps it’s the reaction I had to the rooibos I just drank, or maybe there’s strawberry in here.
Why do some rooibos teas make me feel like I’m having an allergic reaction, while others I’m just fine with? This is, unfortunately, one of the teas that makes me feel like the back of my throat is scratched out. I’m so confused. Into the swap box it goes.
Regardless, it’s a beautiful tea. Creamy, coconut, really does make me think of pie. Truvia added makes it that much better.