1367 Tasting Notes
I moved from Qualicum Beach – where this shop is located – almost four years ago now, so this is definitely an aged puerh. Ha! I wanted to try it again before I sent some off, and I’m glad I did. Brews up super dark, almost purple-black, and smells earthy and fresh. Tastes mushroom-y, and like cane sugar – the kind that crunches and has a hard time dissolving… it both feels and tastes like that to me, whatever that’s supposed to mean. I see it as a pretty standard tea though, and oddly, this came in tuo cha form, not loose as the picture shows.
Flavors: Earth, Honey, Mushrooms
Funny, I’ve had this for a while in teabag format, and have yet to drink it. As I grabbed some to send off to someone else, I decided it was high time to brew some up for myself. Yay for treating myself to expensive tea!
The flavor surprised me. When it was still piping hot, I got more fruit marzipan than anything, and now as it cools it’s more of a super creamy macaron with a slight stone fruit flavor to it. Could be all manner of fruits, I’m having a hard time picking out which over the almond.
A lovely, surprising tea, and one that I’ll savour.
Flavors: Cream, Nuts, Stonefruits
Now THIS is some spicy, delicious tea! I love this. So glad I decided to grab it in my mammoth T2 order (because they’re in Australia, and because they only sell 100g via airmail ordering).
It’s smooth and rich, like a melted chocolate vanilla cream (no chocolate flavor though really, it’s more the mouthfeel than anything). I’d ALMOST say a cinnamon heart, however I’m not a fan of those, and this is more chili than cinnamon. It’s definitely got kick – like Kapha from TeaGschwendner kick – so JustJames, I’ll refrain from sending you, or anyone else who doesn’t like hot things any of this. Sil, OMGsrsly however? You’re both getting some. ;)
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream
This one surprised me, and I’m wondering if it’s what was written on the bag? (Received this in a swap from Dinosara). The reason why I wonder is only because one name was scribbled out, and this is much better than the average rating that I’m finding on here, from folks I know I have similar taste buds to. Also wondering if there’s some form of berry in here that I may be (mildly) allergic to…
Brewed up green initially (weird) then a light coppery brown once finished. Smells of caramel, tastes of it, with something berry-ish in the background. Whatever it is, I quite like it, other than the lip burning bit, so I’m sadly dumping the last third of the cup. Still really grateful to have tried it!
Flavors: Berries, Caramel
Wow! Out of the bag, this smells so strongly of cream cheese icing sugared cinnamon buns, I did a double take. I could just inhale it constantly, it’s THAT good. Steeped, it also smells amazing, even cooled. I found this much better hot though — a lovely, sweet chai with more cinnamon roll flavor than anything else. Very tasty!
A few cups of this tonight has definitely helped, as I try to rid my bedroom of bedbugs.
How did I get them? Zero idea. No one else has them in the house, just like when lice makes the rounds… I’m the only one who gets it. Sigh. Of course, the bites took over for a day or two, so I bought out the big guns: spray, some sort of earth I need to learn how to spell and write, new bed bug covers for all beds and pillows, bleach wipes, steam mop. Somewhere along the line, I inhaled and/or ingested some of the spray, called Poison Control, was told what I’d grabbed was the least offensive of the sprays available, and that I was likely allergic to the base of the spray — of all things, chrysanthemum. Cool!
So I drank a crapload of tea (of course, Clari Tea to the rescue!) had a really hot, long shower, and will be sleeping in the living room tonight while the fumes dissipate.
So, lovely Steepsterites — have I missed anything? Any suggestions?
I think I need to try this again when I know for sure this is the tea I’m drinking… although this tastes so roooibos-y, that I have to assume this is the right tea. Regardless, this is a bit too much rooibos and something a bit off, and not enough chai for me.