1114 Tasting Notes
Somehow I’ve had this a handful of times since I bought it late last year, however I’ve yet to review it. This time, I’d decided prior to steeping it that this would be an all or nothing kinda thing. If I liked it, I’d keep it. If I didn’t, into the swap box it goes.
… and into the swap box it goes! I’ve brewed this way too long, yuck. I’ve now brewed it for just over a minute, and while it’s more flavorful, I’m just not feeling it. Little to zero ginger, and the peach just tastes like something other than what I was looking for.
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Malt, Peach
Grabbed a tiny bag of this when I was sick at the recommendation of the staffer. While ill, I found this really comforting and spicy. When I had a cup of it yesterday, I found it overly sweet and a bit cloying. Will have to try it again, as I have another few cups left to play with.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Sweet
Super smoky chai. I had this a few weeks back when I was still fighting off the worst cold of my life, and even then I could taste every really clearly — which surprised me. I ran out of my free sample (thank you so much!) before I could get home again to grab some marshmallow leaf and add it, to see if this could be more of a s’more chai than just a smokey one.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Smoke
This is a really spicy ginger tea! I mean, I purposely oversteeped it to bring out the ginger, but holy wow! Really yummy. Getting only hints of the cinnamon and fennel in here, and zero mint at all. Really tasty though, and it feels very soothing, it spicy.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger
Grabbed a loose leaf tin of this at the San Jose store, and am glad I did. It’s a mild chai, smooth and mellow, with a hint of vanilla. I might be slightly biased here, as I bought it from a lovely young gent that told me I’d have to come back to try more… just to have my tell him I live in Vancouver, Canada, and that the trip I just returned from might be my last to that specific area.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Vanilla
Odd how the reviews for this are quite poor, yet I had it iced the other day in-house at one of the San Jose stores, and I really liked it. Couldn’t even taste the rooibos, found it sweet even with zero sweetener, and lightly spiced. I’d definitely have more if I were to find myself in that same parking lot in the middle of nowhere again.
Mint is definitely the strongest of the flavors here, however you can tell it’s a fresh, wild mint (if that makes any sense).. it reminds me of going camping, and the smells and herbs surrounding me when they’re fresh and spring-like. I don’t get much of anything else in here, although I did look up Labrador tea (the first, main ingredient) to get the story. It’s part of the rhododendron family, caffeine-free, and often used as a tea substitute. Interestingly, it was hung up in closets to deter mothballs and ghosts. Seriously. Considering how I’ve been having very clear images of those departed of late, as well as ‘knowing’ things there’s zero way I could know, perhaps this is a tea I should drink more of, or less? :)
Interestingly, this tastes almost ridiculously similar to the Bourbon barrel aged puer I grabbed from these guys in the same order. It’s thick and sweet, almost crunchy sweet if that makes any sense, with a smokey orange in there as well. I can tell this is a really great tea, and will rate it accordingly, however it’s just… something I think others will enjoy more.
Flavors: Honey, Malt, Orange, Smoke
I can’t tell if this is me being weird with allergies/lingering cold stuffola, however this is just tasting ‘meh’ to me. There’s cinnamon, and just a hint of something sweet like a cinnamon bun icing -sorta thing… it’s just.. I dunno. I want the flavor to punch more?
This was just a sample from my massive sample purchase last year, and I think I’ll pass the rest of what’s left along so that perhaps someone else can enjoy this more.