1263 Tasting Notes
This tea reads like a litany of my favorite herbs and flavors: basil, turmeric, lime, spearmint, chili, ginger, lemon, cardamom. I read it initially (in French) and was all… Huh? Did I read that correctly? Okay, I’m trying it.
So glad I did! It’s a hard one to describe, other than it’s spicy (but not hot at all), granular from all the spices (and because I let it steep forever), smooth, full, almost chai-like, but then there’s all that citrus-y mint stuff going on, and the basil… I could drink this all day, every day.
Flavors: Cardamon, Citrus, Ginger, Mint
Uh, so…. this packs a whallop of caffeine. Like, more than any matcha I’ve had (and I used to drink it constantly, it helped me to focus). It’s like the junk food of matcha – comes pre-packaged, has a ton of ingredients that shouldn’t be in there including glucose (twice) and hydrogenated oils, you name it. Yet the ginger zing really, really came out in this – almost like a ginger latte more than a ginger matcha latte. Guilty pleasure, just maybe not so late (2pm) in the day, because it’s 9pm now, and I feel very weird. Not good. Definitely the matcha.
Flavors: Ginger, Sugar, Sweet
This is actually in French and another language (not sure which?), but I translated the additional info not already in the database from French. Surprisingly tasty, and just what I need after drinking a cup of amazingly strong ginger matcha earlier today.
How could I not grab a tea in Belgium, where the name is actually Sil? Sure, the tea is meant as a herbal remedy (edema and weight loss), but what the hell, I love my herbals. Plus, the ingredient list reminded me of the best chai I’ve ever had (but can’t buy other than in-store) at a cafe in Edmonton, so I thought… if this will give me an approximation? I’m happy.
I think I let it steep too long, because I’m getting weird hay notes and a drying feeling to it. Sigh. Bad MissB. It’s still okay, smooth I guess, but the hay stuffola overbears everything else right now.
Flavors: Hay, Smooth
As the Frenchman said to me as I made this for him, “Hm, this is really good!” It is. Yes, it’s most likely Dammann Frères blend. Thick, rich, fruity, and honeyed – again, without any sweetener whatsoever. Resteeped really well, too.
Flavors: Stonefruits, Thick
Grabbed this one for Sil, as it’s likely a Dammann Frères blend, and stole a tiny bit to try for myself. It’s good, really good! Even unsweetened it’s thick and syrupy, full bodied and luscious. I may need to find more of this at some point, if I get through the rest of the teas I’ve been hoarding … carrying 50+ different kinds of tea on while traveling indefinitely must point to some form of addiction.
Flavors: Caramel, Thick
This wasn’t available for sale as a one-off in the London Twinings store, so when I saw a sampler pack with this (and a few other green fruit teas) on the shelf in Brussels, I grabbed it.
Interesting. Well, it needs sweetener, but then the orange pops like no one’ s business. I get the Lotus flower, sort of, although it’s more in the event than anything. Juicy, light, yay.
Flavors: Flowers, Orange