1157 Tasting Notes
Oh, how I love chais. It’s been a bit hit or miss with them lately other than perhaps Chandernaggor from Mariage Frères, so I had high hopes for this one. It’s definitely a chai – I can taste the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, perhaps cardamom. The base is just lovely, and it adds depth and a cocoa-ish note to the brew. I do wish however that there was more spice in here, and I’ll have to try it brewed IN cream next time, to see how the flavors change. Steeped it a bit shy of the instructions (five minutes, 212F) because I’m finding I prefer almost all of my blacks at a lower temperature and less steep time.
EDIT: Darn it, I underleafed! It needs 1.5 tsp per 8oz. Okay, well, I can see how this would make it more up my alley than it already is. I’ll likely order some whenever I grab the copious amount of Birthcake Cake reblend.
Thank you to Stacy at Butiki for sharing a sample of this with me to try it out!
1.5 tsp in 12oz with a touch of cream and sweetener.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Nutmeg
It’s fascinating to me when a flavor combination outside of my tea experience comes to me, and I find myself blown away by the accuracy of the flavoring, if perhaps something that’s outside my love-scale. This is definitely one of those kinda teas.
Buttermilk lemon is bang-on here: I get rich, creamy and tart buttermilk, and then the lemon flows in smoothly as a friendly hello. It’s creamy, it’s bright, it’s slightly astringent – which in this case makes sense and tastes quite lovely, as it works with the lemon and buttermilk flavorings perfectly.
I doubt I’ll make this a regular in my rotation, however I will enjoy it while I have it.
1.5 tsp in 12oz.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Lemon Zest
Almost clear brew with a light, sweet smell. As it cools I get more out of it… some sort of light stone fruit, like an apricot maybe? Buttery as well, with a hint of vegetal sweetness. Licorice maybe as well, or at least something adds that smoothness and depth to the cup – maybe cardamom. I did slightly oversteep this though and found it incredibly difficult to measure, so it may have affected my tasting somewhat.
What I thought was 1.5 tsp of tea (they’re long fuzzy leaves, hard to measure) in 12oz.
Flavors: Apricot, Butter
Wait, a white that brews like a black? Okay… I’ll bite. The leaves are gorgeous, it smells divine as it brews, however it’s the flavor that got me going, “Wow. WOW!” Honeyed bread and cocoa, that’s what I get from this, although there’s quite a bit going on. It reminds me of Laoshan Black, yet… better. Richer? Fuller? A bit more depth? Hard to compare exactly until I have more Laoshan Black.
One of the best teas I’ve had to date, and one I’ll definitely drink more of often.
Thank you Stacy at Butiki for sharing a generous sample of this in my last order. I have some already, however this was much more fun to crack open. ;)
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Honey
I managed to coax out a really authentic english toffee from this today! Woot! I think it was that I added a bit extra matcha (heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream – then another 1/8 of a tsp on top of it), plus some extra sweetener. Toffee enrobed in chocolate is what I got today, with a creamy loveliness at the end. How I wish all my matcha’s tasted this good every day.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream
Tricky review this one. Faint chemical grapefruit smell coming out of the bag. Red Leaf has captured the tartness of grapefruit exactly, however there’s something in the flavoring that sits with me oddly. Only thing I can think of might be that it’s more rind than juice of the grapefruit, and that perhaps I need to add more sweetener in the future. It was good… it just wasn’t as wow as some of the other matcha’s I’ve tried.
Size: 30g (small)
Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream plus a touch of sweetener.
I only slightly oversteeped this one this time, however I think I preferred it with a longer steep time – it seemed to mellow it out more and bring out the vanilla better. For some reason, I’m getting a nutty feel to this, and something slightly metallic from the vanilla. The base is interesting, yet I feel like I’ve either done something wrong, or it’s just a base that’s different from my liking. I want to have more, and then the metallic comes in, and a weird aftertaste. Hm. Going to chalk this up to user error again – I left it a touch too long to attend to my 6-year-old who hacking up a lung while playing games on my phone.
Thanks to Sil for generously sharing some of this with me!
1.5 tsp in 12oz.
Flavors: Metallic, Vanilla
There’s green tea in here? It seemed like a purely herbal brew to me, and thus why I grabbed it today. I’ll have to go double check the ingredient list. Regardless, it’s a smooth brew likely from the licorice, and although I really oversteeped this (20 min!) it’s pleasant enough. I get the smoothness from the licorice with little of the taste, a touch of cinnamon, and a touch of coolness from the mint. Unsure if I’d buy it again though – $8 for a box of bagged tea seems a bit much.
2 bags in 12oz.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice
Like others have mentioned, this reminds me of one of those Starbucks Chocolate Chip Mocha something-or-others… I’ve only ever ordered one once, although I used to drink their mochas daily. It’s decadent chocolate with the mocha coming in at the very end, and got better as I sipped it.
Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream, with a touch of sweetener.
It’s like math in my mug, this tea – all rectangles of different sizes and lengths. Smells a touch lemony, however it’s the flavor that sells it. Lemon meringue all over again, with a touch of a twist. Maybe a bit more vegetal here (only slightly), which seems to work with everything. I love this tea! I should note, the ingredient list is wild – two herbals in here that are firsts for me.
3 tsp in 12 oz., following the instructions on the bag.
Flavors: Lemon Zest, Vanilla