1221 Tasting Notes
Every time I have this, it’s wildly different. Sometimes I love it, other times…
Last night I steeped this for a few hours, and I’d say this was the easiest to down out of all of the permutations I’ve tried now. Think a chai-like cacao, weak on the cacao, with strong notes of ginger and cinnamon. While far from my favorite cacao blend, I think I’ll be okay now with drinking it down… the last time I had this, I seriously considered throwing the rest in the swap pile. So glad I didn’t!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon
I’ve had this a good five or six times now over the past two weeks, however with traveling and whatnot, I’ve missed writing down any sort of tasting notes. I do find myself reaching for this at night before most of my other teas, and it stands up well to oversteeping (with zero rooibos bitterness in there – surprisingly). It’s a solid non-caffeinated chai replacement, and I have a feeling I’ll order more of this soon. The tins are so pretty!
I cracked open this and Lemon Meringue Chai, and I must admit it took me a bit to determine which was which after sipping them. Now, they taste VERY different, it’s just that both have a lemon/bergamot angle to them… this one is much smoother, more rounded, a fuller taste to it. Creamy. I definitely get EG when I sit and think of it. Do I love it. Eh… it’s really good. It’s a bit shy of love though, perhaps because there’s a weird bitter taste in my mouth that’s pervading the end of the sip. This may however be from the Lemon Meringue Chai, so I’m reserving my full judgement until I have more of this solo.
This smells like a chocolate truffle – the earthy kind that you’d dig from the ground, and then add some dark chocolate to. Seriously, that’s the kind of truffle I get out of this – if you like that kind of earthy pu-erh, you’ll love this. Well, and if you love chocolate, too. It’s earthy, rich, deep and velvety.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth
Hm. How have I yet to open this? Okay, I will today. It smells of a bakery (odd considering the ingredients) and it does remind me of one as well. Have to admit though, I preferred this on the heavier side (suggested portioning is 1 tsp per 6-8oz. so I used 2 tsp for 16oz.) and only when it was almost cold. Hot, it was… meh. Ice cold, it got bitter. Warm on the cold side, it was… pleasant. Pastry-like. Rich. Sweet.
On a complete aside, I’ve decided to stop adding data into the database until everything gets added so that I can. Otherwise… I’m adding partial data, and that seems like a waste of time to me.
I’m so confused by this tea. On my box, it’s called Pu-erh Vanilla, yet has the same ingredients as Pu-erh Vanilla Mint. To make things even more bizarre, when I bought this, I almost bought Pu-erh Chocolate Chai (also Rishi), thinking it too sounded yummy, yet it ALSO had the same ingredients. Color me confused.
I do however love this tea, and have had several large cups of this the past few days. I find I’m underleafing most days though (1tb is what’s recommended), and it’s still yummy. It smells strongly of mint, only tastes faintly of it, and the chocolate is more apparent when I leaf it according to the instructions and let it sit for a while.
The first thing that came out of my cupboard when I woke up this morning was this. When I say came, I mean literally it flew at me as I opened the tea cupboard. This is good, because I love this fiery, chocolate chai tea.
In other news – I’m back, or at least back home, after a week of work and vacation time. It feels like a lot longer, and I’m already missing my alone time, so I’ve decided to book myself off for a night/weekend once a month to have some solo catchup relaxation time with myself. I’m already looking forward to whenever I can do this in March! :)
I’ve got a huge backlog of teas to note, and I doubt I’ll get to them, so I’m just going to try and move forward, and as I remember, I’ll add them here.
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
This is pretty darn tasty for a herbal. How do I know? My 6-year-old asked if he could have a sip, and then another, and then, “How many more sips can I have?” I told him to have as many as he wanted. He asked if it was special juice, and I said no. He replied, “Well then Mommy, it’s a special golden tea, and if you drink it as much as I do, your eyes will see better!”
Yep, that’s some pretty special tea alright.