1114 Tasting Notes
Finally! I got a matcha to taste as it should. This time, it was actually better than the last time that I remember it: it was like drinking a peanut butter pie, minus the crust. Creamy, delicious peanut butter whipped into cream. Delicious!
Heaping 1/4 tsp matcha mixed with 1/4 cup heavy cream.
A chameleon of a tea: starts of with lovely raspberry taking over the EG notes, then the EG pops up as it cools to say hello, and when cold, it’s lost most of the raspberry and gains the perfumey floral flavor I equate with bergamot oil. Lovely piping hot, loved it less as it cooled.
Flavors: Berries, Flowers
100% spice cake, maybe with a hint of dried fruit in there, the kind that goes with those uber-heavy Christmas cakes. It’s a bit surprising how accurate the flavoring is, down to the breadiness of the taste (although missing in the mouthfeel). While spice cake has always been something I’ve kinda avoided, this does remind me of a spiced ginger cake my Mom would whip up at Christmas, saying it was a Dutch delicacy that we had to try. Yep, it’s pretty bang-on for that.
Thank you KittyLovesTea for this perfect 2-cup sample!
An interesting assam and gunpowder -based tea with interesting notes of tartness, ginger, cream and something else a bit darker back there in the mix. I wish there was more ginger in here.. right now it’s a bit mellow in the background, almost like a faint ginger creme. It’s still lovely, and I’m glad I steeped it for a short time to eradicate all possible bitterness.
Thanks to Khaleesical for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap!
Note to self: try this with a black base, and robust flavoring. Right now, at delicate flavoring and the green base, I’m just missing out on anything Irish Cream-ish. It’s still yummy and creamy, however I want some of the ole Irish in me. ;)
In unrelated news, my son got another notice home saying there’s a lice infestation at his school. Sigh. For whatever reason, the four times this has happened in the past two years, I’m the only one that gets it. For those (like me) trying to avoid the harshest of chemicals in those lice treatments – use Listerine. Dump half a bottle over your head (I use a lot, because I have very long, thick hair), leave it in for an hour, and then wash your hair normally. It works like a charm, although frankly I do feel slightly ill after — I’m told because the alcohol in the Listerine gets absorbed by your skin. Also, this is a much cheaper option… $2 vs $37.
Now on to our regularly scheduled programming…
Heaping 1.4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
My first reaction to sipping this tea was, “Oh, wow.”Yep, it surprised me with it’s smooth-as-silky-cream feel, and the very light peppermint flavoring. Would I immediately think Candy Cane when drinking this tea? Hm. Likely not, and I’m confuzzled as to why I’m saying that. It’s a lovely, creamy peppermint tea… it’s just not candy cane to me. It’s still delicious, and I’ll be happy happy sipping this one down.
Thank you to KittyLovesTea for sharing the cutest little package of this with me!