1291 Tasting Notes
This has sat here for a bit with me wanting to wait to drink it for whatever reason. Today, I grabbed it and just started making it… so I guess today is the day! Started with just a small chunk in a 12oz. cup, and then added the other/last chunk to it, because it was brewing up a bit too lightly for my liking with a pu-erh.
First steep, 3 min, 200F: fishy, earthy, creamy, something dried berry-ish, and a lingering taste that I can only describe as metallic in a good way.
A huge thank you to akgrowngirl for sharing this very precious tea with me.
Flavors: Earth, Metallic, Raisins
I was hoping/thinking this would be a chocolate chai blend, or at least that’s how I imagined it would turn out in my head. It does have a strong chocolate flavor to it (although more of a… burnt chocolate spice than chocolate itself), and there are elements of chai in it as well, along with a hint of orange. It’s also a bit of lingering dryness, which I’m learning is the nut flavoring that Adagio uses. If it weren’t for this last bit, I’d give this a strong recommendation, however the dry factor is really ruining drinking anything else for me, as it’s sticking round well past the sip.
Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me! This was on my list to try for some time now, so I’m glad I finally got the opportunity thanks to our swap.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Orange Zest
I grabbed this in a mystery pack bundle, hoping that I’d get some great stuff, and for much less than the original pricing (100g is a lot of tea, with zero tasting opportunities). This is one of the teas that I grabbed, and I know I’ll keep the bag just for the name and artwork alone. It’s fantastic!
So, Mind Palace. I love the concept and the terminology, and it’s a well-used tactic of mine to remember things, that I learned in a few books related to memory, body language and magic (i.e. how magicians remember each card and where it is in the deck). When it was mentioned in one of the Sherlock episodes, I was all aglow — and therefore when I saw the name of this tea, I was even more excited to try it.
Sadly, it’s a weird tea. Weird in that… I swear it’s a Lapsang instead of a blend of blacks. It’s exceptionally dark – think as dark of a purple as you can find – and it’s just… weird. Smoky, sweetly metallic, a bit granular… I just don’t know what to do with this tea, to be frank. There are zero steeping instructions, and just… maybe I did something wrong. Suggestions welcome!
When I want a Mexican Hot Chocolate, this is what I drink instead now. So delicious, knowing that’s exactly what this is (or, originated from), although the label – while authentic and correct, technically – is misleading. Had a lovely cup last night, and the smell alone lifted my spirits.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Made another cup of this last night because I enjoy it so, and my eldest decided she had to have it before bed. “It’s spicy!” I warned her, as I’d left it to steep for quite a while to add to heat of the brew. “Mmmm… but it’s good!” she said, as she ran off with it, gleefully downing it before leaving the empty cup on my desk.
Cavocorax graciously offered me some of this in our last swap, and I immediately wanted to try it. Okay, so I’ve yet to watch anything Hannibal, it’s just those darn ingredients (chocolate? hazelnut? I’m sold!) and the specific tea blender that got me excited.
Brewed up, this is surprisingly mellow – for some reason I was expecting a kick, a twist, a…. you expected something different, why would you, of course you did… kind of tea. That’s what I think of when I think of Hannibal – although admittedly I have zero idea as to who Will is. Yes, I will fix this. :)
So, think mild chai with a light caramel/chocolate finish, and maybe the dryness of a nut in there — and you have Save Will. Tasty!
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nuts
Thought I’d passed along all of my Assam samples (which, by the way, are huge 10c samples for $1.95 mostly) however this one seems to have hidden so as to have me drink it. Earlier today I brewed up my large Timolino-full, and was pleasantly surprised. It tastes like tea-infused cranberry sauce, minus a bit of the sweetness, and a hint of orange. It’s nice, it’s flavorful, it’s as described, although I do prefer it hot over this now-cooled temperature, only because it has a hint of bitterness now that eluded the brew before.
Holy cow! This is all caramel with a hint of vanilla, and then some honey poured on to boot. A very sweet tea, almost too sweet and decadent… but not quite. ;)
Thank you Ysurella for sharing this with me. Wow, I can see this fulfilling any sweet cravings I have.
Flavors: Caramel, Honey