1290 Tasting Notes
The Australian family that I’m housesitting for loves this chai so much, they had their eldest daughter bring back a few boxes with her, to Switzerland. So, I had to try it.
It smells divine, although it has really large bits and pieces, which I never really find appealing other than to smell – it’s hard to brew a whole cardamom pod or anise star with a tea and not have it overtake the entire cup. I found it… okay. Underwhelming. Didn’t really get much chai anything out of it, and wondered if perhaps I should have brewed it longer? Also though, and this is notable, there’s a ton of limescale here in the water, and I’m sure it’s affecting the taste.
Glad I tried it, doubt I’ll ever go out of my way to again though.
Flavors: Clove, Paper, Spices
There’s another Twinings Yunnan in the database already, but, the description, bag and flavors differ greatly, including the packaging, so I’m creating another.
I want to say it’s a standard, solid black tea, yet I’m getting dog flavor again… Have to wonder if it’s the limescale buildup or the fact that I’m housesitting another dog (this time in Switzerland). Otherwise tasty though, nothing terribly exciting.
No idea what this is, as it’s all in Chinese characters except “Yunnan Tuocha Thé”. I’d expected a bunch of mini tuocha’s (which is what I’ve only come across so far) but instead it’s one mondo tuocha, and hard as a rock. Fellow lovely Steepsterites suggested cutting off a chunk with a dull knife, so this is what I did. Well, more like sawed it off, as it was ridiculously dry and hard.
I knew just before I took the first sip that I should have rinsed it first, because it was FISHY. Oh my goodness, like drinking straight fish sauce fishy. FISHY. I can still smell it hours later. Once it mellowed a bit though and cooled down, this was a really elegant, full-bodied, rich puer that I savoured. Nothing WOW about it, but really nice way to spend my afternoon, nursing this one and re-steeping it.
Thick like coffee (well, chicory in this case) I get mostly chicory and ginger, with the feel of cinnamon (as if you took a bunch dry in your mouth?) and that’s about it, although there is cardamom in here I’m sure… it reminds me of the coffee my son’s grandparents make, where they grind cardamom with their coffee before brewing it. Hearty. The darkest brown of any tea I’ve encountered so far (including that mondo tucha I cut up earlier today).
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coffee, Ginger, Thick
This is one of those messed up (yet always wonderful) purchases that I made in a Brussels-based Asian grocery store called Tinie’s (tiny’s). I wanted an instant ginger tea/drink but without all the extra crud, and found this. Only ingredient? Ginger. Yes! Tricky to discover though, I had to really scour the packaging (it’s all in Thai) and then the ONLY native part of the packaging in English, other htan “Ginger Extract 100%” and a blurb I’ll share on the tea page, was the URL gingen.com. Excellent!
Anyway, to the tea/drink. It’s spicy, it comes in those cute little individual packages, it’s solid, it’s dependable. Is it amazing? No… but it’s instant ginger granules, and I always want some of those on hand in cold weather.
Flavors: Ginger, Spicy
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.