1296 Tasting Notes
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.
How could I not grab a tea in Belgium, where the name is actually Sil? Sure, the tea is meant as a herbal remedy (edema and weight loss), but what the hell, I love my herbals. Plus, the ingredient list reminded me of the best chai I’ve ever had (but can’t buy other than in-store) at a cafe in Edmonton, so I thought… if this will give me an approximation? I’m happy.
I think I let it steep too long, because I’m getting weird hay notes and a drying feeling to it. Sigh. Bad MissB. It’s still okay, smooth I guess, but the hay stuffola overbears everything else right now.
Flavors: Hay, Smooth
As the Frenchman said to me as I made this for him, “Hm, this is really good!” It is. Yes, it’s most likely Dammann Frères blend. Thick, rich, fruity, and honeyed – again, without any sweetener whatsoever. Resteeped really well, too.
Flavors: Stonefruits, Thick
Grabbed this one for Sil, as it’s likely a Dammann Frères blend, and stole a tiny bit to try for myself. It’s good, really good! Even unsweetened it’s thick and syrupy, full bodied and luscious. I may need to find more of this at some point, if I get through the rest of the teas I’ve been hoarding … carrying 50+ different kinds of tea on while traveling indefinitely must point to some form of addiction.
Flavors: Caramel, Thick