drank Gingerbread Smoke by 52teas
1432 tasting notes

This is the first tea I decided to try out of the package MissB was holding for me (OMG! Thank you SO MUCH. I’m now at 258 from 219. :) ).

It… could be more. It’s actually pretty good, but it’s not quite what I was hoping for. There’s ginger, there’s rich black tea, but there’s hardly any smoke and there’s no molasses. I guess the “smoke” would be the slight campfire aftertaste. And by campfire aftertaste, I mean a flavour like when you’re slowly roasting marshmallows but then you accidentally set it on fire, so it’s delightful and melty and roasted, but there’s a bit of char as well, that usually tastes mildly yet distinctly of pine or cedar. THAT kind of campfire aftertaste.

So. I think I will be drying some ginger to add to the tea, I’ll also be mixing in some marshmallow root (IDK, I just feel it’s necessary), a few cracked peppercorns, and some Russian Caravan. I’ll probably end up having it with molasses as well, unless I decide to really go too far and dry some molasses and grind it up to add to the tea.

I’ll probably decide to go too far. :)

(1.5 tsp for ~11 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Courtney

Setting marshmallows aflame was always my favourite part of making s’mores over the fire.

OMGsrsly

I’m a slow roaster of marshmallows, myself. :)

Courtney

Haha. I start slow, but then I get impatient. And now I want to roast marshmallows!

OMGsrsly

Sadly I don’t have any, and I’m not feeling up to going back out to the store. If you have a gas stove, or a camp stove (I have one for hiking) you can roast marshmallows over that. OR you can make smores under the broiler – layer them up, lids off, broil until delicious. Ohhhhhhh…. I know what’s going on my shopping list.

Courtney

We have a firepit in the backyard. Hmm. It would be cold, but perhaps worth it. There’s something to be said about the whole experience of roasting marshmallows over a fire.

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Courtney

Setting marshmallows aflame was always my favourite part of making s’mores over the fire.

OMGsrsly

I’m a slow roaster of marshmallows, myself. :)

Courtney

Haha. I start slow, but then I get impatient. And now I want to roast marshmallows!

OMGsrsly

Sadly I don’t have any, and I’m not feeling up to going back out to the store. If you have a gas stove, or a camp stove (I have one for hiking) you can roast marshmallows over that. OR you can make smores under the broiler – layer them up, lids off, broil until delicious. Ohhhhhhh…. I know what’s going on my shopping list.

Courtney

We have a firepit in the backyard. Hmm. It would be cold, but perhaps worth it. There’s something to be said about the whole experience of roasting marshmallows over a fire.

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

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