1517 Tasting Notes
IDK why I love this tea so much, but I do. Even with the mint. It’s just SOOOO good. And lavender-y. :D
Sipping on it plain today, since I want the last of my milk for my morning tea. I’ve also baked a bajillion cookies tonight in preparation for decorating them like eyeballs for Halloween, and not having sugar in this tea is a nice accompaniment to the cookies that weren’t quite perfect. Yes, that’s right. They weren’t perfect and also I needed to test them. Yup.
Anyways, if you like mint and chocolate and don’t mind lavender, definitely check this one out. It’s expensive, and hard for me to get, and also my BFF is hideously allergic to it, so I won’t be getting more. But you should! :)
Treat it as a green, and I like it a whole lot better.
Although I steeped it cool, and for a shorter length of time, and a lot of astringency is making itself known as the tea cools.
Anyways, this is nice. My brother really REALLY liked it as well. But he probably brewed it with water at a rolling boil, for 5 minutes. Oh, those coffee drinkers… ;)
This is not quite what I was expecting.
It’s not a green oolong, and dry it smelled somewhat overwhelmingly toasty and earthy. It’s not, though! It’s really nice. There’s toasted notes, but it’s also very fruity and a little spicy.
I lack the words to describe this tea. It reminds me of the Big Red Robe I have from Silk Road, only better. It has more layers and dimensions.
I highly recommend trying this if you like slightly toasty oolongs. And even if you’re not 100% sure about them. This is so drinkable, and I will be doing at least a couple more steeps of this tonight.
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Spices, Toasted
Such an excellent comfort tea. I woke up with neck problems again and ran out of spoons by the time I was dressed and ready to head out the door. :( So frustrating, because there’s stuff I want to get done. But I can’t imagine taking transit right now!
Anyways, this tea jumped up and down yelling “DRINK ME! Drink MEE!!” this morning, and it was totally right. With just a touch of milk, it is delicious. Lots of fruitiness, some bergamot. Nice hit of caffeine that might help with the headache part of everything.
So yeah. I’m gonna drink this, then go lay down for a bit, then putter around and make this: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/01/broccoli-rice-casserole/ I make my own “cream of” soup because everything has wheat in it, and I have some chicken in the fridge that will be a nice addition. (It also works great with non-dairy milks and Daiya cheese, for those vegans out there…)
IDK what it is about this tea, but I still really really like it. I’ll have to do a cold steep once I have some room in my fridge (tiny fridge is full because the 5lb bags of veggies weren’t much more than the 2lb bags of veggies!), because IMO a cold steep is the best way to drink this.
Even so, I’m enjoying this hot cup this evening. :)
(Steeped an unknown amount of time because I think I turned off the timer and then went to deal with laundry…? IDK, the timers I use for these tasks sound different.)
Oh, I have this one! It’s not labelled with this name, but that’s OK. I think this name is way better than the old one.
Anyways, it looks and smells super cool. I think it might be an assam base, as it smells SUPER malty. The juniper berries and tree bits should add an interesting flavour!
And it is interesting. It’s surprisingly sweet, and very malty. I can’t really tell there’s tree bits in here, but it’s really nice.
Would I get more? Maybe. I mean, I just did a tea count and am still rather overwhelmed. Maybe if I ever get down to 100?
This is one of the samples I received in my last order.
It’s not a tea I was super interested in trying, due to the ingredients being basically cinnamon and cloves, but I decided to make a cup up today.
Yeah, I wasn’t missing much. It’s mostly quite sweet cinnamon with some cloves and more cinnamon flavouring. The black tea is really hidden under there, although it does add some body.
My favourite chai is still Mariage Freres Chandernagor. It’s amazing, it’s balanced (although for some people perhaps still too cinnamon/clovey), it reminds me of the chai I used to get at a little restaurant.
I don’t really understand the 10-15 minute steeping recommendations for these honeybush and rooibos teas. I steeped 7 minutes, and it seems totally fine, and hasn’t completely cooled.
This tea smells SO GOOD. It reminds me of Birthday Cake by DavidsTea, and Creme Brulee, and also a Marzipan Rooibos from Zen Tea. It’s cakey and vanilla and almond, with cinnamon and cardamom and IDEK what else in it. Very cakey.
I like it. A lot, I think. I’ll have to drink more to be sure, though. ;) Such a hardship.
Flavors: Almond, Cake, Spices, Vanilla