1626 Tasting Notes
With soynog. Or… “Noel Nog”. Whatever you want to call it.
Really good. I love all the licoricey flavours with no actual licorice root. There’s no lingering gross sweetness. It’s just POW! Licorice! And then it’s supported by the other spices.
It’s not a one-note licorice, either. Star anise, fennel seed, licorice flavour, etc. It all works together to make one of my favourite teas. :)
I’m home from a whirlwind trip to my parents, where I ate ALL the foods and tried to drink all the cider. It was lovely. I also drank many many cups of my mom’s selection of pretty basic black teas. They are delicious and high quality, but I do like to mix up things with flavoured teas.
I’m easing myself back in with a chai. :) Delicious, with some soy nog. Oh, I also have bacon, sweet potato, and eggs. Yum yum yum. Recovery breakfast FTW.
This so good too omg.
A friend came over to hang out and wrap presents and drop off her car for me (yay!) since I’m driving me and my brother all the way to my parents tomorrow.
We had this tea. Two steeps. Then I put cold water in the steeper and set it in the fridge for an overnight steep. It’ll be about 8 hours, because I have to leave by 5:15/5:30 in the morning (ouch) so we can make our ferry reservation.
This tea is divine. Not too flowery. Delicious green oolong base that isn’t too “oolongy”. Ahem. Really nice juicy yet delicate pineapple flavour. It takes multiple steeps well. Seriously, this is the best pineapple tea I think I’ve had. I thought that the DavidsTea version was OK, but it does not hold a candle up to this one. Not at all.
I think that next time I need to have this as a latte. It would make SUCH a good latte.
In other news, my travel tea set has shipped! WOO! Now to wait impatiently for its arrival. (I ordered F.)
I set up a kettle on my desk, so maybe I’ll drink more of the oolongs and puerhs I have that require short steeps and multiple steepings.
This is one of those mandarin oranges, with (I’m pretty sure) ripe puerh in it. I’ve used about 1/4 of the orange and loosely packed tea for a 60ml cup.
1 rinse, steeps for 10-30 seconds.
I much much prefer the ripe stuff to the raw stuff I’ve tried recently. Much prefer.
This is OK. I don’t think it’s fabulous quality now that it’s been sitting in its tissue paper wrapper in my cabinet for (mumbledy) years. It’s not as scary as I thought it was at first, so this is cool.
I haven’t had many “raw” puerh teas, but I think that I don’t care for them.
I’ve done 2 steeps and a rinse, and even though I’m keeping the times shorter (10-30 seconds), there’s a bite to the end of the sip and a weird smokiness to the taste.
TBH, it smells REALLY good. Like wood and a green forest. The dry leaves smell amazing as well. But the bitterness is just not something I ever want in the teas I drink. This is why I prefer lower temperatures for steeping my black teas. Astringency? Fine. Bitterness? Milk, please. But milk would really not go with the foresty cedar mineral flavour of this.
I’ll do a couple more steeps, but I don’t think it will (by my tastebuds) improve.
Yum! My last wee bit of this from CrowKettle.
It’s so good today. Lots of powder in the bottom of the bag, and so the tea is extremely flavourful. I also added a little soy nog to make it even creamier.
I’ll have to do another steep when I get home.
Christmas tea! Loose, in the MOST ADORABLE TIN.
Yes, I admit.
I bought it for the tin.
The tea is OK. A strong Assam, not mellow. Clove and cinnamon flavouring.
Good with milky stuff. (I had to go behind THREE cartons of eggnog to reach it!) Will be picking up my card photos today and packaging up this tea (and another two options for those who don’t looooove cloves or flavoured teas) for the people whose addresses I actually have. I’m sorry swap friends, I didn’t keep everyone’s address.
Happy holidays! (There are a couple people who probably won’t get their cards until January, lol!)