1796 Tasting Notes
Yay! Dexter sent me part of a tin because this is my most favourite chai ever but she didn’t love it as much. So I don’t have to be so careful with what I have left! Thank you so much Dex! :D
Good tea is SO GOOD yum. With a splosh of cream, as usual.
So I’m sipping this, I ate some of the matcha white chocolate cookies I made (I know…) and had some hardboiled eggs. I want to EAT ALL THE THINGS because I don’t think I ate quite enough while I was out yesterday. But then I was abruptly not hungry. I mean, I put the cookies away! O.O What?
The nice thing is that I’m not extremely sore. Some soreness, but I can walk without much of a problem today – just one foot is giving me some trouble, but I was expecting that TBH. My tarsals (aka cuneiform, why are there two names for these bones seriously people) are slightly overlapped and the arch collapses/ankle turns in on one foot. I’m working on it, but it takes time to restrengthen the right muscles.
Edit: Whoops. Thanks so much, Dexter! I really appreciate the sample. :)
This seems like a pretty typical shou.
But holy &^%*! I can FEEL THE WARMING that Cwyn mentions in her note. OMG. Whoa.
Let’s see how far I can get with this tea.
2x pour-in-pour-out rinses.
Steep 1: IDK, time. WHOA. Yeah, it smells a little of that fishy smell that shou puerh does at times. But the taste is all DARK TEA and WHOA.
Oh man. Is 7pm too early to go to bed? It is? Guess I should have more tea. Ok.
Steep 2: 4-5 seconds. That’s really dark. Little mushroomy-fishy smelling. That warming taste/feeling is still there. Wow. My mouth almost feels like I’ve been nomming spicy foods. But I haven’t. Sadly. (Oooh, maybe I should order in Chinese. Or not. I am feeling kinda lazy. And IDK if Vancouver has one of those things where you order and pay online so someone just drops off food for you and there is a minimum amount of interaction.) A bit of sweetness is lingering.
Steep 3: I just want to nod off. I’m still enjoying this, but I’m not sure I’d want a lot of it. Fairly smooth, that weird “spice” flavour, a bit of lingering bitterness/sweetness.
I’ve been distracted and have done more steeps. I think I shall thaw a steak and do some dishes and cook the steak and NOM IT. Because that’s what I think my body needs.
I made cookies WOO!!!!
Only sad thing? They are SO FREAKING SWEET, what with the icing sugar and the white chocolate. :/ Delicious, but way too sweet for me. Even with the bitter of the matcha coming through.
Oh well, I’m sure they’ll get eaten anyways!
(Edit) Ahem. Star date 20150130, from the USS Enterprise NCC-1701… (Should have had an Earl Grey!!)
Oh, I really really like this and I’m sad it’s pretty much gone. Just one more steep when I get home from work.
The flavours are super delicate and I mostly taste the base tea in my travel mug today. But there are hints of dark chocolate and orange and sweetness and malt.
Delicious this morning, with cream, while Sil talked me into ordering from Butiki AND Mandala. Gee Sil. ;)
Roasted nuts and shells, hints of charcoal, sweet candy chestnut, etc. Yum yum yum! I do like this tea. And I’m almost out, which will be sad.
(2.5 tsp in 16 oz)
Ooo…. Very floral and fruity. A little nuts in the background I think, but sweet nuts like frangipane.
Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles!
I do like this one, and the name is SUPER fun. But I think it’s just too sweet-candy-fruity-floral for me to want to keep it around.
What?! I’m the first reviewer?
This is from the lovely MissB who’s on walkabout in Europe.
It smells SO heady and fruity. Kinda like the quince and apple thing I made in the fall, actually. Quince is so delightfully perfumey, and even though this is definitely a sencha base, the perfume overshoots the mineral/seaweed flavours.
Sipping on this hot, it tastes like I remember quince smelling. Floral, apple, something unidentifiable that is quince. I’m quite liking this. Not necessarily enough to keep it all (ha!) but enough to slow down and really appreciate this cup.
http://instagram.com/p/ydRbjOx5Ic/ (I need to charge my Real Camera’s batteries, whoa, that is a blurry cell phone pic!)
Even cooling, as the green base becomes more apparent, I’m still liking this.
The lovely Dexter sent a sample of this along to me!
There were no steeping instructions that I could find, so I searched notes and then decided… f-it. Western it is.
It’s strong. It’s nice. Sweet and smooth. Very carby. IDK that I adore it, or that the flavours are ones I’d crave all the time, but it’s nice. And she thoughtfully included something like 5 other snaily teas for me to try as well. :D
Edit: Oh, as it cools it goes sour. Weird. I’m stuffed up a bit so I can’t smell much, but the taste is definitely sour, not bitter or astringent.