1699 Tasting Notes
Thanks again for the sample(S), Sil!
I don’t actually care for the chocolate in this. Chocolate “flavour” or “essence” just tastes off to me, and this is no exception. The base is great, though. Maybe just the base without the chocolate stuff in it? Yeah, that could be good. Or mixed with Crio Bru? Hmm…
Anyways, it’s drinkable but I definitely wouldn’t seek it out.
Yep, this is creamy and fruity! Last of a lovely sample from Roswell Strange, cold brewed.
It is so much tastier this way! Very light and refreshing, but the flavour is kind of unidentifiable fruity. :) I’m not sure I’d get more, but I’m really enjoying it right now.
(Also, my daily sipdown WOO.)
FINALLY I have brewed this tea so it is (almost) too spicy to drink. Finally. Almost. You are vindicated, Sil!
2:45-ish with a metal filter in a thermos. Added a little honey, and 7+ hours later I’m finally sipping on it. WHOOEE. That is GOOD. Perhaps a little more honey next time if I’m going to leave it all day, and use that coarse of a strainer.
I’m still enjoying it, and I can still (barely) drink it. ;)
Thanks MissB! :)
Huh, that’s mint in there. That’s weird. It doesn’t smell minty at all.
In fact, it mostly just tastes like (and smells like) toasted rice. It’s really quite delicious, though. There’s some background that could be the ginger and orange peel, but it’s faint.
The toasted rice flavour is amazing. Wow.
Oh, and there’s some mint. At the back of the sip. It’s not my favourite flavour, but it’s so mild in this, I’m OK with it.
Thanks so much for the sample! :)
Flavors: Mint, Toasted Rice
Aww, it looks like MissB didn’t try this one (it was the lavender, wasn’t it?)! So now it’s up to me to review a tea that I… don’t really have any application for. Oh well, it smells good!
There is definitely a LOAD of lavender in this tea. Sniffing it, I can also smell the raspberry leaf, but wow it’s almost soap. And it takes a lot of lavender to make things smell soapy for me.
Steeped, it smells like herbal soap tea. Umm… I’m kinda scared.
It’s been sitting there for about 15 minutes while I putter around and consider drinking it.
Well, it’s not terrible. It’s a bit sweet from the “anise seeds” (aka fennel) and the lavender. The raspberry leaf is tasty enough. I can’t tell there’s fenugreek in it. But I would still much rather be drinking something else.
I think that if it’s a tea you need, this would be a much tastier option than some others, but as a tea I don’t need… I’m gonna pass.
… lemon meringue?! What? (Thank you, Dinosara! :) )
This smells nutty. With caramel and vanilla. (This was made in a well-cleaned strainer!)
Lemon meringue?!?! I guess there’s a hint of lemony custard at the end of a good sniff. But. IDK.
Oh poop. I’ve totally oversteeped it. SO bitter, wow. I can taste the lemon, though! It’s a bit pithy. More like candied lemon peel rather than straight up lemon curd. This is really interesting. I’ll have to steep again to see if I can pull flavour without so much bitter.
I’d probably do 2 minutes at 195F if I had more dry leaf. Or 3 minutes at 185F.
Based on it not working at my “usual” parameters, I’d have to say that I probably wouldn’t get more, but it’s really really neat.
(3 tsp (I spilled a bunch on the counter, boo.) in 16 oz. More leaf than usual, but why not.)
I finally found the lid to my tin and transferred this tea. It takes up a WHOLE Mariage Freres tin. O.o That is a lot of tea, Mom. Geez.
So I’ve decided that at some point, maybe the end of the week when I’m finished with the eggnog (ha!) and am not having coffee every morning, I should focus on one tea per week. This should be the first. Partially to sipdown some of my larger quantities (Mostly from Mom…) and partially to get to know my teas better. (Interestingly, when I think about doing this with some of my flavoured teas, shy away from the idea. What does that say about those flavoured teas? That I don’t like them? Or that I’m scared I’ll get sick of them?)
So this tea. It’s a little harsher than my favourite that Mom gets me. She usually gets me a Hattiali, which tends to have more golden tips and be smoother. This one has more of a bite. A little bitter (which actually I like) and a little more astringent (which makes my teeth feel funny). Lots of malt. Takes coconut milk creamer well, which is good, because milky things tend to mellow out the astringency. I’d say this is a smooth tea, with less malt than what I was expecting, and a finishing bite.
And now that my cup is done, I’m going to go have something else. :)