1377 Tasting Notes
I mixed some Crio Bru ground cacao/cocoa/whatever with some cacao shells from Herbal Infusions. Steeped them about 30 minutes. Added some honey and cream.
Ok. This is good. The ground beans and cream offer some richness that the shells are missing, so it’s not nearly so watery. And it’s so intensely chocolate. I only added about 1/2 tsp honey, and it was totally enough for a decadent dark chocolate beverage.
I have to remember this.
(1 tbsp-ish of each. Heh.)
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate
I got this as a tea to go today.
Sadly, for some reason it tastes kind of rancid. Like milk-rancid. I’m not sure why, unless it’s because the steeper they used in-store was used for a lot of teas with milk, or… ooh. Maybe a tea with yogurt, and it wasn’t cleaned out super well before uses. You know, that might be it. I think the girl before me had Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait.
Oh well. It’s not bad enough I didn’t drink it.
(I was going to get Caramel Corn, but when I got in-store it just smelled so over the top sweet I couldn’t do it. And then I ended up getting sucked into buying some cherry amaretto ice cream, which is over the top sweet. Oh well.)
I decided to brew it gongfu style because I have a teensy Japanese soy sauce dispenser that holds 3 oz.
As per their website for the paddy flavoured tea (because this one is no longer)…
Dry, the tea smells really sweet and carby.
2 rinses – A bit smoky, as well as sweet and carby (like cooked potatoes or pasta or something).
20s – Umm. Huh. I don’t like this at all. It smells sweet and carby with a tinge of smoke, but it tastes extremely astringent and bitter, a bit fishy, and just. No. Like a green darjeeling that’s been boiled and oversteeped.
30s – Even stronger and more astringent and bitter.
40s 5s – Nope.
Ok, I’m calling it quits. This is not a tea for me, the flavours are not good. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong (entirely possible!), but I do not like. It was my first raw puerh, too. I have a couple others that I’ll eventually get to. :)
I had a hard time figuring out why I still had Sil’s sample, but it’s because I ordered a black tea sample pack and gave my brother the unopened ones and kept this one. Go me?
I added 1/4 tsp maple sugar to this, because it smelled like a tea that would be good with a touch of maple.
While this tea is nice, I still prefer the keemun. Which keemun specifically? IDK, since I still have 3 or 4 varieties waiting for me to sample. This tea is a little sharp for me, which is interesting. This smells sweet, like honey and sweet potato and hard caramel candies, but it doesn’t taste that way due to the sharpness. I think I’m expecting a sweeter, more mellow flavour.
Thank you for sharing, Sil. :)
Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Honey, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes
That’s weird. I could have sworn I’d done a tasting note for this tea. I had it at a friends house shortly after purchasing it, and drank it ALL. I refused to share!
This is another very orangey tea. I love citrus teas, especially in the summer. I wouldn’t say this is like a sangria, really, but rather it’s reminiscent of Tang (Thanks, CameronB!). It’s mostly orange, with some pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus.
Today I iced it, and added a little honey. I don’t think it needed the honey – the pineapple is candied, so there’s already sugar in it, AND there’s not a lot of hibiscus. I think most of the colour comes from the beetroot. I like it hot and plain, as well. But it was a lovely day today and I went hiking, so iced teas are feeling just a bit more refreshing right now.
(Hot steeped, poured over ice to make 16oz.)
Flavors: Lemongrass, Orange, Pineapple
Sample from Dinosara!
Today I iced it. Normally I like an iced Earl Grey, but normally I also use a much less strong one, like Silk Road’s Canton Orange, or even Royal Abkhazi. So while this is tasty, it’s also incredibly furniture polishy. Would be better if I had some OJ to add to it, both for added sweetness and to make the bergamot taste more toned down.
That being said, this is staying on my list. If I do order from Lupicia, this is a tea I’ll be getting for my BFF, as she loves a strong EG.