1429 Tasting Notes
Yes, a black tea at 8:40 pm. I’m living on the wild side, apparently. Actually, it’s just starting to cool down in my apartment, so I wanted to get in a small cup of something else from the box before I turn to the un-cafs or make something from my cupboard.
I put cream in it. I’m eating some freeze dried strawberries on the side, because I found a packet while I was searching for a tin of cat food (my apartment is a disaster as I’m refinishing some furniture in the living room). Consequently, the tea might be somewhat overshadowed.
It is a nice black tea. It’s not astringent, or bitter. It’s pretty strong, but not as strong as I like my breakfasty teas (mmm, ctc assams). Perhaps a little thin. Nice and malty, some stone fruit flavours maybe, but they’re being taken over by the strawberry bits I have lodged in my teeth.
That’s super sexy, amirite? :D
Would try again. Would get if I ever placed an order. Not a favourite, but as far as I can tell, is really nice.
Lemon candy. This smells like lemon candy. I don’t really see much ginger in here, though. Here’s hoping it’ll taste at least a little gingery.
Ok, this is a decent lemony tea! Much better than the other one I tried from Acquired Taste. This isn’t dry, it has a decent base and would definitely make a good iced tea. I added a little honey, because lemon and honey just go together, but I don’t think it was necessary.
The only thing that’s missing? Ginger.
Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass
To compare the new one to the sample Sil sent me a while back. This just isn’t spicy. At all. And there’s more licorice, I think… or at least more of that sweetness. The result is a blend that I’ll drink, but not a blend that I really like.
I think I preferred the previous iteration, even if it was old. :) Not a tea to keep, but I really wanted a puerh (and honestly I thought this was a different tea until I looked at the package after I had already scooped it out).
(First steep 2 minutes, second steep 4 minutes.)
A really nice earl grey! It was more floral because of the lavender, but the orange helped balance that out a bit. Nice and sweet, and took cream really well. Just what I look for in an earl grey.
Definitely a tea I’d consider picking up if I were to do an order. Unfortunately, I have limited myself so I probably won’t keep it. (Besides, there’s Paris in the box! My favourite EG of all.)
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Lavender, Orange
VariaTEA, you are genius.
I was sad that it was too hot to enjoy this chocolatey goodness. So she suggested I ice it.
I added 2 tsp sugar, which was too much. 1 tsp next time. But otherwise:
4 tbsp Cavalla (I know)
10 oz water
1/4 cup or so cream
Brew the Cavalla for 10 minutes, pour over cream and ice. Sip. Be blown away by the rich, bitter (sweet if you added sugar) chocolate goodness. It’s not chocolate milk, really, but it’s so so good. :)
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate
Oh, this is good. This tastes like really good quality vanilla extract smells. Almost. A bit less vanilla-y, though, and a bit more oak-barrel-y. :) A really nice black base that takes cream well (I picked up some organic cream because it doesn’t have thickeners in it, and it’s SO MUCH NICER in tea! I didn’t think cream could get nicer, but it did.). Doesn’t need sweetening, although I bet it would take sweetener well too.
Tempting to keep this one, or some of it at least…
(PS. The toads are squacking. I REALLY hope this doesn’t mean that they’re gonna start breeding. I do not want babies. Nope. Not at all.)
Flavors: Oak wood, Vanilla
SSTTB #4. (Just watch and laugh, Sil. Watch and laugh.)
This one smells divine. Lemony candy with a hint of cinnamon. Sadly, it doesn’t taste that way at all. It’s really drying and unpleasant, and the lemon turns into a mere wisp of taste although I can still smell it in the hot tea. I even added some sugar to help smooth everything out, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to hit a sweet spot.
This smells like it would make such a good iced tea, but doesn’t come through flavour wise. :(
Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Lemon
This is the last bag, so I thought I would save it from loneliness.
Dry it smells really weak. Steeped it smells and tastes really weak. But I think that fresh, this might be pretty good. I have the faintest raspberry-lemon-orange taste coming through. The base is pretty mild, not overly bitter or astringent. It’s just too bad it’s so weak tasting.
Flavors: Bergamot, Raspberry
Dry, this smells SO GOOD. And also comes in the CUTEST tin. http://instagram.com/p/qNXgDdR5FA/
Unfortunately, steeping it at 85C as recommended has resulted in a bitter mess. There are some neat flavours there, floral and herbaceous/spicy. Maybe it would be better as a mini cold brew? I’ll have to try. (Maybe. If my bladder can handle it.)
Flavors: Floral, Spicy, Wood