1117 Tasting Notes
So, that’s the last of my backlog caught up. I’ve had a really hard week at work, with our teamleader signed off with stress for the foreseeable future. There are no plans to replace her for the time being, meaning that all of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place now falls to me and two of my colleagues. Great.
On a different note, I’m thinking of participating in Camp NaNoWriMo next month. It might be a little crazy considering what’s happening at work at the moment, but it’s something I’ve fancied doing for a while now, and I think I should just get on and take the plunge. Otherwise I’ll procrastinate for ever, probably.
Anyway, I am here, even if my appearances are a bit sporadic, and I’m still drinking tea. Lots of it, as it happens, because it’s one of the few things keeping me sane at the moment.
Hopefully things will get back on a more even keel before too long.
Sipdown! This one is so much better brewed strong in a small cup. The toffee flavour comes out so well, resulting in an almost honeycomb or cinder toffee flavour, beautifully augmented with a touch of smoke. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try this one, because it makes for a pretty awesome autumn/winter tea. Definitely one I’d consider restocking.
Sipdown! Finished this one off at work over the past few days. Although it’s a white tea, it has quite a substantial flavour in and of itself. Fortunately, the white chocolate and coconut notes still came over clearly, resulting in a delightfully creamy concoction. One I’d seek out again next winter.
I’m making an effort to revisit some of the teas I’ve opened but not tried in a while at the moment. This one I tried first with milk, which was fine, but it shines best without which is how I drank it this evening. The baked apple taste comes through really clearly, and there’s a glutinous, starchy note that really reminds me of strudel. It’s possible to detect hints of pastry, although not in every sip, along with a delicate cinnamon flavour. It tastes almost sticky, and has to be one of the best dessert replacement teas I’ve tried in a good long while. Amazing!
Another increased rating — opened a fresh bag of this tonight, and loved it from first sip. The citrus flavours — lemon and orange particularly — are beautifully clear, and the beetroot adds a satisfying earthiness to the overall flavour. I can see myself returning to this one often on an evening. It’s so fresh and clean tasting, and a beautiful hot pink in the cup. There’s nothing not to love here!
I’ve drank two cups of this tonight — one with milk, one without. With milk, I struggled to detect much favour. There was something kicking about in the background, but mostly I just got the black base. Without milk, the flavours were a little clearer. I can taste toffee, and a hint of smoke, although both are very subtle. One to try again tomorrow in a much smaller cup!
Gave this a much longer brew time, and was rewarded with a much more cohesive “aniseed balls” flavour. Previously, I’ve felt that the different elements haven’t quite come together — this time, everything just worked! An almost perfect replica of a favourite childhood sweet.
I was reasonably impressed with my first cup of this. The raspberry/blackberry flavours are clear and well defined…juicy, slightly tart, although decidedly candy like to taste. The genmaicha is toasty with a hint of grassiness, but nicely balanced overall. My concern is that the two flavours don’t go together particularly…they seem to remain separate and don’t really complement each other. I have a feeling I’ll need to try a couple more cups before I can really work out what I think of this one, but the overall impression I gained was positive for a first cup.
I’ve increased my rating on this one, because the more I drink it, the more I love it. It’s the most perfect pumpkin tea I’ve come across so far…smooth, lovely squash flavour, savoury, with a hint of creaminess and light spicing. There’s even a buttery pastry note, although it’s sometimes a little difficult to coax out. Even so, this is pretty close to my idea of tea heaven. I enjoy every cup!
I’ve been drinking this one quite a lot over the last couple of days, and I’m getting a little more from it than I did previously. It certainly smells delicious while brewing, although the flavour doesn’t quite live up to the expectation that produces.
The first thing to say is that it’s deliciously creamy. More so with milk. The ice cream aspect of this is close to perfect in my estimation. It’s the rest of it that falls a little flat. I’m getting slightly more in the way of rum than I did the first couple of times I brewed this one, but not loads. There’s no raisin to be had. A colleague actually suggested that I try and improve it myself by adding some actual rum. Not a bad idea, although maybe not at work!
I’ll enjoy the rest of my pouch, even if just for that delicious creaminess, but it’s not quite what I was hoping it would be.