1230 Tasting Notes
It’s Halloween, so I decided to be a little bit perverse and added milk to my current cup of this. I’m not sure quite why I’ve resisted adding milk before — the tulsi, I think. It’s okay, though. The mint comes through as well as ever, and it’s a little bit creamier for it. The rooibos/tulsi still contributes a very earthy taste, almost like wet dirt. I might be getting just the tiniest hint of dark chocolate now, too. It’s reminding me a bit of mint aero…if it weren’t for the overpowering earthiness.
I’m still not 100% sold on this one. It’s not bad, just a little…odd. Still, it’s Halloween. Things are allowed to be odd today!
First cup last night. The dry leaf is really pretty — that’s the first thing that struck me about it. The red and white petals made me think of a candy cane, and I guess a little psychological prompt doesn’t hurt!
I gave this 4 minutes in boiling water, and came back to a cup of candy cane! The smell met my nose almost as I walked into the room, and it actually really cheered me up (because I need cheering up — apparently I’d only be entitled to a week’s notice with my new job, and as a result I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to accept it. Boooo!)
To taste, this is no different. It’s pretty strong on the mint, which reminds me powerfully of a candy cane, while also leaving a very cold sensation at the back of my throat. I could really see this as an iced tea in the summer, so I’ll have to remember to keep a bit back until then! The mint is accompanied by a sweet, creamy vanilla flavour, and then the sweet, slightly herbal taste of the green rooibos lingers in the background. This is going to be a great holiday tea, and hopefully one I can drink in the warmer months as well thanks to its cooling characteristics! Definitely my favourite tea so far from my S&V order :)
I’ve had a cup of this three or four times in the last few days. It’s probably one of the more unusual teas, in terms of flavour combinations, in my stash. I usually drink white teas at work, as I’m generally more patient when waiting for the water to cool than I am at home. Strange but true.
Anyway, this is a tea that’s growing on me. The first time I tried it, I wasn’t sure. I mean, corriander in tea? I added sugar to the second cup, but forgot about it and let it brew a bit long. The third cup was the best — a small piece of crystal sugar, about two minutes brew time, and NOW I feel like I understand it.
I can taste pineapple more as a sweetness in the initial sip than as a definite flavour. The strongest element by far is the corriander, which I’ve discovered is fine with me. I like corriander in food, and I like it in tea also! It’s so creamy, it’s unbelievable. I think the sugar helps to develop that characterisitc, somehow. The overall effect is an interesting one, but I’m coming to like it more and more with each successive cup. Kudos to Butiki for making such a unique tea!
Final discovery from the depths of my cupboard. This one was actually rattling around loose, so I’m guessing it probably escaped from the packet at some point. Thank goodness it’s a tea bag!
I purposely under brew this one, as it’s very heavily floral when left. I gave it a scant two minutes in pretty cool water, and now have a cup of light, delicate jasmine tea. I’m happy I found this one, as it suits my mood perfectly this morning! I’ve been appreciating green tea more than is usual for me lately, so maybe my tastes are changing a little. It used to be something I couldn’t tolerate at all, and now I can name more than a few that I really like. Jasmine anything used to be a no for me, because it’s not normal to drink flowers, but in certain guises I don’t mind it now. I think I’ll always be a black tea person on the whole, but there’s space in my life for some of these. Brewed sympathetically, anyway :)
I usually really enjoy this one, but this morning it just tastes wrong to me. I think it’s the hibiscus, but something is contributing a metallic tang and it’s making me think of blood. The colour isn’t helping, either. I have a feeling it might be an age thing — this is another remnant from the bottom of my stash, and it could well me a year old, possibly a little more. I’ve not had a problem with fresher bags of this tea, so that’s all I can put it down to. Or maybe I’m just not in the mood for it today.
As a second-thought rescue attempt, I’ve added a spoonful of honey. This has toned the flavour down a bit, and I’m getting more berry than before. It’s still not quite right, though.
Ah well, can’t win them all. I’m going to leave my rating as it is, because this isn’t how I remember this tea. I’m sure it’s better than this normally.
Another remnant found lurking at the bottom of my stash. I really thought I’d finished all of these — it must have been almost a year ago, too. Still, shows what I know! It’s probably a bit early to be drinking Christmas tea (although that hasn’t stopped me guzzling Yumchaa Red Christmas), and this is a seriously Christmassy one. It’s heavy on the cinnamon, but there’s also a blend of other spices that are almost reminiscent of mulled wine.
I gave this about 3 minutes, and added a splash of milk. The spices come through clearly, and the rooibos adds a woody undertone to the whole thing. I don’t mind this one, although it’s fairly season specific. I might buy it again in the future, although it’s not quite the thing for right now. Maybe on Christmas Eve :)
Another remnant! I honestly don’t know where this one came from. I finished the caddy, but this portion was in a little envelope all on its own. Obviously I’d intended it for something!
Anyway, I still like how clearly the orange comes across in this blend. The rooibos is very mild — it’s there as a woodiness in the background, but that’s all. Orange is the main player here, along with a dusting of cinnamon that comes out mostly in the aftertaste. When I first added this to my stash, I thought it was an odd choice for a Christmas tea. It does make me feel Christmassy, though, so there you go. Possibly it’s the orange, although I have limited Christmas memories involving orange, so I really don’t know.I’m gabbling now.
This is a pleasant tea to drink, although I think I need some caffeine to see me through the afternoon. A nice surprise from the depths of my stash!
Another one I thought was gone! This really is the last cup now, though. I’m in a sweet mood today, so I’m drinking this with milk and sugar. I brewed it while I was faffing with the photocopier, so it got about 4 minutes in the end.
I still like this as much as I did the first time I tried it. The caramel flavour actually isn’t as strong as the Yumchaa Caramel Sweetheart I drank previously, but it’s definitely there. It’s a sort of toffee popcorn taste, more than anything. The black tea base, as ever, is pretty perfect. Smooth and unobtrusive, it just lets the flavouring shine through.
I was pining for this one a couple of weeks back, so I’m glad to have had the (albeit unexpected!) opportunity to reacquaint myself with it. I’m feeling pretty dreadful at the moment, covering reception with a headache and the beginnings of a cold. Maybe I’ll step up my tea consumption a little — that’s bound to make me feel better!
Oh well, back to work…
Sipdown! Finally worked my way through two bags of this stuff, and I’m ready for a break now. I do like having a mate to drink on a morning — I really think it helps to wake me up. I’ve got one more 52 Teas mate blend in my cupboard at the moment (Inscape, I believe) so I’ll have a little break from mate and then start that one. It’s strange, because at one point I didn’t think I’d be able to drink mate at all. The smell was just too weird. Flavoured, though, we get along fine. I’ve enjoyed this one, on the whole. I wouldn’t say I get “malt” from this so much, although maybe I’m just over familiar with it now. Definitely chocolate, though. Deep, dark chocolate. Not a sad sipdown, as I’ve had so much of it, but a fond farewell all the same!
Sorting through my stash last night, I came across a few bits and pieces that I thought were long finished, so today I’m going to have a remnants day, re-visit some old friends, and finally say goodbye to them. This is one of them. I was drinking it about this time last year, I think, so I’ve had a good long break from it.
I gave this four minutes in boiling water, added a small piece of crystal sugar and a splash of milk, and remembered to STIR WELL! If you don’t, the chocolate and fudge pieces don’t melt, and the full flavour just won’t be there.
This is better than I remember, actually. That kind of surprise is always nice! I think maybe I’d just got a bit fed up of it, so it’s nice to revisit with a fresh palate. The fudge pieces add a lovely, buttery richness, and the white chocolate a smooth, delicate sweetness. I can taste both over the black tea, which is malty with absolutely no astringency. Possibly the sugar I added helped to amplify the chocolate and fudge flavours a little, but I am getting “caramel” as an overarching flavour.
Trying this again has actually made me want to place another Yumchaa order. I’m going to see if I can hold out until the weekend, though. I’m sad there’s no more of this in my cupboard. It’s a definite winner!