1066 Tasting Notes
Continuing my celebration of cooler weather and the gallons of delicious comfort teas awaiting me in the months to come, I decided to brew up some of this Kusmi Caramel. It smells incredibly delicious and tastes good, too. I have pretty much concluded by now that every flavored black tea to be adulterated with cream should be brewed double strength. That’s what I did, and the resultant liquor tasted just like a caramel. No need to add sugar: just cream.
A perfect post-dinner dessert tea. (I mean a dessert surrogate, not to accompany dessert—it’s that rich!) Well, except maybe for the caffeine. We shall see…
I went on a buying bing chez Kusmi a while back—motivated by some offer or other at one of the social shopping sites—and among the tins I scored was this Violet-scented black tea. After trying several of the flavored Kusmi teas—which are perfectly fine but not any better than what I have tried from Harney & Sons—I then began exploring oolongs and Indian teas and obsessing about pure teas more generally.
Well, now cooler weather is approaching, so I’ve decided to indulge in some flavored teas once again—doused with cream. To get the most out of this scented black blend, I doubled the dose of dried leaves for today’s glass: 4 grams instead of 2. The resultant liquor was dark red, and happily I was indeed able to taste the lovely violet atop the dark tea.
A good flavored tea, and a rarity for me: violets to imbibe!
I just read the other reviewer’s tasting note on this Tazo Long Jing. Interesting how different people end up with completely different views about the same tea. For me, this has never been bitter at all. I also like the uniform leaf form and the snare-drum sound of the flat leaves sliding by one another.
Well, it’s gone, so no one has to decide who is right and who is wrong! ;-)
Once again I am struck by the similarity of this Harney & Sons Lover’s Leap to darjeeling, to be more precise: first flush darjeeling. Because the dried leaves were so darjeelingy in appearance and scent, I followed my darjeeling steeping guidelines, rather than treating this Ceylon as a full-fledged black tea.
Upon infusion, the bright yellowish green liquor seems to be a vindication of the darjeeling approach, as do the torn swatches of infused green leaves!
This is a light tea, to be sure. I admit that the flavor and scent of the brewed tea itself is a bit less darjeelingy than is the scent of the dried leaves. Still, I believe that this tea could be accurately described as a Ceylon darjeelingica!
Hard to believe that the temperature plummeted by twenty degrees over the course of a week … until, of course, one looks at the calendar! Why it’s mid-September! How did this happen?
The good news is that it’s time for teas such as this yummy Valentine’s Blend from Harney & Sons, which I take with cream. I also brew it double strength: two sachets per glass.
Creamy chocolate dream!
These little sachets of Chocolate Chai from Chai Diaries are really hit or miss as far as the chocolate is concerned. By chance, I happened to select two sachets without any chocolate chips in them at all, and with lots of big chunks of ginger. Guess what? The brew tastes like Ginger Chai!
I cannot say that I am particularly fond of chunk o’ food blends à la Teavana, and chocolate chips are of course food, and in this case they have all turned white—as does all chocolate with age and exposure to air. However, in this blend it does seem to be the chocolate chips which provide the bulk of the chocolate flavor, which suggests that the company needs to work on its production process so that each sachet has some of everything: black tea, ginger, cardamom (another case where some sachets contain a cardamom pod, while others contain none), chocolate chips, dessicated ginger, and other spices.
Otherwise, they should change the name to Luck o’ the Draw Chai!
Yesterday I brewed up two separate glasses of this Green Tea with Thai Flavors from Harney & Sons. The liquor was scrumptions and beautiful as always.
Then I reinfused the spent sachets and discovered that the lemon grass had become much more dominant, with the coconut somewhat muted and fading away. The liquor was still very flavorful, so I hope that everyone else is reinfusing their H&S green tea sachets, which are generously stoked!