329 Tasting Notes
Oh my, this is good. I opened this up this early afternoon and sipped it while watching Felix Baumgartner jump from the stratosphere. That was very cool.
The tea doesn’t have the spicyness I normally associate with chai, but it’s a very good, very enjoyable tea. It’s a very gentle chai I suppose.
Frothed a small amount of stevia and half and half, then added the chai after steeping it in my ingenuiTea.
I am defnitely getting some maltiness – it’s more chocolatey than the chocolate chai as I did it yesterday in the gaiwan.
I purchased two gaiwans very inexpensively recently, because I have been wanting to try brewing that way, and I wanted to try some pu-ers. So I ordered those from one vendor, and some various teas from Verdant. The gaiwans came during the week and I got them washed and ready to use.
I got the package of teas right before my guests arrived for a party I hosted yesterday for my doll club, so I could not dive right in. I put the package on the counter in the kitchen to open later. For some reason, my husband decided to open it while the party was going, and I got to giggle at him pulling out bags and trying to pronounce things like “Mi Lan Xiang” and “Shui Xian Wuyi.”
After the guests left, I broke out the Chocolate Phoenix Chai and gave it a try in my 4 oz gaiwan. It’s the perfect size for my tiny hands. Since the directions on the package are for a gaiwan type brewing, I gave it a try. It was all right, but that method just did not brew up as something I would describe as either “chocolate” or “chai.” Good but different. The steeping times were really short when done as per the package.
There are big green pieces in there that I think are the cacao nibs, and lots of other various bits and pieces. It’s a really interesting looking tea. It doesn’t smell chocolaty to me, or malty. It does smell good, but just not like chocolate to me.
I will try a “regular” steeping on my next cup of this, and see if the chocolate comes out for me.
I had this in my drawer at work, so I pulled it out to accompany the scrambled eggs and sausage that I brought from home. Brewed the first cup for only 2 minutes or so, rather than the 3-5 listed on the tin. Added splenda and a creamer tub, and it was quite good. Next cup (same leaves) I steeped for 3 minutes or so, and it came out pretty much the same.
Good morning wake up tea for a day when I wanted a more “plain” black tea – as in not a blend or Earl Grey type.
Brewed some of this up twice yesterday, drinking something like 5 cups in all, and then refridgerating the last cup, which I brought to work with me this morning.
I just love this tea, it’s malty and awesome. So good frothed up. Used stevia and half&half.
This morning I was drinking it straight, no sweetener and no creamer, but the cup was a bit strong. It had steeped for awhile. I’ve been using that Mio stuff to add to water lately, and added a shot of the Strawberry Watermelon flavor to my cup – oh man, it’s really good! Suprisingly good, I figured I was going to ruin it, but no! It’s very tasty. Makes me want to try blending other things with it… oooooo – maybe peppermint! It would be like peppermint cocoa! Definitely going to try that some chilly weekend.
I took a sick day today, there’s a tickle in my lungs and I was up half the night coughing. Masala chai to soothe the cough.
I’m getting low on this, I think I will try another brand of chai for my next batch – I want to be able to compare and contrast. Any suggestions?
Hopefully this cup of tea will not keep me up tonight, I may have brewed it up a little late in the evening. But it was quite good!
The dry leaves actually smelled a little malty/cocoa-y. I didn’t expect that in a white tea. It tastes slightly of malt as well. I really liked it, and look forward to brewing more.
I’ve got a bit of a tickle in the lungs this morning, so tea is in order (when is it not, though?). I received a single teabag of this in a card from a Ravelry aquaintence, and I don’t have many other black teas here at work this morning.
Not much of a scent to it when I opened the teabag. It wasn’t sealed very well, so I supposed the aroma may have dissapated. Once brewed, it does have a nice scent to it – the label says it’s “Oranje Pecco” which I assume is orange pekoe. Besides the words “Dutch tea blend” the rest of the wrapper is in Dutch.
I took a sip of the straight tea before adding anything, and it’s fairly pleasant. I wouldn’t fuss about drinking it with no sugar or cream. But, it’s a workaday morning, so sweetening is a must. A single packet of Splenda is enough to really bring out the taste. I know the “orange” in the name doesn’t mean it’s been flavored with orange, but this does have a slight citrus taste to it. Added the creamer tub. Hmm… a little bit of creamsicle now.
Not bad for a teabag that looked like it was pretty much dust.
I wouldn’t go hunt this down to buy a box for myself, but if it was one of a limited selection at a restaurant, I’d order it.