2913 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Stacy for a sample of this.
This is a tasty cup, very true to the root beer flavor & aroma, with vanilla ice cream mixed in there as well. Although it’s not something I would crave, & I’m grateful for the opportunity to sample it. Stacy is the master of creating amazing flavored brews, & this is definitely one of them.
Trail Lodge tea is a local (St. Louis) company owned by Annette Hopkins. She has a booth at the Maplewood Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, & it’s really nice to stop by & visit with her, enjoy checking out her newest teas, & talk tea! Most of her teas are fair trade, & she donates to local causes, like the Wild Bird Sanctuary. I love that she offers .5 oz sample sizes of most of her teas, as I don’t really want to buy 4oz unless I’m absolutely sure I love something. How many of us have 4oz tins of tea that we tried once or twice, just taking up space in our cupboards?
So this is one of her newest blends. I smelled it, and the aroma is heavenly! I made a cup earlier this morning to enjoy in my bubble bath, & it was SO tasty: a rich dark cup, with an almost coffee-like essence, creamy real caramel squares that melt into a sweet buttery taste. It was perfectly tasty plain, but I added a pinch of stevia because I was in the mood for sweet, & it really reminded me of an ice cream I used to get long ago at baskin robbins…the kind that is coffee flavored, with swirls of caramel. Yum!
If you’d like to check out Trail Lodge Teas, here’s the link:
We just had an awesome brunch, which I will probably blog about later: gluten free almond flour peach coffeecake (to die for), homemade sausage patties (I have mastered the art), & eggs.
I wanted something bold, & I got it!
I went for the full blown, “surrender to the dark side” 7 minute steep, & OMG, what a great contrast to the lightly sweet coffee cake, the tngy spicy sausage patties, & the buttery eggs! The sense of satisfaction I got from this cup reminds me of my old coffee drinking days: bold, rich, deep, dark (can a tea GET any darker?). It’s gourmet earthy chocolate with a hint of spice.
May the force be with you!
Sil & I have split several tea orders over the last several months, & I think the order from Taiwan Tea Crafts might be one of my favorites.
First off, the website is beautifully designed! You can tell a lot of time & care went into it, & as a person who designs her own website…cough…ahem…currently a cobweb site, I appreciate that.
Second, I love the colorful packaging!
And finally, & of course most importantly, the teas are tasty! I haven’t had a chance to try all of them yet, but Ive enjoyed the ones I have tried, especially this one.
This tea has a much different profile than I initially expected. The leaves are very dark, & resemble Stacy’s premium Taiwanese Assam, only not as long & wild looking. Of course, the taste is completely different!
These leaves steep into a nice dark cup, very different from any of my other Assams. A very full & smooth mouth with a tongue tingle, a buttered slice of honey wheat toast aroma, which transforms halfway down the cup to malto meal drizzled with butter & honey. The flavor moves around a bit too. This cup started out a little grapey, then as it cooled a little it made me think of those candied fruit slices dipped in dark chocolate, & now at the end it’s a bowl of malto meal with a spoon of an unidentifiable jam & a sprinkle of dark chocolate powder. There is a lingering sensation of having had a bite of some really high quality dark chocolate.
This one’s a keeper!
I have to leap into action in a few minutes, as I have a busy saturday, but for now I’m lingering over the re-steep of this yummy malty tea.
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been sampling a lot of flavored teas, & it feels so good to have something like this today. No real bells & whistles to brag about here, just a tasty solid cup of black tea. It’s not as bold as some, also not bright & edgy. Just a rich smooth center, which is why it is the perfect center piece in Stacy’s Irish Breakfast, which I think I’ll have a cup of next.
I’ve been drinking this tea all evening, ever since I got home from the college. I wish I had more to say about it, I’m still sipping it, & all I can say is I like it, & nice Chaqi. There is a little bitter edge, & I’m getting a nice tingle tongue. I’ll say more next time.
3 G X Gaiwan X short steepings 5/10/15/20/etc. I made it to 50!
I’d steep it some more, but I have to leave now!
I am now officially an adjunct professor at 3 colleges in St. Louis:
Missouri Baptist, where I’m not currently teaching, but am on their list for when somebody wants harp lessons
University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL), where I have 1 student that will graduate this year.
Maryville University, where I registered today, got my parking pass, etc. I have one student there, here from Denver to study Music Therapy & Harp!
So I steeped this tea twice, at 3 min & then at 5. I combined both steeps with stevia in my large go cup (that awesome porcelain lined stainless steel one!). This was my driving tea on the way to meet with HR at Maryville. I think I enjoy this tea more each time I drink it!
The aroma of this tea is lightly floral & a little coconutty, but there is also a smell that makes me think of parmesan…kind of milkly but a little pungent. I have enough in my sample to try it a few more times, which is good because really, I was doing desk things while sipping this, so it didn’t get as much attention as it should.
I’m not a huge milk oolong fan, but having said that, there wasn’t anything objectionable about this cup. There also wasn’t anything memorable.