2918 Tasting Notes
Sipdown #4 (I think I’m on 4).
This is a sad sipdown, as this really is a tasty tea!
This is one of the first Wuyi’s I fell in love with, & although it may not be as fancy & complex as some of the other Wuyi’s I’ve drank since then, it is delicious & wonderful. The main thing that comes to mind with this one is the banana pudding my mom used to make, with the vanilla wafers. Yeah, I bet your mom made it too!
I don’t have that many teas close to a sipdown, but I’m going to enjoy the ones that are close today. This one came from Sil, & I know she’s sending me another box soon (& I just sent her one), so I guess I’d better start whittling down some of the samples she sent me before that I still have plenty of!
This tea is bold! The dry tea looks almost like a black matcha, it’s so finely cut. The steep instructions say 1 minute, & you’d better follow those instructions to the T!
This tea is especially great if your in a hurry in the morning & want a slap in the face to wake you up! The good news is, it’s also flavorful. This is what I’d call a masculine cup of tea, without a doubt. Earthy, oaky, stout, a little fruity, & kind of tart, in the way the grapefruit is tart. I’m hoping to get some things done today, so hopefully this will help to get the ball rolling! Thanks Stacy for offering this, & thanks Sil for sharing! :)
A few months ago Sil, Cavocorax, & I split an order from the Tea Spot. We each got tins of Bolder Breakfast, shared a few things, & got several sample sizes of things. Katie, from The Tea Spot, also sent me a few samples to try, including this one.
I’m not always a fan of smokey teas. The first couple of times I tried a lapsang tea it freaked me out, LOL. However, I’ve developed more of a liking for them. On the other hand, I absolutely love ginger always!
I have actually fantasized about a blend that would be lapsang, ginger, & vanilla, & have experimented with it for awhile occasionally. So I wanted to sample this.
During the sip the Lapsang was there, but I didn’t taste the ginger, but after a few sips it began to build, bringing a warmth to my mouth, my sinuses, & my belly. This is a tasty, warming blend that will be especially nice on a cold winter’s night. I added a little stevia, & the sweetness really brings out a caramel-like flavor that really enhances the smoke & ginger. Yum!
Thanks for the sample Katie!
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!