404 Tasting Notes
I love chai. That’s why I am using it to try to soothe my holiday blues. It, plus bacon and pancakes for dinner later, and watching Netflix and doing absolutely none of the things I should be (cleaning, resume editing, interview prepping, couch to 5k week 1 day 2), have been smoothing the day out a bit. Every little bit counts.
I agree with the other reviewer in saying that assam is really great for chai. All of my assams I have tried have been impossible to drink without milk, but with milk were really solid because the flavor was able to stand up to it really well. And the flavor here doesn’t drown out because of spices, honey, or the milk.
Drinking a cup of comfort tonight. I love cinnamon based teas.
I seriously dislike the holiday season. I find I am at my most lonely, most detached from others. My family and I only get along on a basic level, and they are not festive or fuzzy warm people, so I have never had that. And since ending the serious relationship back in May, I no longer live near friends. I am bummed often, but it is harder this time of year when others are at their happiest.
So I am hanging out, dog sitting, drinking this, and watching Doomsday Preppers. Sometimes a little perspective is needed. :)
This is the most intense earl grey I have ever had bar none. Total soap without milk. I put in a lot of milk, until it tasted like a normal Earl Grey. Then it was pretty good. I might try brewing this with half the leaf next time to see if it tastes too weak or just right.
Whoa supermalt…even with milk this one has a lot of personality. I find that most assams taste the same to me, and require milk to reduce bitterness. This one does do well with milk, but it tastes different. It is good – I like malty flavor as long as I have milk around to make it creamier. People who enjoy assams more than I will really like this, I think. Even I think it is pretty darn good.
400th tasting note :)
I am plowing through my sample stash at an amazing rate. Mostly because I’ve realized that I get a ton of tea with this subscription, and it is mostly stuff that I think is ok but not amazing. Which is good – it is a learning process, figuring out tea tastes. And preferences do change over time. But it also means that I use Christmas to rehome my nearly-full samples with friends who are unlikely to purchase tea themselves, who love the exact flavors I dislike.
It is still an insane goal…but I am actually wondering if I can clear out the sample box by the time I hit my 1 yr steepster anniversary, January 5. It is probably not doable but I am home a lot now while I wait for my certification to come in, and am dog sitting over the holidays. It would be very exciting if I could.
This tea was surprising in how intensely floral it was. It wasn’t like drinking perfume though because there was a sweetness to it as well that was interesting. Still not a favorite, like many in this subscription, but props to this one for being more unique than many of the others.
This was very odd. I expected it to be sweet, almost like candy, but obviously it wasn’t. It had a bit of nip, which made it very appropriately named. It is cold like snow, and it is predominately minty. But it isn’t fairy-tale snow where everyone somehow looks warm and cozy – it is like REAL snow that makes your hands numb.
The description is correct about this being super duper malty. Like most assams, I took a sip of it plain and then added a dash of milk. It wasn’t bitter, I just prefer this type of black tea that way usually. The maltiness still came through, and it was pretty good.