44 Tasting Notes
Finally digging into the samples my sister gave me for my birthday.
I steeped for about 3 minutes, after reading comments here that 4 seemed too long. I tasted the tea plain, and the maple was very subtle, but present. Otherwise, a nice black tea. Added some half&half and a dash of maple syrup from the bottle I had just purchased this morning.
I really like Teajo’s Black Manas (http://steepster.com/teas/teajo-teas/30729-black-manas), and my supply is getting very low, so I thought I’d see if my local tea shop had anything similar. I asked for a malty black, and of the three offered, this one smelled most like the Black Manas. I brewed a cup this morning, and I enjoyed it, but not as much. It will do for now, though. I mainly wanted a nice black for mornings when I don’t feel like having coffee.
Mom & Dad brought back a box of this for me when they went to Ireland last summer. I’ve been slowly sipping my way through it. This has become my morning coffee alternate when I don’t have time to brew a cup of pour-over coffee or my travel mug is dirty. It’s not too bitter, particularly when I add a little honey and milk. I don’t know if I’ll buy another box when this one is gone, but I am enjoying it for what it is.
Another sample from Shmiracles.
This one smelled… funky, in an almost unpleasant way, when I opened the package. Once brewed, it tastes okay, but only vaguely like cookie dough. I added some honey and cream, and it’s closer to cookie dough, but I don’t know if I’d identify that if the label didn’t tell me it was supposed to be cookie dough.
Another sample from Shmiracles. I think I will have to buy more of this.
One of the things I love about coconut in teas is that it doesn’t take much to make the flavor sing. And, the coconut implies a fattiness that mellows out the flavor texture of the tea leaves, much like adding milk.
After a few sips, I added a bit of dark rum, sugar, and milk. Delish! Will keep this in mind for wintery night treats.
Another sample from Shmiracles!
I was surprised by how dark it was when the steep time was up! A little astringent on its own. Gonna add some milk and a little honey to see how it changes.
The milk gave it a chai vibe. I noticed subtle hints of dark chocolate, too. Next: a second cup from the same leaves.
Second cup is less intense. Possibly should have made two cups worth the first time.
Shmiracles sent me a delightful collection of samples. This is the first one I have tried, mostly because I’ve been craving cake.
It’s not very sweet on it’s own, and the red velvety-ness of it is subtle. I added some milk and a little honey, and that added to the texture and enhanced the sweeter tones of the flavor. Definitely a nice treat when I can’t have a real cake.