1916 Tasting Notes
Tea of the afternoon here… I’ve been feeling under the weather but am trying to rally myself to go to an art gallery walk today.
I love the cardamom here, it really transforms the rose congou into something slightly more elegant. Of course I also really like cardamom. I also have an entire tin of the rose congou from S & V that I’ve hardly touched – I should get working on that!
see previous notes for more info.
Tea of the evening here, I rather liked this plain but I thought I’d try it with a little almond milk and sugar, the result was yuck. I much prefer it plain. Note to self: buy more soymilk tomorrow.
I wish I was drinking more genmaicha in general but I have so much other stuff to get through. sigh
This came as a Christmas gift from my brother with 3 other Teavana teas, I am tempted to tell him I don’t need any more tea but it’s hard to pass up tea gifts, isn’t it?
I’m not a big expert on honeybush, I’ve just had a few that came from 52Teas. I think its more appealing than rooibos but it seems to be more rare.
I let this steep for over 6 minutes by accident, my cup came out really dark. The resulting flavor seems to me like carob. It reminds me of Teecino which I don’t really mind. The vanilla is a nice addition here (but not really prominent) and then I ended up adding almond milk which doesn’t seem to be as good for tea as my usual Silk soymilk. It does have a pretty sweet aftertaste which is good for a dessert tea.
It is acceptable but I doubt I’ll be clamoring for more when the current supply runs out. I am inspired to look for some more honeybush teas now, however.
I’ve had this tea for about a month and keep waiting for a slow day where I’m not busy to really sit and do a proper tea tasting gong fu style. Unfortunately I don’t really have too many of those days lately.
I decided to just try the whole thing Western style so I brewed it up for 2 minutes and it is definitely an intriguing tea this way. I’m getting the mineral notes of a wuyi oolong with cocoa flavors. Also there’s a slight smokiness with the woody/leathery sort of flavors that some other tasters noted. I imagine the latter might be a lot less pronounced if you had shorter steeps. This definitely reminds me of raw chocolate but I’m getting the raisin notes too, especially as the cup cools off. Overall a very intriguing tea with lots of interesting flavor, I would probably order more of this in the future. It’s pretty yummy.
Last night I went out to a party with my adorable man, I think I’m a little too old to be partying on Thursday night so this will be a full throttle caffeine day for me. :)
This is a really good oolong if you like the darker styles. I love the roasted smell of this. Today I am picking up caramel notes and buckwheat. Definitely a great tea to sip on plain and it re-steeps well. See previous notes for more info.
Having this again today… it’s a little bit better than I remember it but what I’m hoping is the flavoring will fade over time and I’ll just be left with a nice loose leaf puerh. It isn’t terrible but it doesn’t taste much like raspberry anything.
Why haven’t I been drinking any puerh lately? I have no idea…. I miss it!
Tea of the morning here! I haven’t had this in a while which happens when you have lots of teas. This is a very pleasant rich brew with a hint of grape flavoring but somehow it doesn’t taste artificial at all. I would definitely consider buying this again if my current supply runs out. :)
Trying to drink some of this tonight… anti strain still seems like a weird name for a tea in my opinion. Anyway it was a stressful day and after doing some kundalini yoga and meditation I’m just winding down with this. It needs something to temper the licorice but I’m not sure what. Perhaps I’ll try a green or a white tea with it someday.
Finishing off the rest of this sample today. It tastes a bit better if you use more tea (leaf) but I’m still finding it lacking in flavor/artificial tasting and not sure why it’s curdling my soymilk… oh well! Not going on my shopping list, that’s for sure.