2353 Tasting Notes
This was part of a sampler set I got from Kusmi last year and evidently I never logged or rated this tea so here goes!
Tea of the morning. :) Smells like orange and spices in the tin. Leaves are dark, small and slender. I’m not generally a huge fan of orange spice teas, but this isn’t bad. I’m finding it to be a bit thin on flavor but the orange is nice and juicy. I detect a bit of vanilla but it is light on some of the other spices you might expect in a blend like this, such as clove. I tried it both with additions and without and it seemed fine either way, but i just can’t imagine drinking this on a regular basis.
this is a sipdown for yours truly… it seems like I’ve had this for ages but I know it’s the 2nd or 3rd bag I’ve bought. I really enjoy this with soymilk like a latte. Maybe someday I’ll need to get a milk frother.
On another note I just went to the 52 teas website (it’s been a while) and am glad to see they have a lot more stuff in the “available now” than they used to.
I’m back from my local Whole Foods and found that they are carrying a few select Steven Smith teas and this was one of them. This is one of the few bergamot/Earl Grey teas that I actually like. I think the assam makes a difference here. Very enjoyable with soymilk and a touch of stevia. I wish they carried the loose leaf instead of the pyramid teabags but beggars can’t be choosers!
I couldn’t decide which tea to have this morning and ended up with this. I really like the black tea base S+V is using here but I don’t taste a lot of toffee flavor and I used a lot of leaf. hmmm. I think of toffee as a sweet, caramely flavor and this isn’t really it. However I do like this tea anyway, probably won’t be a repurchase though.
Work had been hectic and I feel like I’m catching a cold – I was craving green tea with ginger and was excited to remember I had some of this stashed away in my desk.
As far as dragonwells are concerned I’ve had some that are more vegetal, but this tea provides a nice background for the strawberry flavor and ginger. I still don’t get much toffee but this is really nice nonetheless. Let’s hope this cuppa helps to kick my immune system in shape…
I haven’t been to Chinatown in ages but I might have to go back soon to get some more of this tea since I’m all out now. Smells like charcoal roasted fruit and tastes very roasty and pleasant with a nice richness on the tongue. Something about this just makes me want to curl up and purr like a cat. I don’t believe I have anymore red robes in my stash and it would be good to have one for the winter time. See previous notes if interested.
This is a good choice for morning time but there is a bitterness present which I am not enjoying a lot, I think it’s the keemun but I also didn’t totally enjoy the plain ceylon I got from Steven Smith. Not too bad but won’t be ordering more when my current supply runs out. See previous notes, if interested.
So last year I was so happy with myself for sipping this down and I went ahead and bought another box the other day, I guess I must like it more than I am willing to admit. It helps if you use a small cup, and let it sit for a while. I also recommend soymilk (or creamer of your choice) and then it isn’t too bad. Stevia kind of ruined it I will try some coconut sugar soon. I think I just really enjoy the aroma of this more so than the taste. Good for evening time, after yoga class and helped with the ubiquitous dessert cravings.