2305 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Stacy for sending me a free sample of this tea. I’ve had it for a while but forgot about it until now.
It seems like licorice is one of those things people either love or hate but I definitely belong in the love camp, at least with natural licorice flavor and not those nasty “Red Vines”.
I wouldn’t drink a chai plain but I sipped on this and it seems mild enough that you could drink it that way if you wanted to. I added about 1 tsp. of sugar to mine as well as one of those little creamer doo-dads from the office.
I’m wondering what this would have been like with an asssam tea base, because MAN the spices are strong! I actually love fennel but this is knocking my socks off. The star anise & cinnamon is also pretty strong here but I’m not picking up on the cardamom. It definitely lives up to its name, I’m just not sure I need anymore. I’m finding this to be a bit overpowering for me, it is pretty tasty though. I also love the fact that Stacy’s blends are all vegan.
This teabag came in my black tea sampler from Steven Smith and it’s the last one I have yet to try. I admit I peeked at the reviews and it seems nobody is terribly impressed with it so far.
I didn’t want to steep this for too long because ceylons can go bitter rather quickly. My brewed tea color is a medium orangish brown.
I’m finding this to be rather smooth with a lot of brightness and citrus notes. It seemed to be there was some pungency and astringency in the finish I didn’t quite appreciate, although it is drinkable. Intense, yes. I prefer my ceylons to be more on the mellow side I guess.
This was a lot better with (soy)milk and sugar to temper the intensity. Not really destined to be a favorite of mine.
I had a very busy day yesterday after being at work all day and then going to drawing class in the evening. I got lots of homework! I haven’t had homework in ages. It’s fun though.
So here’s the tea of the morning to try and revive me. I’ve liked this blend for a few years now, the tart rhurbarb seems to go so well with the strawberry. I am dragging a bit in terms of energy. Have a great morning everyone!
I just discovered Kundalini yoga a little while ago and it is changing my life, my lower back pain is getting much better and I feel more energized overall. I suggest giving it a try!
This is my post yoga darjeeling tea. I bought a few samples from Upton to try this year.
I tend to use water that is below boiling for my ff darjeelings because I find this helps to curb any astringency which might be lurking about. I used 2 tsp of tea in my beehouse teapot and I think this is really divine!
The color is a light yellow and the grape aroma is just wafting out of my glass cup. This really packs a flavor punch, is slightly floral but has lots of sweet grape flavor with a minerality essence and a slight astringent finish. I’m not getting a lot of pungency but that could be because of the lower water temperature I was using.
I’d consider buying more of this but I feel guilty about the 2012 FF darjeelings which are still in my cupboard and may never be finished before they go stale… :(
I would recommend checking this out if you’re in the market for a nice darjeeling.
I bought this yesterday at Peet’s since I’ve been craving some kind of a masala chai but wanted to resist placing an order over the internet which would mean I’d probably end up buying a bunch of other stuff I don’t really need.
Upon opening the tin I think this is a CTC assam and there’s lots of broken spices in it. The directions on the tin say to steep 8 oz of tea for 5 minutes and then to warm the milk separately and combine the two. I figured I would try it at least once with their recommended instructions.
I used almond milk that I warmed in the microwave. I did taste the chai plain and it was incredibly strong so I know I will not be drinking it that way! Whenever I’ve had chai in Indian restaurants it does seem to be really creamy so it makes sense that you would use a lot of milk to temper it out. I also added some rock sugar and it is pretty good that way.
The spices in this blend are really strong, the cardamom is quite potent but that’s ok since I really like cardamom. The ginger is also quite strong. I can’t believe another taster thought the spices were weak because to me they seem quite potent. Next time I make this I will need to try adding slightly more plant milk and slightly less tea.
This is pretty good but I can see how it would be too strong for a lot of people, especially if they didn’t follow the instructions. It’s pretty good for a foggy day like today and I definitely feel invigorated just drinking this.
Overall it’s pretty good but I think I prefer the chai from Rishi, which I will likely purchase again someday. I’m just trying to avoid placing anymore internet orders for the next month or two while I save up for my vacation to Victoria.
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.