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drank Russian Blend by Samovar
911 tasting notes

Trying this the normal way this time. Wow, this brews up dark and thick and I might not be awake for something this strong without a little milk or something but we’ll see how it goes. The smell is very thick and rich. Smoky but sweet. And the more I smell it, the more I think I can handle it without milk to soften it.

The first sip is a lot milder than I anticipated. Very smooth and the taste just sort of slowly built as I swallowed and afterward. Sweet and smoky seem to seesaw back and forth. I can’t decide which one is more obvious but as it cools the fruity sweet seems to take the front taste position.

The initial taste is very smooth with a hint of sweet some sweet smoky. Not quite campfire smoky but not cigar smoky either. It’s more like a menthol tingle smoky. Finding some Icy Hot after a house fire? I have no clue and I’m going to stop trying now. Anyway, after I swallow, I feel myself exhaling smoky flavor and it fills my mouth. But it doesn’t have a real acrid edge to it or anything. The fruity sweetness takes care of that, I think.

After trying this the traditional way, drinking it now makes me really want to have toast with strawberry jam with it. This is definitely hearty enough to stand up to having with food. I imagine it would do well with milk and sugar too but there is enough sweetness that it doesn’t actually need sugar and milk might be overkill with how silky this feels anyway – or it might be decadent and yummy so I’ll probably still give it a shot!

This is a great morning tea but due to the smoothness of it, I could see it making me happy at any time of day. It’s stout and strong but not mean about it. It’s rather heavy so I think for me it is a great winter tea.

Really want my toast with jam now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
sophistre

Mmm. This sounds delicious. I could’ve sworn I tried to pick up some of this, but I have only Scarlet Sable in my kitchen…strange! Definitely one to put on the list for next time, whenever that will be!

mattscinto

why do I want everything Samovar has to offer?

Auggy

sophistre, Scarlet Sable still wins the smoky deliciousness battle for me but this is good! Glad I have a large tin of it!
mattscinto, Because it is all AWESOME. Hehe.

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sophistre

Mmm. This sounds delicious. I could’ve sworn I tried to pick up some of this, but I have only Scarlet Sable in my kitchen…strange! Definitely one to put on the list for next time, whenever that will be!

mattscinto

why do I want everything Samovar has to offer?

Auggy

sophistre, Scarlet Sable still wins the smoky deliciousness battle for me but this is good! Glad I have a large tin of it!
mattscinto, Because it is all AWESOME. Hehe.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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