1630 Tasting Notes
My samples arrived today! Yay!
So this is an interesting orange spice tea. Usually it’s all orange and fake sugar/cinnamon but… believe it or not… I can actually taste the black base in this version.
I think I actually prefer this to other orange teas. I guess there are other orange teas that aren’t orange/cinnamon but I don’t recall any offhand. So I’ll stick with this one.
The base is interesting too. It’s harder to say with a blend, but it seems sorta darker/maltier than I’m used to. Almost reminiscent of some of the Kenyan teas. It’s a little woodsier, and it has a rich aftertaste. It’s still really good after it cools.
Sipdown! I finally got a sipdown! Seems like I’m down to one a day but I’m rotating through and trying lots of things. :)
Interesting (to me) factoid:
Last month I had 183 teas that weight 154 oz.
This month I have 214 teas that weigh 149 oz.
Most of it was purchased in the last 9 months so it’s still fresh too!
I’m definitely heading in the right direction!
Oh and this tea: it’s good! I should have known that because Jane Austen Mafia and Tardis both have this (or I’m sure they do) and I really enjoy them. It’s interesting seeing it on it’s own. It’s really quite flavorful without being mixed into a blend!
(I mean it is a blend, but it’s not currently a fandom blend. That’s what I mean) Thanks 221Tea! (I may have called you 221B earlier and I hope you forgive me! Haha)
Thank you Brian and 221tea for sending me a sample of this one. It sounded so amazing, but I was hesitant to spend $12.50/oz without know if it was REALLY worth that much.
Yes. Of course it is. It really, really is. Where’s my credit card? :O
(Oh, I’ll wait a little bit. So much to sipdown first, including the rest of the Whispering Pines samples those 2 sent me!)
It’s like decadent fudge – the chocolate notes are just that strong and with a bit of depth/weight to them. So amazing. I also get honeyed vanilla with this as well. I’m going to resteep this for the rest of the afternoon. I WILL!
Thank you, again.
This is one of the more astringent Assam’s. And that’s ok, especially if you like to add a little milk or cream to help tame it, but I like to soldier on and drink it plain. It has a nice bit of malt, and the tiniest hint of sweetness!
I don’t regret drinking this over my Tiger Assam, but it does make me appreciate the Tiger Assam more. Sorry, Beast of the East.
I chose this as my sample for next month’s Simple Loose Leaf selections because it sounded interesting, but puerh’s make me a little nervous because when I don’t like them, I really don’t like them. Why not find out for sure?
And now that I’ve had some, I think I’ll select this one after all!
It definitely has that smooth earthy taste you would expect from a puerh, but it’s also bright and tropical! I can taste the creamy coconut, and fruity papaya. It’s not a blend I would have thought of, but it works!
So far I’m off to a good start with my subscription!
OMG, this tea. O.M.G.
I actually didn’t snack on anything tonight because I drank two cups of this and it satisfied my sweet tooth and made me super happy. It’s like a lemony pastry thing, with butter meltling in my mouth…
Thank you 221B for this and the giant bag of samples that was packed along with it.
(i wonder if i can resteep it a third time?)
Thank you Kat Maria! (187)
I brewed it hot and I’m enjoying this fruity green/white, but it’s just a little bit of strawberries, and oddly, a little bit of butter, and comfort, and it’s nice and all that, but I don’t know that I’d take it home to meet my mother or anything like that.
Speaking of… mother’s day this weekend! :O I have little time to dig up some kind of gift and ensure she gets it in time. #failed I bought her tea before but I don’t know that she’s actually drinking it or would want any more. :| And we rarely speak. Ugh. We did take a mold of my 2yo at work, so maybe I can send her a copy of my daughter’s feet? It’ll be late but something like that might be cool.
Ok, back to work. Back to drinking tea!
ETA So all the new Summer teas are out, so I grabbed the Summer pack and mailed that to her (in BC, so it’ll be late). Even if she doesn’t drink a lot of tea, she DOES like iced tea, especial decaf ones! #patsselfonback I also sent her the bubble pineapple mugs bc they’re cute.