984 Tasting Notes
This was one of the free samples I recieved in my latest order.
Since they were kind enough to ship to Canada FREE with their last promo (I wasn’t sure if it was UK only), I feel I should make sure I review their teas (honestly of course) here and on their site to help spread the word. They made my day. :)
Anyway this was a tea that I frankly wasn’t too excited about. I like some chai’s but don’t go out of my way to get them (aside from Pumpkin in the fall!). This one was really good! I need to get past my biases or whatever it is as I miss out on teas that I end up enjoying!
There is a nice smooth Assam base that I can taste lurking below the blended flavours. It has the nice chai spices that you would expect, but the coconut steals the show with the strong flavouring and the creamy mouthfeel it provides.
Would I make an order for this? Possibly. It was really well done. I’d recommend it to others too.
Forget trying new teas, and forget “reward” teas. This is my comforting make-it-all-better tea. :)
And I feel better already.
Ozli – I have TONS if you want some. :P
I thought I would make this up as a reward – I just got my first interview scheduled! Woo! (It’d been about 2 weeks since I started applying, and I was starting to wonder if I wasn’t going to be shortlisted anywhere – maybe I had a typo or something? IDK. So, phew!) It’s a company that does 3D printing so I’m really excited about that, but when the recruiter asked me about my salary expectation I gave her a number that was too low.
I hate being on the spot like that.
So now, if the interview goes well, I’ll have to try and negotiate. (stupidstupidstupid)
At least I’ll know what value to give the next interviewer if this doesn’t work out?
Anyway… this tea is supposed to make me feel better and focus on the good parts! This might all work out! And I might just magically arrange daycare in time for me to start a job etc.
It’s not working. Time to go unpack more boxes and fidget anxiously.
And listen to NIGHT VALE. (best podcast ever you guys, why aren’t you listening to it? http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/08/night-vale-podcast-itunes/)
Comparison notes here for Organic vs. Non-Organic version: http://steepster.com/cavocorax/posts/194378
This is another sample I was a bit worried about trying because I only had enough for the one cup, and wanted to make sure I could give it a proper review.
Time to stop stalling! (Although, I wish I’d brewed up some of the non-organic version for comparison. Maybe I’ll do that right now? Done. Both are about ~7 grams at 85C for 2.5 minutes, because THAT’S SCIENTIFIC.)
I quickly smelled both of these and found that the organic version (OGV) smelled darker and a bit like chocolate, while the non-organic version (NOGV) smelled malty and rich.
The OGV tastes dark and rich but I can definitely taste the caramel notes in it. It’s very smooth and luxurious too and I still swear I’m getting cocoa. Once it’s cooled a little it actually tastes better too.
The NOGV has a very similar profile. Maybe slightly less caramel? But I might be getting honeyish notes in there.
Hmmm. I’m really have a tough time digging right in there and finding the difference. The OGV is a bit earthier than the NOGV, while the NOGV might be slightly sweeter. I guess that means that I’ll re-order the cheaper one? :P Both are fantastic teas and I’d recommend them.
Thank you Angel for this sample. I have 100g of the NOGV, so it was nice to have just a cup of the other so I could see what I was missing.
Now, what am I going to do with all these steeped tea? That’ll be a lot if I re-steep them both! Ha! But then I might be able to add more to this comparison.
Also, I don’t recommend drinking THIS MUCH tea (especially rich black tea) on an empty stomach! :P Whoops.
I wanted Mother’s Little Helper, but I also wanted to read for an hour before bed and didn’t think I could do that if I was drinking THAT tea, so I opted for this instead.
It’s also a sipdown: BONUS. I love the orange-vanilla creamsicle flavours.
I haven’t had this in a while and nearly forgot about. It’s fantastic.
Not too sound tooooo much like a snob here, but I was not expecting this much flavour from a bagged tea!
It’s robust and spicy without being in your face about it, and the coconut is fantastic even with the faint sunscreen association I have with coconut.
Thanks Incendiare for the sample!
Ok – time to be brave today and try this tea! The little bear is distracted with Sesame Street and a ham wrap so I should be able to give this tea the focus it deserves!
First sip is… pepper! Then light oolong notes paired with jasmine floating in the background, followed by what I assume to be the frankincense and saffron. (I haven’t had them before so can’t tell what’s what). Aside from the strong pepper notes, I’m also getting the creaminess that’s sorta soothing.
I can get behind this tea! It makes me feel alert, yet relaxed; warm and comfortable. I don’t think this would be a ‘must-stock’ as there are other Verdant blends I enjoy more but it’d be interesting to try again in the future.
I’m looking forward to see how the flavours change with the next steep (or two?)
I love how we all can drink the same tea and get different things from it. Reading everyone else’s reviews shows me that I’m the only one who was hit by the strong peppery notes!