1390 Tasting Notes
This one is ok. I’m starting to realize I’m not a huge fan of Keyan black teas. There’s just something…. something about them that I’m not keen about. It’s mostly tasty though, and with milk I’m sure it would be lovely, but I’m drinking this purely black…
Thanks Sil for letting me try it out! I think I like Justea’s version a little more, but they’re still ALL odd.
Sipdown! Woo, 222!
This was a good one. Yep. Very nice!
Also, I guess I am looking to sipdown 22 teas in 7 days? Yeah, so this could still happen!
(And I’m already talking to Sil about Damn Fine Teas, and Lupicia, and thinking about Mandala…. NO! BAD CAVO! I just went and bought a comic and a toy for the kid instead :P)
I just realized why this tasted like a mocha and it’s because it has coffee in it. LIke, actual coffee. Good thing I like coffee, but I know that spells trouble for some of you.
Still, I really enjoyed it, and am now 2/2 for Simple Loose Leaf Teas! Thanks Sil!
I’m reviewing this tea while I read the revised script for the last episode of Hannibal S2. (no spoilers – I’m not allowed to say anything, but I WISH I COULD. :O)
I’m in a total Hannibal mood right now – listening to this awesome music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WP6_m9rRlI&feature=youtu.be) inspired by the show. NBC heard the song and asked to collaborate with the artist to make a official music video and the final product is quite lovely and haunting! Some spoilers for Season 1 there. I don’t think anything important from S2 is in it. Just, give it a listen!
Also, I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that we made a ravenstag at the shop. I helped glue the fur and feathers on. Pretty neat!
Anyway, on to the tea review: I think Aun-Juli nailed it. This is show that takes subject matter that churns the stomach and makes it antithetically pleasing. Never has cannibalism looked this good, right? The show is sophisticated and treats it’s audience intelligently, and turns the victims into art… This tea does the same. (See I was going somewhere with this…)It takes hibiscus, orange peels and rose hips, ingredients that can very easily ruin a tea, and does something masterful with it. This tea is sweet, and tart. It’s bold, (for an Adagio blend) and the caramel orange swirl together quite nicely.
So, I’m really happy Sil stole a bit of this before passing my half on because it’s good and she liked it, so that’s even better.
This tea is magic! Just pure liquid cool melon, with light (very very light) floral notes. I could see myself drinking TONS of this tea, except I won’t be able to because Lupicia doesn’t ship to Canada.
I was trying to think what I’d had recently that was comparable ,and I think it was Cool Cucumber from DAVIDsTEA, but this is just BETTER. I’m on my second steep now and I might cold-steep it a third time to see if I can get just a little more from those leaves….
Mmmm. This is a nice creamy sweet vanilla black. The mint mixes well with it, while the raspberry sorta lingers around the edges. Why are you so shy? Come on out?
But this is tasty. And this is the second tea I’ve enjoyed from Simple Loose Leaf!
Too bad you can’t really get them in Canada as I’m curious about more of their teas!
And that’s it for this tea! (231)
I made a giant mug of it so I could get ALL THE FLAVOUR, and then I threw the rest in my new box for Sil. (This one will take longer to fill though since I have nothing coming in…. yet)
It smells interesting! Chai spices make me think warm, by the fire thoughts, while the peppermint is a blast of ice. And this tea is part of the A Song of Ice and Fire fandom – OIC what you did there Aun-Juli!!!
The verdict? I really actually like it. The two contrasting flavours never quite mix – they dance around each other and taste great. The base may be a little weak but the flavours and scent more than make up for it. Let’s see what Sil thinks!
I love that this series of tea are all inspired by the many deaths of Sean Bean. :P I can get behind this. So far they’re great.
ETA I’m thinking if I can reduce my cupboard by July, then I may place a birthday order at Adagio! If I can’t mule it through Sil I may just end up paying the min charge because laslt time I ordered so much that shipping worked out to be buttloads anyway… Yikes. But yay! Time to sip! But after drinking all these Aun-Juli blends I am getting ideas on restocks. It’s great that she lets you buy samples from her website!