1638 Tasting Notes
I really love this tea. There’s just something about it that’s different than I’m used to, but it’s hard to nail it down exactly.
I steeped it for 3 minutes because I didn’t want to risk it getting too strong for my tastes, and it was probably at less than boiling. The result is very smooth and fresh, with only the slightest astringency in the endnotes. It’s bold, but also slightly sweet. This is a hefty cup – it’s thick and malty. I’m also getting fruity notes in there as well.
For those of you who don’t know Justea is fundraising right now to get their company off the ground and help empower the Kenyan farmers who produce the tea (and cut out the middle-man). I highly recommend you check it out and support them here: http://www.justea.com/
(I wish I could support them again but… I need a job. Hopefully I find one in the next 30 days and then I can throw money at them!)
I’d like to support the campaign because I think this is a cuppa I’d like to keep around
One cup away from a sipdown!
This is a comforting bedtime tea, with warm caramel notes embracing me like a hug. It’s time to bed.
I’m bringing my kindle. I just loaded up tons of fic. :O The last one I read made me bawl my eyes out but… it was pretty obvious that was going to happen when it’s about Sherlock dying of a brain tumour while John is helpless. /0\
I chose this with my GC for Steeped Tea that my Aunt and Uncle gave me for my birthday. It’s strong. Really, really strong.
I’m actually not a big fan of it on its own because each sip is just PURE licorice, just rich and dark. I have to sip it slow. (Much like eating those pure black licorice candies – the ones that barely have sugar in it?)
OTOH, if you add a splash of milk to it it becomes quite enjoyable! So, while I probably wouldn’t re-stock it, I’ll drink this up with no hard feelings.
(And the gift was really great – it’s my fault I didn’t like the teas “I” picked)
It was time for me to stop being a wimp and to just try this.
Look! It’s puerh! It’s really great!
I only steeped it for a minute because I thought under was better than over-steeping and I’m really enjoying this mellow earthy blend. I don’t know enough about puerh to say where this ranks amongst the others, but I know I like it which is encouraging!
I’ve only got one more cup of this left! :O :O :O
(Well, I can always order more, right? Just need a job first!)
Anyway this is perfect for relaxing at the end of the night and maybe watching an episode of Supernatural. I just ate a peanut butter & banana sandwich and surprsingly enough, this tea paired well with it. I was afraid the sandwich would totally overwhelm the delicate tea but it didn’t.
This is probably my favorite non-black Butiki tea.
Odd. I expected tons of caramel but I’m mostly getting spicy orange. But not as cinnamon/orange as some of those teas out there – it’s no Market Spice! I can see why this would have been part of the fall/winter collection though – it’s very comforting on a colder day.
I wish I could have tasted the mulberries though. I think Gold Rush is one of my favourite DT teas because of the golden mulberries.
And thanks to Heather Martin for the sample!
I snagged 4 oz of the autumn version of this tea after feeling a bit anxious about the last of my spring tea getting sipped down. Now I’m pretty much at peace, enjoying the strong chocolate/barley notes, listening to Birdy on the computer, and watching the baby play with a box of Twinings Earl Grey tea bags. It seems like a pretty good kid toy, and I’m not worried she’ll wreck it.
We are off to Hamilton today to drop a friend (and the stuff we drove across the country for him!) so that’ll be fun – I haven’t seen much of Ontario yet. Maybe we’ll go the extra hour or so to Niagra Falls? Not sure if today is the day to do that, but I’ll be very upset if we move back to BC in a year and we haven’t gone, and we won’t once the weather turns. (Obviously). :P
Hope everyone else is having a relaxing Sunday.