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I drink chai about once a month it seems but I’m always pleasantly surprised by the tasty treat! I’m still very sick with the friggin Swine Flu and thought I needed to put some spices in there to help get me over the hump of this damn flu. I’ve never felt so sick in my life! I am able to make teas all day long to try and get thru this mundane existence right now-thank God for tea! This chai is tasting very good, so for the moment I am happy, I’ll just savor the malty ,spicy,yumminess of all the wonderful herbs in this tea right now..its just about the only thing I can do to try to keep my mind of feeling like utter crap.
I’m having this with milk for my morning cuppa. It makes a descent breakfast tea but I still wish that it were a bit more robust – although it might be the cream flavour mellowing it out a bit.
I don’t really like this tea enough to use up the full canister I bought so I’ll be ‘donating’ some of it to the various people who requested some in the Take It Away thread.
So I was looking for a black tea have following my cup of 52Teas’ Coconut Cream Pie tea and my gaze happened to fall on this tea. The two are quite similar, at least the descriptions would suggest they are, so I thought it might be neat to compare them both. This is just a quick and dirty evaluation, I don’t think I have the patience to do one of the long, detailed reviews Takgoti does. ;)
What I notice about the dry tea is, while 52Teas’ tea has lots of big coconut shavings, this tea only a has a few measly little shreds scattered through it. It doesn’t smell quite as strongly of coconut either.
The trend continues with the flavours; not as much coconut, but a bit more creaminess and also a touch sweeter, I think. One point in Capricorn’s favor is that it seems to take to milk better than the Coconut Cream Pie tea. The ‘bases’ of the tea taste different too, which I suppose only makes sense as Capricorn has an Irish Breakfast (Assam) base and 52Teas uses a Nilgiri base for their teas.
Which of these two teas do I like better? They’re both very much drinkable and pleasent, but I’m leaving toward prefering Coconut Cream Pie over this one because of its stronger, richer coconut flavour.
You know, as much as I love the vanilla and coconut flavour, there does seem to be something missing with this tea. I think I was expecting a bit more strength and depth, particularly with the Irish Breakfast added in. It’s kind of a one-note tea, so I think I’ll drop the rating a little bit.
Another one of my new Adagio teas. The first thing that hits me when I open the canister is the sweet odor of coconut follow closely on its heels by the vanilla.
The taste is quite similar in this regard although underneath I can also taste the malty Irish Breakfast. This tea has such a rich, creamy flavour that I feel like I need to look up the nutritional info to see how much fat it contains! ;D
So I just returned from the gym and a hard core workout that was fueled by some dark Yorkshire Harrogate which I am so in love with. But I needed a green soft tea for my palette and I chose this one because I’m running out of greens and its only 1 of 2 I have left. Genuis I know. I’m very pleased…I let the brew cool more which is what I’ve been working on lately after continuous attempts at sipping it hot and not getting a burnt tongue. Well my attempts were futile to say the least! So now I’m detecting so many different notes with this tea that I’m finally letting roll around my mouth and REALLY taste for a change. WOW! DUH. I thought I just liked everything hot hot hot, but I’ll leave that to The Cure for now. There is such sweetness apparent now! I taste a sugar cookie like taste with this tea and its really good! Subtle and sweet and just plain good. I’ve taken it thru 2 steeps already with great results and am hoping for a 3rd. Yum…just a delicate sweetness of a biscuit and honey…good times. Third times a charm right? Let me go see..
I continue my unintentional experiment with less than exact tea-making parameters. I’m taking it as an opportunity to try a more intuitive style of tea making.
Okay, honestly, I just don’t know how much liquid the cups hold so I’m having to guesstimate so that I don’t make the tea too watery or too strong. Or give someone a huge cup only one-third filled.
Anyway, it makes me happy that this tea is forgiving enough to still be good when I am not able to control all the factors involved in brewing (who you calling a control-freak, huh?). The flavor is strong, smooth and bake-y but I wish there was a little more thickness to the feel of this tea. For the stout taste of it I feel like I should almost be able to chew it so I’m a little disappointed that I can’t. But I still really like this tea (so much so that my sample tin has now gone bye-bye). There was a hint of almost barely tart/bitterness at the end of the sip but it wasn’t unpleasant. Both the husband and I enjoyed it straight but the father-in-law added a little sugar for his.
This is quite the yummy tea and it’s definitely opened me up to wanting to try lots of other Assams, something I had previously written off as I tea I just didn’t enjoy. But for those that like their Assams more in-your-face, this might be a little smooth and less chewy than they might prefer.
My first contact with this tea was successful and I wanted to see how it would do if I did the full 5 minute steep.
It’s good – and I’m saying that without having added sugar or milk to it. The bake-y flavor from before has become a malty flavor and there is a little bit of dryness/tannin in the aftertaste. The tea has no bitterness and a nice, full flavor.
This makes me think of the time a tasting specialist from Starbucks spoke at a meeting I went to and gave us coffee samples to highlight the different qualities to different types coffee beans. I wasn’t a big coffee fan but there was one he gave us – a pretty expensive, high-quality one – that was surprisingly smooth and rich without being acidic (a taste/feel I always associate with coffee). That’s what this tea reminds me of.
The smoothness of this makes me happy, but I could easily see people who prefer a more in-your-face Assam thinking this is too smooth or mild. But I think that someone who likes drinking a rougher Assam with sugar and milk would enjoy this one straight.
I’m singing ‘Cup of Brown Joy’ today. When I say Assam you say lovely. Assam! Lovely! Assam! Lovely!
Anyway… Yesterday was a good tea day. I drank 3 cups shy of 4L of tea – and it was all delish. So today’s quandary was: do I take a risk with a new tea and possibly upset the good tea karma from yesterday or do I go with tried and true to keep the wonderness flowing?
I decided to be a little daring and try this one. (I could have been more daring – I still have one Adagio custom blend to try…) And it’s official – I like Assams. I wasn’t sure because in the past I had only had some not so great ones and didn’t know if my dislike of them was related to the fact that they were Assams or the fact that they weren’t high quality. Totally option two.
This was very smooth – absolutely zero hint of bitterness so I definitely could have brewed it the full 5 minutes I think (but brewing unknown blacks that long scares me). I got a very bake-y quality from it. Like a nice bread. It took me a while to place it and I might be off (my mouthwash from last night has a disturbing amount of staying power – I can STILL feel it on my tongue so it’s dulled my sense of taste a bit – boo!) but ultimately I came up with that it tastes like the cookie part of a chocolate chip cookie. I didn’t get a chocolate taste from it, but you know how there are some cookies that skimp on the chocolate chips so you just end up with a bite of cookie, no chocolate? But it doesn’t taste like a sugar cookie (unless it’s a brown sugar cookie)? That’s the taste I was getting from this.
Right now I’m intentionally tying this one with Adagio’s Irish Breakfast for the rating but I’m going to have to see which one truly reigns supreme (once the mouthwash taste goes away and I can have a fair taste-off or something). But yeah, two thumbs up.
Now, must go watch the Brown Joy video again.
Hot Review – if you are looking for a COLD/Iced Review…click on my other tasting notes.
I LOVE how you can see chunks of pear in this! Another observation is that there really isn’t that much Black Currant Flavored in there but that is by design. Even tho I blended a Black Flavored, an herbal, and a white together I think the White Tea is the more prominent and that is what I was hoping for.
The coloring is that of an oolong, really…at least that is what comes to mind first.The first and 2nd infusions are quite different but both fun and yummy. The first one was more fruity but not tart…thirst quenching and relaxing. The 2nd infusion is more earthy or leafy with hints of cherry and pear and maybe hidden currant like tones. It’s also a comfort. And I really like the way the label came out on this one! :)
ICED Review – I’m liking this iced (as well as hot which I will review soon, hot, but I am thinking Iced is pretty awesome – if I do say so myself)
Fruity but not tart, sweet and thirst quenching. Fun and colorful dry leaf…medium white color tint to the tea once brewed. If you like White teas – flavored and if you are afraid of fruity herbals because you think they are too tart…try this…you might just like it! It’s a happy medium.