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What’s an afternoon without a little Ceylon tea? I found a stray bag of this tea in my stash…may have been the last bag in my possession, but not for too long, as I will buy this one again. It’s a nice smooth Ceylon…smoother than that Twinings Ceylon that I enjoy, but you guys don’t particularly like. :P I’ll still buy that one too, but I’ll probably rotate this one and the Ahmad Ceylon in the afternoon most of the time…if I can ever find the Ahmad Ceylon again! I’ll probably head up to the Raleigh/Durham area soon, so I’ll just go back to that random Turkish store in Cary where I found it last time, haha! Happy Saturday, everyone!
Backlog. This was my second cup at that café. This is a really mild chai, probably thanks to the rooibos. There’s a surprising amount of ginger in it—it’s actually the strongest spice I taste, followed by cinnamon and just a touch of clove. As always I wish for more cardamom, but what can you do? It almost tastes like a candied ginger flavored rooibos, but as a chai I’m not impressed.
China Clouds and Mist from Allegro offers a unique taste that I wasn’t really expecting when I steeped it. The scent is very vegetal like bitter herbs and spring greens, while the flavor is very dominantly minty like spearmint with sweet undertones. There’s even a slight cooling sensation like mint. After a second steeping, I’m getting some smoke and asparagus notes underneath the mint. The third steeping was similar, but more mellow. Each repeated steeping finished with a drier mouth-feel than the last, which wasn’t desirable, but wasn’t overpowering either. This green tea certainly has a unique flavor that struck me as very interesting at first, but wore on me just a bit. I do not like spearmint, so that may be why.
Flavors: Asparagus, Bok Choy, Mint
I wasn’t expecting much from this relatively cheap black tea from Allegro, but I had never tasted a Ceylon tea before and the leaves looked long and attractive so I decided to try some. After brewing my first cup this morning, I am very happy I went with an ounce instead of just a half ounce. The first infusion was somewhat lighter than other black teas I’ve tasted, which I attributed to the fact that I steeped it at a little lower temperature than I should have, but once I tasted it I was very impressed to find complex, fruity tones over a smooth base of black tea goodness. The second infusion was very weak, I think next time I’ll just brew it hotter and longer the first time and then throw it out, this being the only real downside to this tea. Otherwise, very impressed with the oolong-like characteristics of this unassuming black tea.