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Tea #44 from HHTTB2
A rather subdued EG flavor. I was expecting more punchiness from the bergamot. The cream part was played well, a nutty vanilla flavor that was both rich and smooth. Thankfully, I didn’t get much flavor in the way of coconut. I feel that would have been out of place here. I do think that’s where the nutty depth came from in the vanilla, though. Not an exceptional tea, but not bad either. Definitely a middle of the road kind of EGC.
Part of afternoon tea with the husband, had with wedges of chocolate pie. This wasn’t bad and I appreciate the cardamom, but the pear flavor is rather understated. I have a feeling I’d appreciate this more if I hadn’t just had the luxury of trying Fauchon Pear from Dexter3657 with its heady aroma and complex layers. Not bad though, probably better than Della Terra’s but not as tasty to me as Joy’s Teaspoon’s.
This one’s adorable; if you like this kind of thing it’s very cute—little snowflake candies, silver balls, sliced nuts, fruit cubes (looks kind of like apricot to me, reminds me of my favorite cookie recipe ever which includes dried apricots reconstituted in warm brandy then chopped up and added to the batter with pistachios and oatmeal), and what looks like (but isn’t) little square caramels (maybe marzipan?). It has the same strong almond extract/marzipan scent as other Georgia Tea samples I’ve tried have had. It grew on me the more I drank it (made a 3 cup pot)—at first the almond aroma is pretty overwhelming, but as that recedes (or maybe my nose gets used to it) the flavor comes out and it does a good job for a rooibos-based blend at having just enough rooibos flavor to mesh well with the other notes. It’s just a gentle-bodied, warm, sweet, nutty, comforting cup.
Had a cup of this this morning before heading to belated Thanksgiving at the husband’s fam’s house. This Caravan is not playing around. It’s definitely smoky, more in line with the sort of lapsang souchongs we used to drink at Crumpets, the kind of thing that just pervades the entire table with straight up smoke scent. If you love that sort of hardcore, somewhat one note kind of Caravan blend this is a good specimen. Occasionally I still want some of that. But usually I now (having discovered more types) prefer more nuanced and subtle smoke blends. Again though, once in a while this sort of over-the-top straightforwardly musty-smoky kind hits a nostalgia pang of mine.
Also had a few nights ago on the couch (I needed a good laugh so we were rewatching our favorite holiday-centered Seinfeld episodes). So far this has been the only major miss for me (husband too) from the Georgia Tea samples (if you can call them that…I see now the only other note for this tea mentions how honkin’ huge the sample sizes are, ha…more like an ounce) we’ve tried. I don’t get any pumpkin at all, just overwhelming spices whose heat grows as you drink until it feels pretty much practically as spicy as that one ain’t-playin’-around Butiki one (which I love, but expect to be chile-oil-in-a-cup unlike this) but without any balance. It wasn’t totally undrinkable, but it’s too unbalanced in the “hot spice” direction given what you’re expecting. I think I’m going to mix the rest with other tea to try to mute the heat and add some complexity. If that doesn’t work I’ll take the resulting bend and grind it up as a rub for meat and side dishes.
EDIT: Clove! Yes, that’s it. Reading through other reviews of this (it’s apparently likely identical to/relabeled from a Culinary Teas blend with the same name and description), I see Dexter3657 pointed out how overwhelmingly clove-y it was. Yes. And clove is one of those spices where just a smidge too much can ruin things. (I know firsthand—there’s a special Rochester-style “hot sauce” recipe, a regionalism in that it’s not hot sauce as one thinks of it, the bottled kind, but instead a loose warmly spiced ground beef mixture similar to Greek-style Cincinnati chili that’s used to top the local “split and charred white hots” hot dogs and thin-pattied, caramelized onion-focused burgers…my family makes a version of it in vat-sized amounts to freeze and the secret ingredient that defines it is the clove but one time I put a pinch too much in and it 100% ruined the entire huge batch!) That’s the weird off-putting kind of metallic heat source in this. A-ha!
Had this a few nights ago, the first of the Georgia Tea samples we broke into. Was pleasantly surprised and relieved that this is definitely cooked apple flavor, not the tart juicy fresh kind I for some reason dislike so much in tea. There’s the to-be-expected baking spice profile too, augmented with almond but without overwhelming the fruit. And it may be my favorite Georgia Tea so far, funny enough (have only tried about 5 of them, but). Husband loved it too. The raisins add a juicy cooked/stewed sweet fruit quality.
Husband was sweet enough to watch Upstream Color last night with me ‘cause I watched it the night before alone and loved it so much I wanted someone to talk to about it with, ha—and this was after dragging him to the second Hunger Games movie earlier the same day!! Anyway, we drank a pot of this on the couch during it. He loved it, had the good ol’ involuntary “Mmmmm!” commercial-type reaction to the first sip, haha. The coconut gives it a creamy mouthfeel similar to the many beloved coconut oolongs I’ve collected, and there’s a definite amaretto-y almond extract-y flavor as well. Nice without being too complicated, and resteeps like a champ. I must say, my foray into sampling Georgia Tea Company’s many flavored blends has been pleasant so far and I’m really wowed by how huge the samples are and how promptly my package arrived. I love when sales/promotions make trying someone completely out of nowhere feasible and it works out well.
I’ve had such a great holiday week—tons of quality time with the husband, finally got around to trying a bunch of the new spots that have popped up around town pleased to discover they’re all great, watched movies both obscure and zeitgeist-y (I enjoy when we can, makes me feel “like a real person”, hard to explain but I love those rare moments when I feel “normal” and connected to pop culture in a good way), slept in, cuddled, ate delicious food both in and out (the winner this year was waffles made out of leftover stuffing, coated in leftover gravy…YUM!) including swapping holiday plates with the upstairs neighbors (they’ve got a pro baker friend so they gave us some of her three-tiered cookie crust banana pudding cake and I tell you, my eyes rolled back and I did not want to share!), met that cat’s owner finally (she leaves for Ohio with her Sunday morning), all that good stuff. That said, I can’t wait to get back to my regularly scheduled programming/life after Monday for a bit, so I can log teas and chat on Steepster like usual. I’ve tried a bunch of teas this weekend but haven’t had time to log them, and it’s kind of ehhh timing considering many are from the awesome swap Dexter3657 kindly initiated a couple weeks ago. Can’t wait. Until then, just want to say I miss you guys!
This is a new tea for me (although I’ve had it on the shelf for 4-5 months). For some reason, this afternoon I felt like a flavored green. The aroma is fantastic and the taste was exactly what I was seeking – strong and solid but not too overpowering. Delicious with out sugar and good for two flavorful steeps.
I’ve been in a bit of a green tea mood lately, so much so that I’ve managed to run through an entire ounce of gyokuro in three days. Georgia Tea Co. suggested using “close to boiling water,” I felt that was way to hot so went with 175, which is the lowest temperature my hot water pot allows. I still think that is still hotter than I should be using, my first few cups were a bit on the astringent side, but still drinkable. Once I lowered the temperature again I was rewarded with the subtly sweet, yet vegetal flavor that I was expecting.
I should probably warn you, this tea left me craving sushi, or at the very least Chinese takeout.
Tea #12 from Another Traveling Tea Box
First off, I need to stop scorching my tongue on black tea. I think that’s the third time in so many weeks.
Secondly, I love love LOVE the name.
But I’m glad I tried this before I read the ingredients, because hibiscus and rosehips (especially together) make me so nervous. Luckily there was no hibiscus flavor to be found here! What I did find was a lightly pumpkin-ed spiced tea with some bright citrus notes. There’s a bitter note in each sip that does disappear after it’s swallowed, but I can’t say I care for it. I wish there was more pumpkin and less spice — this borders on (not super spicy) pumpkin chai levels.
Several months back I broke my no sprinkles in my tea rule and bought this based on the name only. My All Hallows’ Eve tradition has always been to watch Rocky Horror Picture Show with a group of friends and if we could find it on the big screen, even better. I’m going to be missing out on that tradition this year, but I have it on DVD and fully plan on watching it after my son goes to bed. It probably isn’t appropriate for a 2 year old, I didn’t even see it for the first time till I was 5 or so (this is a pretty long tradition of mine, haven’t you noticed? I used to watch this every Halloween at my grandpa’s house.) Gah, I just did the math and that means I’ve seen this movie at least 25 times.
I didn’t end up loving this tea, in fact, I was disappointed that despite the description there was no pumpkin to be found. There were a number of flavors listed in the ingredients that didn’t really stand out to me. Most of what I tasted was cinnamon and spice with a bit of a bitter flavor at the end of each sip. I actually made this a few days ago, gave up on it almost immediately, and stuck it in the fridge. Several days later the flavors melded a bit and I enjoyed it more, but I still didn’t love it. In fact, the name is what I loved most about it.