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Flavors: Drying, Mineral, Smooth, Tannin, Tea, Toasty
So there’s only a handful of places to get tea locally if you live in DC. Teaism is more of a cafe to me but it still carries some pretty good teas if you want to buy loose. I have to admit that I was addicted to their chai shake. It’s so awesome that I had to get some loose chai for my home in case I’m too lazy to go to the cafe.
Very balanced chai without too much ginger, just the way I like it. Drink it with or without milk. I usually froth my milk and pour it into a hot cup of chai. Perfect for the winter days :)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Milk
I love roasted flavors in my tea (but somehow, I don’t like coffee). This tea is nothing but roasted buckwheat, so it offers plenty of those flavors. It definitely reminds me of the toasted rice or popcorn flavors associated with genmaicha, but with none of the green tea flavors. Because there is only one ingredient in this tea, the flavors are pretty straightforward. I wish there was a little more complexity, but it’s just roasted buckwheat.
Another benefit of this tea: you can eat it!
Flavors: Grain, Roasted, Toasted
This is one the my friend picked from the shop outside the Capital.
The taste was very earth and lacked the chocolate tones of the monkey counterpart. This brew had a more malt and spice taste rather than smooth and dessert like. It also carries a light rose hip flavor which was strange. I did enjoy this, but I mostly stuck to my Golden Monkey :)
Flavors: Earth, Malt, Rosehips
I am back from another vacation :) This time I was in Washington D.C. and of course I must stop for Tea. I’ve been wanting to try this tea house out for awhile. I will post a review in the Discover/Explore section.
I couldn’t decide on a brew, so my friend just picked two closely related blacks and we sampled both. This was the one I chose. This comes in a very generous amount. The liquor is a deep chocolate crismon soup. The aroma is of dry cocoa and malt. The flavor is a deep coco tone and smooth. It tasted similar to a decent quality Jin Jui Mei. The last sip finished with a silky caramel tone. I really did like this tea, but it was on the pricey side. I know of other businesses where I can get much higher quality for about half the price. I believe the price was for the experience of drinking tea within sight of the Capital.
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Smooth
A friend gave me a bag of this. She in turn had picked it up from the freebie table at her workplace. And I never turn down free loose tea.
This is lovely. Light, just enough jasmine to satisfy without turning into perfume. It’s perfect.
I just looked at the Teaism website and it’s a bit pricier than I’m used to paying for jasmine tea (11.25/2 oz) but I’m glad to have this bag. Given the price and my knowledge of where to find similar or better quality for less, I probably won’t make my way down to their store in Penn Quarter to purchase more.
I had this tea the other night after dinner at a fantastic restaurant in DC, and while it took a while to steep (longer than the 3-4 mins my waiter suggested), it was quite delicious – very light, yet with a comforting apricot flavor with an intriguing cinnamon twist. I’d definitely drink it again.
Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Flowers, Honey
Wiry, lightly oxidized black tea with lots of golden tips. Golden is great word to describe this tea: a honeyed aroma is prominent, with undertones of hay and quince. Reddish brown color in the cup. With careful brewing, can be brewed twice, but initial brew should be less than boiling. This review is for the 2012 harvest.
So I lost this elaborate post I just wrote…so I’m going to just gloss over it because I’m lazy and want to hurry and get to my newly arrived Samovar order! Basically I’m going to say that I was scared, but drank it anyway. It wasn’t bad, and I’m glad I tried it.
I think it’s just too far from the flavors I’m going for lately. It’s very forceful and savory, while I’m tending to like sweet and complex. I know that quality could have something to do with it, but I think it’s something I would have liked more when I was more into black tea anyway.
Honestly, and I know that it’s not necessarily the case with all Lapsangs, all I could get from the smell was “bologna”…Being a vegetarian I haven’t had bologna in about 10 years, so I suppose I could be wrong, maybe a hot dog, but it was pretty distinct. The taste was black tea with hints of bologna…>__< It wasn’t bad, but it was really strange.
My sister quite enjoyed it with some honey. I tried a bit, the floral/sweet honey taste seemed to balance the smoky/savory really nicely. However, I’d rather not add anything to my cup at all.
I’m really not sure how I feel yet, so I won’t rate it.