1811 Tasting Notes
One pot of tea closer to killing this one. Not that I don’t enjoy it, because I do, but it is quite old and has lost its spark to me. Now I it’s just the latest in a group of teas that I am excited to sipdown and clean out my cupboard. In one week I leave for Europe and in two weeks I will be buying a stupid amount of tea in Paris. Quite happy with where my cupboard is right now, but a few more sipdowns before I go would be great. Go go go!
Earlier today I made a iced matcha latte with this using some instructions I found in a discussion thread here, thanks to Stephanie. They were: 1/2 tsp matcha, 2 tsp sugar, 1 cup milk, shaken with ice. I don’t have a cocktail shaker (for some bizarre reason), but I did happen across a shaker bottle intended for making frappés (this particular frappé being a Greek instant coffee, milk and sugar drink that I grew fond of when studying abroad in Athens years ago), which works well.
It was super delicious! I will try it without sugar to see how it turns out as well, but the two teaspoons in this weren’t overly sweet. I need to get through some of my matcha because it is pretty old at this point, so this will be a great way to drink it up this summer.
Sipdown, 127. It’s been an exhausting couple of days. I got sick a few days ago but refused to let it slow me down on my few days back in NY, so now that I can slow down I am totally exhausted. It’s really hot, but fortunately we have AC currently and so I am having the final of these teas that I brought with me. Hopefully it will perk me up a bit.
I always drink chai sweetened with milk, and I decided this one would be no different. Before additions it smells very spicy and kind of like Christmas… Clove, cinnamon, ginger. I think I can smell the cardamom too, and it adds a “roundness” to the spice mixture, keeping it from being too sharp. With additions, this tastes to me like a fairly generic chai. Then again, I’m not a chai person normally, so I don’t know if I’d be able to pick out the intricacies of the spice blend. But it’s pretty tasty, and I can feel the black tea giving me energy already.
Sipdown, 128. This tea was the whole reason that I bought the variety box from this company, because I had a pot of it in Argentina and enjoyed it. I was hoping this one would surprise me like the English Breakfast one did, but it was a decent but fairly mediocre earl grey with some notes of rose. Not something I will miss too much.
Sipdown, 129, and backlog.
When I brewed this up it smelled like candied mangoes. Pretty tasty smelling overall and nicely tropical. I don’t know if its partly some interaction with papaya or what, but in the sip this almost taste peachy! There is a bit of hibiscus in this but it is deployed with a deft hand and it’s not very noticable. Overall a pretty decent tea for the afternoon.
Sipdown, but I apparently never added this to my cupboard. Oops!
Green tea, chamomile and orange. This tasted mostly like chamomile, with a bit of grassy green tea. As it cools, I got a hint of orange, but other wise it was ok but less successful than the other Inti Zens I’ve had today.
Sipdown, 130, and backlog.
This is an English Breakfast, and in the past I have shied away from English Breakfasts because I haven’t really liked them. There was a period of time where I actively despised them, actually. But I’ve been enjoying Chinese teas and the components of English Breakfasts way more lately, so I was cautiously optimistic that I would like this one. And what do you know, this was pretty good! I was shocked that it was actually sweet when I took a sip! Malty and grainy and yum. Not very complex, but satisfying and way more than I expected from a tea bag.
Sipdown, 131, and backlog.
Microwaved water, old tea bags, and a microwave that permanently smells like indian food… what could go wrong??
Well, surprisingly little, today. I brought all my Inti Zen tea bags with me on this trip for easy brewing and to use them up. They aren’t soooo old, only about a year and a half, but they are close to using up and a trip was a good excuse to sip them down. I’m back at my old office and there is no kettle here, only the microwave. Fortunately, the mug I was using is somewhat roughened on the inside and I think it helped with the water.
I have another mate + jasmine blend and I like it, so I chose this one first. It tastes pretty similar, although the other one has jasmine pearls and is a bit more refined. This was pretty decent, all things considered.
Sipdown, 132, and backlog! I have been quiet because I am traveling again. I made this as a cold brew and took it with me on the road while we drove all day yesterday. I think that cold brews can sometimes extract more flavor out of old teas, and this was definitely the case here. Cold, this was super passion fruity and nicely rosey. Quite delicious, and a great end to this tea!
Sipdown, 133. At first I was hoarding this one, too, but then I realized that I have two ounces of the first picking Laoshan Black, so why I am hoarding this?
I am immediately reminded why I love it, however. This was the bottom of my pouch, so this cup had some finer bits of tea than usual, and more of them certainly pack into a tablespoon or so. After 1 minute I knew that it was done and needed no more time. The scent is heavenly, and oh so chocolatey. And the flavor! Holy crap is this cup sweet. It’s like I sugared it, but I didn’t. I think this came from a particularly chocolatey and honeyed batch of Laoshan Black from a couple of springs ago, and it is amazing. Farewell, this batch of Laoshan Black! You were awesome.