1822 Tasting Notes
Happy Easter! This morning’s mental a.m. soundtrack was the muted trumpet quartet playing “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” to intro “Davey and Goliath” and Goliath’s laid-back bass, “Davey … Davey … wake up! It’s Easter morning!” And since I was reminded to wake up and rejoice (uh-oh, here comes another soundtrack … “You ask me how I KNOW He lives, He LI-VVVVVVVEEEEESSSSSS with-INN my HEARRRRRRT!”), I decided to do so over a cup of something special.
And perhaps it’s just my morning mindset, but when I opened the pouch—courtesy of www.chinesetea-shop.com—I smelled jelly beans! Well, maybe not, but a sweet/floral/candy thing was definitely going on. The leaves were huge.
Package description calls it an orange tea, but in my cup, it’s more of a peachy-golden. And wow! The flavor reminds me more of a really fine Darjeeling than an oolong—puckery with honeysuckle.
Allegedly, this will go for nine steeps. Looking forward to spending the rest of the day with it. May your day bring you joy.
I was given a sample of Kusmi Spicy Chocolate, which didn’t exactly trip my trigger (seemed bland/no recognizable chocolate), but I dumped the spoonful or so I had left into my sample of this chocolate chai and made an experimental pot. Wow—it has a kick now! Warmish on the tongue long after you swallow and I’m getting a good bit of cocoa, too. Good for a stormy Saturday morning.
Review up: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2117/tea-review-tea-forte-hazelnut-truffle/
If one has to do without chocolate, this is a good placebo!
This was served with lunch at a local noodle and curry place in an old-fashioned light-bulb shaped decanter like they served diner coffee in when I was a kid. (Sort of clashed with the elegant rectangular platters.) Anyway, for a bagged oolong, it wasn’t bad. No subtlety, just warm and a little nutty.
Was able to connect briefly with my best tea drinking buddy while on the road and she brought me a do-it-yourself kit with this blend and several packets of turbinado sugar.
Tasted it straight up, then after adding the sugar crystals, and couldn’t taste much difference.
I do like this better than most chai blends because of its naturally sweet personality…most chais to me taste like somebody randomly emptied the contents of their spice cabinets into a tin. Not getting any citrus from the Samurai Chai part of the mix; but plenty of the cinnamon and pepper from the Ayurvedic half.