406 Tasting Notes
Interesting how my first logging of this tea was on a day that I awoke with a headache and congestion, and now today, this is the tea that I have selected for the very same reasons. I opted not to take conventional medicine and have this as one of the ingredients in the otc medication for my headaches is caffeine, and I thought this would be a better tasting way to treat my head issues.
I was reminded of this tea, and the sweet potato and raisin flavour notes that another reviewer noted, and I reread the reviews which all pretty consistently and conclusively list sweet potato or orange and sweet potato notes…and well, that all sounds good, though I’ve never thought of comparing tea tastes to that of sweet potatoes or raisins.
Dry leaves…in the package they are beautiful and golden, and as some have said, fuzzy. I took in as deep a breath as I could muster with the congestion and sniffed as much as I could. They smelled sweet and fragrant, and rich but delicate.
Brewed…I did my best to try to taste the sweet potato notes in this tea, and I think that having that expectation to look for, I found it, at the back of my mouth, as I finished my sip, but I wouldn’t have had the foggiest idea what that was otherwise. There is a bit of tartness, which could be what some are saying is orange or citrus.
The overall flavor is light and delicate, but earthy and warm, and a bit complex. I can sense a roasty/toasty essence which may be malty on the tongue, with a sweet-ish aftertaste.
I have raised my rating on this tea. I used water just before it was at a full boil, with one scoop of leaves in my bamboo spoon, and about 4/5 full of water in my steeper…I did not measure out specifically, I just poured it in over the leaves.
I have one last serving of this. For a straight black tea, I like it. I may have to explore more yunnans.
What can I say that I haven’t already said about this tea? I love it sooo much!! heart
I mean, I can honestly say I don’t think this tastes QUITE like icing, but it does capture an essence of buttercream icing. I find this is best captured with sugar and milk. I mean, icing is sweet and creamy, so this tea kinda begs for milk and sugar, and if you don’t like it sweet, why are you trying a tea that is trying to emulate ICING anyway? ;)
I had this as a tea to go today as I was scouting it out as a potential tea to take to our Friday Night Dinner Group since we’re (mostly) all trying to be healthier after one of our members had a big health scare in December.
It is moderately tasty considering I am not a huge fan of rooibos, though honeybush is slightly more tolerable. I do pick up sweet fruit notes and a juicy feeling in my mouth…I’m not sure if that is the honeybush or the tea in general. Having some Strawberry Pie from My Sweet Honeybush that I got from Jenn now (totally by coincidence…I wasn’t planning on having honeybush twice today), and would have to say it is probably an effect of the honeybush.
That said, I’m not sure I am going to buy this. I can tolerate it, but I think I would prefer to have an oolong or something instead. Maybe during summer I’ll get this and make it iced…I can sense it would be a good iced tea. I think the juicy mouth watering effect would be refreshing in the summer.
Another sample from jenn here…I’ve been putting it off because it smells so strong, but I had a chill this morning, and a bit of a stuffy head, so I thought hot cinnamon tea would be good. Plus, I made cinnamon buns this morning…so it was a cinnamon-y morning.
I think this is still too strong. Don’t get me wrong…I like a hot and spicy chai, but this seemed a little one dimensional by comparison, to say Saigon Chai or Chocolate Chili Chai from DAVIDs which is a little more rounded out and multi-dimentional.
SIPDOWN: Had this yesterday with the hubby’s wonderful but oh so not healthy egg sammies. It was nice to cut the grease and salt but it is just so so. The flavour is nice, but not exceptional. I think I am spoiled by other tea companies and dried fruits in the teas, and this doesn’t have that. It is still flavourful, and it is pleasant, and I would like to find a tea with similar fruit pairings. It is pleasant, like I said, but not one that I simply can’t live without. I thank Jenn for sending this to me though. It was actually the first tea from her that I tried. I do like the concept of the fruits in this blend…and I’d like to see if DAVIDs or Teaopia can come up with a similar blend.
This is a sample from teavivre and I thought I’d give this one a go today. Feeling like a straight, or mostly straight tea right now. Pu-erh sounds good to start the new year in. On;y I did have some Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice earlier since I was cold.
Anyhow, dry observations…
It smelled very earthy, and the cake was pretty firm…only a little crumbling at the top. I do have to mention I had no rose bud whatsoever with this particular tuocha cake. Now, I don’t know about the others, though there was some confusion initially about which pu-erh tuocha I was getting from Angel. So take this last fact with a grain of salt when it comes to tasting notes. I can’t be 100% sure that I got the ripened rose instead of the plain.
Brewing and tasting…
The liquor turned dark dark dark! It looks very much like coffee or wine, or a mix of the two. I cannot pick up any rose notes specifically, though there is a floral note at the back of my tongue that is accentuated a bit more with the sugar I added. And I added the same amount of milk, roughly, that I usually do, and it is a dark brew still.
I taste a very full bodied tea here…even with the milk and sugar. It is earthy and warm and balanced. I don’t get any fishy taste, though I did faintly smell it when it was dry. To me, this is equivalent to a dark beer (though I don’t drink beer). It’s not for everybody. I think this is good for those who like coffee but want to transition to tea because it is such a hearty taste.
This all said, it isn’t my favourite, but I do like it as a straight tea. I think I prefer pu-erh blends like DAVIDs Oh Christmas Treat! Orange and chocolate are the perfect match for pu-erh.
I’ll see what my next steep is like on this. Oh, and for the record, I did break up the cake with my fingers into a few smaller chunks into my steeper, no rinsing, and I used boiling water and steeped about two minutes.
Happy New Years Steepsterites!
Yum! I forgot I had some of this left. It’s nice and mellow and sweet on its own, even when over-steeped (oops) and is almost like a straight tea…the flavour is mild but complex. I should stock up on this. I do like it a lot. I’m glad I chose this tonight. Nice choice for New Years, with the black and white theme. :)
Oh, how I love you so!
First steeping…definitely more spice than chocolate, as noted by others. I don’t taste the licorice, but I do taste the cinnamon and cardamon, and together I think they give off a licorice-like taste.
Second steeping…spiked it with a little bit of Chocolate Chili Chai, and served with milk.
Nothing terribly remarkable either way, but not horrible either. I don’t know if I’d buy this again on it being a chocolate tea, but for the medicinal ginger and such, perhaps. I do have a delicate stomach at times, so it might be worth stocking a little as a medicinal tea. That said, there are other teas with ginger and cinnamon and so on…so I do have some other choices as well.
Tea to go for me, and free at that. The initial SA buggered off and passed me on to another person, who was very helpful, and she comped the tea for me.
It tastes lovely, but I can’t tell if there is much difference between this and Alpine Punch. I might need to pick up more of each and evaluate at home. Anyone know if lapacho is better for you than rooibos, or are they really just two peas from the same pod?
More later, but it was yummy and I enjoyed it.