1258 Tasting Notes
this one might just be better than the first!! wow. I’m so impressed… I don’t even know where to begin. I love how the woodsiness blends right into the hint of maltiness. If only the taste was stronger, then I would dump all my other teas and mainline this one!
I’ve decided that I really do enjoy this better with the milk. Without, it has a noticeable pepper aspect to it, and since I don’t really love pepper… the milk really cuts down on it, and I enjoy the milkiness anyhow!
Oh my goodness!!! so light, so different, so delicate… so tasty…
I think I may have used a little too much leaf or perhaps not enough water as it’s a little bitter, but otherwise, this goes so far beyond my expectations, I’m not sure where it lands!
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of the “woodsy” flavour, but I find that with foods I generally dislike, the cream of the crop will still be amazing for me. Licorice candy, for instance. I always disliked it, but then had some gourmet version of it, and wow, it blew me away.
That is how I feel about this tea.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I “enjoy” woodsy teas, but there you have it.
Oh, and I know it’s terrible of me, but I tried half a cup with milk and I daresay I loved that even more! the fine, light and meadowy characteristics still come out, only it’s also milky.
I could drink this all day. No tea has ever given me such pleasure!
If it was a tad maltier, that would push it up to 100 for me… that, and perhaps more controlled water temperature.
ya can’t have everything right? There has to be something left to dream for…
This was a tea making disaster! I had no whisk but desperately wanted to try some of this… as I LOVE green matcha but can’t handle the jitters that come with it, so had hoped to find an alternate.
This rating will likely get bumped up when I try it proper- or rather, I really hope it does.
I used nearly a whole teaspoon in one mug, and as expected it came out rather lumpy. and bitter!!! nearly two teaspoons of agave later, it was just barely palatable.
However, very satisfying! I had a few “ahhhh” moments here. Once it settled down into the bottom of course, it wasn’t so tasty anymore. I added more water to keep mixing it up (the fork failed at whisking) but eventually there was no helping it and I poured half a mug down the drain :(
I feel bad for having wasted so much of the precious powder. I know much better now… lesson learned.
Iced this time!!
Not bad, not bad at all. Almost better, I daresay, than it was hot… which surprises me because I am not usually one for taking my teas iced. We were on our way to dinner so I wanted something that would keep in case I didn’t finish in time to sit down, or else I would have gone with a hot one, of something else.
Anyhow, the sales lady added some agave. Between that, and the iced factor, it almost eliminated that wearing sensation from the mate I often notice and mellowed out the flavour. Interesting, because I would have assumed that agave would aggravate that feature. I’m glad I listened to her suggestion!
Oh, and I tried some Exotica iced. SO GOOD! I need to pick me up some of that— when I pare down my existing supply that is. (yeah right, good luck with that!)
I tried this in the store this morning… and while I’m glad to have tried it, I wish I had ordered something else.
See, Chai is a tricky tea for me. I will love it or hate it, and this one definitely landed in the dislike category. It was still drinkable, but certainly not something I would ever choose for myself again.
The spices were ok, I could definitely taste the cinnamon but the cardamom and cloves were bullies and took over, which left me with an odd, minty aftertaste. I don’t see anything mint-like in the description, but I think that’s a product of the tea base and cardamom teaming up on my taste buds. It makes me wonder if they used an asian base, as there was also something oddly watery about it.
Also, I couldn’t really taste much of the tea part, unless I am right and they did use a Chinese black. My favourite chais have at the very least, a moment of “ahh there’s the tea!” and this one missed that mark.
Ah well! It smells great… and it was naturally sweet so points are given for that.
I just bought a first flush darjeeling from DT’s… so breakfast will be extra special tomorrow :)
This is great!! so very smooth and just the right amount of bold. There is something (that I like) hanging in the background, like Gmathis said… buttered toast sounds about right! I was going to say toasted leaves, but toast is more apt.
It reminds me, in a way, of the note in pu’erhs that I keep hanging on to, that makes me think that I will find one I actually enjoy one day (besides cinnamon heart). I think it’s that toasted finishing note that brings me there.
The first half of the sip is rather subtle though. Watery, with just a hint of boldness. So contrary to the second half… It’s as if I took two different sips and cut them in half/switched ’em.
Either way, I am highly impressed!! :)
This was… well, it was different!
The bamboo was very nutty and left an odd vegetal aftertaste in my mouth… it reminded me of asparagus or some other vegetable I can’t quite place.
Also, this tea was very thick. I found that it caught in my throat as I swallowed, right before the vegetal taste kicks in. It was almost as if my body was protesting the suggestion of liquid vegetable. ha!
I’m glad I tried it, but will definitely not be buying any of this one. I entirely missed out on the pomegranate to :(
I had a cuppa omw to work this morning. It was remarkably similar to Lover’s Leap, but simply LESS in most every way. It was less bold, less fruity, less complex, less… everything! in fact, I found it to be rather plain and unmemorable. Maybe I didn’t leave the tea bag in for long enough, but it was in there for a good five minutes, probably longer. I added sugar as well, thank goodness or else it would have been more plain than red rose.
Maybe my expectations were too high. or maybe not, considering I would have traded this for a Tim’s tea if I’d had the opportunity. (not that I would have thrown out a serviceable brew!)
Oh yeahhhhh, this hits the spot :)
I remembered to add extra this time! and just for a change, some agave and milk. I think perhaps I was craving it because I missed out on spicy chocolate yesterday…
I’m getting quite a bit of astringency though, a little too much- a product of the extra leaves?? hmmm. Also, I’m definitely getting more of the roasted corn note here.