1564 Tasting Notes
Sweet tarts!! Tart, with a very faint hint of berry, which was brought out a touch with my addition of agave. The black tea base is pretty standard. I don’t really have much more to say… except that I am so sure that there is hibiscus hiding in here somewhere. yes, it was that sour without the agave!
Overall, it was nice but not especially unique.
Thanks to my tea peeps Jessie, De, and Aisling for sharing this with me! Epic times. Epic times…
Ever have one of those tea days where nothing goes as planned? not a disaster exactly, just not what you expected.
That was today. See, I had planned to bring in one of the many samples I received yesterday… only to find myself running late and of course entirely forgetting the tea on my dresser. No biggie, I figured… I needed to run an errand for work that took me by the Tea Dynasty. I rarely get to stop in there, what a treat! except when I swung by, guess what?!? they were closed. Oh right, they are a retail business and not in the core financial district. Of course they are closed, until 11am!!
Anyhow, by this point I was desperately craving tea. ANY TEA! Having been promised some and denied twice, I was rather thirsty! and that’s how I ended up at David’s, the closest shop to my work.
Needless to say, this was a bit of a letdown. Malty, sure. Even a little honeyed. And smokey?!? Did I taste that right… how odd. Is it just me? has anyone else noticed anything even remotely like that? nobody looked at me oddly, so I doubt there were any seizures involved. Maybe it was the tiny bit of agave I added. Or aliens. They planted the smoke. yes, that’s it :)
Ah well. What can ya do…
Yummy!! so very yummy. When hot that is. I was all set to rate this one supa’ high, because I was so very much in love. but then it cooled… and well, it just wasn’t doin it for me anymore. The heavy, lukewarm liquid became sour and the cinnamon began to dominate. Sour cinnamon is just awkward. Not terrible, but odd in a way that makes me cringe. So if I can get to the bottom of my cup before it cools, s’all good.
No matter, it’s better than I anticipated, by far. I was worried that it’d taste like Forever Nuts, which I hated… but it doesn’t so yay!! I’m not sure what the difference is, since the ingredients are identical, but this one just gels together so much better. Maybe it’s the ratio of contents? shrugs
Also, this gets negative points(I’d say 3 or so) because while beets are healthy-ish, they have serious glycemic index issues. I’m trying to lessen my sugar dependency here! esp with about 80% of my relatives dealing/passed on from Diabetes complications. Jus’ sayin…
Dang, this one had so much potential to be amazing! but then one thing after another tore my rating for this from a soaring 95, ten points down to 85. Sheesh. I feel like it deserves higher but then I consider all the factors and… well, I just can’t justify boosting it. Hmmmm.
This was… interesting! not bad. I’ve been on the hunt for bold teas lately, and it seems I’ve found one that is actually TOO bold. I didn’t think it was possible!
It reminds me of that Harrigate tea I tried ages ago. I mean, in yo face bold!! and yet not malty enough. In my view, bold and malty ride together. Like Bonnie n Clyde! they stand up to, and for each other!! but here, the malty was like a younger sibling trying to keep pace.
In fact, I guess this will seem really odd to some… but it hadn’t ever occurred to me that a tea could be so bold without the malty. This would blend nicely with some milder varieties… it could easily be part of an Irish or Russian “breakfast” tea.
Actually, in my head this is sorta what I imagined Queen Catherine would be… but then I tried the Queen and she is soooo much more refined than this clumsy beast haha. Maybe this could be The Queen’s evil twin :P
If someone offered me more of this, I wouldn’t turn it down if there were no other options, but I doubt I’ll pay for more.
Anyhow… I enjoyed the company much more than this cuppa!! I won’t call out my tea accompli (is that right? accomplices just sounds odd), just in case ya want yer privacy… but thanks so much for a lovely afternoon ladies! I had a fan*tea*bulous time :)
I think I underleafed this!! It was so light, and didn’t really wake me up… the mango was def there. Now I regret adding that tiny swirl of agave because it seems to have entirely covered up the yerba flavour. I’ll rate it next time!!
Mucho thanks Tina S for hooking me up with this batch :)
This is tasty! and malty, but light. Almost smoky in the malt aspect, and marshmallow like. At first it was a little plain, almost like every other black tea I’ve had recently… but then I added some agave and milk and it really brought the unique parts out.
So yes! I’m quite enjoying this cuppa. Thank you Tina S for sharing! you totally just made my morning (had a little tiff with someone, so needed a pick-me-up!)
Oh and it’s a little high on the astringency. I don’t mind that but if you aren’t one to like the sour notes in straight teas, maybe sit this one out.
This is… I can’t believe.. I… ack, this tea is beyond words!!!
Smoky and floral and rich, sweet and malty and bold… all balanced so perfectly that whoever crafted this must have used scales imported from Zeus.
Big thank you to SimplyJen for the generous sample!!!!!!!!
This is actually the second time I’ve had a cuppa. My first was so overwhelming that I truly had no idea how to pen a review. I still feel that way now, but am managing to push through it.
The first cup I had with milk, and it went so well together… but this time, the balance felt ruined by a spot of dairy so I kept it naked. No additions required! I think because I used a little less leaf this time.
Funny, I’m not usually one to go for blended teas. I suppose there is an exception to everything!
thank you again SimplyJen! you rock!!
Down down down the drain she goes… @
(because the “at” symbol kinda looks like a swirl, get it? yes I am a dork)
So… there was a day when I lurrrved this tea. Liquid bees, it didn’t sound all that appealing… but somehow it fit right into my cupboard.
And now? well whatever flavourings they used here are apparently don’t work for me. This is something I so did not expect!! :6
Half the cup went unfinished. Gosh that was painful to throw out!
Maybe one day I’ll be able to handle flavoured tea again. For now, it seems I must resign to either straight tea, or those with the simplest and most natural additions possible. Well, I suppose I should have known better than to even try. It’s such a shame, since I now have atleast 20g of it left in my cupboard! :/
(first come first serve to anyone who wants it! Lookin at you TO people!)
So. Low on the malty, but high on the tasty. Once I added a wallop of agave that is. and got over the fact that I let it steep for about 8 min, because stopping in the middle of a busy street to fish out a soggy tea bag is all kinds of awkward…
I was so jittery by the time my cup was empty, it lasted me all day. In fact, I can still feel it now.
But atleast it was better than the last time I tried this. Super satisfying in that amazing tea-high sorta way.
I am a little worried though. I read an article today, and saw a comment the other day (on one of my posts, but for some reason I can’t access the link that will show me the review so I can give the person credit! my apologies to whoever is owed!!) that made me think that maybe it’s not just me noticing the lack of maltiness in new Assam batches. Apparently there is a serious supply issue going on and the market seems to be readjusting. If it means a higher quality of life for those working the tea gardens, then I am all for it. I just wish it would happen sooner than later. For their sake, and ok a teeny bit mine as well!
Anyhow, here is a link to the article:
Ever since I tried Moroccan Mint as a sample not long ago, I’ve been craving it. Badly! So when I saw that Tea Emporium carries some, my feet walked me there against my will, I kid you not! I told them, please take me back to the office or I’ll be late for work. My wallet and cupboard can’t handle this purchase!!! but off they went, taking me to the shop where my feet then handed off to my tongue, who did the work of ordering 50g. Really?! How do I not have control over this???
Anyhow. The tea itself is pretty good. Nothing compared to the sample I had, which would have easily scored 100.
I was pleasantly surprised when I experienced no nausea. It makes sense that I didn’t, but I wasn’t sure if hoping would jinx my chances. The mint is very strong, which I quite enjoy…. but it’s also a bit spicy the way spearmint can be. A little too much. However I think peppermint would be sweet in a bad way when mixed with gunpowder, so this is def the better option.
Oh and I can tell ya now… this will take forever to use up, since it only requires 1/2 tsp per cup! and with my penchant for resteeping, well it’s gonna be awhile before this is decupboarded :)
The first steep was amazing when it was hot… but since it is a green, well it didn’t stay piping for long. As it cooled, just a hint of abrasion came out. I think the mint actually became stronger.
The second infusion was more of the same, only a tad greener and less minty, obviously.
Then on the third infusion, the mint was overtaken somewhat by the natural sweetness of gunpowder that I’ve heard comes out in later steepings. and that is as far as I got because a) I was outta time at work, and b) that background sweet note (different than the one mentioned above) that I so dislike was starting to peek out and I wanted to avoid a confrontation!
So overall… This is just what I was looking for!! Sure, it could have been smoother but hey I’ll take it.
Also, in Morocco they actually serve this with sugar so I’m contemplating adding some next time just to see what its like!