1380 Tasting Notes
Again, on the way to work this morning, I realized that ooops!! I forgot my wallet at home. However, my tea friend at the shop was kind enough to make me a cuppa for no charge (I’ll pay later) so I was able to get my morning fix. Thank Zeus for that!
On to the tea: it was tasty. not as bold as I recall but still pretty good. Better than tims for sure, though I did feel the need to add some agave for that extra something to make it more attractive against my palate.
Overall, definitely not one I would bring home- though it’s good enough for the road!
ugh I need to buy me some tea tins!!! The thing is, I keep very few teas in large enough quantities to warrant a standard size, and small tins are difficult to find. Does anyone know of a place that sells tins which can hold 25-50g?
This tea, one of my oldest, is losing it’s flavour. I’ve kept it in the paper bag it comes with, for lack of any suitable alternative. Sad, but true. It’s pretty much just a simple rooibos now with some distant orange flavouring… even the swirls of agave I added gave it very little oomph. Oh well, all good things must end eventually! Now on to find a new rooibos to love. I was getting bored with this one anyhow. (It’ not goodbye just yet! I have atleast two more cups worth)
This is what I turn to in the morning when tea is suggested and I’ve not had breakfast just yet. Caffeine before food, for me is a baaaaad idea!
Milk, no sugar… this was quite delish! I would have much prefered a cuppa black tea but what can ya do? :)
The caramel note comes through, but then I also find the rooibos to be a tad sour- not that I mind it really. I wish it was a bit smoother and rounder but this does the job.
So I replaced this in my cupboard, only 10g since it’s so expensive… and am I ever glad I purchased such a small amount! this batch is terrible!!! there were twigs in it, and the leaves were so dried out that they crunched when scooped up for the brewing basket. Flavour wise, none of the delicacy came out until it had cooled. It was still a decent cuppa but nowhere near the tea I once raved about. It makes me sad, this used to be my comfort. Taking it down a bunch of notches hurts…
Did my tea tastes change yet again?? this was just ho-hum. I’m thankful that there was no bergamot taste but otherwise, I won’t be ordering it again! The tea was just… plain! boring without any of the boldness I found before- whatsoever! Odd. They wouldn’t change the brewing parameters would they?
P.S. This is a backlog from yesterday. I was just to sleepy when I got home!
Meh! I seem to hand those out alot lately. What a tea snob I’ve become…
This was interesting but like most teas the first infusion is just ok. As it cools, it becomes more lemony, in a tart way— which isn’t a bad thing. It makes me wonder how it would take to being iced, i think it would really make the lemon “pop”—and that’s saying something, considering I really don’t enjoy iced tea. Something to try next time perhaps. So, hot? not so hot but still enjoyable once it sits for a spell… and cool? It may take on a life of it’s own :)
(the only other tea I have found to prefer iced is Honey Bee, which I did not expect! so have been more open to the idea, or atleast I am trying to be)
NB: I got the slightest hint of nausea here so it’s possible that bergamot/leeched plastic is a factor in this rating!
Holy Nuts Extreme!!!
Dry: The leaves are curled this way n that… and are feral, vintagey, and smell like sweet leaves n nuts.
Wet: The leaves are fully uncurled, expansive, and green. and veiny.
The first brew is somewhat thick and intensely nutty, and behind that, strongly vegetal. There is a sweetness there too but it comes out more in the second steep (incredibly so in the finish) where the liquid comes out much lighter and more delicate.
Next time, I’ll try a shorter steep time on the first infusion so that the two are more balanced!
As for rebuying this one, I’m not so sure. This is satisfying, but not something I see myself craving.
Wow, this was pretty good! especially hot. I swear someone added honey! but no, that was just the tea. The honey could also be easily confused as a chocolate note, esp when freshly hot.
As it cools, it becomes more raisin honey and more delicate. The astringency comes out here as well.
I’m quite enjoying how complex it is.
For now, I’m suitably impressed but not rushing out to buy some for the house. My raspberry note tea is my go to addiction at the moment so I’ll wait til that runs out before deciding on my next indulgence!
Still, this was lovely and I’m so glad to have tried it! :)
Wow, this is amazing!
I avoided this tea for ages, thinking that it would taste all medicinal and herbally but it’s more like a really sweet, smooth, green tea with a teaspoon of sugar added!!!
The sugary goodness is really delicate, but persistent from the middle of the sip (once it cools a bit, not as much when it’s hot) all the way to the almost finish. When the liquid is room temperature, there is a brief but sharp bitterness in the aftertaste so I recommend finishing the cup before it cools. I’d LOVE to see what this one does in a gaiwan :)
Oh and it’s caffeine free?? not made from any variation of camellia sinensis??? and with more antioxidants than green tea? ok now I am intrigued. I need to experiment with this wonder brew!