1246 Tasting Notes
Oh wow this was delish. So smooth!!
Mates can have a bit of a bite to them, which is why I’m very hesitant lately to indulge. Not so in this case. It was just perfect. Earthy, though not excessively. I like it.
As for the Hazelnut, yes I taste something nutty, but it’s very well blended… playing off the natural nut like nature of the mate. You have to let your sip sit on the tongue for a second or three before finding the nutty part. More like a hazelnut cream though. Not so harsh as the actual nut!
Interesting. I don’t taste the cocoa note. Boo. But there is something distinctly spicy, and a background somethingorother that is kinda creamy.
Usually I don’t make any additions to a straight Chinese tea, but this was a little TOO spicy for me, so I got out the milk and that toned things right down, and enhanced that creamy note as well!
With a dash of milk, my cup was quite delightful. Malty and complex just the way I like it. The spicy note did really well like that, so I may investigate Yunnans further after this.
It also left me with a happy buzz which I am still riding. I think I’ll go downstairs for steep number two now!
Steepster is having some strange issues. I just got a page crammed with code.
Here’s hoping this posts!!
I’ve been striking out with the teas here. Sheesh. I didn’t get cranberry. Something fruity, and not entirely unreasonable as “cranberry” but I could never pick it out as such.
The base was just ok. Not very delicate, which I prefer in a tky.
Oh well. Not my tea, I suppose!
Uhhh you sure this is a black? Both my friend and I thought it tasted like an oolong. And vaguely of peach!
When I first brewed it, I smelled peach. Cooked peaches. Yum. But then as the tea cooled, it blended in more and more, until it was barely present at all.
At that pointed I tasted what I thought was oolong. A roasted, average, smooth oolong.
Anyhow, I’m not sure how to rate this because I haven’t been craving oolongs lately. If I had been in the mood for one, this just might have been stellar for me. But I’ve been more about black and green teas lately. I’ll leave it be for now, until I come across it again :)
Tea #2 from the TTBA!
Not bad not bad. A nice blend of flavour and tea. Though I can totally see where Sil got the idea to ice this and add honey. Yup, I think this would be fab that way.
But… Hot? I’m really sad to say that I like the David’s tea version of blueberry black better. Because it’s organic? a denser base? heavier flavouring? Has sweetener? (stevia)
I don’t know. Probably all of the above. Shame. I prefer to support the local single stores when I can :(
Edit: When it’s cooled? yeah, not good at all. Dusty.
The TTBA is here!! I just met up with Sil. Apparently we have the same sunglasses. Tea twins? ;)
Anyhow. I plan to be SO hyped on caffiene by the time today is over. It’s gonna be a good day!
But this tea? It isn’t buttered anything! In my travel mug so its piping hot at the moment… I’m hoping some semblance of flavour emerges as it cools down.
Ok it’s been a few minutes.
I can kind sorta maybe but not really see where they get “buttered” from. Except it’s more like “vanilla that moonlights as buttered”.
The base is kindof thin. or maybe it’s the flavouring. or both. Hmmm.
I find that ceylon is sometimes a tricky base, and that is what I suspect this is.
I’m sure if I had enough time to play around with steeping parameters, I could come up with something that’d be tasty. A latte perhaps?
Well, it’s been an interesting tea box debut. On to the next one :)
Note: I just discovered that if I aerate the sip between my teeth (because it’s still HOT!), I actually do get something rum like! Well, I’ll be.
I made this in my travel mug today. And ya know what, it is much better. Funny that!
The pu-erh shines through more, and the hibby downplays it’s evil sourness. Mind you, my expectations were set pretty low this time so that could be part of why I’m so lenient today.
Anyhow, on a side note… I went on a blind (internet) date the other day. Normally that isn’t something I’d admit but the story is too funny to pass up!
The guy I was meeting, he wasn’t there when I got there. So I texted him. He texted back to say… he locked himself in the convention centre washroom. I had to get the janitor to let him out… hehehehehe I giggle every time I think about it.
Needless to say the date didn’t go too well. He was way too forward for my liking. I have a thing about kissing on the first date. He knew that and dove right in anyhow. Blech.
Oh one other thing about the tea, is it as a surprisingly pleasant(ish) aftertaste. Hmmmm.
Wow this was a really old sample. One of those I really should have tossed but sentimental me with the rose coloured glasses for Teaopia said it should be steeped in a last ode to the latest shop to be consumed by the all powerful Teavana/Starbucks.
Overall? More or less as I remember it, only a little weak.
Pleasant and light.
Not bad, considering it’s nearly two years old and the packet was clipped shut!
Still, this was not the afternoon caffeine hit I was looking for.
Good thing I have a trusty (metal) waterbottle primed for shaken matcha with me!
I wonder if droids drink tea… hmmm… (nerd attack ;)
Thank you Sil for this sample! Twas quite the yummy cuppa. I was pleasantly surprised.
Mind you, I had it a few days ago during one of the Steepster outages, thus am logging it now… so all I can recall is that it was sweet, with a hint of smoke and a whole lotta artichoke or the “green” part of avocado (ie not the creamy taste)
Either way, it was delish :)