1308 Tasting Notes
OK something odd happened. For weeks I’ve been wavering on the black teas. Not really craving them. Then today, I could not get enough! that is all I wanted! usually, I go for a mix of teas, but yeah, not so much this time. Very strange.
Anyhow, I had this in a small cup, in my networking meeting this morning. Thank god for no muss no fuss sachets.
It was delicious. Sans milk! I added a bit too much sugar, but it was still great. More like a sweetened dark chocolate bar, which seemed to reduce the astringency a little.
Anyhow, it was nice and dark, thick, and creamy. Perfect alternative to hot chocolate! only you can still taste the black base. Yum.
So I gave some samples of this in little window boxes to a friend last year(and the EG classic from Sloane as well), for her bday. Didn’t hear anything of it til a few weeks ago, when she told me she loved it!!
Well, her bday is coming up again so guess what I did… I bought her a tin. She actually squealed! I was happy to spread the tea love. Even if it was via the eeeevil bergamot haha.
Also, we arranged a friend’s baby shower and handed some of the window boxes out as gifts. This was yesterday. I chose this one, the rouge provence, and oolong creme. Shouldn’t be long before I get someone asking me where I bought them! :P
Oh yah, and baby shower planning is exhausting! but ohhhhh so much fun!!!
Hey! I’ve reviewed this baby before. Where did it go! Odd. Well darn, I didn’t really pay attention to this cuppa, I just remember enjoying my three steeps immensely!
It was a little spicy, too much for my liking so I did add some milk. That made it into a wonderful brew that I could not get enough of!
Funny, I don’t recall it being so harsh. I must have got a different blend of spices in my spoon this time. Ah well, it was super delish!
(Big thanks to Sil for sharing!)
This is my kind of Yunnan!!
Thank you Sil for the sample. Yummm.
It’s a robust one this is, reminds me of Queen Catherine from H&S. A tad smokey, some nice depth, and a bit of pepper. Normally I’m the anti-pepper girl in teas, but here it hits in a different place, towards the back of the sip, and I’m finding it rather pleasant.
Also… sipdown! woot.
Not bad not bad! heavy on the rice, which I like. A very mild apple note that blends surprisingly well with the genmaicha. I would buy some if it was local!! Sadly though, I missed out on trying it while hot. I got a phonecall and when I got back it had chilled… a well. The one little sip I did get was kinda floral, in an apple sorta way. Made me curious!
I was so looking forward to this being a sipdown. Even though I’ve quite enjoyed my little sample, it’s time to move on to the next one. Well, after the next cup that is. I dunno, I crave it so infrequently(as in once or twice a year) that it hardly seems worth stocking in my cupboard, but then when I do crave it, there is no denying that I want this specific tea. Ah well.
Hey maybe I’ll make it for Dad tomorrow. That counts, right?
I swear I’ve reviewed this one before. But I couldn’t find it so just added it to the library here. Strange.
Anyhow, sipdown!! well kindof. Someone gifted me a tin when I already had one. I’m debating on when to open it.
The last bit is going off to Amy O in a swap.
Oh right and the tea. Hmmm, not my fave, but it’s pretty decent! A bold, coppery cuppa, and it is pretty smooth. Not a punch in the face, but enough to keep me hopping along. Needs a dash of milk though. I don’t think it’s designed to be drunk bare.
I’d buy it again one day though I don’t think it will happen, as there are so many others to try that I doubt there’d be time to cycle back.
Gah! this is a tricky tea. Every time I make it, things come out really thick, like I overleafed it, so I tried intentionally UNDERleafing, and that made things a tiny bit better, but not by much.
I need to find the sweet spot. Overall, I’ve been getting a tiny bit of blueberry and maybe something that could be considered cream cheese, though I certainly wouldn’t say it is creamy.
For now, I’ll hold off on a rating. Haven’t given up yet.