1342 Tasting Notes
I’m sad. This is the only Assam tea I have in my cupboard at the moment.
So yeah, it is pretty much the only reason I’ll break my purchase ban. Esp during winter, I
like need to have multiple Assam(and sometimes Ceylon) options.
Well, I do have Taiwanese Assam but I don’t think that really counts since it has an entirely different profile and what I often crave is a brisk malty tea to enjoy a la dairy. Today, this was a tad too coppery for what I wanted but it was my only option if I wanted my milk n tea. It did the job, for the most part!
Sighs. Ok folks that is the end of the review. Moving onwards with the personal rant now.
I really needed my Assam this morning. Our furnace broke down last night so I am exhausted. Staying warm all day long when you’re stuck at a computer is hard work!! Despite mainlining tea and soup, and boiling water on the stove, I was not able to stop shivering.
The repair guy fixed it hours ago, but only temporarily. Apparently the darn thing is only functioning at 60-70%.
Add to that an illness in the family circle and a death in the extended family (nobody close, but it was very sad) and well lets just say that you could play the tension with a pick and snap the string.
Hopefully this nightmare of a week won’t spell the layout of my 2014!
What an interesting tea!! Big thanks to Ssajami for the most generous sample!
On to the tea:
I’ve never had Saffron before so had no idea what to expect. I made Mum try some and she was amazed that it tasted exactly like the Saffron she remembers.
Myself, I thought it was a bit odd while hot. Very slightly bitter with an almond like base overtop the green tea and a sweet note that reminds me of vanilla.
Of course, I then left it too cool, and found that I really enjoyed it!! This way, I got more of a pudding like feel. Slightly eggy with a marzipan finish.
Sadly, I’m feeling a little cautious, as that “eggy” note is how I once regarded certain Jasmine teas, which eventually started to make me feel ill. Maybe if I don’t indulge very often my tummy won’t notice? lol
I’ve tried this twice now and still my palate can’t decide what to think. Hot, I really don’t care for it. It has a medicinal sweet note (probably from the licorice and peppermint) that reminds me of herbal throat remedies that I partake in only when necessary and can’t really taste at the time anyhow.
Cooled, its significantly better. I can taste the puerh, and while it doesn’t taste fishy at all, it has the mouthfeel of fishiness. I know that makes no sense but it’s true!
Anyhow. It also has a more biting mint note at that point, which I do appreciate. The vanilla seems to round things out a bit. I’m not sure where the ginger comes in though, it must be hidden underneath everything.
Actually now that I think about it, all the ingredients here are known to contribute sweetness to a blend so perhaps its the combination that irks me…
A touch of sugar seemed to help a bit. Next time I’ll remember to let it cool entirely before sipping, so I don’t bias anything.
Holy peanut! this smells exactly as I had hoped. Even better, actually. It reminds me of a peanut icecream I had over the summer. and the smell really translates into the taste as well. I used to think I hated pb in icecream, but then I learned that was because I hadn’t tried it from someplace that knew how to do it right.
Anyhow… I don’t see why this one has gotten such low ratings. Maybe this is a reformulated batch?
Seriously, I really enjoyed my cup! It was just like a frozen pb and chocolate dessert! In fact, I dare say it has reorder potential. Yum.
I need to try this again before deciding officially but methinks this one is not for me. Something just doesn’t jive.
The base is odd, and I can’t really taste any chocolate. The chili makes for a little tingle on the tongue and in the swallow but it’s pretty weak. I had such high hopes…
There were moments when I thought, hey this isn’t so bad. But then others, well it was just plain meh.
Birthday Cake. Yup, that about sums it up. Vanilla cake, with a black base seems somewhat counter intuitive but it works. It really does.
Bare, it was a little astringent/sour for me, so I added some milk and a dash of sugar. I figured that would make it more realistic anyhow. And I was right!!
This kinda had the consistency of white hot chocolate now that I think about it, only with a “cake” or icing flavour more than white chocolate.
I quite literally feel as if I’ve eaten a slice of cake. Perfect for those days when I’m craving something sweet!
Although I can see what people mean about it tasting a tad artificial. Between that and the oily film on top, this may turn off some of the tea purists out there. Ah well. For some reason in this one, I don’t mind so much.
Also, this is one I’d consider reordering. I suspect I will want more once the packet is done!!
Wow. This is a green?! I just assumed white, based on the name, appearance and taste. I’d love to see how they processed this one.
Reminds me of silver needle. Light, bright, and just slightly malty, and floral. The same crispness I saw in the Assam is there as well.
Thank you for the sample Little Red Cup Tea Company!! Colour me impressed.
Terrible. I ended up tossing it down the drain.
Hot, it was tolerable. Barely. But very fake tasting. Like one of those watermelon candies. Not at all like a real juicy melon. Then as it cooled, I got a serious bitter note. Kindof like when you accidentally bite into a watermelon seed.
Sugar didn’t help, and neither did a dash of milk.
What am I gonna do with the rest of this packet!?