1563 Tasting Notes
A tea from the traveling tea box! Thanks Amariel for sending it my way :)
(what was this one called again? My memory is broken haha)
Anyhow, the tea. With or without a dash of milk I found it quite yummy.
I see a lot of notes about how the chocolate aspect is missing. I dunno I went in thinking I probably wouldn’t find much cocoa and while I do find that I was right, there IS a distinct chocolate cookie impression, just not a strong one. I’d say 80% ginger cookie and 20% chocolate cookie. That exceeded my expectations! :P
Otherwise, the spices here are quite nice. Smooth, and perfectly blended. Of course, in a chai each spoonful of loose tea is slightly different so maybe I just got lucky.
Either way, if I came across this in a store, I’d snatch it up.
On a more personal note, this is turning out to be a terrible no good week. Some drama happened over the weekend and I got burned. Then Mum didn’t come home last night and she wasn’t answering her cell. She had an ultrasound appointment earlier that day so we were a bit worried and confused.
We got a phonecall at 12:30am that she was in the hospital with kidney stones. Had to pick her up and finally fell into bed at almost 4am.
I’m a bit of a zombie today. Plus I’ve been hovering over mama bird making sure she’s got all the things she needs.
I wonder what Wednesday will have in store for us…
I shouldn’t have had this today as I was not in the frame of mind to pay attention. Despite that though, I made it to four steeps.
What I can tell you is that this is delicious. Like the molasses version of red velvet cake. Smooth and sweet shaded by a mineral note and an even more potent sugary aftertaste.
Each steep was progressively sweeter and more mineraly.
Other than that I can’t really give any specifics. There wasn’t any real definition between cups which makes me think that this one could go on forever in a gaiwan. Great because, well yum, but I can see myself getting frustrated because if one cup just melds into the next, I won’t notice the differences as much. Like a frog in slowly boiled water.
Geeze, I’m feeling morbid today.
So after finishing the box that was at my bf’s place, I bought a packet when I was in Ottawa last year to see if it was the same. Packaging was slightly different and all.
Turns out it is indeed the same tea! only more potent. My bf’s version was several years old and the wrapping wasn’t very protective (paper).
The fresh version was even better. Tart and bitter in the way cranberries are. I added nearly a teaspoon of sugar since I accidentally oversteeped. Very nommy!
I went to a bridal shower two weeks ago and a small jar of this tea, loose, was one of the prizes. The lid is painted with slate so that you can write with chalk on it. They scrawled “mint green tea”. No indication of the company. I adore the periwinkle edging. I have mixed feelings about keeping tea in glass, but since my cupboard does have doors on it, should be ok right?
So the tea… Based on the rolled/semi balled leaves and metallic smell, and taste, I’d say the base is Gunpowder. Not my fave, but traditional for Moroccan Mint tea.
Today, I made a big mug iced with half a tsp of honey to cover up the metal note.
I quite like it this way. Not love but definite like. In fact, I may try and turn it into a mojito type beverage. Agave may work better. Need to pick some of that up as well. Throw in some soda water, vodka, mint leaves? Hmmm.
This will definitely hold me over til I find a mint green that tickles my fancy for summer :D. Thanks L for the tea!!!
Like: grassy, green vegetal notes with a side of something bake-y, or maybe rice?
Dislike: floral jasmine blech!!
Now that I can actually enjoy jasminesque teas without feeling ill, I can safely say that the aroma and taste does not appeal. I find it offputting. So this tea is rather disconcerting to me, having so many aspects I enjoy, and others I detest. Hmph. Anyone want some? I am more than willing to share!!!
It’s Tuesday… I’m in love? Doesn’t sound the same does it…
Anyhow, I reorganized my cupboard the other day and realized it had been three months since I had some of this complex beaut! Wow. Can’t let that happen again.
It isn’t the strongest tea I’ve ever had but then Darj rarely is. Plenty of character of course. I love how my palate can’t decide whether its an oolong or a Darj… because it really is both :P
Theres a definite muscatel note, very clouded by a sweet malty something or other. Barley, maybe? Not quite hay…. oh and then the aftertaste is a bit fruity. Apricot and sweet red honey berries. Oh man, this is my new amore!
On the personal front, I just need to vent a little. Feel free to ignore this part k?
The whole diagnosis/meds thing is taking absolutely forever. I went for blood tests last week, and a sleep test (if you ask I will rant about it, let’s just say it was awful). The GP wants to see me about the blood tests but he won’t prescribe any meds until the sleep test results come back and my app with that specialist isn’t til the 15th. In the meantime I’ve been quite miserable. Not feeling qualified to apply for jobs at the moment, or do much of anything productive has been very challenging. Then last week I stupidly decided to stop taking my Vitamin B supplement, for some reason I still haven’t really figured out. I guess I thought they weren’t doing anything for me? All I know is that the last few days have been hell. Well gee maybe that’s because the one vitamin proven to help with three of my health concerns was no longer in my diet! (thyroid/adhd/depression) . GUH!! I feel so silly now. Sure, circumstances and other things must have added to my predicament, but I am positive it could have been a much better week for me if I’d been more responsible with my self care SMH
Picked this up at the store the other day. It was super cheap ($4.50/50g!!) and I’m lacking in black with milk options at home. Worth the risk even though EBs are such wild cards for me. I figured if it wasn’t great, I’d make iced tea with it. Fortunately, it is surprisingly good. Malty, bready, a little sweet on its own. I hope they keep this around for awhile, as I haven’t seen any cheaper alternatives (that I actually enjoy this much)
I’m not sure if this is what I bought though. The sticker just says “English Breakfast” with nothing about high grown or royal etc (the other Teavana EB out there).
Bah, what do I care… I just scammed them. Well not really. Let me have this… Heh.
Backlog from yesterday.
Five infusions in total. My fave was the third. So creamy and lots of cocoa!
The first two were ok, but now that I finally made it to the third one, it pales in comparison.
Fourth one was still a bit creamy, with a few mineral twinges. The fifth one was super mouth drying and a bit lighter with a heavy mineral party going on. I liked it, but I’m still not sure if I loved that part. It was rather unique!