1545 Tasting Notes
I bought this because I needed a bagged tea that would be nice for the afternoon when I haven’t got time to worry about filling/washing steeping things. So I wasn’t expecting super high quality. But ya know what… I am quite pleasantly surprised. Seriously! Nice!
The balance is great, it’s pretty smooth, and I didn’t get any throat scritches. Love it!
I may raise the rating even more. This is biased me talking of course, the lover of osmanthus!!
This is one of those teas I hope to never tire of.
It even has a tin in my cupboard. But I really do prefer it hot, where the orange shines through. Cool, citrus kinda fades away. In fact, I couldn’t find a spot of it anywhere in my tea today! Though it did help get me through my first day at work. What a long but glorious day (happy sighs)
Lots of hmmmms these days. Not a bad one. Just… Hmmmm.
This is good, and there IS toffee there. But it takes some getting used to. At first I felt as if there was something missing from the toffee, as if it was hollow. Adding a bit of sugar helped. I didn’t think milk was necessary. It’s somewhat creamy on its own. It is a bit sticky tasting, so I suppose that part is apt!
Would I have this again? Yes, as a treat! Would I buy a whole box of it? I’m honestly not sure. Maybe. Ok so a tiny box.
This is certainly a different tea!! Not what I expected. High on the licorice, and that slight burning sensation when I have the candies. It’s sweet as well, though not overly so.
The other day I had a blend with licorice in it and I got an annoying fake sweetness there that I can barely see here.
No additives or anything, though with the amount of licorice imitating ingredients I expected to need it (help cover some of the overpowering notes).
Now, about this mushroom business. I do seem to taste a tiny bit of that, but only if I focus. Otherwise it just kinda hangs in the background and as a mild aftertaste. But then the licorice is there too so I’m noticing the menthol effect up on the roof of my mouth and the mushroom down mid tongue. Very odd indeed.
No white powder as yet, though my steep was relatively short at about two minutes.
Also, I didn’t like this hot very much at all.
Something tells me this’d go over really well if I had a head cold.
Hmmm. I ordered this expecting to love it to bits! but strangely I’ve been enjoying my other Mandala one more.
Here, I’m not getting a lot of the complexity that others are finding. Instead, I get a lot of the heavier, more metallic notes. Mushroom and clay with a bare hint of fruit.
I’ll try it with my gaiwain and if that doesn’t work, this baby is destined for another home…
Picked up at the tea festival. Thank you Capital Teas!!
A rather interesting Assam, I must say. Not quite what I expected. First impressions are of stone fruit and cocoa or maybe sweet potato. Somewhat reminiscent of white wine in the way the flavours are profiled (not in the way it tastes, just how they present the fruit aspect).
Let me rephrase. When I drink wine, the flavours hit my palate in a unique way more at the back of my throat, whereas with teas it is usually more of a full/front of mouth experiences. Atleast with black teas, which I gravitate towards. Am I the only one who finds this?
I think this may be why I find the tea to be so unique.
Also, there is a sweetness here that reminds me quite a bit of Lover’s Leap or Margaret’s Hope, only instead of raisin notes, I see sweet potato.
The first time I had this, it didn’t impress me much. Then I picked up a sample to play around with and from one cup to the next I never had consistent experiences. Today, it was quite nice overall. I still need to go in for a second brew so I’ll see what happens with that.
Atleast this is a sipdown! I’ll probably pick some more up at some point, but not for awhile. Well, til my cupboard gets down to a reasonable level. And definitely not until my finances recover from the tea festival :P