1311 Tasting Notes
Wow. Steepster says I’ve had this one for 2 years now. Seriously?! Well, it held up. No loss in flavour at all. I am shocked.
I think this might have been the last or second last bag. Not bad, but not as stellar as I recall. Ok so maybe it has lost some ooomph. Or I just don’t appreciate roasted oolong the way I once did. Who knows.
Anyhow, it’s Friday and I am in a great mood!! Going out dancing tonight, with a friend who is in from Calgary, and then hiking tomorrow! (the logic on the order of this might not be so sound tomorrow. Hiking and hangover anyone? We shall see. I’m not prone to excessive drinking but the lack of sleep might do me in heh)
I bought this for camping, as a backup. Not my fave green tea, being Japanese (Ie steam dried)
I dunno, nothing jumped out and made me take notice but then as I said, I am biased in that regard. I can tell you that its of a decent quality,but how good I have no idea as I’ve neglected that area of my tea taste buds heh.
With some honey, it went down really easy. (I needed something to soothe my cough)
Overall, I wouldn’t be ashamed to serve this at camp, or in a pinch, at home. For only a dollar or two more, it’s loads better than the Tetley alternative so yay for that!
It’ll get used up on those days when I either ran out of infusers, or am super busy at work. Or those awkward times when someone non tea freakish offers to make your tea for you!
I bought 25g of this even though my cupboard is woefully bursting, and I barely drink one or two cups a day (due to time constraints in this temp job), so when I do indulge, I feel kinda guilty. but it’s soooooo good! Now that I’ve lost my taste for assam, temporarily I hope, this blend has edged right in there.
It doesn’t help that I tend to throw a handful of teas in my bag and whatever it is I’ve brought, I drink for pretty much that week, or atleast a few days. So I really need to sit down, organize my stash, and suss out the samples that can be drunk down quick. I’m getting antsy without any sipdowns lately… and more on the way at Sils place right now… oy…
Oh, also, I added some Mate Guayasa and it barely made any difference. I can taste a hint of the earthiness in this second steeping. Yup, I’m sure I can find a more suitable way to use up the rest of my small sample!
Now if only I could find a way to make the Chinese Breakfast last longer. I’m done almost half the packet.
On another note, does anyone remember the Twinnings Chinese Breakfast that Tim Hortons used to offer, years ago? A friend of mine fell in love with it, and I’ve been trying to find her a suitable replacement.
Sooooo, I bought her some of this Chinese Breakfast and some Jasmine flowers to add a pinch of, from Tao’s. Apparently it’s quite good that way (not for me, I hate jasmine) but there is still “something” missing. Nevertheless she is happy with what I’ve come up with but I thought I’d put it out there to see if anyone remembers the original from Twinings, and can give me some pointers? I vaguely recall it myself…
Aha! I beat you, sneaky browser you.
Firefox won’t let me post a note, so I logged in under IE and lo!! she works. I don’t like IE for most of my net app type activities, but once in a while she saves me so I gotta send a little love xo.
Anyhow! Me no likey MATE guayasa. It’s kinda tasteless and boring. With that earthy mate depth, but in a bad way that I’ve never seen before. Sticking with my sock reference, it’s worse than stinky sock. More like stinky ground up sock, fermented in soil. Bleh.
Now I did finish the cup, as it was still drinkable. Just far from enjoyable. Double bleh.
Mind you this was in my travel mug, and I’m sure it’d taste different in something ceramic or glass.
Nevertheless, I’ll use the rest of my small packet for blending. When I remember.
Also, is it weird that I’d often rather buy a cup of tea from the shop than spend less money to purchase 3-4 cups, so I don’t end up regretting the addition to my cupboard?! Sighs. You know you are addicted when you’d rather spend a an extra dollar or two so as to not expand your quite unmanageable cupboard!!
Steepster isn’t letting me search for the tea’s I want to log, so I came here to whine…. cuz apparently I can edit old posts, just not make new ones! Hmph.
Oh well. The world will have to wait for my review. No biggie :)
I love my chai but not when the spices are wrong for me and I’m super picky about it. This falls into that category, of having some sort of spice that I just don’t love.
It’s sweet in an offputting way that I really can’t place. Not cinnamon, surely, as I love cinnamon. Is there a such thing as sweet ginger? I don’t think I have an issue with nutmeg, but perhaps that’s it… Bah!
It was a serviceable cuppa with milk and a dash of sugar, got the job done and once I got past whatever that odd spice was, it was enjoyable. Still, I won’t be buying this one again, not for myself anyhow.
It also could have had something to do with the base tea…
Well darn. I was always so confident that I’d love this. I mean, it’s chocolate! How could I not like it… right!?
So… Guess what? I don’t love it. Nooooooooooooooo!
Sighs. Sad sad sighs. How could it be? Was it something I did?! Did I offend the chocolate gods?
It just doesn’t taste like the true, intense, cocoa that I expected. Yeah, I can see how it tastes similar to chocolate. But still, it is not chocolate. It’s too floral for that. Not in a bad way, once I accepted it for what it is. Still, I’m super disappointed.
In my smoothie, it lent an element of that smooth truffle centre. Not chocolate per se, but getting there.
Overall, not bad. I’ll enjoy the rest of my packet with no issues, though I still feel as though the next time I look on the site to place an order, I’d find something labeled “chocolate” that’d hit it on the nose for me and send me into daily matcha chocolate comas!
No matter, there are plenty of other matcha flavours I love. It’s a learning process :)
Tart tart tart! The name does not lie. Ya can’t even taste the guayasa! feh! You call that tea?! it’s an herbal I say. That is all I have to say bout this tea. Now on to my story :)
I stopped by the shop today… because I’m going camping with a bunch of friends next weekend, and they were planning to bring their fave green tea… which I found out was TETLEY!? Uhhh no, that will not be served at my campsite…
So I figured since I haven’t got any fresh straight stuff in my cupboard right now, atleast not in the quantity I’d be needing, I’d stop by the most cost effective loose tea shop I know of, and pick some up. I bought the North African Mint sachets on sale for super cheap, some genmaicha, and some gyokuro. Also some Blueberry Jam for those who don’t want it “green”, or for something more dessert-like!
Don’t worry though, I have some premium Dragonwell, and Chinese Breakfast, from Tao’s for anyone wanting some of the serious quality stuff.
I’m hoping to make a few converts. Wish me luck!
Ehhhhh. Something doesn’t click here. Maybe I waited too long to finally try it out?
It’s tart and mildly berry like, with a definite puer base… except the pieces don’t fit together. A jigsaw puzzle with slightly mismatched pieces. I’ll try it again, shake the packet up and see if that makes a difference. Or perhaps try it iced, with honey.
Also, the puer part doesn’t have much to it. Kinda shallow.
It’s not terrible, and I would certainly drink it over a bunch of other teas so that’s something.