1611 Tasting Notes
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.
Oh dear. I was really hoping this could replace the blueberry tea I love so much from David’s tea. Or atleast make a decent alternative. Boo.
Naw, this is “ok” but firmly in the ok zone. Something about the base paired with the flavouring doesn’t work for me.
The base is a Yunnan and I am typically very picky with my Chinese black teas so that could be part of it. But beyond that, the blueberry flavouring has an odd note to it in the aftertaste, and a kindof floral part during the sip. Altogether, it makes for a very odd experience. Not a terrible one mind you. I’ll certainly still drink it, and enjoy it. Milk and sugar helped to neutralize things a bit, but then my cup was pretty much unmemorable. Too bad, I had high hopes. Shame on me.
Thank you for the free sample Joseph Wesley! This is lovely, truly!!
I am usually on the fence with Chinese black teas, but this, well this is delicious. Definitely getting a cigar association as the Snooty Tea Person pointed out below, but like s/he said, not a strong one. Mild and pleasant!
Beyond that there is a sparkling element that I find with really good teas. Is that mineral, is that what that taste is? Hmmm.
It has some depth to it, and LOTS of complexity. I’m getting Barley, a tiny bit of hay, and a big wallop of cacao right before the end of my sip. The aftertaste is of barley as well.
Now, I know this is damn good tea because every time I take a sip, it’s like reading that book you just can’t put down, I want more more!! but then, I really need to savour this as well… so I’m taking really tiny sips in hopes that I can fool myself into thinking that it will last longer that way.
I’ve tried and tried to find the sweet spot here, but somehow I end up with a pretty ok cuppa tea every time. hmmmm.
This time however, I added some vanilla milk. Oh wow what a difference, it was great! I accidentally steeped it at 4 min, so added the milk to help, and it really did! I gulped down that cup like I hadn’t had tea in ages. This is the first time we’ve tried “nilla milk”, a friend does the free samples at grocery stores, and she had a bunch left over. I am a fan. This coming from a “purist” (ish) who usually hates adding flavoured items to already flavoured teas!
Not bad for bagged tea served in a styrofoam cup on an airplane! not bad at all I say.
With milk and sugar, it was quite yummy. After my layover on my second flight I had another cup sans milk and that was not bad either, though a little flat. Also, I could taste the bag, kindof like dust.
Still, I’d drink it again, on an airplane that is :)
(coming home from Florida, it was a nice vacation and I’m glad to be home!)
Apple chai? interesting. and by that I mean… not for me.
It was ok, but I wouldn’t ever order it for myself. The apple popped a little but tasted a bit dusty, probably because of the spices and such. I’m not sure I tasted any pomegranate either.
Honey helped dull the clove taste, which I can enjoy only in very minimal quantities.
All of that said, it was drinkable and comforting, so not all is lost.
Also, atleast I know now what Ankara tastes like, kindof!
Oh wow I didn’t realize that I’ve already tried this one?! Hmph.
Well it’s a goodie anyhow, so it’s not wasted.
Unfortunately though, my love for chai seems to have waned somewhat. I mean, this was good and all, but my all out lovethistea meter wasn’t blinking, nor has it been for any of the chais I’ve tried the last little while. I guess I’m in a phase. Boo!! I want to be able to love my chais again. Sighs.
Well, I still have a little bit left, enough to experiment now that I finally went through the notes and saw Kittenas suggestion of adding maple syrup. Uhm yes please!
On a non tea related note, there are 16 days til I leave for vacation. So many levels of yay! Only it seems that the last time I counted down, there were only 18 days and I swear that was almost a week ago… :/
I’m a little frustrated with certain circumstances right now. Really really need that vacation (can you hear me grinding my teeth from all the way over there?)