1246 Tasting Notes
Big thanks to CHAroma for this sample! wow, it is amaaaazing.
Ok, well more like the third and fourth cups were that good. First one was just ok, second I had with milk and sugar which made it super tasty…
Third was really salty so I added some sugar to balance it out. Almost a salty paste. Imagine a really salty hummus, but without the hummus. I know that makes no sense but there you have it.
There was a leathery note as well that I loved in later steepings, along with another note that I am having trouble defining.
It was very smooth, velvet even. It was as if someone took very soft leather and translated that into a flavour, but deeper.
And was that a hint of rose in the third infusion? just barely, but yes, it was there!
Ahhhh, to be tea-high once again. It’s a glorious feeling :D
Thanks again CHAroma!!
Have you ever had a tea you surprised by a tea, and couldn’t decide if you adored or hated it?
When really hot, (as hot as white tea can get anyhow) that is where this cuppa was for me.
The tea itself is beautiful though. Safflower and Marigold petals, and some sort of red petal as well. and maybe fennel? I’d have to take a closer look. The liquor was a pale neon green/yellow.
Sadly, as it cooled, it turned into the soapiest, fake lemon kitchen cleaner concoction I have EVER had.
Wow. It even had that biting zing that soap imparts.
On a positive note, I managed to finish the cup and now have a bit of a tea high. Too much caffeine? ha! go figure. Too bad the gods themselves couldn’t convince me to steep this oddity again.
That said… After my glowing review, would anyone like to try the rest of my sample? it’s not for me, but there must be those out there who would enjoy it :)
BIG thank you to Azzrian for this sample!
Best served lukewarm!
This is the second time I made this, the first time drunk hot and oversteeped (3-4 min). It was terrible!
But… then I cut the steep time down and it got a little better. Added 1/4 tsp sugar and the burnt taste seemed to mellow out.
And then! as the cup cooled, it got really good!! ohmygoodness, the creamy custard really came out. Only a hint of strawberry but hey I don’t mind. This is fantastic!
SO glad I discovered the proper way to enjoy this delightful creation. I usually prefer my tea hot, so this is a surprise for me! walking upstairs with my tea, I was preparing to give this a ho hum rating. Lucky I checked my email first or I’d have alot of editing to do :)
BTW… for weeks the site has been bugged up, and I’ve been unable to view my notices. I’d click on them and nothing happened! then today, they are all gone. All 1600 of them… so if I’ve missed any comments, please forgive me! Ignorance is not bliss I tell ya :)
I couldn’t make a note under the other entry for this tea so I made a new one.
No way was this gem from the Traveling tea box going un-noted!
I think I oversteeped it a tad as it was a hair bitter, but some sugar spruced it right up.
The base is nice and strong, but not in a bold way, more like a sturdy sortof “notice me!” way that really holds up against the citrus. The orange peel adds a depth I didn’t expect, and the aroma is especially pleasant.
I rather enjoyed the cup, it was comforting and refreshing, and wouldn’t mind having it in my cupboard, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy some.
Sipdowwwwn Sunday! With Dad’s help, I managed to get three down and made progress on some others. They were mostly samples though. And I suppose saying “three” is kinda cheating since one of them is a Darjeeling I am planning to ice in the fridge for tomorrow. Nonethelss, prepare to be tea spammed :)
As for the tea, it was good. Malty but not as much as I’d like. Not surprising since this is over a year old.
Funny, I’m not sad to see this one go, despite the fond memories.
Bold. Black. Malty.
Not bad, but certainly not my fave. Loads better than Tims, which is my ultimate test as to whether I’d ever purchase it again.
I love malty teas, but not so much when they are bold. Ugh, I know that isn’t the right word to describe what I mean, but somehow I can’t place the flavour.
I guess it just feels more manly somehow, the way it closes a sip, right before swallowing.
There was a time when I equated malty and bold, but now I think they are different. Definitely not the same! One I like, the other… ehhhh not at all.
Of course, I added milk and sugar as always with an Assam. Which made it easier to gulp it down before hockey practice. Pretty sure that was the only reason I made it through 2.5hrs of drills and the game after.
Will have to remember this place next time I go. Right outside the subway station with a small selection of looseleaf!
There’s a new tea shop in town! in MY town. Oh yes, now I can go for tea whenever I want :)
Well, kindof. They don’t have much seating, but there is free wifi.
I happened upon the place on their opening day so they were in a rather jovial mood. The girl who served me was very sweet and gave me a bunch of free samples to try at home. This was one of them!
I’ll have to stop by one day soon and thank her. errr, everyone!(and then chat for an hour heh heh) There were about a dozen people there, celebrating their accomplishment. Champagne, cake, snacks. They went all out!.
Anyhow, this tea, well it’s great! the strawberry comes through in the first steep with a tart zing, refreshingly so, and isn’t overwhelming like the Teavana version. Oh and it really is much more natural. I really like it.
The base is smooth and a little chocolatey, not bready like most I find. Reminds me of King Pu-erh, which makes sense since they sell the straight version as well.
No sugar required either, though I added 1/4 tsp just to see what happened. It enhanced the strawberry, however wasn’t necessary so would be great either way.
Thank you Tea Factory for this tasty sample!!