1545 Tasting Notes
This doesn’t remind me of Christmas per se, but it was quite enjoyable.
The hazelnut, white chocolate and butter notes are prominent. Stone fruit though, ehhhh I think I could sense that in the aftertaste a bit, and maybe far in the distant background… but then I’ve noticed my apricot sensors aren’t very strong in general. I mean, unless it is the main focus of a tea, I tend to not taste it at all.
Also, I had this cuppa without any additions and found it quite sweet. Like one of those cookies with a heavy layer of chocolate/nutty spread on top. I do wish I had more! and that is saying something considering my recent preference for straight teas
Ugh. I seriously need to stop buying so much of my faves all at once. I overindulged in this one awhile back, didn’t want it for a long long time, and recently started drinking it again. Only it has now been nearly two years that I’ve had my tin, and some flavour/smoothness has been lost. No surprise, time does that to consumables. Duh.
There isn’t much left, maybe fifteen grams out of 70. Could be worse, right?
I wonder if there are any fun things I could do with the last of it. Latte? nah. I’ve had it iced before. Hmmm. I must think on it!
I feel like I’ve had this tea before. Very familiar.
The marzipan scent is incredible. I could sit there and sniff it all day. Can you get high from that? I’m not sure I care, it is so addictive. Mmmm.
But the taste was a bit of a letdown. All the flavours are blended in an odd way, they don’t seem to mesh well. I think the base and the additives are mismatched. Maybe this would have gone better with a dragonwell?
So I found it easy enough to drink. Sadly, any wow factors are absent.
After opening the packet I was so sure I’d be buying 50g of this. Maybe not now that I’ve finished the cup. Oh well.
Not what I had in mind for my 1500th note! But none of the teas I’ve sampled lately seemed notable enough so I figured if it can’t be fabulous, I might as well embrace the terrible :)
Anyhow, this brew is rather biting. I had hoped there would be more honey than ginger, but I found it so harsh that my mug went down the drain. It already had honey so no amount of sugar could help! and diluting it with twice the amount of neede water did zilch.
Normally I don’t mind a bit of ginger… but it requires moderation! too much makes it taste like a chemical burn down my throat. Not fun.
Perhaps I can use the other packets my friend gave me in cooking. Honey ginger chicken? That might work…
The first few sips of this are so strange.
Something tastes artificial, but I think that may be the truly odd mix of teas in here and how they meld.
Definitely also caramel notes. Fake ones, but they are there.
Also something smoky and I’m not sure which tea the smoke belongs to.
Things get less overwhelmingly strange as the cup cools. Thankfully.
Overall a very interesting cup, but not something I’d want to seek out more of. My friend gave me two more bags… I’m not sure what to do with em!
Ok so I tried this again. Thought about doing gongfu but then checked Steepster to see if anyone else had tried it that way, and saw that the average prep was ONE tsp, not one and a quarter as per the packaging!
So I used a regular mug instead of my monster sized one, with a single teaspoon…. and you know what? this is much better. I’d still like to try it gongfu, but at least now I know what to expect! totally goofed on the timing of course, in that I forgot to use a timer… but I think it was around 3 min.
And YES there is honey!!! A rather drying sensation at the back of the mouth as well, and a mineralish note in between. Also got that wonderful warming sensation that spreads through the body like a warm hug. Mmmmm love that!
Anyhow, will see what happens with my gongfu experiment before deciding what to do with my free 50g.
The other thing I have to consider is that I have a whackload of black tea in my cupboard, and won’t ever be able to finish it before spring arrives, probably even summer… so maybe I should get a green or oolong instead? who knows what I’ll be craving by then. Sighs.
Got this to go, iced. I was so thirsty! Shopping does that to a girl, apparently.
And oh boy did I shop!!! Got almost all of it done. and some great deals as well. Now I have a bunch of returns to make. You know, the ones you buy as back up gifts but then end up finding that perfect gift for someone. Ahhhh and I forgot to buy me some wine for Xmas dinner. Ooops.
Not that I would have been able to carry it, with all my packages.
Anyhow, the tea was ok I suppose. Much the way I remember. But I really did wanna know if some chill sparked any difference. The answer? not really. and I am really ok with that. Also chose it because of the ctc factor. Needed me some caffeine!
Night all xo
Uhhhhm ok so this tea? so good. So so so freakin good!
The first steep was wonderful. Even after it had cooled a bit, I found the flavour to have an essence of warmness about it. Like sitting by a fire, but not too close.
Something creamy in there as well. I found that there were fleeting hints of cocoa as well, but never for long enough for me to grasp it.
The second steep was good too, more like the traditional high quality keemums I first fell in love with and then couldn’t find again, years ago. Not quite as warming or dark, with definite emerging cocoa notes this time, and an edge of creaminess. Finally, I noticed a lingering honey like sweetness in the aftertaste.
It’s been a long time since I was excited about a third steep, so fingers crossed it delivers!