1411 Tasting Notes
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
I think this is my favourite vanilla tea, ever.
Mind you I haven’t had that many and there was a time they didn’t sit well with me. But this one is simply delicious. Thank you Miss B for the sample, and Sil for coordinating things!
I had half a cup sans dairy, and half with. Without, it is quite pleasant, but with is where I find the “shortbread” aspect really comes out. Oh man, I can actually taste buttery cookie! The vanilla is a really nice addition as well, making things extra creamy.
I thought I gave this away to a friend! but I didn’t! It was a bit stale already. There was no tin for it and I think this one was organic so lost flavour faster. Bah. It was great while it lasted. I’ll miss you in my cupboard Tealet.
Whatever, it was a sipdown. I had seven sipdowns!! A serious record for one day. Woot!
I had high hopes for this chai. I really did. Vanilla chai sounds amazing. In theory.
Not so much in reality, when it includes licorice?! In my head, those two just do not go together. Nope. No they no do not.
It ruins everything!!! That makes two cups of tea down the drain today. I’m thankful they allow ten gram samples.
Hot, this was ok. Not great, but ok. Some sips were better than others. I was hoping for more cakey/pastry flavour, which I got maybe a hint of. For the most part, instead I found something more like chai. But not in a pleasing way. All spice, no tea!
As the cup cooled, oh dear that was not cool. Not cool at all!
I’ve never been a fan of chicory, but I find that in some teas it does really well, and not so much in others. Well I guess this is the not so much? Ick. Dislike.