112 Tasting Notes
I was skeptical of this one, because Cask Strength was supposed to be bourbon-inspired as well, and I found that one super icky. But this one didn’t have any suspicious ingredients in it, so I allowed myself to hope. I’ve only barely tried it so far (I’m steeping it in my tiny 2 oz teacups), but it’s definitely not icky and actually pretty good!
Update: as predicted, it goes great with chocolate. (72% with cacao nibs. :)
I’m not usually a huge fan of white teas (although maybe that’s changing recently?) but I love this one. I like the cedar tips and the juniper, and everything else kinda blurs together pleasantly in the background. I think I got through about four steeps before I switched to something else, but I maybe could have gone for a couple more. I’ll have to see how far I can stretch it out, and what more interesting flavors might emerge. :)
So I proceeded with my plan, went to davidstea and got little samples of some straight black teas. I made it this morning with the recommended 1 1/4 teaspoons + about 1/2 a teaspoon of the kenyan tinderet.
… and proceeded to clumsily spill most of it as soon as it was done. >.< (I was so proud of myself, too, for getting up early enough to have tea and breakfast before work…)
Fortunately, there was just enough left to wash down my breakfast, and to tell that it was delicious. Experiment successful! Next I’ll try the nepal black or the darjeeling…
I had a free cup of tea for joining the frequent steeper program, so I tried this one iced today. It was pretty much what I expected, except with an unexpectedly chocolatey aftertaste. I think next time I go I’ll get a bit to try hot.
(People talk about mate being, like, super caffeinated all the time, but I haven’t ever noticed any particularly different effect after drinking it. Maybe I’m just not paying enough attention?)
Got this tea from Janelle, with a note that she like it better than the Vanilla Orchid (which I’m a pretty big fan of). It’s definitely different! It’s not as vanilla-ey, and it’s got that little hint of citrus in there that I like. I think it’s a little more temperamental, though, ‘cause my water temperature wasn’t super precise and it came out a little bitter. Also, this is super silly, but one of the things I like about oolongs is seeing the little balls expand into giant tea leaves — I’m not sure why, but I find it super satisfying! So, I think the vanilla orchid wins in my book, but I’m glad I got a chance to try this one.
Going to go make another cup now, to try and recover from the horrific awkwardness of this afternoon. >.<
Sample from Janelle. :) And, as usual, I think I ate half the dried fruit before I ever had a chance to steep the tea. I don’t even like dried fruit that much — I have a friend who just keeps it around all time, all sorts, and I’ve never felt the need to do that. But somehow when I open up a tea, just to smell it, no really… I always end up nibbling on the apples and cranberries and papayas… >.<
I could probably figure out what I think about this tea, but at the moment my feelings are pretty much just “meh, good enough”. It’s been an unexpectedly long day. (Today I learned that when I start crying in corpse pose, my tears trickle down the sides of my face and collect in my ears… it’s quite the strange feeling… >.< )
More detailed note to follow, when I am somewhat more coherent. (… she says, for the millionth time…)
Sipdown. :) Although I guess I cheated, because there was that awkward amount between 1 and 2 cups left, so I just chucked it all in. Still counts though!
This tea is nice, but it would be much nicer without the stevia. I would much prefer it sweetened with sugar, I think. I probably won’t repurchase, unless I happen to be in a very blueberry mood…
I think I like it — it’s pretty nutty and kinda chocolatey and I really don’t mind the sugar (at least it’s not stevia) — but even though I put more than the recommended teaspoon and a quarter, it didn’t have enough tea in it. I think this would be nice if I mixed it with a strong black base, but none of my straight black teas at the moment seem like they’d do the trick. My friend had a kenyan black tea from david’s that I think would go well here, I think I’ll get a sample next time (maybe I’ll drag the boy there?) and try it out. :)