117 Tasting Notes
I got this one in August, when I was wallowing in the depths of an unfortunate mental low, so I never got around to trying it. Oh well, never too late.
It’s been a while since I had the sarsparilla tieguanyin, but I think this is like that, but better. The orange and vanilla (and the sarsparilla too, I guess) seem very subtle, but I think all of it comes together in a rather pleasant tea, and one of the better acquisitions from the blends club.
People in the reviews were mentioning how the straight tieguanyin was better, but I haven’t tried the traditional tieguanyin, only the spring and autumn harvest, so this tastes totally different and I have no standard of comparison. >.
So, I’m not sure why I thought I would enjoy it, because cotton candy without the sugar is literally just sugar and food coloring… This is too sweet for me, and I can’t really get past that to appreciate anything about the taste. Maybe it would have been better iced? Oh well, it was a sample, so it’s all gone now… (sipdown! 97)
So, last fall I bought some pumpkin chai. And I really liked it, so I went back to get one of the fancy orange tins. But it was early November, so they’d already run out. So I just got a regular tin, thinking I’d better stock up, ‘cause it’s seasonal, after all. Then I went home for Christmas, and the one in SF had the orange tins. So I got one.
And then shortly afterwards, I overdosed on pumpkin everything, and had no desire to eat pumpkin anything ever again.
So now it’s midway through pumpkin season, I’m easing slowly back into the pumpkin everything, and I may or may not have enough pumpkin chai to last me the next few years…
But, y’know, it’s still tasty. :)
Wow, this smells really sweet! The instant I poured water over it, it started smelling like candy, and the candy-scent didn’t stop wafting over at me from two feet away the whole time it was brewing. It’s also floral and lightly fruity… maybe lychee? (Not that I remember what lychee tastes outside of gummy candies anyway.)
I’ll do a second steep tomorrow. Hopefully.
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. :)
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?)