850 Tasting Notes
Actual tasting note
Tea of the morning. Needed something simple to prepare (I have this in bagged form) since my brain is busy with other things of late. Served with creamer and it is more vanilla coconut which works for me – I don’t really like chocolate in tea. A good convenience option.
It has been a busy few weeks for me! I went on a cruise with some friends to the Bahamas where it was the height of summer in November and came back to freezing cold temps. Considering the exact opposite happened in September (went to Germany where it was autumn, and then came back to late summer weather) I think my body is truly confused about the seasons.
I came back to work after the Bahamas trip and had an epiphany of sorts – I can’t do my current job anymore. Well, I mean, I can do the actual work, but I can’t work for the management as it is now. So, I put in my notice. My last day is December 17th, and we’re moving.
From Georgia to Oregon. Just because we looked at a map and it seemed like it was calling to us. I love being outside and hiking and I love challenges and the unknown. And I’ve been a nurse for 2 years now – I’m ready to take these skills on the road and see what happens.
Part of the swap (nay, sampler) I received from Sil – thank you so much for sending me so much Teagschwendner to try!
The smell of this dry is nauseating. Like, headache inducing – it doesn’t smell like natural lemon. But strange things can happen when water hits the leaf so I’m hoping that it is the case here.
Yep, this is totally transformed in the best way possible. The scent and taste are totally mellowed to a much more natural lemon. It acts just like Noel a Venise, actually – creamy lemon that doesn’t need any additives to be a great, flavorful cup. The main difference between the two is that here, lemon is the main flavor, whereas in the Dammann Freres blend, cream is at the forefront.
I definitely like this, and Sil gave me enough for several cups that will not go to waste. Yay for a good cup of tea, and a promising new (to me) tea company!
Flavors: Cream, Lemon
Like, this is so gross I feel like the tea is actually spoiled. Expiration date is good but this tastes fermented-y and the sourness from the lime is not helping me feel like it’s drinkable. It’s overly sweet too but I can’t get past the feeling that this tea is OFF.
I’m normally one to be pretty lenient with tea ratings but WOW. There’s no saving this one. Never again.
Oh look! Another tasting note for this tea from me!
Nothing much to say about the prep, as I can do this in my sleep by now. Strong black teas are sometimes the only way to start a morning right.
I really, really, inexplicably wanted to try puerh this morning, though. To the point where I’ve been looking up the tuo chas on Mandala’s website. I imagine this will be the Black Friday purchase I make this year. Ah well – good to plan these things out, right?
I can definitely tell that this has an oolong/black base, as it does not quite have the strength that my favorite chai (Yogic Chai’s Original blend) does.
Todays cup was not bad – I had it plain with the below parameters. The scent and taste were STRONGLY gingery and heavily spiced, which I like, but the mouthfeel was thin and there was a lot of astringence. Given that I steeped it so long I’m not necessarily surprised at the bitterness but I do wish that I could strike a better balance between texture and astringency.
I suppose there was a hint of cocoa but the spices really drowned it out. It’s a heartily flavored tea and I enjoyed it this AM – we had our first freeze warning last night so this is the time of year to be drinking chais for sure!
I’ve been rediscovering all the teas in my cupboard since tea drinking weather started back over the last month. This morning it is good as always – there were HUGE blueberries in my leaf and as a result this cup tastes even more fruity than usual.
I added a little bit of creamer and the result is a blueberry, tangy pastry. Fantastic – and easily one of 52Teas best. I have plenty left to enjoy and I’m quite glad of it!
Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Pastries
Something magical happens to this tea as it cools. Starting out it’s nothing really special, but then suddenly you get the cake texture and cinnamon orange notes., with just a hint of plum. Even without additives, even despite the fact that this tea is a REALLY old one in my stash – it tastes amazing.
I wonder if it has something to do with whatever flavorings Stacy used? I feel like with the exception of Three Friends, everything else has held up very well to multiple years of storage. I’m making it a personal goal of mine to get through this bag by the end of this holiday season though. It’s great but I don’t want to leave it for another year!
Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Orange, Plums
I’m on standby for work but I know I’ll be called in soon – it’s a matter of when, not if, in other words.
But until then, I figured I’d make a cup of tea. Audiobooks, card games, and tea. So much more fun than work!
I hadn’t done this one in a while and it’s not really a breakfast tea to me – much more of a dessert or afternoon black. I made it WAY too strong to have by itself though – so creamer went in to kind of tone down the bitter black tea-ness and it’s much more palatable, if a little sweet. It is like a buttery root beer float when made this way. Yum!
In its own way, this is a perfect pre-Halloween treat. And I have plenty to left so I’d better start drinking it while its in season!
Okay, trying anyway, just with less water and for 7 minutes. I’ll take it as a good sign that I didn’t want to be done with this tea yet – this is not like me at all.
Scent of the wet leaf:
Very faint maltiness.
Scent of the steeped tea:
Quite faint as well – it smells like the wet leaf, just a tinge malty and like a watered down syrup.
Much like the 3rd infusion. Yes, the flavor is definitely done here. It is just a weak malty black tea.
Overall this was really unique – I love anything from Hawaii so there was no way I’d pass up drinking tea from there. I don’t think it was necessarily a complex tea, but it was a solid one that I will have no problem enjoying the rest of.
And now that I have logged it maybe I’ll be more prepared for next time!
Scent of the wet leaf:
Baked sweet potatoes (each time it smells like some different version of sweet potatoes, so weird)
Scent of the liquor:
Malt, but otherwise indistinct.
This steeping is lighter than the last, in flavor, in texture (mouthfeel is a lot thinner), and in color. The beautiful aftertaste is much more faint as well. I still have a decent flavor but I don’t think I’d be able to get another steep out of this…