2756 Tasting Notes
I don’t know if I’m getting picky about chais or what… but I do not like the spicing in this tea. Or… this tea at all, really. I can’t figure out exactly what spices are most prominent, but they’re not the ones I like in my chais. I can taste a hint of the coffee, which actually IMO is the only part of this tea done well (a hint of flavour, but not overwhelming). And the worst part? The sickly sweet, revolting stevia. Never have I tasted such an incredibly sweet tea when there’s a) no fruit in the blend and b) I haven’t added sugar myself. It’s like the sweetness of licorice, without the licorice flavour. I actually have never really been all that bothered by stevia in teas before, but it is really grossing me out here. I’m only finishing this cup because it’s one of the three teas I brought to tide me through my neverending sample weighing tonight, and I need all the caffeine I can get. That said, I’m now in the office making a new tea to replace the grossness in this cup. (On the plus side, that’s one infuser I can dump out immediately when I get home – NOT resteeping!)
I still have a nice-sized little baggie of this one from the DavidsTea ornament my sister gave me last year, so I figured it was time to use some up! I think I underleafed a touch, but the tea is pleasantly minty with a delicious chocolate flavour that blocks out any mint yuckiness. Which means, I like this one :) I don’t remember if I ever compared it to Read My Lips… I should have. I think it’s less chocolatey.
I’m just hoping my Timolino doesn’t permanently smell like mint now… last time I put Mayan Chocolate Chai in it, every tea I drank from it tasted like chai for at least two weeks…
(As a side note, this was apparently the third tea I logged on Steepster, and it was logged on January 30 2012! Which appears to be the day I joined Steepster! Woohoo, now I know :D It’s a bit sad to go back and see all the tasting notes with 0 likes though…)
Finished off the last of this one yesterday. Pretty good, although I found myself longing a bit for the pumpkin-pie-ness of Della Terra’s Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie. Sigh. I had meant to pick some of this chai up the other day, but it slipped my mind. If it’s still there next time I’m at the store, I think I’ll get 25g as it is rather tasty, but it’s no huge loss if I don’t!
Woah! Steeped this for only 2.5 minutes today as per Sil’s recommendation, and wow does it ever make a difference! I’m mostly tasting caramelly flavours, but no astringency or anything! Possibly the best cup/Timolino of this I’ve made yet! Puts a bright spot in a day that has otherwise been less than awesome.
Ok, this is possibly the most anticipated tea that I picked up! (Well, this and Cookie Dough). And ohhhhhh, it lives up to its name! Pure delicious vanilla atop a light oolong base. This is what you have when you want a truly decadent dessert. The vanilla here is more like vanilla ice cream than vanilla extract, which is fabulous (and makes it much better than I was expecting!) It also doesn’t have strange artificial notes which mar the flavouring, as some teas seem to. I’m not sure I really taste the orchid though (which is the flavour that I imagine is supposed to come from the oolong). Perhaps in later infusions it will be more prominent.
This is not as good as Banana Oolong, but it’s pretty tasty!