2970 Tasting Notes
I have to assume that this is the version I have of this chai, given that I purchased it this September.
This is coming off a bit weak to me, however, that’s definitely my fault! I was a bit slow to get to reading the brewing instructions, so instead of 1 tbsp for 8 oz., I used 2 tsp for more like 10+ oz. (plus I threw some Laoshan Black in there that had been used a couple times already). Oops.
I wasn’t super keen on this one unsweetened, but sweetened, it is exactly like a ginger cookie! Like gingerbread! Crazy. It’s pretty tasty, even though gingerbread is not my most favourite thing in the world. It must be the breadiness of the Laoshan Black in the perfect combination with gingery chai spicing to create this flavour.
This is definitely a well-spiced chai, but I think my heart still belongs to 52teas’ Mayan Chocolate Chai, crazy as that is. I’ll have to try this one “properly” though, with the appropriate leaf:water ratio.
I’m really in the mood for toasty teas tonight, so thought it would be a great opportunity to use up a bit more of this one, which is quite old. I have to admit that there’s almost a bit of staleness to it, but it’s still pretty darned good. I definitely overleafed this cup though, so the green tea is a touch strong (even though the vast, vast, vast majority of the “leaf” is toasted rice!) Scrumptious and palate-cleansing though, which is exactly what I was going for tonight.
Trying this a second time (paying more attention), and am definitely enjoying it. A 30-second infusion (with no rinse) gives a very caramelly brew, kind of like a toasted caramel sort of flavour. Very tasty. I was tempted to let the first infusion go for a full minute, but am glad I didn’t – I’m getting a bit of astringency at the end of the sip which is bothering my somewhat-sore throat. I had been craving this tea (inexplicably, as I didn’t really know what it tasted like!) since last night, so my palate is finally satisfied. Hopefully I’ll get to additional infusions tomorrow; it’s past my bedtime!
ETA: Honey, caramel, a bit of chocolate…. this second infusion (30s) is truly delicious. The third infusion (45s) is definitely a bit more watery, and could probably have either used less water or a longer infusion (it also could be that I’m comparing it to this unbelievable second infusion). Either way, this one’s a treat. I’m not getting “tea drunk” the way that other perhaps have, but I’m quite enjoying actually getting these tasty flavours here. There is definitely a dark chocolate undertone and aftertaste in that second infusion for me. Glad I picked up 2 oz. of this stuff, so I’ll be able to enjoy it for a while. Now, I just need the light roast version to produce some magic for me…
ETA again: Whoops! Apparently the fourth infusion can be oversteeped! Yikes! It’s not terrible and I’m getting some interesting notes in here, but it’s kind of bitter. Not sure how long it was left for (5 or so minutes?) but given the relative lack of aroma of the leaves, I assumed they were almost done. Apparently I was wrong. I’m getting a bit of the “ice wine” flavour that I’ve had from Butiki’s Gui Fei oolong, so kind of a rich, dark sweetness (but not really sweet), plus a bit of floral? And a woody/dark kind of background, as previously. Hrm. Maybe I won’t throw those leaves out yet, although I would really like to empty out all my infusers… gotta start reviewing all my Butiki straight teas!
Made a thermos of this to take with me yesterday, so I’d have something caffeinated to drink between church/the Thanksgiving meal. Unfortunately, I think there’s something about coconutty blacks that doesn’t sit well for me in the morning. Kind of like a cup of milk, which also doesn’t sit well first thing in the morning. So while the tea tasted alright, I’m left with a desire to not drink it again in the remotely near future (kind of like 52teas’ Coconut Cream Pie). How annoying!
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Currently cursing my body because I have a long day upcoming and try as I might, I cannot fall asleep. Figures; I’ve been sleeping 12-hour nights for the past week. Hopefully those will tide me through today and I can get a good rest tonight, because I’m running a 5K on Monday morning! Bah.
So anyways, it’s 6:26am, and I’m sipping a big hot cup of this one before trying one more time to even get an hour of rest. I’m heading to church with the boyfriend (eep) followed by meeting his extended family for Thanksgiving lunch/supper (double eep), so it really would have been nice to have slept prior instead of being anxious for the past, oh, six hours…
Interesting. I see this one has had a name change from Dr. Chocolate to Spiced Carob. Probably more appropriate, as chocolate is not predominant here! This one reminds me a fair bit of Coco Chai Rooibos, which I recently drank. I do like the spicing in it, but since having CCR, I think I’d go with it over this one, because the chocolate is more powerful and the spicing is similar, which makes it quite delicious. Also, caffeine-free! Not great for mornings, but perfect for bed.
Anyhow, this was a sipdown of my sample packet of this one, so now I just need to drink down a few more things before I will let myself go pick up more CCR…
So…. I thought I liked this one. Brewed some up today, and for some reason, the smell was nauseating, and reminded me far too much of Mango Diablo, which reminds me in turn of cooked green peppers. Which are disgusting, to me. Oh, associations. It definitely tasted peachy, although I couldn’t pick out the oolong base, but I really did not enjoy this cup. So much so that I actually dumped it out. To put this in perspective, I didn’t even dump out the darjeeling I tried today and didn’t particularly care for, as I still found it to be drinkable. I don’t think it’s the fault of this tea at all, but I don’t think I’ll ever drink any of this again. Strangely enough, I found yesterday’s Peaches and Cream Oolong from Teaopia more palatable than this one (although would prefer not to drink it again either). Perhaps peach teas are not my thing? I still have Peach Hoppi-Tea from Azzrian to try, maybe that will suit me better?
I feel like rating this would be unfair, as I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with it. My rating would be in the 40s, and this is probably a 70-80 tea. Oh well, at least I only have a cup’s worth left, and I think my roommate likes this one…