3013 Tasting Notes
Another Crio Bru sample from VariaTea! Because I wanted to kind of see how a couple stacked up to one another… but I guess I should have paid more attention so I didn’t select the one with cayenne. Oops. Can’t really compare when there are additives in one and not the other. Anyhow, I like this one too. I can definitely taste the cayenne, but it’s just spicy enough to have a kick, but not to be annoying (I dislike when spice builds up in my mouth and I can’t keep drinking/eating something because of it). Again, creamy and rich chocolate flavour as well. I have no idea which of these two I like better (Cavalla or Maya) but I’d probably stick with unadultered, most likely, since I can always add a pinch of cayenne myself. Thanks so much VariaTea :)
Thank you for sharing some of this Cavocorax! It turns out I’m not a big fan – the aroma from the packet of dry tea reminded me of medicinal rooibos (blech), and although thankfully that didn’t really translate into the flavour of the tea, I wasn’t really keen on the somewhat spiced orange flavour. It wasn’t bad, just not to my preferences. I did finish the travel mug, though.
ETA: I did not pay attention to the fact that there was sandalwood in this blend. That makes me think soap, and that could easily have been the strange flavour I couldn’t identify in the brewed cup (possibly the medicinal aroma, too… I don’t really know what sandalwood smells or tastes like).
I think my tea preferences have changed… I’m surprised I only have this rated at 67! I really enjoyed it yesterday in spite of the fact that the package is probably getting close to 3 years old, and has been open pretty much the whole time (sealed as much as possible with a clip). This is a lovely oolong, with the roasty notes I crave from aged tieguanyins, and lots of creaminess, with a bit of that characteristic oolong “green” note (not vegetal, more paint thinner? In the best way possible.), and a minimum of floral. Upping the rating for sure, since this and roasty dancongs are my preferences now. May make a Teavivre order for my mom to share with people… and I think I’d include this.
Thank you VariaTea, for making a crappy day a bit better with your package of delicious teas and cacao :D
Brewed this one up first (I don’t know if I’ll bother with side-by-sides – it seems like effort and I don’t feel like putting much in right now), and am very pleased with the results. I used 1 tbsp for about 8 oz. of boiling water, and left it for…. a while. Not really sure how long. But the result is very rich, dark, creamy, and much like hot chocolate without the sugar. It’s a touch bitter, but less so than I would have expected. Overall, pretty tasty, and I’m excited to try the others.
Thanks to Sil for yet another interesting tea! I was intrigued by the chamomile in this blend – seemed like a weird add-on to a mint chocolate blend, but I went with it (and used my metal infuser as a chamomile precaution!). Dry and steeped, it mostly smells like mint chocolate, as expected. The first infusion I had in my travel mug, and it was fairly decent – I could taste some chocolate, a bit of mint (along the lines of peppermint leaf, I think), and a touch of chamomile, which overall just made it taste a bit different from the usual mint chocolate blends. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. And of course, the cup was kind of murky due to the melted chips (yum!)
Second infusion: I assumed most of the chocolate would be gone, but apparently I was very wrong – it’s even murkier, and tastes even more cocoa-y. The chamomile is more apparent as well, and the mint is a bit lessened – more like chamomile chocolate (which reminds me of Verdant’s Chocolate Chamomile Curiousity Brew, not that it tastes like that as cinnamon was a prominent flavour there).
I’ll try another infusion but I don’t expect much. The only complaint I have here is that it would be great if the base tea was a bit richer and more obvious – I don’t believe I even detected it through the cocoa/chips/mint/chamomile. However, I don’t think I’ll have too many problems finishing this tea up in the next little while, as it’s quite perfectly seasonal right now.
Sipdown! I presumably had some of this previously, but am unsure of where I logged it, since I have no idea which company this is from – it’s just a sample I received from Azzrian a couple years back. Anyhow, it’s pretty old, and probably has lost flavour, but it’s not too bad. It tastes more like a green, unripened peach than a juicy, fresh one, but that’s actually reasonably tasty – the base is somewhat astringent, but not unbearably so. Maybe a tea I would have been interested in trying fresh, but since I haven’t a clue where it’s from… farewell, mystery tea!
Sipdown! Probably similar thoughts to last time on this one – I can taste some chocolate and nuttiness, but it’s not all that strong. The base is pretty smooth, but overall it comes across as a fairly standard dessert-flavoured black. That is, drinkable enough, but without the decadence that I really want from this sort of tea.
A tasty cup of blueberry black is all this really is, now. The original blend was fabulous, but the reblend just didn’t live up to it. Not to say that it’s a bad tea – lovely authentic blueberry, strong but smooth base – but the cream and baked good notes just aren’t there, and those are kind of critical for a cream cheese danish tea. Oh well. Leaving my rating as it was for the original. (And thanks for sharing this Sil)