1289 Tasting Notes
Continuing on with holiday teas today. I found this one in the box from CelebriTEA. I have to tell you this one brings back a flood of memories. I would never touch eggnog as a kid. It looked and sounded gross. My grandmother loved it. She added nutmeg and some form of alcohol to her recipe. It is the only time I ever saw her drink – She remained a lady. My Nana had a silver aluminum Christmas tree that looked like a painted broom stick with shiny sticks poking out everywhere. You didn’t hang lights on the tree, just a few bulbs. The tree rotated on its base. There was a lighted colored wheel that you pointed at the tree that rotated and made the sparkling tree change colors. Though I have never tasted eggnog, this tea reminded me of all those years at grandma’s house for Christmas with the family. We were poor but we still exchanged gifts and ate until it hurt. Then we would spend the rest of the evening telling stories and laughing.
As for the tea itself – bravo! Not only is it creamy and egg like, I can taste the Mao Feng and it is really good. What restraint to not over flavor this one. Truly an excellent job! Thanks for the holiday memories.
Ok, I know it is entirely the wrong season for this. It isn’t even on their website until October. I had Mtn Dew for lunch and thought caffeine free sounded acceptable this afternoon. First off the leaf looks like snack food. Dry this is cinnamon and clove scented. Taste while hot – throw in a little nutmeg and some aftertaste heat from the ginger. Once it cools a little I get pumpkin under all the spicy goodness. That actually surprises me. I have had a lot of pumpkin teas that got the pumpkin pie spices right but never approached actual pumpkin taste. I think all the previous teas have had a black tea base. This is rooibos. That may make all the difference. And don’t wrinkle your face, Eeeeww rooibos. You really don’t notice it in the blend and bonus it does taste of pumpkin with lots of spice. It is not pumpkin pie but it doesn’t claim to be.
I have had this ounce for almost two years. The last time I had it I thought there was enough for 1 more session. Turns out there was enough for two. O happy day! It still has its light smoky goodness. The base is starting to suffer from poor storage. It is in a mostly empty tin. Tins should have a vacuum pump in the lid. Is that possible without it costing a fortune? Anyway much love for this even in its weakened state.
Chai and I don’t relate well to one another. Normally I just don’t get it. I have had a white chai I liked. This is rooibos. I like rooibos but never crave it. There is just something about the combination of rooibos and chai that I find appealing. I found myself easily finishing this one. The spices are sweet and don’t overwhelm the senses. Cinnamon possibly being the most prominent but really they all blend well together. The rooibos is present mid sip. I think the vanilla (which I don’t taste) knocks the scratchy edges off, making the rooibos very well behaved. I don’t really taste cola other than as hints that may be subliminal because I expect to taste it. After the cup cools the spices grow a little stronger, but only a little, and I can taste ginger in the aftertaste. I found this to be one of the more appealing rooibos I have tried and amazingly it is a chai. Thanks CelebriTEA for sharing.
We have tried to grow chamomile with zero success. My wife loves the stuff. So we always have some around. I find I seldom help drink it. I like it. It just never occurs to me to fix it. Not much of a lead in to this tasting note but let me say I enjoyed this quite a bit in the middle of the afternoon. Just got home from watching X-Men and thought a quiet moment was in order. This smells of tart apples, honey, and flowers. The taste is similar with a spiciness added. I also caught faint saltiness and hints of mineral. I used filtered water but can’t rule out the last notes being from our water. A nice calming cup.
Interesting. My first cup did not match other’s reviews. I got a very mellow rooibos with peppery notes – not hot and spicy, just nicely seasoned. I easily finished the cup. I decided the blend had settled so I poured the tin out into a bowl and mixed it with the scoop. This did change the flavor some. The second cup was light warm chocolate with hints of banana. The pepper moved to the back and meshed nicely. I could taste a light tartness from the apple at the end of the sip. None of the flavors stood out. It is just a nice mellow cup. The most interesting thing to me was how this worked to tame the rooibos. The aroma while steeping is unquestionably rooibos. In the cup it has the rough edges smoothed away. Everything blended together resembled almost a cherry flavor. I found it very easy to drink.
I believe Bonnie wrote the definitive tasting note on this one two years ago. As I was writing my own review for my blog I kept noticing how nearly identical my experience was to hers – minus the sexy dating analogy (wow, hot stuff). For me this was a necessary session to overcome yesterday’s over indulgences. Way over did it. This one helped calm the stomach and left me with a pleasant calming peace that was remarkable spiritual like. I have never thought to actually use puerh in my private devotion time but maybe I will give it a go one day soon. Anyway, starts mellow with mineral, cedar, and horse tack notes. Blossoms later with bold flavors of browned cedar and horse tack. Then drifts back into more mellow but pronounced mineral and cedar, and ending with pleasant leather notes. Excellent cha qi.
Yesterday I had the bagged version iced. It was good for the moment. Today we left home early and on the way out of town I grabbed one of these full leaf sachets iced at Starbuck’s. Iced tea seems to confuse them. That amuses me. I ended up with one iced tea and a cup of hot tea. The iced was nice and citrusy floral with lavender notes. Once I finished it, I grabbed the now cooled hot cup and yeah, I couldn’t drink it. I made a scrunchy face that lasted several minutes. I very seldom complain of astringency but this was like hyper astringent.
Another thanks to CelebriTEA. Much Thanks. I’ve mentioned this a long time ago but I cannot buy this in bagged form around here. Well, I can, but it is always spoiled. Too much heat, too old, direct sunlight? Who knows but the local bagged stuff is not good. So I open the envelope and it smells of floral bergamot (Yum). Steeped and iced – this is going well with lunch. This will do nicely until I am forced into Starbucks and have a cup of their over pricey but otherwise very good earl grey sachet.