257 Tasting Notes
I’m having this for my mid-afternoon tea.
I just got home to the biggest bouquet of flowers I’ve ever gotten in my life! It was full of two dozen tulips and one red rose. It made me smile to no end.
Some days you get just what you need to make you smile and trudge on with the knowledge that things will get better in the end. (Sometimes it’s hard to see that when you spend weeks locked away studying..).
So here I am, sipping this tea that has a lovely creamy maple edge, supported by a nice strong black. I’m not sure what the blend is made of as it didn’t come with any information at the store, but it’s delicious. Not malty, but thick and supportive. Terrible description but I do my best.
Anyways, this is definitely a tea I really enjoy on the random occasion. I am slightly hoarding it away as it came from the interior of BC and I doubt I will be able to get any anytime soon if I run out (small scale business). For that reason – it’s a special occasion tea that I adore.
Happy tulip season everyone =)
Trying to get some energy and enthusiasm to do homework when it’s so lovely outside… So here I am trying this tea and gluing my bum to my chair.
After a rinse, the leaves smell so good! Like dark miso and bonito flakes – though the nice side of bonito, not uber fishy or any fishiness at all. Just sweet dark miso and the savouriness of bonito.
1st, 5s, 208F: very faint custard smell, the taste is mellow, but definitely has a sweetness and creaminess on the sides of the tongue, followed by an electric buzz or energy. Interesting.. I am having a hard time gathering initial flavours from the first steep.
2nd, 5s, 207F: Again, mild. I am getting a sweet cheesiness at the forefront, but it develops into a a sweetness at the center of my tongue that is similar to dates. Yum
3rd, 6s, 207F: Astringency is building in this steep, then fades slightly to give a milder sweetness than the previous steep.
4th, 13s, 208F:oooh bitterish. Dang. too long of a steep I guess. There is a linger of creaminess once the bitterness burns off. I do enjoy this steep now that i’ve diluted it with some water. Perhaps some comparison to an aged balsamic could be made, with the sweetness and thickness associated.
I’m not sure about this one. Nothing in it really stands out to me. I did get a good feeling from it, but.. it left lots to be desired.
I am trying this iced today..
I have to say though, I like it much much better hot. There seems to be an artificial perfume flavour that comes out when it’s cold steeped. I dont like it very much.
I did notice when it’s hot steeped that it tastes like pastries and berries with bergamot flavoured sugar. I only wish that would have transfered through when I cold steeped it. It would have been so delightful as a summer drink!
Win some and lose some I guess.
I’ve had this before, but had a hard time deciding if I liked it or not. So here I am doing another steeping :)
The dry leaves are beautiful – black and white..or silver? silver maybe…
It does smell musky.. like a musky forest with damp leaves.
After a rinse, the leaves smell like sweet potato pie.
10s, 200F; It definitely has a silky mouthfeel. Like taking a mouthful of whipping cream – coating, but smooth. The taste is interesting- all I keep thinking is mushrooms and musk. Though with a small edge of sweet potato (though not sweet really) and cream of wheat.
11s, 200F; Still musky woods, though maybe with a touch of dark agave? Something dark and sweet… I get a lingering finish of vanilla marshmallows on sweet potato pie. Interesting…
12s, 200F; This tastes like rice crispies with some white sugar, or possibly puffed wheat with brown sugar? Yes puffed wheat and rice crispies.. though with brown sugar. A lingering tingle/ feeling of sunshine remains on the tongue after I swallow (a brightness).. which then turns into a caramel flavour. This is by far my most favourite steep! I’m out of the musky woods!
Well, I have to admit – this has been one of the best days of my life and I’m not wanting it to end… though I must sleep. Or try.
Edit.. Day two steeps.. 4th is back to musky woods. Bah. that is my least favourite part and it seems to be the most consistent flavour. Maybe I will try doing two washes and steep it at lower temperatures. Who knows. EIther way, I’m lowering my rating due to the reappearance of the wood.
I don’t like drinking musky wood.
Yum yum yum.
I got my stock back in this tea FINALLY!.. So excited. I have been gongfu brewing a couple times, but last night I did a Western brew on it. SO much better in my opinion.
It tastes much sweeter, and has a salted caramel chocolate brownie flavour. I adore it. I’m saddened by the fact I have to brew it in that method though. I love gongfu brewing.
I put this iced in my mason jar with a bombilla straw which I got from DT… but the filter part fell off into my drink today. My attempts to secure it back on ended with me just about busting my teeth. So silly and dumb on my part. I won’t be doing that again. But le sigh.. I don’t live by a DT and therefore can’t replace it soon without ordering online! GAH Fail….
Anyways.. I really enjoyed this tea. When I run out, I’m not going to scramble to replace it, but I would add it to an order if I needed to reach $50 for free shipping. It is beautiful, and tasty.
This tea took me a while to drink, but I did it! And I loved it. You know when you get into the straight tea only periods? I was in one.. and happened to just get my sample prior to going into that stint.
Anyways, I really enjoyed it. Delightful raspberry and coconut cream. I had it iced in my mason jar and it was divine! I’d pick this one up again for sure.