918 Tasting Notes
Well bloody hell I’m an idiot. I feel like I wasted half of this sample by brewing it like a fucking masala chai, because the idea of a stove was all I remembered from the Monstrositea notes about this one. The actual notes—and the truth for a Turkish black—has nothing whatsoever to do with milk but IS all about a stove, so I used my last measly two teaspoons to brew as recommended for 10-15mins over a rolling simmer.
Now, I did this with far too much water for tea, so I barely need to dilute with more water at the end. Still, it’s worth noting that even with a 10-15min brew, this is a smooth tea—no really evident bitterness or astringency.
It was definitely fun to try this at home, yet another reason I’ve enjoyed the Monstrositea boxes.
I can’t believe my cupboard’s down to less than fifty teas. I can’t remember the last time it was this low.
I’ve been drinking this blend around bedtime a fair bit of late, which may be a little silly as I’m sure it’s riddled with sugar, and yet I have to increase my score a little because it’s not as awful as I first came away thinking. I mean, it IS, but once you expect that sugary sweetness it’s not as bad? If that makes any sense at all?
I spent the whole day watching the entire first season of Sense8 on Netflix, what a joyous gift to finally have it in Australia! Great show too, one I’m already looking forward to rewatching.
I specifically bought milk this morning for chai but then didn’t really have room for chai later today after eating a bunch of junk food. I did it anyway, because I’m stubborn like that. I think I only have enough masala chai left for another two teapots, maybe? I’ve never been crazy about masala but this stuff made me reconsider. It’s been pretty great to have around.
I’ve done it! Good grief! I’ve finally finished off this treat from the Mother’s Day 2013 collection, just as it sails by its “best before” date. Tea schmea, most will hold up well. This one was always an interesting blend, black and green and some floral and citrus notes, but never overwhelming. That’s a good thing.
I recently got my beautiful More Tea glass bottle back out of the cupboard and threw some Kotobuki leaves in it for a cold brew. I’ve been refilling it regularly for the last couple of days and just today I’ve swapped the leaves out for some fresh ones. I love watching the leaves unfurl through the glass! And I got my boss to taste the smoothness of a green cold brew too. Great gains. =P
The light at the end of the sample box grows ever brighter!
The recommendation for this one said to serve it like a traditional chai, steeped with hot milk. I’m not home today so I did a work version of a chai and steamed some milk, steeped the leaves in half milk, half water. A very weak but not awful black. I’ll try to remember to grab some milk on my way home tonight as I have tomorrow off and it’s going to be bloody cold because winter’s arrived with a BANG! And I reckon finishing this sample chai-style while couch lounging will be just the ticket.
Overnight cold brew = HELLO HEAVEN! OH GOD. THIS IS DIVINE. Smashed the weak hot brew out of the PARK! Almost crying real tears over how delicious this is. It can move straight back to the wish list now I’ve finished my sample.
Second steep is far less flavoursome, because of all the fruit that got sucked dry in a single steep… but leave it for a couple of days and you get a very subtle, lovely brew. Sweet memories of the first brew. Oh man.