95 Tasting Notes
First to log of the haul I got from TassieTeaGirl at our tea tasting yesterday! I poured my sample of this into my favourite Kinto unitea pot and took it upstairs to bed. Ooh la la. It’s got a sweet peachy colour to it (I believe this is the hibiscus’ fault), just enough sweetness to enjoy without anything added, and mostly chamomile and citrus lingering.
My new favourite way of drinking Red Choc Mint is with some vanilla-flavoured soy milk, hot OR cold! Adds a lovely sweet kick to this delicious dessert tea.
I’m used to steeping my green teas around 80°C, so when T2 called for the Strawberry Bliss Chai (with a green base) to be steeped at 100°, I scratched my head a bit but I believed them. It worked out fine. Don’t steep for too long or it gets too bitey (damn cardamom) but after a short stint of steeping it’s a chilli sweet dream.
OH YEAH, this is what I want a hearty tea to taste like! MMMMM. YUM. The dry scent is lovely, with the fruity sweetness of the lemon and blueberries, but then the pu’erh comes running through like a steamtrain. The wet scent is a bit off-putting, kind of almost like mud. VERY, VERY EARTHY. I was a bit scared off once I’d poured it, but thank gosh I went for it anyway. This is my kind of kick-in-the-guts tea.
So essentially this is Sencha Sprinkles without the Sprinkles… still nice and toasty but missing the “oomph” that comes with the matcha in the Sprinkles. Happy to have some on hand, though – and maybe I’ll experiment with adding some matcha to it!
Bamboo tastes like peas! PEA TEA! So weird. It’s really lovely and fresh. Steep forever and re-brew up to three times.
My perfect afternoon tea choice. The “girlie” name scares the boys off, but this tea is more fruity than it is floral, and I am addicted. You can add sugar and milk if you must, but it’s perfectly fine as is.
Oh, for any mint fans this tea is a winner! Such a beautiful minty scent; this red tea is just fabulous. Steep for ages and it just gets better. So far I’ve tried it plain and with a dash of milk, but I’m also looking forward to seeing what a drop of maple syrup will do…
Massive fan of lemongrass & ginger at all times, but TassieTeaGirl has it right in saying it sure helps when you have a cold! I love this tea anywhere any time, it’s lovely as is or sweetened with a spot of honey.
The dry scent of this tea is so beautiful, and I’m happy to report that it’s retained in a lighter sense in the steeped tea. Beautiful sencha with a sweet kick. Also sensational as an iced tea. My new favourite of T2’s flavoured senchas.