369 Tasting Notes
We set the students loose in the mall for an hour, or so last night (a major excitement for them, we are pretty isolated in the north, so a Winnipeg mall is a big deal). This seemed like a perfect choice to sit with for a hour while they shopped themselves out. I love how it can steep for forever and just get better and better. I just wish I could come around to resteeping it. The fiance steeps it time and time again, but I find that the first steep is amazing but other steeps just can’t compare.
Having just got back from a 44 hour whirlwind of a field trip, concluding with a 10 hour overnight bus ride, this was the perfect cup of comfort to wake up to after a morning power sleep. I love how the cider and the toastiness of the rice make for a perfect holiday (or, maybe, more winter) inspired cup. I find this gets a little potent when steeped for two long, but a five minute steep with boiling water is perfect! Apple, cinnamon, and rice warmth. Apple cider with none of the cloying oversweetness that I find apple cider sometimes has.
I feel so derelict in my tea note schedule! We have had such a chaotic couple of weeks, I cant believe how little time I have had! I tried this tea last weekend when a friend gave me a cup’s worth. I didn’t think it would be a hit with me, turns out I was right. It was drinkable when hot, but the minute it cooled down and the cinnamon really came out… Count me out. If you like cinnamon and it’s natural sweetness, you will love this. To me, it was far too cloying for my tastes. I liked the tea better when it was piping hot and the orange zest was more dominant. So, not a winner in my books, but that’s alright, there are more than enough teas for me to love in this world already!
I can’t not believe how busy my week got, and, consequently, how little tea got drank… The weekends are always the time for fresh start and I am kicking it off with this lovely citrus number. I always love how fresh and springy this tea is. I makes me think of warmer weather far before we are due for it. It is one of my first David’s tea, before I even understood the world of loose tea, but I always return to it. It is, surprisingly, one of the few lemongrass heavy teas that I adore. I think it is because the citrus downplays how grassy I find lemongrass can get.
Flavors: Lemon Zest, Orange Zest
Not perfect today, but still drinkable after sitting (brewed) in a Timolino for five hours. That counts as a success in my world! The mint and chocolate were present, the mint was a little sharp. I think this one just had a bit too much time to percolate and let the flavours mingle. Also, it might have still been too hot and that would not have helped with the softer base notes. I love the tea, but it did not live up to my needs today. Oh well, there is always another day!
I was a little trepidatious about brewing this quickly and tossing it in a Timolino, but did it ever work out for me! I took it to a training session this morning and this was just the ticket to get me through. The orange and chocolate were super comforting and the heartiness of the base kept things interesting. This is such a great chocolate orange tea and it totally made my morning!