784 Tasting Notes
This is the other tea mom got me for Christmas, I tried to remember the ingredients the lady gave me on the phone but not sure if I got them all, no nuts at least! The dry leaves consist of black tea, chocolate chunks, what looks like strips of chili peppers, and red peppercorns. Interesting, kind of a version of Chocolate Chili Chai (davidstea).
So I’m not sure on steeping parameters, but I tried 2 mins with boiling water in my new little teapot. I stirred the leaves to get the chocolate to dissolve. Oh, the dry smell is wonderful, strongly chocolate with spice. A big smell for the tea flavor to live up to lol.
The steeped tea smelled kind of weird…almost a waxy smell? It could be the teapot too lol, as after I poured it it’s mellowed into a faint chocolate scent, maybe it’s the spices? Whatever it was, it’s almost gone luckily haha.
As for the taste, wow this is interesting haha. There’s a slight waxiness like a crayon….that sounds bad, but I think it’s just the chocolate being artificial. The wax fades in the middle of the sip to actual chocolate, then, pow, the spice from the chilies and peppercorns hits you and you feel a spicy burn. Definitely not just a chocolate tea haha. The chocolate flavor comes back after the heat too. The only other tea that has made me feel a burn like this was one from Della Terra, a rooibos I can’t find on their site now haha.
Oh, and as the cup cools, the waxy flavor is fading. Hurrah! What an interesting tea. I’ll have to try Davidsteas’s CCC to see how it compares. This one definitely warms me up! A good present from my mom, as it’s not one I would have picked on my own lol. Rating 81 (hard to rate on my tablet without the keyboard attached lol)
Ahhh I’m back with my teas! I love going to my parents and on holidays, but there’s still nothing quite relaxing like sitting in my own home with a mug of tea. This one is hitting the spot with it’s creaminess and coconut flavor. I am going to hopefully try my new Fireside Chocolate tea tonight and read my book. Relaxation! See previous notes on this tea :)
I got this as a present from my mom for Christmas, but waited until now to drink it as I had to check the ingredients list with the company. I called them up today and they were very helpful, luckily it looks like there are just almonds in this one and no nuts at all in the other tea mom gave me, Fireside Chocolate! :)
So I had to make a cup of this. I should probably go easy on the black teas, with the busy holidays and lots of travelling, my anxiety has not been the greatest lately, and caffeine has been aggravating it. But oh well haha. I can splurge today, I’m pretty relaxed.
This tea smells like vanilla and apples dry. It’s a blend of black tea, apple cubes, spices, almonds and natural flavoring according to the lady at the company, so sounds good! I steeped a little over a tsp for 2 minutes.
The steeped scent is mostly spices, I am getting cinnamon and maybe some cloves, with a light apple scent thrown in as well. I really don’t smell the almonds, and if I hadn’t seen one in the steeper, probably couldn’t pick them out in the tea from scent or flavor. The taste is like an apple tea with cloves, spicy but there really is apple in there. To me, it’s a bit like a black tea version of Mom’s Apple Pie by DavidsTea, but with less cinnamon and artifical flavors. I guess the almonds could be adding to the depth of the flavor, but I don’t taste much of them. Overall, a pretty good black tea, definitely wintery and festive!
Ah, a new tea! I had bought this ages ago and then read that there was nuts (almonds to be exact) in it and I gave it to my mom. But since then, I’ve had a few almond teas and have found out I can eat them, so I found this tea in the cupboard (untouched it looks like) and decided to try it out.
The dry smell is wonderfully caramelly and yum. I lost track of how long I steeped it for as I got a phonecall in the middle and my timer on my phone didn’t go off lol, I would guess 6 minutes. The resulting liquor smells like caramel and so tasty.
As for the flavor, this is a pretty good caramel tea. It’s a lovely melding of black tea with light caramel flavor. The base is similar to the one used in Santa’s Secret, maybe even the same, as it has a similar mild astringency that goes well with the flavors. I don’t get salt per se, but I would say it is there as this isn’t an overwhelming caramel sweetness, cloying and icky. It’s smooth and bright, and not too sweet. I am enjoying this, and think I will get through this 25g bag fairly quickly. Not too artificial, and much more bearable than some other DT dessert blends (Birthday Cake and RVC, I’m looking at you lol). Nicely done!
ETA – I guess I am taking the bag back haha, since I am already thinking of finishing it off :P my mom generally doesn’t drink black teas, so she’s ok with it!
I’m back at my parents place with wifi now, so I can log more than hot toddy recipes lol. I am having a teapot of this in my new pot tonight, I added some honey and while it’s sweeter, it’s still mostly yabao haha. And the new little bamboo strainer smelled weird tonight lol, I think it’s the water used for washing here, very sodium rich well water. We don’t drink it anymore at least, we have city water in the cooler. Anyways, decent cup, but eh, I think I need more variety in my teas again…I’ve been drinking the same bunch for about 2 weeks…I need some 52teas and more davidsteas….and more of my Verdant teas haha. Sorry to whine haha, I miss my big collection! See previous notes on this tea.
This tea makes a wonderful hot toddy! Brew about 1.5 tsp in 3/4 cup of a mug, add spiced rum, Grand Marnier, honey, lemon juice and cinnamon. Soooo good, and very warming after ice fishing in a – 17 C blizzard, wind chill – 25! Cozy by the fire at my parents cabin now, have been drinking tea but not much Internet to log them. But had to share this one!
Second Christmassy tea on this fine Christmas day! I have been wanting to try this one since I saw the preview on Facebook haha :D I love Yabao, and any tea that is supposed to taste like a cookie sounds good to me! I also made a cup of this for my mom, some oolong for my bf and A&D’s Mount Gray for my dad. Tea night!
This tea smells very much like Yabao dry, with a nice ginger undertone. I adore ginger, so this is a lovely smell! I steeped mine and mom’s cups for 3 minutes with boiling, both cups smelled different, mine more Yabao like and cinnamon, and hers was Yabao and ginger. Both yummy in different ways, I love that the tea can be the same kind but smell soo different!
As for the flavor, to be honest, this is mostly Yabao to me. The aftertaste is sugary though, so that is where the cookie likeness comes from. But it mostly is Yabao haha. I really like yabao, so this is ok, it might also have been the blend in the spoon. I just tried mom’s, and hers is much more like a cookie, it had a lot more coriander and ginger in the spoonful. Both tasty, although I will probably shake up the bag for the next cup. I also really want to add either brown sugar or honey to the next cup. Hooray for tasty tea!
Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone is having a fun-filled day with loved ones and close friends, eating delicious food, and drinking excellent tea! This is miraculously only my second cup of tea today, I had some decaf Tetley at my grandma’s when we had a delicious lunch! So I made this in my new teapot, a gift from my brother for Christmas, it’s a beautiful little ceramic one with a bamboo handle, just enough for 1 cup in it, and a strainer to filter the leaves after. So cute, I love it!
This tea smells enticing dry. Oh, I picked up my BOMC yesterday when we got back from the states, so this is the first of the three I am trying! It smells like cinnamon with the unmistakable LB scent and a few spices. I steeped for 2 minutes, not just one haha, with boiling water from my mom’s new variable temp kettle (a gift from me :D ). The steeped smell is cinnamon and spice, with laoshan black maltiness.
The flavor is very nice. Smooth, malty, spicy..yum. This, to me, is almost like a mild chai, but the citrus is present in a bright, cheery way. Jolly Earl indeed! I get the likeness to EG as this has a similar LB flavor as in Bergamot rose, another blend from Verdant. This is yummmmmy!! From the first few sips, I would probably pick up some more of this. Thanks Verdant, for a wonderful Christmas blend!
It’s back! This wonderful tea! I am drinking it in the cabin on my ski vacation and am reading a good book, so this will be quick. It’s awesome, cozy, gingery, a bit spicy, fresh, warming. And stomach taming. It’s lovely. And i have 2 oz this time! Love this tea. This years, to me, is just as good as lasts. :D