424 Tasting Notes
This is just gorgeous. The leaves almost look waxy in the package. Man, it smells awesome and tastes even better!
Malty, caramely, sweet, smooth, bready perfection. I lurve teas like this. I went with the single prolonged steep and it is a deep reddish brown in color, hefty and luscious. I will definitely be resteeping to see how that turns out but I could see myself zooming through this package and wanting, nay, needing, more very soon.
I am tempted to rate this but since my allergies are going crazy I am going to hold off.
Oh, and let me just say – this was freaky fast shipping. I’d be tempted to say they were an offshoot of Jimmy Johns. :)
Update: Second steep is good, but not as good as the first. Probably my choice of lengthy steeping time impacted the taste of the second steep. It’s a tiny bit bitter and not as smooth. Also a little dustier.
So… yeah… this is gone. Man, was it good. Peachy, sweet, smooth, creamy, lightly coconutty. Now I have to work on the Orchid Vanilla so I can have a bigger reason to make a restocking order!
I need to take something like this into work. The hub has an employee appreciation/workshop type thing coming up in May. They are sending employee +guest to Vail for a week. So… I have to be the mingling and socializing spouse. I’ve never had to do this before really. I mean, yeah, at a bar in blue jeans and a nice shirt with drunk people from Missouri. You know – my people. :) But this is international and I know none of the spouses/sig others already. I’m really not a mingling person by nature and I’m certainly not a Vail/Aspen/ski/shop person by nature. I am excited about going but I kind of feel like I need to at least make an effort to not look like a total slob… so I’ve been really trying to be good. Plus, I have to get down in weight if I want to think about riding horses while I’m out there! I wanted Ho-Hos soooo bad today at work. And it’s only the first week of being good – well, better, anyway. :(
I need to take some dessert tea in to help me!
Courtesty of boychik… :)
This certainly smells floral enough to knock your socks off. Steeped, it is still really floral. I don’t get any macaron but there is definitely rose and definitely raspberry. I get more rose than raspberry but it’s pretty good nonetheless. A nice girly kind of tea fit for a floral tea party.
I probably overleafed a bit, but I generally do. I took it easy on the steeping and it turned out well. However, I can see how this could easily get yuck at higher temp/longer steep.
As expected, this is a very good tea. Malty, woody, smooth and deep. I don’t quite remember the Lion well enough to compare in detail but except for a tiny bit of astringency in the Lion that is not present in the Paw, I think they are largely the same. Wonderfully tasty and with a lot of depth. I’d be quite happy keeping either in my cupboard.
Holy cats. Another just-a-sample courtesy of Stacy that is just wonderful.
Delicate lemon, pastry notes, cream… wow. I don’t get any malt or almond, but that doesn’t matter. This is superb!
I am not a lemon in tea person so this is another that I didn’t expect to like and now regret not ordering more of!
Okay, wow. I was almost reduced to doge-speak when I had this after breakfast this morning. Such wow.
This is fantastic. I can taste banana but it is a very natural banana flavor, not like Banana Laffy Taffy. It’s very mild and it blends oh so well with the coconut. It smells amazing. As the cup cools I get more caramely notes and cookie. Although my initial taste was at 3 minutes, I let this sit in my cup the whole time I was drinking and it didn’t get bitter, either. This is like banana bread with coconut. Much love!
Sadly, I just have a sample of this that Stacy recommended with my last order. I didn’t order more because I didn’t expect to like a banana tea. Now I wish I’d gotten more to share this weekend! Ah, well, there will be another order. I simply will not tell myself I can’t buy more tea with this waiting in the wings!