336 Tasting Notes
Grabbed one of these today while at the grocery store. I wasn’t going to get anything but then I saw the sign and couldn’t resist trying this one.
They didn’t ask me so I assume it comes as a lightly sweetened latte.
I suspect it is a powdered mix since the closer I got to the bottom of the cup, the more flavorful it got, as if it wasn’t fully mixed. It also took very little time to make, which also lends heft to my suspicion about a mix. Fully mixed or not, I was super impressed that they didn’t make it with water so hot I couldn’t immediately drink it. Most coffee places make their hot drinks with near boiling water and I have to wait 5 minutes or more with the lid off before I can come close to being able to drink. Not a good thing for an instant gratification type of gal. I have patience when I know I’m getting good quality tea. If it’s a coffee shop tea, I’m not expecting much so I want to just be able to drink it. :)
All that said, it was pretty tasty. One of the better coffee shop chais I’ve had. I’d get it again if I’m out on a cold day.
Sweetish, woody, malty and a bit smoky with fruit tones.
These are pretty delish little pearls. Thanks, Sil, for finding more and sharing!! :)
This is a good, thick Assam with a definite bite. Semi-lame-ish tasting note as I am home late. I had this at work and actually did jot down some notes but left them there. I don’t honestly think they were much more complicated than this, though. :) I do remember that I didn’t steep for longer than 3 minutes. I think at 4, as recommended, it might have been a bit harsh for me.
I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to keep this in my stash, but I wouldn’t turn it down if someone gave me some. And someone did with this sample. :) Thanks, Sil!!
Finally! A Yunnan where I taste that sweet potato everyone always talks about!
This is a simply lovely Yunnan. Sweetish, dark, honeyed, sweet potato. Smells strongly of baked sweet potato, in fact.
Yes, this does need to be on my shopping list. Thanks for the chance to try before buying, Sil! :)
This was gifted to me about a year after it was purchased (yeah, in my family we sometimes lose track of things…) so I don’t know if that has anything to do with the flavor I’m getting.
First sip was floral for some reason. Second sip was fruity. After that, it now tastes like Smarties. Not the chocolate Smarties you get in countries other than the US, but the US Smarties – the chalky, vaguely fruit flavored discs that come wrapped in a tube. Everyone gets them on Halloween and most kids don’t eat them. Not that they are bad, they just aren’t that mother load of Halloween – chocolate! Now they have all kinds of brands and flavors, even SweeTart ones. But the ones this tea reminds me of are the original Smarties.
As it cools I get some of the ginger peach flavors back. Not a bad black base – mild and unintrusive. Might be quite good cold. Not sure how fast I’ll work my way through this tin with all the other options available to me. :) I have plenty of it, though, so if anyone wants any, speak up! (just like with any of my cupboard teas…I’m always up for swap or flat out reducing my stash through giving!)
Holy cats. This is one awesome Assam. Caramely and malty. Yeah, this will have to be purchased. The question will be if I can wait until going there in person next May/June or if I will have to order it before then. :)
Thanks for sharing, Sil!
Such lovely leaves! Fluffy, golden and long. The liquid is very light. Much lighter than I associate with a Yunnan. So light that I probably oversteeped a bit (okay, a lot) expecting a darker color. That said, there was still much less bitterness than I’d expect from a steep this long. Still a light flavor with a bit of sweet in the background. Not much malt in the flavor but a good amount in the steep.
The sample from Sil was generous enough that I will be able to give this another shot and steep for less time to compare. :) Thanks, Sil!
Okay, this one could easily find a home in my permanent stash. Dark, fruity/winey notes in the undergrowth, malt hiding in the background, bit of sharpness, deep dark mahogany color, homemade molasses wheat bread.
Thanks, Sil! Gives me something to put on the list for when I visit Portland next spring. :)
I got this to go with me when I left Gong Fu Tea on Friday. I was tempted to buy some leaf to take with me, but again, 2 full ounces for a new to me tea is a bit much. Plus, it smelled a whole lot like another tea I already have. :)
Again, I think the staff is mistaken in steeping this for 5 minutes. The honey notes were slightly burned tasting and the base was pretty in your face. Other than that, it was a very good tea.
I had a pot of this on Friday while in Gong Fu Tea. It was good but I think the staff steeped it a bit too long – 5 minutes. It was strong and not harsh but the maltiness was missing. It has a heavy malty smell when dry.
I got some to take home just the same (wishing that they would offer smaller amounts than 2 ounces) and tried steeping for what I would consider a normal time.
Yes. This time I get maltiness, though not as much as some others and a deeper flavor profile. I wouldn’t keep this in the cupboard over other favorites, but it is quite nice.