1196 Tasting Notes
Long time no post, I haven’t really been drinking tea much anyway beyond typical iced tea.
Graduated, still at Starbucks, in this horrible limbo of hoping I get a real job in the next 2 weeks because my lease is up 9/30 and I may have to go back to my parents’. So be on the lookout for a lot of tea going up for sale because if I have to go back there, I am going to have to seriously, seriously downsize my stash.
Anyway I had to run to mall-bucks to ask for more hours next week (I was given 16 at my store. THAT’S IT. Now I’m up to 27 after that visit.) and my manager told me about Teavana’s new chais so I decided to grab a cup of the two mixed.
One is a caramel chai, rooibos based, the other is a chocolate chai, Assam/Kenyan black based. They are really just called Caramel Chai and Chocolate Chai.
I had them mixed with just a little sugar in hopes that would coax out the chocolate and caramel flavors. It did not. While the tea was good as hot as I could drink it, as it cooled the cinnamon got so bad to the point it was all I could taste and it numbed my tongue with each sip.
Both of them are pretty strong offenders with a high amount of cinnamon, which is really disappointing. I already dislike Maharaja Chai because it’s overpowering with the cinnamon and it seems they took these same steps with their new chais. The caramel I think has more potential than the chocolate so I’m going to try that one again by itself.
When I walked in to Teavana yesterday one of the associates was trying this with Youthberry which might be a good way to go.
By itself, it’s too weird. It’s so subtle and just straight up SWEET. It’s kind of like drinking a rice krispies treat.
The tea is mostly made up of apple pieces and other fruit and I’m not sure really what is supposed to be macaron about this. but I figured I would mix it with some other floral/fruity teas to be sort of like the Dammann Freres macaron teas.
So next I tried it with that strawberry champagne rose or whatever they’re calling it now, which was slightly better. It really had the color of rose, but it was still too light and too sweet. I did a 50/50 mix so maybe I’ll go heavier on the other tea next time.
It’s certainly interesting, maybe it’s better cold, given its ingredients? I’m not much of a fan of fruit teas like this hot.
I was at the mall to go to the Apple Store since my phone is a jerk. I had like 20 min to spare so I went over to Teavana to get a cup of tea and surprise! new teas! The sales associates were trying to figure out what to do with the weird marshmallow one, and this sounded good so I smelled it…if you just go by smelling it, that’s not the way to go. Because it smells SO strongly of grapefruit.
I decided to get a cup of it iced to go drink while waiting for my appointment, just slightly sweetened. It was really good, almost like a fruit punch with a little green tea instead. The strawberry and orange were stronger than grapefruit…I drank it way too fast and ended up having to get some for home.
I didn’t even know it said it’s recommended iced. Given it turns hibiscus pink, that’s obviously the first ingredient so yeah. But it’s surprisingly not that tart. I did sweeten it but just a little.
I’m surprised this is so poorly rated. I thought it tasted fine but it was hard to actually be able to taste the ingredients. The green tea was pretty weak itself, but I could taste mango and papaya.
I decided to have it iced though, maybe that helps. There was just something about how it smelled that made me think it was better to ice it. And I sure as hell didn’t steep it for 5 minutes and certainly not at 200 degrees, jeez DavidsTea…it’s green tea.
I am sure I probably used the green tea setting on my kettle which is 175 and steeped it two minutes. I think instead with the rest of it I will use more tea. It just seemed really weak but apparently the only alternative is bitterness. Finicky tea!
And finally to the last tea of Christmas (let me add I still have my Christmas tree up, oops.).
This was really good, it seemed a bit like bai mu dan and silver needle had a baby and it was this tea. Definitely had typical notes of hay witha bit of honey and some nuttiness. Since there’s so much in the bag I can’t wait to have it again.
FINALLY I’m pretty sure I’ve been trying to post this for ten hours. I had this on Thursday but I haven’t been on here for whatever reason I don’t even know.
I do have an entire pouch of this but this is from the 11th day of the 12 teas of Christmas – I am almost done with that yeah! Just have to write the note for the 12th day. And sorry 10th day. I messed up that tea badly it’s not even noteworthy because I did it no justice.
So this is an interesting combination and I definitely liked it, good to know when I finally break open the bag of mine that I will like it. The assam isn’t too powerful because you can still get the fruit and a little vanilla.
I’m not sure how I steeped it because it turned out just fine. I didn’t get to drink it right away because I had a smoke detector beeping fun time. Apparently cooking things at 450 degrees is a problem. Blah. Usually I struggle with keeping Adagio stuff from going bitter so that was good. I know I rarely take my kettle off the 200 degree setting so I know that much!
9th tea of Christmas! Not too many left…could I finish them today? Maybe. I need to get to cleaning more again. Oh dishes. Dishes need to be done but I need a new package of sponges. Sigh.
So I was worried about this because of the oversteeping comment too, I already have an awful time with Adagio black teas so the gunpowder in here along with that had me a bit more concerned than usual, but it worked! I think I steeped it at 190 too just in case.
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It was pretty hearty, with just a little smoke and a good bit of spice. Nothing too strong and overpowering, it all worked really well together.
This is definitely not a tea I would ever have found on my own, so that’s awesome. Not that I might drink it again after I finish what I have from the swap, but it’s nice to know that some people out there can do such an amazing job making up blends on Adagio’s site.
8th tea of Christmas!
This was interesting because it’s not really like a milk oolong, it’s more like a dulce de leche oolong. Not really milky, but kind of sweet more in the sense of condensed milk and caramelly. I really liked it though.
I wonder how much it costs to ship here, because the taste of this is exactly what I have always wanted, but as salted caramel. I feel like this has the caramel flavor I want although I haven’t ever bothered to actually taste many other caramel oolongs. But this is so good why would I want to? Not sure if I used it all for my cup though. I have tea everywhere right now.
Seven swans a swimming tea! Usually I am not a big Ceylon fan but I knew if I underleafed and made sure to pay attention to how long I was steeping and it turned out well.
It has a very thick mouthfeel which is kind of hard to get used to for a first cup of the day (ugh 4pm already? haven’t felt good all day thanks temperature bouncing). It’s somewhat brisk but not bitter, so I’d say it’s malty with just the right amount of sweetness.
btw I’m going through my tea again so I’ll be selling tea yet again. I need to stop buying in general but my discount needs to stop working at Teavana for that to happen. It’s also involving tossing a lot that I think can’t possibly be good anymore which is really sad. No more buying. Yesterday was the last day of buying, says the person who bought almost 2 pounds of tea UGH.