1178 Tasting Notes
So happy, I went to get lunch with a friend I’ve not kept a very good job keeping in touch with since I moved to Atlanta. She had been in Israel but got sick and had to come back home for the time being. Lunch turned in to me being there till past 6! And we’re going to get together tomorrow too. I cannot get over how good it feels to have someone to hang out with since I have like one friend at home. I had planned to have an afternoon with a puerh but that didn’t work out and probably won’t tomorrow either but that’s ok :)
Thank you for sending me a sample of this, Ze_Teamaker! I was super psyched that you thought to ask me if I wanted some :D I just kept putting it off and putting it off, it wasn’t even going to be my first tea tonight but I found I brought it with me and knew I should have it now! (Ok, also because I finally got my Verdant $10 voucher and I want to make sure I like how this tastes before buying the official version.)
Like I really needed to “double-check” first. Of course this tastes amazing. I always get chocolate and cinnamon from Laoshan Black, so this is like having a brownie mixed with a rice krispies treat.
Even though this is pretty sweet as is, I thought it might be intriguing to add some sapin honey in here. It’s a darker honey with a pretty distinct smell, and it is kind of beyond awesome in this tea. It kind of amplifies the toasty rice and the maltiness of the laoshan black. Apparently me adding honey to my tea was very fascinating to Tucker as he is now laying on the couch next to me.
Second steep, I had to add the honey again, this time maybe a bit less. Still enjoyed the first one more, this one was just more malty, and I lost my cinnamony notes.
Loved trying this, definitely have to get the official one now!
SUPER ANNOYED it’s spring why is it 28 degrees with a wind chill of 17?!?! And it’s still supposed to get down to freezing next week. I’ve been waiting all month to plant stuff and I feel at this point it should stop being that cold this month.
Normally I decided not to log teas unless it’s the first or last time or something incredible has happened that requires a new log. But I realized the first time I had this, I forgot about it so I had it cold. So here I am trying it hot.
This does in fact taste like every single thing you’d think it would. It’s kind of weird because to me part of the appeal of toast is the crispy texture of it. Obviously tea does not get a crispy texture.
But yes, cinnamon, raisin, butter, it’s all here with bread too. It’s actually a little too sweet in the aftertaste but that’s probably just me.
I’m gonna have to let the rest of it cool and try it cold again, I couldn’t believe how could it was that way.
I don’t know why I never noted that I only had enough for a mug of this one. I would have probably tried it way sooner then!
Out of curiosity does anyone live near an Earth Fare? There’s one here in Chattanooga and I’m very curious, especially because they have amazing email coupons. I just signed up yesterday and I have one for a free chicken or box of veggie burgers, two free pineapples, and $1 each jelly, peanut butter, cookies, crackers, and something else. I’m sure I can’t use them all at once but man I wish there was one of these by me! I’m guessing because in Atlanta there’s a ton of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s they don’t think they have a market. I’ll probably check it out tomorrow or Friday and hope I don’t find a bunch of stuff to take back with me.
Wow…this one is a bit too spicy for a tea. I love the pepper mango one from Gurman’s, it has the right balance and you can taste green tea. This one, I really can’t taste tea. There’s maybe a little bit of this graininess to it, but I don’t know where that’s coming from.
I love spicy food, but this is just unpleasant.
I’m going to let it cool down before I give up on it, it already seems like it becomes more tolerable as it cools. It still has a bite but it doesn’t cover your tongue and make it feel like you can’t taste anything else like it does hot.
Another sample sipdown. I had this cold last time so I decided to try it hot, and I added black alder honey. Probably not an ideal one to use but I tasted it on its own and thought it might be interesting with black currant. Or maybe the whole they’re both from something with black in the name thing happened.
It tastes really, really juicy. I don’t like it hot like I did iced, and I’m kind of meh about black currant now compared to how I felt about it months ago.
Since I have two samples of this tea from who knows when, I figured I’d bring one along and give it a try. I have plenty for a couple different times, so I figured first up, I’d brew it western style according to the directions on Verdant’s site.
The first steep was the best, it was like a dian hong meets an assam. It tastes a lot like a cake made with malts. Very sweet and deeply flavored like a dark honey in there too.
I wasn’t impressed with the second steep but I probably did not steep it long enough.
Third steep is more like the toast mentioned by a lot of people, with a lighter honey taste, and just a bit of spice.
Will have to try it iced also, and in my gaiwan when I’m back home.
Steeped this time for 3 minutes, and added some of the acacia honey from my Fauchon set to sweeten it. Perfect way to add a boost to this tea! Acacia is so light in flavor but has just a hint of vanilla and wow it makes the banana pop and kind of gives this the pancake flavor without me waiting for it to cool off.
I ended up finally being able to go back to sleep after I ate breakfast, so now this is cold. The pancake flavor definitely comes out even more now with the honey. I may have to cold brew the rest of this sample that I have!
Yaaaay another sample sipdown!
This seems like it either lost its flavor or 2 minutes doesn’t work for it. I am pretty sure it’s the 2 minutes thing, because it’s a DT white. Smelling the try leaf, I get a small hint of fruit but mostly the cinnamon. So I think it probably lost the flavor.
Oh well didn’t this one get discontinued anyway?
Used up my sample of this today but for some reason it seemed less flavorful as it did before. There was still violet but it seemed a lot more subtle. I feel like maybe it was something I did, I steeped it longer and I may have used too much water.
I don’t need more tea now but if anyone is interested in Kusmi, I think through this week you can get a free mini tin (choice of 5 last I checked) for free. It almost got me, but I resisted.
I’m sad this doesn’t have lime in it, I was expecting that and there aren’t any here right now so I guess tomorrow I will go to the store for some.
Sweetening is a necessity for me when it comes to teas with soda flavoring, especially to have it iced. It makes it taste just like cola.
This is pretty spot on for rum and coke, but without the lime it’s just not a Cuba Libre to me. I know it’s typically without the lime in a lot of countries but the original drink is with lime. I can’t wait to get a bunch of limes and try it out that way.
Sorry if this sounds like oddly critical but I made sure to order a Cuba Libre last week in Tampa and it is my precedent for this. I was sure I wasn’t that big of a fan of rum and cola before I had that thing. I think the secret is you have to use regular and not diet coke. And the just adds the right acidity to make the flavors pop. This is definitely a tasty tea, it definitely tastes better than the prior time I had rum and coke! But I really love how these flavors are even better with lime, and I think a real lime would always be better over there just being lime flavoring in here.
Oh now I realize why I thought I don’t like rum and coke! My parents ALWAYS use spiced rum which I find horrible, so I just made one with white rum to compare and it is so much better, it also tastes just like this tea except that it has the not as great addition of alcohol aftertaste over black tea aftertaste.