2368 Tasting Notes
I was watching a youtube video and dying of laughter and thought to myself “there are definitely some steepsters who will enjoy this”. That inspired me to go make some tea so I could share the link and still have a reason for posting :P. So basically you guys are slowly creeping into my thoughts more and more…steepster is taking over my life.
Well without further adieu, here is a hilariously adorable of Misha Collins (Castiel from Supernatural) allowing his son to cook thanksgiving dinner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90tZUltzRBc#t=495. Enjoy!
As for this matcha…
I used a 1/2 tsp in 8 oz of milk for a delicious caramel popcorn treat. There is not much to say other than this is truly an AMAZING matcha. In fact, today might be more popcorn that caramel and that is still delicious. Buttery and oh so sweet. The perfect snack for watching a great clip. Thank you Cavocorax so much for sending this my way. I don’t think I ever would have bought 30 g but having tasted it I think I might end up ordering 60 :P.
I ended up making a 16 oz mug of this so the whole sample Roswell Strange sent got dumped into my gravity steeper to be steeped for 2 minutes in water that was just below a boil.
I am definitely picking up the black base, as per usual with a 52 tea black blend. There is also a hint of caramel and a bit of butteryness. However, the caramel flavor pales in comparison to the Je t’aime I had last night. This isn’t a bad cup but it isn’t anything special either, imo. Thank you Roswell Strange for giving me the chance to try this tea! 52 Teas are so hard to get a hold of so it is always nice when you can give one a taste without having to commit to the full 2 oz bag.
Last time I had this tea, I could not taste it properly as I drank it immediately following eating a dinner with a fair bit of spices. However, I thought I tasted a similar flavor to DAVIDs Glitter & Gold. Now I realize, that was a pretty apt description for this tea because this and Glitter & Gold are much of the same. However this is a touch less sweet, a little harder to get a hold of, and lacks my beloved sparkles. That doesn’t mean I am not really enjoying this cup though so thank you Eva for the opportunity to try this tea.
I am always just a little disappointed when a company gives absolutely no steeping directions. I would think they would know best about how their teas should be prepared but I suppose it leaves room for everyone to play around and find their sweet spot. For me, this cup was steeped for two minutes just below boiling. I find when I steep for longer the base takes overs.
Anyways, when I opened the sample package, I got a big whiff of fresh, juicy apple. In flavor, the apple is slightly muted in comparison to the scent. It is also covered just a bit by slight cinnamon flavor. I think I will try steeping this for longer to see if that brings out the flavors a bit more. Don’t get me wrong, this cup is still good, but weaker than I would have hoped (though that is probably my error and not a reflection of the tea). Thank you MissB for the chance to try something new. I look forward to experimenting with the sample to find this tea’s sweet spot.
So I think this is better when it cools. The mint comes out and the stevia fades. Unfortunately it is still leaving me with the aftertaste of artificial sweeteners that I just can’t stand.
Thank you MissB for giving me the opportunity to try this. It almost definitely would have been something I bought and then had been very disappointed. Now I know that it is just not for me.
This smells sooooo strongly of orange and as I took my first sip, I realized why…this tastes almost exactly like a liquefied Terry’s Chocolate Orange. The only problem? I was never a huge fan of those :(. I can definitely appreciate why people would love this tea but I suppose it is just not for me. Nonetheless, I am glad I got to try it and it definitely has me intrigued as to how other Fauchon rooibos blends would taste. Thank you to both Dexter3657 and Cavocorax for sending me a sample but it seems as this tea and I were not meant to be.
I was packaging this up for a swap and realized that there is a pretty fair amount of tea in the little tin they gave me at Nina’s. Anyways, once I had the tin open, I decided I should make myself a cup.
What I have learned is that Nina’s knows what they are doing when it comes to vanilla caramel flavoring. Though I prefer Nina’s Japon to this (and pretty much everything else it seems) I still love this tasty cup. The black base is present but smooth and really allows the flavor to take center stage. There is a nice creaminess to this tea as well and the vanilla caramel flavoring is perfect.
Je t’aime is certainly right because I love this tea. Other phrases that would work would have been “Je t’adore”, “Incroyable!”, “Magnifique!”, “Extraordinaire!”, “Formidable!”, and other things of that nature.
Thank you Sophie and Laurent for providing me with this delicious tea!
Finally a sipdown! Not that I want this tea gone but rather I am trying to try all the SBTs I bought so I know what I need to restock and it is just such hard work to get through a pitcher alone in the middle of winter.
I don’t have anything new to say about this tea that I have not already said in my other tasting notes. Basically this is a delicious tea that captures the neapolitan flavor well. It will definitely be a restock.