2864 Tasting Notes
This is like 30% toasty rice and 70% grass. I blame the broken pieces of leaf that comprised most of the cup. Honestly, at this point, I think I have gotten passed my need to try all the genmaichas because for the most part, they are all similar enough that there is nothing surprisingly new with any given cup. Still, its a flavor I enjoy so I am grateful to Roswell Strange for the share. 181.
This was the second of my two to-go eggnog lattes from DAVIDs yesterday. It was alright but not my favourite combination of flavors. I think I picked this because of the fruitier elements in the mix but what stood out more than anything was the but and chicory root. It was pleasant enough but I have had better.
So I forgot to write about this yesterday but this was one of two eggnog lattes I got to go from DAVIDs. After so many successes with fruity teas, I felt this was sure to be a success. However, though it was good, I think it might have been too rich for my tastes. The eggnog really highlighted the sweet and creamy coconut leaving the raspberry a distant aftertaste hidden in the mix. The first few sips were nice but it got to be a bit much as I continued to drink.
I don’t believe this is something I requested in my swap with Inkling but I am so glad she included it because it’s great! When I read both “ginger” and “peach” in the description, I immediately thought this needed to be iced so I dumped the whole sample in my gravity steeper and started brewing. I actually wasn’t sure if this was for me but then I smelled the wet leaves and it was a noseful of peachy goodness.
When it came time for drinking the tea, I worried the base might take over but from the first sip, I am happy to announce that the mouth-watering peach smell translates perfectly into the taste. The base is incredibly smooth which allows the fuzzy peach-like flavor to shine all the while, a slight kick of ginger underlying the sip keeps things interesting. Once again Inkling has not only introduced me to a tasty tea but also a new company to explore. This is why I love swaps! Also, thank you Inkling for such a fantastic package :) 182.
A little while back, my sister went to the opening of a William Ashleys store and came back with a cute little teapot (http://instagram.com/p/wOp7cPvJV5/). I have been trying to think of the perfect tea to use in it first and today I finally recalled the flowering tea cones Sil gave to me a few months back. And so, I got to brewing (http://instagram.com/p/wOqO1avJXl/).
Now as I sip on the tea I am surprised at how good it is because usually I have found the flowering teas to be more about the looks than the taste. This one actually delivers. It has a slight astringency that underlies the taste but for some reason it seems to work in this case. It provides a nice contrast to the sweet maltiness and the fruity undertones of the tea. Yum.
Butiki really is a great company for straight black teas and this is no exception. It is slightly astringent but mostly it is malty and sweet with notes of caramel and fruits. Great, as to be expected, but at the same time, not better than any of the straight blacks I already have in quantity so though I am super thankful to Inkling for the taste of this that I got before its gone, I am not heartbroken I won’t be having it again. 183.
Inkling was super sweet and added this as a bonus in our swap and though I am not a lover of chai teas, I am happy to try anything that people are kind enough to share. You never know unless you try, right? Right. So I brewed this up as a latte.
As I sip, I am finding the addition of vanilla pleasant but not a strong enough element to cover up the chai spices that are just not my favorite. The ginger is quite strong in this blend which I think is what is competing with the vanilla most. Also, as the sip ends, their is a spicy kick from the cloves that is interesting though I don’t know if it is a positive interesting or a negative one. On the whole, it was an alright cup but not something I will seek out again now that its done. Still, I am grateful to Inkling for the opportunity to not only try a new tea but also a new tea company. 184.
Thank you Inkling for the share! It was exciting to try a tea from a company I have never had before and I must say, this certainly delivers on what it promises. There is a great deal of black currant flavor, but not a medicinal kind, just a juicy berry flavor that tapers off into a subtle but smooth vanilla as the sip ends. Plus, underlying the whole taste is a slight maltiness from the base that really brings this up a level. Now I don’t know if it is having any effect on my mood as the description might imply but I am certainly pleased with the cup so once again, thank you Inkling! I will have to check out some more teas from this company soon. 185.
So “sweat” is a flavored listed on this tea and thank goodness I am not tasting that. I am actually not too put off by the oolong in this blend despite its strong, floral presence. It is nicely complimented by the fresh, sweet red apple flavoring and the smooth caramel candy-like flavor. At times, I get just a hint of caramel that reminds me of the Butterscotch and Hazelnut Mocha Candies flavoring but it is fleeting and I find myself wanting more. Still, the caramel and apple both make an appearance in the cup and that makes for an enjoyable drink. Thank you Inkling for sending some my way :)