New Tasting Notes
I am currently sipping a big cup of this tea I just recieved in the mail today. I was so excited to try this one. When I first smelled it I was in love! It smells absolutely AMAZING. So I just had to try it right away. It steeped a brown colour like most black teas, but this is a Pu’erh tea. I’m not usually a fan of Pu’erh teas – especially as straight hot tea. But this one is really great! I definitely taste the berries! Strawberry mostly. Funny, I’ve really been into Strawberry teas lately. Anyway, this has a nice strawberry taste with a little pu’erh earthiness to it. But I have to agree with DT on this one – tastes like a berry patch in my cup :D
Flavors: Blackberry, Strawberry, Sweet
This tea certainly has the holiday spice blend down with the cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. There is also a nice dash of orange. However, cookie? Not so much. Also, I definitely had at least one large piece of almond in the filter and I am getting no nuttiness at all. Is it a Christmas tea? For sure. Is it a cookie tea? Not so much.
Last Amoda tea to talk about! Classic me on the second last cup and I’m only now getting to this. Although I’m sure this tea was gosh darn fresh when I received it, the scent and taste of it is kind of stale, but I think that’s my palate’s own interpretation of its notes. It smells like Metropolitan teas to me.
As for the coffee caramel flavours, they are balanced but still a little flat. This tastes a little bit like Herbal Infusion’s Moose Tracks. Creamy, yet thin, caramel with coffee beans.
Milk brings out the coffee even more, as it tones down that pseudo-sale base. I wouldn’t repurchase but it’s worth a shot.
I would prefer a little more chocolate in my Chocolate Chai, but since I keep a tin of regular black “Chocolate Chip” tea handy, I can easily adjust this on my next go-round. That aside is a lovely chai flavor. I am really enjoying my first mug of it. I’m currently on the search for my personal best, go-to chai, and I wouldn’t say this is “it.” At least not until I try quite a few more. :-) But it’s in the running.
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I don’t like this – grassy – bitter – green – very sheng esque
I just can’t bring myself to like Green Tea (yet)…it tastes like dried lawn clippings. I am forever reading how Green tea is so good for you, an excellent source of antioxidants, a fine remedy for allergies and an aid weight loss and general good health, but I just can’t stand it. The only green I’ve found tolerable was “Earl Green” and I can’t find it anymore. The ginger is not detectable in this, the lemongrass is slightly present, but not enough to offset the basic ‘green’ flavor. I really want to cultivate a taste for Green Tea, but I haven’t been able to. blecch. :(
Flavors: Dirt, Grass
I enjoyed this and I thought that I wasn’t going to like it. Ginger and tulsi are the strongest ingredients and they are incredibly fresh. The chai spices follow nicely. Awesome for a winter herbal tea. Good for three rounds, better for two. This one comes down to whether or not you like ginger. And I love ginger. And I’m happy that I can taste the cardamom in the chai. It is a bit more medicinal, but I would be very happy if this was a cold remedy.
Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Herbs, Medicinal, Spicy, Sweet, Tulsi
This tea is about average quality and taste in my opinion. It had a strong taste of fermentation. This fermentation taste was a little unpleasant. You would think a 2004 tea would have cleared more. I suppose this could be the victim of very dry storage or not really from 2004. I suppose it could also just have been very heavily fermented initially. It wasn’t bad, it’s just the first few steeps were slightly unpleasant. This is not to say there weren’t any sweet notes. It’s just that this tea was not the gem of a tuocha I’ve been looking for. It also had another note I just didn’t that much like, don’t know how to describe it. In the end this wasn’t a chocolaty shou or a fruity one. Like I say it was just average taste and quality. Can’t give this one a high rating.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec,7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.
Should probably wait for the rating (honestly I rate teas more for the sake of organization and price worth than anything else), but I’ve got something to say about it. Chai to me is a little bit of a misnomer despite the fact that “chai” is another version of “cha” which means tea or drink in general. Cinnamon and nutmeg the only traditional chai spices. I think that cardamom would have been a better addition than nutmeg, but that’s just me. And this does not taste as deserty as I might want it. Closer to hot grape juice, really. It is a very muscatel with a strong nutmeg and fainter chocolate aftertaste. Better with cream and sugar. Too weak with a teaspoon-way too strong with two. Not bad, but I’m not too sure about the price. I am probably going to write about this again anyway and adjust how I brew it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Grapes, Malt, Nutmeg
Farewell tea! Glad i had an opportunity to pick this one up as part of the holiday teas from 52 teas. While it wasn’t initially high on my list of yum, it’s grown on me the more that i’ve had it. I’m still not sure it’s “gingerbread” to me but it is delicious and comforting on the start of this very cold weekend.
Final Count: 133
First order from What-cha came in! Arrived very quickly (from UK to Canada), well packed, and with a nice little note inside about the teas, particularly about the chosen sample. It’s those little touches, man….
This was one of my two black Mystery Teas, which I could easily get carried away with, I love surprises. Prepared as described on the pouch. Very nice! Smooth, sweet malt flavour with a slight citrusy aftertaste. There’s something vaguely spicey about it too that I can’t peg, very slight, might have to do with the citrus. As always I wound up adding a dab of honey, which just had the obvious result of enhancing the honey aspect of the tea. I can definitely see myself reaching for this in the morning, it just feels like a perky cup of tea to me.
EDIT: Second steep I forgot about it so it steeped for at least ten minutes. Still good! No bitterness, bit more bready and citrus than before, less honey, still yummy!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Citrus, Malt, Spices