3384 Tasting Notes
Marbled Tea Eggs!
- No messing around this time; made them the traditional way
- Quite a lovely appearance; to me that’s the best part!
- Not a huge soy sauce fan, personally
- And that’s kind of a problem for me ‘cause it’s a strong flavour
- Stronger than the flavour of the tea, quite honestly…
- Makes the eggs quite salty/savory
- However overall these are quite yummy!
Finishing this one off as my first tea of the morning, and a gentle way to ease into the day while I get some guinea pig cuddles! The base is really prominent, but the sweet caramel and raspberry notes are pretty strong too. As always, I love the sort of “tang” that comes both from the raspberry and the ‘cream cheese’ frosting.
Thanks again VariaTEA for sending this to me way, way back. I really stretched it out, huh? Is it even sold anymore? I know I’ve looked in grocery stores a billion times but I’ve never found it. It’s a shame; it’s one of the only generic “Red Velvet” type things I like! I never really bought into the RVC obsession…
This review is for the Mosaic Tea & Coffee Company…
…who have kindly asked me to review several teas from The Compassion Tea Company so they can determine the quality of the tea as a company to potentially source from.
As this is Earl Grey, and not something particularly unusual, I just brewed up a pot of it to enjoy today whilst cleaning the house and doing every day chores. For most people, Earl Grey is an ‘every day drinker’ and as such I felt it important to treat my brewing of it as such. Nothing fancy, and nothing the average tea drinker wouldn’t be able to handle themselves. I predict that’s how I’ll be reviewing the rest of the teas they sent me.
First observations are that this has a fairly potent bergamot aroma and does smell quite fresh: bergamot is one of those things used in blending that you can really tell when it’s aged because the oil will turn or ‘go off’ and I didn’t get that impression with this tea. That’s definitely a good thing. Brewed up; it delivers good flavour but not necessarily smooth flavour. Personally, when I’m drinking Earl Grey I want a smooth drink and not something more brisk/astringent which is why I tend to go for unconventional EG blends myself (ones that incorporate unusual bases or added ingredients). For some people, brisk is what they want from a morning cup: it’s really a personal choice and I think Mosaic will just have to decide what kind of tea drinker they want to cater to primarily. I will put it out there that astringent/brisk does NOT equal bitter and astringency can kind of be ‘altered’ with milk or cream…
Other things worth note: some EG tastes floral or of lavender, and I didn’t get that from this tea. Ultimately; it’s not a bad choice for an Earl Grey but there’s some roughness to it and I wouldn’t say it’s exactly the shining example of a"perfect" EG or anything like that. Since, when picking a supplier, you have to view the company’s offering as more of a ‘whole’ though I’m quite interested in trying the other teas that Mosaic has sent me. If the other teas are stellar than a more run of the mill/average EG (which is such a staple offering) is one of those things that can get by because the other teas will compensate.
Just my thoughts: hopefully they’re helpful!
Tea 102: Regions of The World – Week Four (Africa)
Teas Tasted: Orthodox Kenyan, CTC Kenyan, CTC Malawi, CTC Uganda, CTC Tanzania
- Lots of CTC grade which was disappointing…
- Really enjoyed the Orthodox Kenyan
- But the others were run of the mill/very similar
- I didn’t realize just how much tea was produced/exported from Kenya
- Did you know Kenya is the world’s LARGEST exporter of black tea!? I sure didn’t
- As well, they actually export more tea than the grow
- Due to the fact they import from neighboring countries such as Malawi
- Very information class overall even if I didn’t love the teas
This is a queued tasting note.
Very sweet, light ginger notes and quite apple-y. Very enjoyable overall! Wish I’d taken notes so I could elaborate but alas I did not. Not to mention, you get to the point with a tea where you’ve tried it so much that you just stop tasting nuances and just taste everything as a whole in addition to an amalgamation of past experiences.
Cold Brew! Juicy watermelon notes, cream, honey, brown sugar… All good things.
A coworker point out to me the other day that “Watermelon Xylophone” sounds like the name you’d give a strain of pot. You know, like “Pineapple Express” or “Girl Scout Cookies”. Now, to be honest that coworker is a PRETTY BIG pot head – but I never would have thought of that. It kind of does though, doesn’t it?
I mean look at some of these: https://www.leafly.com/explore
This is better than pot though.
So, I’m officially “healed up” enough that I can drink hot things again and eat semi-solid foods. I’ve been craving this tea all week ever since bagging a sample up for a friend so I figured this would be the first thing I steeped up to celebrate getting the wisdom teeth out!
I have some teas I need to review for Mosaic Tea but I’m holding off on reviewing those until I can get the taste of blood out of my mouth. And on that note, bear in mind that with this review I definitely have the taste of blood in my mouth and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for at least a little while. I’m not numerically rating this tea for this tasting because of that: I’m not sure just how much that flavour will affect the session.
I made this Western style in a larger pot, mostly because I know I’m not gonna be tasting this tea for a perfect palate so I’m not gonna waste my time with a full Gong Fu session. The other part of why I did this Western style was because I was brewing not just for myself but for my new roommate Trey and our coworker James as well. Western brewing is just easier when it comes to serving tea for non tea drinking people.
- Strong licorice aroma from the dry leaf! Quite sweet
- Brewed, I still think this has anise notes to it; provides a solid foundation
- Also a touch fruity: orange rind/citrus rind
- With some creamyness/rich mouthfeel
- A an artichoke/vegetal component
- A little bit of a semi medicinal finish w. some astringency
- Possible the slightly funky finish is from the blood in my mouth via. wisdom tooth holes
- Interesting overall; I’m sure it’ll really perform well Gong Fu
Flavors: Anise, Artichoke, Citrus Zest, Cream, Licorice, Orange Zest, Vegetal
Well, my wisdom teeth are OUT! Finally!
I have to say that all in all it went pretty smoothly; three of four were able to be pulled out without much trouble and the fourth was taken out in pieces because they couldn’t pull it out. The sound of the dentist pulling out the teeth was one of the most disgusting sounds I’ve ever heard though. That crunching noise sounded like bones breaking, to be honest. And it made me go ice cold and want to throw up.
After getting ‘em pulled, I had to wait around at the drug store to get a prescription for medical grade aspirin filled: my face was still numbed and I had my mouth stuffed full with gauze. We were there maybe half an hour waiting for the damn prescription to get filled? At some point I started drooling blood all over myself but I couldn’t feel it. We noticed way too late; I wrecked a favourite sweatshirt of mine because of the blood stains. So much blood…
Then I had an afternoon of nothing but pain and liquid foods. However, the dentist specifically banned any hot foods: only cold things. So, I went a day without any
with one exception tea because I didn’t have anything cold brewed. What I did have was a lot of ice cream, some YOP, and some cold butternut squash soup. I’ve since upgraded today to very soft foods in addition to liquids. It’s frustrating though, tbh.
My one exception to the day without tea was a bottle of this: I know I made a note not to buy it again but I really needed something to drink and it was on sale at the drugstore when I was getting that prescription filled. It was quite satisfying; cool, refreshing, creamy…
Now I’m just waiting for the massive holes/sockets where the teeth were to heal up. I’m quite tender today; enough so I went home from work early because I was in so much pain. I wish I was allowed to take more of the medical grade aspirin but they’re pretty strict about the allowed dosage…
This is a queued tasting note.
Just a quick gong fu session (less than four steeps) in the yixing pot. Not the best session; of the varying different company’s versions of Lapsang Souchong I’ve had recently this one doesn’t hold up to those recent sessions. It was a little too astringent, a little too bitter, and a little too ashy. All in all just a little too… well, subpar.
This is a queued tasting note.
Split a pot of this with my mom at the Vintage Tea Room quite a while back when I was still in the process of moving, but far enough into it that all of my tea had been boxed. I was really, really looking towards external tea sources that week to keep myself from becoming completely unhinged.
Essentially, this is just a soft Earl Grey with caramel notes. There are other ingredients in the blend like apple and as assortment of floral things but you can’t especially taste any of them. This was pleasant enough on it’s own, with a nice light bergamot note but it was quite delicious with just a little bit of cream added in. That really elevated it quite nicely. Since the Vintage Tea Room is a tea room I paired this pot with a slice of some truly delicious Pecan Pie. Quite indulgent overall, but the citrus notes of the tea provided just enough deviation from the rich pairing.
The one thing I will say that I disliked was that this tea room brews “Grandpa” style so the last few cups of this were not so good. Quite bitter, actually. But it did the trick!