3901 Tasting Notes
Definitely surprised this one wasn’t already reviewed here on Steepster…
- Cold Brew
- It’s very interesting to me this tea doesn’t have fruit other than lemon or apple
- Because the flavour is like a jumble of red fruits/berries with lemon/citrus
- Very summery, sweet, and rich with a balance of natural and candy like notes
- Kind of reminds me of Sweet Tart candies?
- The hibby DEFINITELY doesn’t read as overly tart or gross
- In fact, it’s a little hard to tell it’s there?
- There’s more rosehip sweetness/tartness than anything else
- Also a floral undertone; but definitely more fruity than floral
- Definitely, as far as the ingredients are concerned, a bit of an enigma?
The pool finally opened for the evening today, so Cathryn and I went down and swam for a few hours. Now I’m tired again, so I’ve resigned myself to the couch for the evening and will probably just write tasting notes and maybe watch a movie with Kyle at some point.
Once again, I’m enjoying this one as a cold brew. The profile is much like the first time I had it so I wont go into greater detail. Suffice to say it’s a good balance of base and flavour with natural, fruity sweetness and some floral traits too. There’s still some leaf left but I think I’m gonna add it to the Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box; so this is only kind of a sipdown.
Kind of in a bad mood right now though, if I’m being honest. My swim was great but then as I was checking out and grabbing my keys the receptionist said something to me that I definitely interpreted in a rude way.
“Do you own a bathing suit?”
“Umm, pardon?” Not sure I heard her right – I’m standing in front of her in a bathing suit.
“You’re not allowed to swim with shorts on. You’ll need a bathing suit next time.”
“I’m wearing swim trunks and a bikini top? Shouldn’t that be fine?”
“Oh, those are swim trunks? Well I suppose…”
Basically, fuck you counter lady: It definitely felt like she was either commenting on the fact I was not following some kind of idiotic, self created ‘code’ of what was acceptable for a woman to wear OR she was being snide about my weight. Either way; totally uncalled for. I see absolutely no reason why my swim trunks do not count as a bathing suit! Kind of ruined my swim, if I’m being honest…
Ok, so I’ve had this tea before… on many occasions, actually.
However I saw it in the box, and then I smelled it in the box and it made me nostalgic for past pots and mugs of this brew. I think it really is an underrated Chai and as someone who really dislikes Chai in general I’ve found that the combination of green base and sweeter, fruitier notes really does work so well for me. I just had to revisit this one.
So Cathryn and I are sharing a pot while we wait for the swimming pool to open up: there’s a strong aroma of cinnamon, ginger and apricot wafting from the pot and it’s making the apartment smell really lovely. Drinking it, I’m definitely hit with heavy waves of melancholic nostalgia. The flavour is lovely though: a great ratio of ginger, clove, peppercorn, and cinnamon notes though a bit more heavy on the cinnamon over anything else. It’s hard to taste the base, but there’s a certain smoky quality that’s more than likely the only trace of the gunpowder to be detected. The best part is the bright, sweet apricot note that pushes its way to the top, creating a very sweet and lively top note that forms an amazing contrast to the spicey base. It’s a very warming brew, but in the sunniest way possible.
I mean, Chai blends don’t really read as “Summer Blends” do they? But I think if you find a somewhat lighter one with a fruit ingredient thrown in as a bit of a ‘twist’ they CAN lend themselves to a more summery sort of feel. And this one does that.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to take the rest of this out of the box for myself; and I still might. However, I’ve drank my fair share of this over the last few years and I think I should try to be happy with just revisiting it and let some other people enjoy this unconventional Chai.
And yes I DID get moments where I tasted ketchup, just like years ago…
This is a queued tasting note.
So, there’s a swimming pool available to residents and I’ve been waiting to take advantage of it ever since moving in: it finally opened last week! I spent so much time in that pool when it opened, and I feel like I’ll be spending much, much more time in it throughout the summer…
Made a cup of this when I got back from the pool: needed some more hydration after so much exertion. This was nice and lemony with a sweet marzipan note; also a little bit floral in the finish. Really glad this one is still holding up.
I’ve really liked the Yabao that I’ve tried, but haven’t done much experimenting with different companies’ versions so I was excited to see one from Yunnan Sourcing in the box.
Going by dry sent alone, this smells very similar to Whispering Pines’ Yabao and that’s the one I have the most familiarity with. Taste wise, they’re similar: I get a nice silky mouthfeel, and notes of heavy cream, honey, cedar, wood, hay, and a sort of herbaceous note as well. One thing I found a little weird about this one was that along with the herbaceous flavour I also found I got a bit of a licorice/anise type flavour and I’m really note sure where that’s coming from.
But it’s tasty! Hard to compare it to the other Yabao I’ve tried though; there are so any similarities and some dissimilarities.
The box has landed! I happened to have today off, so I’m enjoying tapping into the box and sifting through the many, many goodies to see what I want to try/sample. There’s a LOT to go through!
I’m surprised this one caught my eye; I’m not big into green tea but I think the very unique shape of the tea leaf really intrigued me. The description says that each little curl/ring is done by hand which is just crazy to me. Can you imagine being the person who has to curl the leaves? They’re just so petite and charming. I mean, certainly not the craziest shaped tea leaf I’ve ever seen but just so beautiful none the less.
I got two infusions out of this; I feel like a third would have been possible but there are just so many other teas to try. With the first infusion, I was a little taken aback by how smoky this tasted. Like, it’s really smoky. There are other nice notes too: it’s vegetal and has a bit of a green pepper note as well as a kind of butteryness. The finish is also a little nutty. Second infusion was much more smoke and nuttyness.
Definitely liked this one! Wish I’d had a camera to take pictures of the little rings as they unfurled; it was hella pretty.
Glad I’m back to finding this tea lovely and enchanting for the sipdown! If I’d finished it off with a cup as bittersweet and lacking as the last time I brewed this up I would have felt really sad…
I realized I didn’t have enough leaf left for a quality Gong Fu session so I finished this one off Western style in one of my larger mugs: it had a very nice thick mouthfeel and overall sweetness to the cup. The top notes were roasty, and combined with nutty body notes it was almost like drinking a mouthfeel of lightly toasted mixed nuts. The body, in addition to notes of sweet hazelnuts and peanuts was also a little lemony in quite a nice way. At the end of the sip, the liquor left a gentle peppery tickle in the back of my throat.
Overall; I’m happy I got to explore with this tea. I think it was my first pure yellow tea (unflavoured, that is) and if not the first certainly one of. I’ve tried a handful of them now though, and I can definitely say this is one of the better ones but not the best. For that reason, and given the price tag, I wouldn’t get it again but I certainly don’t regret grabbing it when I did.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Hazelnut, Lemon, Peanut, Roast nuts
I don’t think I’d recreate this tea bath again; it smelled pretty nice with soft caramel, sea salt, and kind of roasty, coffee like notes but it did nothing so far as the “feeling” when I was bathing – unlike the peppermint or even the green tea bath which felt pretty relaxing.
This one felt almost distracting…
Nearing the end of the tin, which will be a sad, sad day…
Drank this one hot; you can tell it’s both old and the dregs of the tin because the richness just wasn’t there. I mean, it was still sweet and conveyed a convincing rootbeer flavour but the creamyness/float aspect was lacking and there’s so much crushed up cinnamon bits at the bottom of my tin than the cinnamon flavour was pretty over powering and almost had that dry “bark”-like astringency.