3709 Tasting Notes
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Another victim of the great “Roasty Tea Craving” of 2016! I did a pretty damn good job of purging my cupboard of all things toasty. Though to be honest, I definitely didn’t expect the same of this one that Lala added into the GCTTB V2 for me to last long anyway.
Toasty, peanut/nutty in general, honey, cocoa…
All good, tasty things!
This is a queued tasting note.
Finished this one off hot; though finished is perhaps not quite the right word since most of what I had of this found its way into the GCTTB V1. Gotta share the tea love! Hot was definitely the right way to be drinking this one though: it was much smoother and the flavours were far better balanced. The dominate berry notes I experienced were strawberry and raspberry, though there could have been others present that just didn’t have the same impact. This was complimented by a very nice, toasty rice flavour and the subtle marine/grassy flavour of the base tea.
So, basically it was smooth, sweet and with just enough savory/umami from the toasted rice to really elevate this one and make it something special.
This is a queued tasting note.
Apologies in advance for a bit of an over share…
So, my last period I had the worst cravings for all teas “roasty” and I blew through quite a lot of them binge drinking various roasty teas in my stash. That included a large pot of this one, which finally depleted my tin of it. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll reorder: at some point I do have to place a What-Cha order because I badly want more Sticky Rice Oolong, so perhaps. The thing is that as pleasant as this tea was, in my mind I don’t really see it as the “be all and end all” of Houjicha. I’d mostly be happy with any form of Houjicha on hand so long as it’s quite roasty, so this could easily be replaced with another company’s version.
Flavors: Caramel, Grass, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smoke, Toasty
The GCTTB V2 has been mailed out!!!
This tea was my accompaniment to the post office today. It was a nice companion, although with the intense wind we’re having today it felt a little too fruity/fun for rainy day weather. I think I’m most likely going to be switching to more roasty things now for the rest of the day.
The wind today is actually so strong that a gust of it this morning blew all of our balcony furniture over: three chairs and a table with a glass top. It didn’t break though, which is good – but it scared the shit out of both Trey and I. There’s actually a tornado watch/warning right now really close to Saskatoon, which is about two hours from where I live – so definitely a potential for it to progress over here by the end of the day.
The tisane’s flavour was nice: strong, vibrant notes of strawberry over everything else but also that sweet combination of orange and bubblegum with a licorice-y undertone. It was a touch tart from a more extended cold brew time; but pleasant regardless. The finish was even a little herbaceous?
From my last Camellia Sinensis order…
- Western style infusion
- Smooth, malty/hay top notes
- A light vegetal body with sweeter fruity/peachy notes
- Finish is playfully nutty; hazlenut/marzipan
- Smooth, silky mouthfeel
I imagine Western brewing doesn’t do this one justice, not that it tasted bad. In fact, it was really enjoyable – but I feel like it hadn’t reached its “full potential”. I definitely look forward to trying Gong Fu in the future.
Strong. Strong. Strong.
Very, very bold notes of bergamot that were impactful and rich. At the same time, there was a vibrantly strong floral note that made me think of really intense lavender. I’ve had EG with lavender before and wasn’t the biggest fan – and there actually isn’t lavender in this which makes me wonder what about it is making me think of that flavour.
Also; just skimming through my tasting notes for this I realized that I’ve actually never had it hot – only cold brewed. What’s up with that? Earl Grey is actually best hot…
So, future Roswell Strange: BREW UP A HOT CUP OF THIS.
- More mojito than marmalade
- The spearmint is crisp and refreshing, and doesn’t overwhelm the cup
- Though there’s no denying the orange flavour…
- It’s just that it’s not sweet enough/“jammy” like marmalade should be
- Taste of the rooibos is present, but light and in the background
- Tasty; and great for late at night!
- Like a ‘discount’/Off Brand Cocteau (from August Uncommon)
- Or Midsummer Night’s Dream (from DAVIDsTEA)
So I found myself in Chapters earlier this week because I needed to pick up a birthday present for my brother, who turned 18 on Friday. That’s never a good spot to be in when you’re both a tea addict and a book lover.
In addition to the D&D starter set I bought him, I also wound up getting a Flavor Bible (I feel like it’ll be a great tool when it comes to tea and food pairings, but also making cocktails, potentially blending teas, and just cooking in general) and another tea related book. And, I snagged myself the “Herbal Retreat” sampler from Tea Forte because I’ve been drinking a lot of herbal tea this summer in between late night cuppas and pitchers of cold brews. Plus, this is a sampler and that seemed like a better idea to me than committing to 50g-100g of one kind of tea prior to sampling it.
- Cold Brew
- Very tart/sour blueberry notes dominate
- Lacking sweetness; and I think it would benefit from it
- I CAN taste the sage A LOT in the finish
- I think it was a weird choice to pair with such sour fruit
- But it keeps this from being a hibby overload
- With a pinch of sugar, this would probably be great soda
Flavors: Blueberry, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Sage, Sour, Tart
Thank you Scheherazade for the sample!
I drank this one on the commute to work this week, I’d have loved to brew it Gong Fu but I was a little hesitant that the sample wouldn’t be quite enough leaf and my session would be a little week. And, in the end I ended up putting the rest of the sample in the GCTTB because Jillian had asked to try it, and I just had to take advantage of the chance to share a WP tea since everyone wants the chance to get to try them. Usually for good reason.
You’ll have to forgive my lazyness; I’ve built up a queue of posts this week and I’m feeling too tired to reword all of the jot notes into paragraphs, so these next few notes will likely just be copy and pasted jot notes for convenience/speed.
- Brisk/Astringent at first
- More of a round/clean flavour as it cooled
- Malt/Raisin/Honey top notes
- With some woody, cinnamon, and nut body notes
- Little bit of a sweeter marzipan finish?