335 Tasting Notes
This was originally purchased for a friend but it never made its way to her. By the time I pulled it from the back of my tea cabinet, it was old and I couldn’t bring myself to send it off.
I needn’t have worried as this one tasted just fine – tart and incredibly floral if you let it oversteep.My friend – whose favorite tea is, incidentally, China Rose – probably would have loved this. Me, not so much. It’s not bad, good to drink mindlessly, but not my favorite. I feel like I’m drinking a lot of “not my favorite” lately. Hmm.
Merry Christmas Eve, steepster buddies!
I’m so glad my past self decided to gift all but two cups worth of this tea to work friends because I think lapsang souchoung is not my cup of tea (ha-ha). Dry this one smells like cinnamon and send like it’d be a very festive tea. Steeped it tastes like smoked meat. Not my thing and quite a disappointment. Oh well. Another sipdown.
This is an odd one. I get a hint of cranberry and orange, I even get the muffin taste. But the whole thing feels … flat? Thin? If it weren’t named “cranberry orange muffin” I don’t think I’d get anything resembling that from the taste, except maybe a vague oaty flavor that is the muffin component of this tea.
Trying again, this time whisked into cold milk. It was a lot like a peach milkshake, bit one that left a dry, chalky feeling on my tongue. Aside from that, this was quite the step up from making this one hot and whisked in water.
I’m challenging myself to sipdown ten teas this month as a way to clear out teas I’ve had forever and haven’t used. I think this will be one of those teas.
I love the smell of this one so much, I wish it were perfume. Or maybe a scented candle because that would be the perfect balance of ambiance and fragrance. Creamy, minty, sweet – delicious! Tastewise, this is minty but not much else. The bright side is that this is one black tea that doesn’t need sugar or creamer, and I think the mint cuts down a lot on any potential astringency. It’s also decent when put up against work brewing parameters which are not always ideal. Hooray!