409 Tasting Notes

drank Caramel Sutra Chai by Domo
409 tasting notes

Made this quite strong this afternoon, but still all I can taste is sugary caramel, and no real spices. There’s a vague tea smell and taste, although I did add milk again so that might have covered everything up.

I think I’m getting a bit of cinnamon.

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Finished this off. I’m still off the impression that there is no actual green tea in this, despite it even being listed under the Green-Black blend on Murchie’s website. It’s nice, and there isn’t so much rose as to turn me off, but I won’t get it again. It didn’t really jump out at me.

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Finished this one off. Which is good, as I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would when I first got it. Odd bitter undertones I can’t get rid of.

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drank Caramel Sutra Chai by Domo
409 tasting notes

This is… this is very different. Made it as a latte, so I’m missing out on flavour (will have to make it stronger/drink it straight next time!), but the first sip was caramel and sugar, followed by spices… Not sure if I can taste any tea.

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drank Litchi by Hazo
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Just used up the last of this. Woe.

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That phenomena wherein a tea you were “meh” about from the start begins to become absolutely delicious when you’re running very low on it.

And then there’s the added threat that the company I got it from has since closed down, and I don’t know their sources.

Very classic Ceylon smell, taste is clean, slightly astringent, woodsy—oaky, yes. Dry. You’d think by now I would have gotten a little better at describing tea. Bah.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
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Yes I know that phenomena well.

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drank Polo Club by TWG Tea Company
409 tasting notes

On my second steep of this, actually. I made the first last night.

Mmm second steep is still strong. Faintly buttery green tea—with sweet caramel.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
409 tasting notes

This just smells so delicious and it tastes like heaven. I really should have gotten more. There wasn’t much left when I picked it up, and I’d already picked out three other teas, so I only got 25 grams of this. Next year I think I’ll get the tin. This deserves a permanent tin.

The smell is nutmeg and pumpkin. It’s not overflowing cinnamon as some spiced teas can be. It smells like spiced pumpkin pie, and it’s not a fake taste when you sip it. The spices aren’t too strong, so I like it without milk. The spices aren’t overall strong enough to stand milk very well, if you make it the traditional chai way, I mean. Just have to make it stronger next time I do that.

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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
409 tasting notes

I made this in my thermos at work, and was in /heaven/. I’d forgotten what it was like to have a Yunnan in my cupboard.

Not a touch of bitterness at all, and I remember there being a toasted marshmallow sweetness. Not strong and peppery, this one. A better note will come when I get a chance to sit down with a cup in front of Steepster.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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