411 Tasting Notes
I needed something special to help me get my head wrapped around coming into work this morning, so I picked one of my favorites. (Especially since Angrboda is sending me more, so I don’t feel the urge to hoarde it. Have I recently mentioned how awesome Angrboda is??)
This tea just feels so clean. It’s like the 7-up of teas, light and clean and crisp, and almost feels bubbly. A few more cups of this, and I may make it through the day.
Took 3 tbsp of this and simmered it for something like 15 minutes in 2 cups of 2% milk. Added a little simple syrup at the end for a little sweetness.
Wow. It’s amazing.
It’s like a pumpkin pie without the pumpkin, but it has the creamy, spicy flavor. I could even see mixing this blend with canned pumpkin to make a dessert. Lovely, sweet, smooth, and won’t keep me up all night.
Oh, awesome. I’m bumping my score and will make more soon!
Aye Captain! This smells NOM! The leaf is pretty – little tan tips cresting throughout the dark brown sea of leaf. It’s got a dark, rich scent. Not quite cocoa, but teetering on that edge of decadence.
Once brewed up, it’s a beautiful chestnut color. It’s got an aroma that to me is the essence of tea – that brisk tang of quintessential tea.
Flavor-wise? The captain’s got a softer side! It’s a smooth, mellow initial sip followed by a drying tannic zing. He’s not a wuss, this definitely is a wake-me-up morning tea – I just expected more of a kick in the pants from the seafaring swashbuckler.
Overall assessment? Good tea. Yum.
Ok, more thoughts on this, although I have a feeling my rating and thoughts may change a little more tomorrow as well. I am not getting the silky mouthfeel you can get from some oolongs, nor any of the creamy or buttery flavor. (And yes, I totally feel like a poser saying mouthfeel) What I am getting is a lot of light floral tones and a hint of fruit. Sweet but dry. This is yummy, but isn’t my favorite oolong ever. What I want to try tomorrow is to resteep with more leaf/less water and a shorter time (the package recommends 5 minutes, which just feels long. Who knows. If I change the parameters, I may like it more. :)
First comment – un-tea-related: WOW that was fast shipping. I only ordered on what? Thursday? Sweet!
Now, the tea. As always, lovely, pretty packaging. The tea leaf smells wonderful. Not creamy, but almost fruity. I keep thinking of pear flowers. While brewing, it’s a similar type of aroma, only milder.
I can’t comment to the color of the brew, as I’m breaking my rule of no tea after 6pm to try this, and I’m brewing a cup directly in my favorite cup – which is blue. It looks very light however.
Ooo.. floral, but not quite perfume-y. I am getting a dry-fruit-ish aftertaste, or maybe just a hint of sweet. I’m also burning my tongue a little, since I can’t wait to drink it. I’ll post this now, and come back with a rating a little later tonight.
Ooo.. floral, but not quite perfume-y. I am getting a dry-fruit-ish aftertaste, or maybe just a hint of sweet. I’m also burning my tongue a little, since I can’t wait to drink it. I’ll post this now, and come back with a rating a little later tonight.I am liking this however!!!
You know how everyone keeps saying that “this puerh tastes like fish tank, but in a good way” or “this tastes like dirt, but in a good way”.
Well, this tastes like salty, slightly off butter, but in a good way. Vegetially sweet smelling, but not sweet tasting at all.
I’m not thrilled with this tea, but I could see where green tea lovers would really love it.
Thanks for the tea Angrboda, this was good to try.