1455 Tasting Notes
Made a cup of this last night. While I do like it, and will probably re-order it at some point only because I like the idea of a detoxifying herbal tea, it’s just okay. It’s sweet, creamy and smooth, it’s just… missing something for me. I guess I’m really loving my blacks of late, and the depth they provide.
I want more of this. Angrboda, I may need to see if you’re willing to be my tea mule for more, because this is just plain amazing – and I’m so grateful to you for sharing it. Funny, because I’m double-fisting it with the Yu Lu chai from Verdant, and they’re both equally amazing, if quite different.
This is much better cold than hot, although it’s still.. weird. It’s grapefruit, kind of, with something weird in there that’s still fruity yet… I dunno. Tart in a way that seems weird to me. It’s… tea tart? Hard to explain this one.
Really just a chai, with a hint of something chocolatey in the end. Oh wait, caramel lingers after. I do like it… kinda makes me feel like I’m making out with Watson after he’s had a long drag off a pipe. A chocolate pipe, of course.
More of a tummy tea for me, and I hope it works tonight. Bleh.
This cup is more juniper berry than anything, which is weird. Or, maybe I really am in the midst of some sort of stomach bug that’s thrown me off. All I know is, today this tastes weird, offputting, metallic and biting. I’m still drinking it.
Bah. Strawberry flavor. Now, I only had a very mild reaction to this, so it’s obviously minute in detail. Still, it kinda sorta ruined the cup for me, which blows, as jump62359 so graciously sent this to me. And the name! The name!! I love it. In turn, I wanted to love this tea.
All I got from the two sips I had was an earthy sort of chai-like tea, with some weird background flavoring that I can’t quite place.
Well, I royally messed up the steeping of this. According to the directions on the bag (which differ from the website): 2g in 150mL for 30-60 seconds at 158-176F for the first few infusions, and increasing steeping time and heat thereafter.
I weighed one of the surprisingly large balls, and it was 3.38 grams. So I plunked two into a large mug, 200F water cooled to 185F, and steeped it for two minutes. As that wasn’t strong enough, I added another minute to the steep.
This tea smells like chocolate out of the bag and even more so as it steeps. It’s got a really sweet flavor to it, almost too sweet. That’s the majority of what I got from the first steep, although when it was hotter, it had an earthy cocoa quality to it as well as a malty flavor.
Do I like this? Yes. However I need to play with it a LOT more before I can say that I love it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt