1474 Tasting Notes
A new favorite that I’d left out on the counter, so I decided to have another cup before putting it away. I like it a (touch) less this time around, although it is still delicious. Will have to look at how I steeped it last time to compare, or maybe it’s just that the teas I’ve had earlier today ruined me. They were really, really delicious.
How have I avoided this one so long?! This is a beautiful, multifaceted, inspiring tea. I’m looking forward to the re-steeps!
The first sips were most definitely dark chocolate, then a bit of malt and sugarcane. Sugarcane? That’s a first for me. Like of all of Brenden’s creations, I also get something very campfire/outdoorsy in this, almost oaky, or smokey, or both. Fruit? Something light and sweet in there too in the background, although it’s a new flavor for me so I struggle to place it. All in all, this is exquisite. Too bad it took me opening the bag to share with others for me to try it!
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
I’d pulled this out to share with a fellow Steepsterite, so I thought it was high time I tried it myself. ;) Very chocolatey, although the chai definitely comes first. I’d say this is my favorite chocolate chai to date, and one of my favorite chais so far – only Chandernagor from Mariage Frères tops it at this point, for me. It holds up beautifully to cream – hell, it’s better made as a proper chai than a mere tea with some cream added to it. Although I would prefer a bit more chocolate, I do really enjoy this, and am glad I have about an ounce or so to play with.
Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg
I prefer this one hot over cold; it gets a bit weepy and floral once cold. I still really like it, I may even venture out to Main Street to go and get more. Thanks again OMGsrsly, this is a great, unusual find.
Flavors: Flowers, Mineral
Enjoying this just as much as the first time, and I’m really glad Dexter3657 shared some with me. I like it better hot to be frank, however cold it’s still a strongly maple and nut blend, with some creaminess and sweetness in there to boot.
Flavors: Cream, Nuts
Again, this needs a much stronger flavoring for me to enjoy it again. Boo me! If anyone has suggestions…. let me know. It’s still tasty, it’s just that I need too much matcha for it to taste anything like it should.
3/8 of a tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
I love how the samples were just one-cup increments, and that it’s assumed I’ll re-steep repeatedly. I’ve yet to, and will update this if I do.
I love pu-erh, and this is the first I’ve tried that tastes mildly fishy (in a surprisingly good way), as well as with a touch of minerals and earthiness. It’s complex, has depth to it, and yet there’s an element of sweetness to boot that’s surprising me as well. I could see myself nursing this bag repeatedly all day, and I may just do that.
Flavors: Earth, Honey, Mineral
Wow, how delicious is this? Carob-y spice and sweetness – hard for me to put into words. I can see why this is called Campfire Blend, and it’s quite appropriate. I will definitely be buying more of this in the future.
Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Vanilla
Word to the wise: oversteep this. Just try it. It went from campfire marshmallow dropped in pine needles then carmelized, to all that plus honeyed something-or-other. Now I’m a bit sad that this was a sipdown!
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Pine