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The first steep of this smoky/vanilla tea was rather weak. So I used less water and steeped longer the second time and I got a bit more vanilla with a hint of smoke. It inspires me to combine my favorite vanilla and lapsang teas to see what they taste like, but I’m not tempted to try more of this blend. Cool name though.
I just got back from a 2 week trip to New England (which was wonderful), and I got to visit Jolie Tea again. They’ve moved to a larger space since I last visited, and it’s really bright and welcoming. My boyfriend and I shared a couple tea samplers and had a really lovely time.
Now that I’m back home, I’m focusing on sipping through some of my stash. Decided to make the last cup of Jack Frost Chai. Still mostly clove, but enjoyable nevertheless.
This tea is lovely- bits of cedar tips and rose petals decorate the twisty Ceylon leaves. I’m smelling clove and a bit of cinnamon. The flavor is mainly clove and cinnamon as well. There is a bit of rose that lingers. I’m getting some tangerine in some sips as well. No cedar or vanilla, which is a shame because I was looking forward to those flavors shining.
So slow to sipdown the last couple months. I’ve started making a big pot of tea in the morning to finish off things more quickly. It seems to be helping.
Sad to see this one go, but won’t be repurchasing it for awhile. I really love the balance of smoke and vanilla, with a tiny bit of sugar complimenting the flavors nicely.
Advent Calendar Day 9
Yet another tea company I’ve never even heard of! I love that I’m getting to try so many new blends and companies this month, thanks to Amanda. The dry leaf of this blend is super heavy on the spices, with the tea leaves definitely in the minority. The aroma is also mostly spices…it actually reminds me of walking into Penzey’s, my local spice shop! So despite the name, I wasn’t really expecting a lot of maple here; I thought I might get more of a chai taste. But actually the strongest flavor is fennel seed, which is taking the tea in a totally unexpected savory direction. It’s weirdly almost reminding me of Italian sausage, which is not a flavor I’ve EVER picked up on in tea before. Don’t think I’d drink this again, but it was definitely an interesting experience!
Flavors: Fennel Seed, Spices
From the Samurai TTB
The strongest note here is certainly anise, but I’m getting clove and cinnamon and a bit of sweetness from the apple. If you like anise this might be for you, or you could pick the star anise pieces out and give it a try.
I added a scoop of CTC Assam to the second steep, and it toned down the licorice flavor a bit. Still overwhelmingly anise.
I gave this another go with a longer steep time, and it’s a completely different cup of tea. The mint is still dominant, but there is a touch of jasmine that follows the mint and lasts into the aftertaste. The balance of the mint and jasmine really does remind me of a snowy winter day, and is balanced so nicely.
I definitely need to use different steeping parameters next time I try this, because I used water that was much too cool and it just didn’t coax out enough flavor. I was intrigued by the idea of jasmine and mint together in a blend, but because of the low temperature, I could really just taste a bit of mint. Need to re-try.
I’d been holding onto this tea for awhile, waiting for colder weather before sampling. This morning seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I brewed up a cup and put on The 39 Steps to watch before work.
The tea looks beautiful, with the juniper berries and cedar tips decorating the black base. Unfortunately, I can’t taste much of either. The cedar is completely undetectable, and the juniper is almost imperceptible. I did add some honey, so I will try it unsweetened next time, with some different steep parameters to try to coax more of the flavors out.
I’m on the hunt for a really mapley tea. I’ve tried quite a few and none of them have the ‘I am a liquified cup of syrup’ experience I’m looking for. This one falls into the disappointing category. It smells promising- maple and ginger. But, tastes pretty much like fennel and anise water. My maple hunt continues.
Day 22 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.
I was so excited to open my Advent tea for today and see that it is a smoky vanilla black tea! I love smoke, vanilla, and black teas and I’ve never had them all together in one tea so this is kind of an ideal choice for me. This is pure vanilla bean flavor, nothing artificial about it. I’m not getting any smoke unfortunately, but it’s still a really nice vanilla black.
The lemony, earthy, funky aroma carries over to taste. There is an almost preserved lemon thing going on that is strangely really good! It tastes citrusy and zingy on the toungue, but the bergamot is lost. So it is mostly a black lemon tea. A touch too lemony. I want some Earl Grey in there too. Takes milk well.
Later as it cools- I like it less. It starts to taste like lemon cleaner. I down graded it to a 60. It’s on the verge of not recommending. When this oz I bought is gone, I won’t get more.