358 Tasting Notes
I had never had a tea with rosemary as a flavor or ingredient and now in a single month two teas, two Christmas teas from favorite blenders , have rosemary as an ingredient, this and The-o-dor´s Laponic December 25 (black). zeitgeist. sounds interesting.
I love lapsang souchong, and loved the couple flavored teas based on lapsang souchong I tried, it can really work. on this case, sadly it didn´t for me, I thought the orange and pink peppercorn were too overwhelming – and not sure what christmas baubles are or are supposed to add to flavour.
Flavors: Orange, Peppercorn
I have tried this, Lupicia number 8508 from Lupicia France, under the name Belle Journée.
And it´s such an interesting idea, a green tea with rooibos. It was a sample, so worth risking, I was quite unsure if I was going to like it, but indeed it works and it´s oddly refreshing.
I am usually not a fan of grapefruit flavours, and it´s noticeable here, though the peach is more prevalent. I will probably not buy it because of the grapefruit, I might tire of it, but it´s certainly interesting on its own.
Brewed the way Lupicia insists, boiling water 2 minutes, it works (have given up doubting them on how to brew their teas).
I have not been buying much new tea, and sticking to finishing a lot of my stash. But Thé o Dor is a favorite brand I can´t order easily (they sell online but the shipping prices are very of-fputting!) but found a store which had some tins and could not resist indulging in this Christmas tea.
It´s a very unusual christmas tea, rosemary, oak moss and cranberry on a very nice chinese black tea base. It´s wonderfully refreshing, fresh, clear, pure compared to how sweet and spicy most christmas teas are. Luckily , I love it and will enjoy it the rest of the year as well!
I rebought this, and making my first new cup of it, chai-style, maybe I was lucky, maybe I overbrewed it or overleafed it (in a good way!), but it was much more spicy and piquant than I remembered. Awesome for the sinus, but just leaving a note, not nearly as mellow as I used to think!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper
Now this finally a sample whose donor I can identify – thank you Ysaurella.
I liked the oolong-quality of this a lot, the base was lovely and smooth. I think I must have kept it too long, the caramel notes were there but somewhat subdued, and that was not necessarily a problem, I enjoyed it very much just as it was.
I got to confess, this was a sample I got in a swap and it was so long ago i forgot who i got it from – sorry! The package was fantastically hermetically sealed and this was in great condition, but still finally giving this a try.
Rooibos with cinnamon, or spices in general is right up my alley and this time of the year, I am always putting the kettle on, but mid-afternoon I got to swap to rooibos or tisanes, so this sample was a nice re-discovery. There is a right time of the day/year for every tea for me.
This is interesting, because it´s a perfect example of how americans and europeans (or the rest of the world?) call cinnamon to different spices. This is the sharp, almost hot, cassia taste, which I confess reminds me inevitably of cinnamon chewing gum. I am used to Ceylan cinnamon, which is rounder somehow. But cassia does work really well as a flavouring, I added some sweetener and milk and it´s very pleasant. Just, and I knew about it, could not help expecting a different cinnamon because of the name.
This was a present from a friend, and a very propitious one – I had just finished a tin of one of my staples, Lady Grey, and finding surprisingly difficult to buy more locally. And this Gout Russe to me smelled a lot like Lady Grey – an earl grey tea with lots of orange.
Supposedly there are 7 citrus on this tea. Obviously the bergamot rules and orange is also very important. The other citrus I am less certain of. It´s somewhat delicate, somewhat astringent. I think I prefer my old staple, but this tin will be finished with pleasure.
Flavors: Bergamot, Orange