1712 Tasting Notes
Tea #2 from my swap with Nicole/Tea-Historic. Thank you Nicole!
I’m not sure what to make of this tea. Not being a huge fan of vanilla, I went in with an open mind. The vanilla turned out to be rather mild, and a nice pairing with the malty black Assam base.
I didn’t expect the hint of smokiness though, it was a pleasant surprise as it wasn’t mentioned in the tea description. Perhaps the infuser at my boyfriend’s was tainted somehow? I’d brewed lemon oolong in the same cup last night, so that doesn’t really make sense.
The smoke note came out more as my tea cooled, and after I added milk. An interesting contrast to the vanilla.
Also, being a ctc, I feel rather caffeinated at the moment :P
I’ll have to see how it brews up in the office, under less than optimal conditions.
A friend bought a package of these, and gifted them to me. It came with a mug that indicates how “work ready” I am based on how much of the mug is gone. Cute!
I tried the tea while in the office the other day. It was surprisingly good, but very sweet. Almost as sweet as a regular full strength latte at starbucks. Too much for me!
Looking at the ingredients (all the things that shouldn’t go in a “healthy” drink including hydrogenated oils), I expected a mug of fake matcha flavouring. Except it was actually pretty accurate; a melted hot version of matcha ice-cream. Not the super creamy ice-cream where the flavour is more of a background note, but the kind where your mouth kinda puckers from the dryness in the matcha powder.
I don’t think I will ever be able to consume all of what my friend gave me. While uberly yummy, it is just too sugary for my tastes. Maybe I can find a way to use it up in cooking? baking? I’ve used regular matcha powder in baking, but with all the extra ingredients here I’m not sure how it would work
Thank you for the sample Nicole/Tea-Historic!!
This is a wallop of a tea. Caffeine = yes! what a high. It managed to kick my headache for atleast an hour after finishing my cuppa. It’s back now, unfortunately. (next stop is more caffeine and an aspirin). I saw the reviews indicating how strong it was, so I underleafed at just under a teaspoon. I’m glad I did, as it came out perfectly balanced. My nerves are strung up, so I agree with others here, this is not for anyone who is caffeine sensitive, or consumption in large quantities. Maybe I shouldn’t have had that small mug of coffee shortly beforehand!
Lost track of time but I’d guess I let it go for about four minutes. Really good on it’s own, no sugar or milk added, so a dynamic tea in that regard.
A bit coppery, with a good hit of fruitiness underneath and a pleasant drying sensation. Very smooth, considering the intensity.
With a dollop of cream, it does well too.
aaaand now that I’ve tried it with regular kettle boiled water, I’m saving the rest of the sample to try at work with the water tap. For comparison.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a H&S tea. I’m sure that is adding to my giddiness :P
Ahhh yes. This is the stuff.
There was a point where I had fallen out of love with the great LB, but that was around the time I had some health issues. Lately, I’ve been craving it again so I banked on memory that I’d be all oogly over it again. Probably not the best idea in terms of investment… but hey, it was black friday! How could I resist a sale???
Anyhow. I had this yesterday at work despite the water temp issue. And yep, twas delish! all dark chocolate and roasted goodness. The first infusion was best by far, with the typical mineralish notes in my last infusion. I think if the water had been proper temp the result may have been different. Maybe I’ll take a thermos to work and boil the water in the kettle so I don’t have to bother so many times walking back and forth all the time.
Overall? I’m a happy girl :P
Ughhhhhhh. What just happened?
I drank this tea. and loved it. But… it was too mind boggling to take notes. I was kinda overwhelmed. The first infusion was a flood of flavour. I can’t even… nope. I just can’t. Gonna have to try it again. You know, when my brain hasn’t left the building.
I will say that the first and last infusions were best. The middle two I found a bit lacking, by comparison. The last infusion had mineral notes that I often see in later infusions, so that was somewhat expected. Or atleast hoped for.
Also? the leaves are fuzzy!! PEKOEEEEEEE :P
I tasted mostly ginger black tea. and oh boy is it satisfying. The base and ginger go so well together.
There is an essence of mango behind everything, but not a strong one and I don’t think I’d have picked out mango if it hadn’t been stated on the package. I do get the sense that it couldn’t be another fruit. Not sure if that is my brain being all prideful haha. Hmmm. I think if I steeped it for a very short period of time, I’d get more fruitiness. I’ll have to steal a spoonful as it brews next time.
Also loving that one tea pyramid bag is perfect for my two cup mug at work, and it does well with the hot water tap. No additives needed at all. The perfect tea when I need a pick me up. Seriously. For a low budget tea, I’m kinda impressed. For that reason alone, I am bumping the rating. Value for the win
I had a long note written up. But my computer froze momentarily, and then it was gone. Le sighs.
So short version:
This was an amazingly yummy tea. I actually felt as if I was drinking alcohol, I’m not sure what kind? Not scotch. Aged whiskey? Hmmm.
The black base was interesting, milk and completely lacking in astringency except for where the alcohol comes in and things got muddled. I’ll have to try it another day, and soon. Not only so I can write a better tasting note, but also to avoid hoarding. Since the last aged in an alcohol barrel tea I had lost it’s alcoholness faster than I anticipated. At the very least, I hope to finish it before the next tea festival when I can grab more lol
After my bad experience with the David’s tea version of Keemum, I approached this tea with a bit of wariness… I find they can be boring, for my tastes sometimes and others they really hit my sweet spot. This time? Perfection.
Complex, bready, malty, noms.
I made it through six infusions, combining two at a time in a large mug. The last two were pretty weak so I let it sit there for an hour. End result? weak… but the aftertaste of sweet molasses is pretty awesome.
Work pressures are building and I’ve been super stressed out lately. This weekend has been bad. Pretty much an ongoing panic attack. (in addition to my cough. Bah)
Basically, I am in an impossible situation with this project, two of the stakeholders that I report to have competing priorities/ideals. I literally do not have time to get all of what is needed done in the time they pay me for. It isn’t like I can get it done faster, as much of it is delivering seminars etc.
Tea has been a source of comfort, and I knew this one would provide. Without any sweetener it is quite sweet already, and really does give me a nice boost. That cola flavour just fills me with happiness. Especially that moment just after a swallow, but before what I generally consider “aftertaste” sets in