3438 Tasting Notes
So both this tea and the Premium Keemun I just had are rated at 70 and that is definitely not right because the other tea is MUCH better than this. Seriously, drinking a straight black tea and then drinking this highlights all it’s imperfections. The base is astringent and lacking in flavor while the lemon merely adds a bitter peel type taste with just a hint of that lemon zest. I think this just goes to show how drinking two teas at a time can drastically alter ones experiences. Nonetheless, this is done now and it won’t be one that I ever stock. Still, I am grateful to Roswell Strange for the opportunity to try it out.
Thank you Dexter for sharing this with me. I don’t know what I did differently between this cup and the first but I am enjoying this second taste a but more than I remember enjoying the last. It is not overly flavorful but it is smooth, malty, and almost a touch creamy at the end of the sip. On the other hand, there is definitely the slightest hint of smoke in here as well and it is tying together quite nicely with the rest of the cup. A great way to say goodbye! Going forward, I don’t plan on stocking this but I would not refuse another cup if offered and I will certainly be raising the rating when I get to my computer because this deserves more than the 70 I initially gave it.
Eta: Reading my last tasting note and I realize I am getting the leather I got last time but it is much more toned down.
At first I wasn’t in love with this but then I started craving it. I flip back and fourth between wanting to stock this and trying to finish it off. However, no matter how this is brewed, it always results in a pretty solid cup. It is not the best tea I had but it’s consistently good and that says something and I feel that’s the reason I keep coming back for more. Luckily it have pretty awesome friends like Roswell Strange who are willing to supply me with this tea so thank you Roswell Strange for such a generous amount if this tasty tea :).
I cut down the steep time to 3.5 minutes in 90C water and the result is amazing! Seriously, this is delicious! Chocolate and malt swirling in the cup with rich bready notes. I am enjoying this a lot and am very grateful to Dexter for sending it my way and for sending enough that I was able to play with steeping parameters. Thank you Dexter!!
I have both vanilla and coconut almond milk and though I love this in vanilla almond milk, I felt it might be good in coconut as well. Since I couldn’t decide to experiment with the little I had left or stick to what I know I like, I went by the expiration dates. Coconut expires one day earlier so experimenting won out. The result? A matcha that is not as tasty as vanilla in vanilla almond milk but still a pleasant and creamy cup. A little vanilla, a little coconut, and just a bit of almond. Weirdly, despite coconut tending to be creamier, the vanilla almond milk just feels like a thicker drink while this seems watered down in comparison. I am glad I tried it this way because otherwise I would wonder but the vanilla almond milk would have made for a better last impression as this is goodbye. Oh well, c’est la vie.
I made this as a smoothie because the last one was SO amazing but I ended up using too many ice cubes and so it is watered down. Despite that slight hiccup, it is still delicious – like a fresh vanilla bean ice cream. It will be missed and maybe one day I will order it again but for now, I am comfortable saying goodbye. Though, that doesn’t mean I would turn away more if offered :P.
Hello Steepster! How I have missed you and tea this past week. I had friends visiting from out of town and that left very little time to enjoy tea, with the exception of some matcha quickly whipped up in milk to share with my friend and some Corn tea when we went for sushi. Now my friends have parted which is sad but it means I can get back to enjoying some tasty, tasty cuppas, starting with this one, courtesy of Sil (thank you!!).
This package of tea is actually meant to go to Roswell Strange but I figured neither would mind if I stole a little bit for myself. So, now, as I eat breakfast and watch training videos for my new job (Yay for getting hired! Boo for having to go back to retail work, but yay for having an income again!). The last cup I tried of this was surprisingly delicious with amazing notes of vanilla and a hint of delicious lavender that was all tied together with a little minty bow. Today, though it is still enjoyable, I am not loving this one as much. The vanilla is there but not as much as I would like it to be while the mint and guayasa are really fighting to be the main attraction. Lavender appears as a little bit of spice as opposed to being more floral like the last cup. Good, but not something I need to stock. I am glad I got to try it once again though.