1459 Tasting Notes
Advent Day 8
Crawling my way out of 15 or so hours of nauseating migraine. It’s becoming a more frequent occurrence. Probably a brain tumor or something. Curling around this cup while munching on crackers. This tea is alright. I think if you told me it was a vanilla tea, I would have agreed. I don’t get much of a difference between this and my memory of a vanilla tea. As it cools it gets a little flat at the start of the sip. Guess I better finish this cup fast!
AJRimmer Advent Day 7
I’m drinking this with one of those seasonal white fudge covered oreos. God they are decadent, but I can’t resist buying a pack every few years. I totally get the bergamot lemon flavors and behind that is a little ginger. The ginger has that aged quality to it where it doesn’t have the bite. My cup has cooled a little and the citrus seems a little sharper than when it was hot. I wonder what about this tea inspired the name. Is the Mad Hatter fond of ginger? Was there an EG reference in the books? Things to ponder as I near the bottom of this cup!
AJRimmer Advend Day 6
The mint is most prominent in this cup. It’s mellowed a little by the chocolate which stands out more in the finish. I’m sipping it a little absent mindedly as I watch the press conference on the new Covid restrictions the various counties in my area are putting into effect tomorrow. Basically another stay at home, away from anyone not in your household and only go out for essentials order for who knows how long this round. Until we have vaccine distributions? And my cup is empty. Tea goes down so quickly when doomscrolling!
I like this one! It’s nice and smooth and heavy at the same time. I usually take cream in my breakfast teas, but this cup was so nice that I wasn’t willing to ruin it like I didn with an earlier cup with one of the many replacement creamers I bought now that my favorite soy creamer is not being made. I wish I knew what the different straight teas tasted like so I could identify the features I’m tasting better. It has a hint of malt, a little tobacco. There is the slightest tang that I get near the end of the sip now that my cup has cooled. Not sure I’d run out and buy this, but I’d definitely take another cup!
Advent Day 7
Not sure what to make of this tea. It’s super strong on the orange, but it’s a smooth bright orange without a bite. I’m not sure what other ingredients there are that are rounding it out. I’m getting some lemongrass. It’s almost too much at the end of the sip where the taste starts to overwhelm and cross into unpleasant and then it leaves my mouth feeling really dry. It has the feel of sweetness, but not the taste. I bet it would be really good cold steeped or with creamer or both!
Advent Day 6
What is this?! A hibiscus blend that isn’t hideous?! I cold steeped it, because that is the only way to drink hib IMO, and it isn’t gross! That’s high praise from this committed hib hater. It is tart, but not overwhelmingly so. The tartness seems to just overshadow and round out the other fruits that I can’t quite pin a name to. It’s a little fruit punchy without the depth of cherry. I am totally amazed that I just drank the whole cup. I wouldn’t add it to my cupboard, but I know I could drink it without too much resentment if I were, oh say… lost in the desert for a week. This would be fine!
AJRimmer Advent Day 6
AJR had mentioned not being able to see the glitter in this tea well, so I broke out my glass travel thermos. The latest one. That I haven’t yet broken in some random tragic tea bungling mishap. It will happen eventually. Always does.
Anyway, this tea looks really pretty steeped up with little bits of sparkle. They seem to fade after a while which I’m guessing might be them sinking to the bottom. The flavor is really light, not heavy like I’d expect a chai to be. Glamour chai? I get some cinnamon in the sip, although it’s stronger in smell. Mostly just getting cinnamon, but it seems rounded out and not a sharp cinnamon. I should do a longer steep next time and see if I get deeper flavors.
I love the way this tea looks dry. There are little bits of cinnamon bark, various seeds and little rock crystals. I got a new macro lens to use for photographing my work and had to try it out on this tea! Posted some pictures on my IG. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIeUBR-gTJ4/
Advent Day 6
This is very aromatic… almost like a perfume version of pecan. The closer I get my nose to the cup, the stronger and richer the scent. Almost baked and sweet like the pie. The flavor is a little lighter than the scent, but a pretty good representation of pecan.
I used to hate pecans. It wasn’t until I lived in Austin and had two pecan trees in our yard that I really grew to appreciate the nuts. Fresh, they were a totally different thing than the old stale going rancid pecans I had come across in California. It’s a really good thing that pecan trees give bountiful tasty treats or everyone would chop them down for being such messy trees. In the spring they cover everything with a thick layer of yellow pollen and you better hope you aren’t allergic to it. Then they rain down pollen pods after that. Then the nut season, which is very loud when your roof is under their canopy and last is leaf season where they drop all their leaves and take a break for the winter before starting the whole process back up again in the early spring. They are also known for self pruning aka dropping branches when they get the hankering. They are also large and expensive to have chopped down when they catch some sort of root fugus. Ask me how I know about that one. :(
The more consistently I sip on this cup, the more the flavors edge a little too close to too much. Like an oversaturation of flavoring that gives a slightly artificial taste. I bet it would be phenomenal with cream. I’m really enjoying this cup and it’s the first that I might consider buying, but I’m not 100% there yet.
Advent Day 6
There are two entries for gingernut for T2 in Steepster. Hoping I have the right one. I opened it and it smelled effervescent! I’m assuming it’s the association I have with a particular scent of ginger being ginger ale. This has the flavor of a ginger ale, if it was one of those lightweight ginger ales. My preference is the kind that is so strong it makes you nose tingly! This cup is very warming and the ginger is bright without the bite. I don’t get any nutty flavors, but I feel like I’m getting a touch of citrus near the end. Another fine cup that I would rush out to buy.
Advent Day 5
It’s been a long time since I’ve tasted cherimoya, but I feel like I’m getting some of it in this cup. I recall it being custardy in flavor. The rooibos is a little drying. It’s an okay fruity cup, but could use something to make it pop. I’m also in a shitty mood and it’s hard to be present and appreciate much in this tea. Sometimes I think I’m meant to live remotely in the woods instead of in a city.