1403 Tasting Notes
The plan was to reach for a builder’s tea like Scottish Morn to finish up this eggnog with, but I ended up choosing this one instead.
Two spoons steeped for four or five minutes, a glug or two of this new eggnog, sweeter and thinner that the previous one.
Good. Well, I’m not a big fan of Boston, as I’ve mentioned before.
Using two spoons of leaf is a good call here though. The berry is a bit tart, but the eggnog vanilla calms down the berry candy quality of it.
My problem with Boston is that it tastes very artificial to me. However, this eggnog greatly improves it, so there’s that.
At this rate, one day, I’ll finish this tea and be done with it. And you won’t need to listen to me whine about it.
I purchased a matcha box from the online Quebec Tea Festival, https://en.festivalduthequebec.com/ , because I felt that it would be good to discover and rediscover matcha teas and products. This matcha packet amongst others was included, as was a matcha spoon, whisk, and small bowl.
(if you are interested, I think more discovery tea boxes are available in Canada. I have been pleased with everything I have sampled so far.)
Edit—just checked the site and only the grand cru box is left for sale. Good value though no matcha.
The matcha mood rarely strikes me, but wow, today was the day that I really had a craving for it.
Yesterday, I had purchased a different brand of eggnog from the one that I usually buy. This one is thinner and sweeter with less nutmeg. Perfect for a matcha accompaniment and so it is.
I whisked a heaping spoon of matcha powder with about a cup of 175 F water, added a glug of eggnog, and Bob’s your uncle.
This drink is divine. The matcha flavour shines as does the eggnog. A really good balance of both.
Now I need to take a look at the quality range of matcha s at DT’s. I hope I am not using the most expensive and highest quality matcha with eggnog. Maybe that would be a waste.
But even if so, this is plenty delicious, so no regrets though I may opt for a cheaper one next time if so.
I may have to go caffeine-free for the rest of the day as I’m already getting a bit of a buzz.
Edit—not the most expensive one, so yay!
This masala chai blend is heavy on aniseed, far too heavy on the aniseed.
I get around that by adding a spoon of the ultimate black tea improver, Keemun Classic by Capital Tea Ltd, and then a glug or two of store-bought eggnog.
This new, to me, eggnog I bought is thinner and sweeter that the previous one. Works well.
After more than a week of drinking only straight teas with no additions, this cup feels quite rich and extravagant.
Ok, so Derk pointed out most helpfully that this is NOT the same tea as Persia Lahijian Black tea.
I have both, so today I cracked open this one and yes indeed, they are different. Still making my mind up about this one.So far, I’ve got stone fruit, muscatel, malt, nut, wood, leather, something in the dried mint family, and a bit of the raspy back of throat thing (though chocolate is helping with that).