1108 Tasting Notes
Damn. This is good tea.
Oddly enough, this tastes almost exactly the same as Jiri Horse Balhyocha by teabento that I’ve been enamoured with recently. Same dark chocolate notes. The difference here is that the sweet potato is more pronounced and there’s a slightly bitter aftersip.
Really really good. And local even, so yay! Not cheap, but local—reminder to self.
I will be stocking more of this, likely soon.
I can totally see why this is Dexter’s favourite.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Sweet Potatoes
In tea years, this one is probably ancient as it has been discontinued for quite a while. That said, it tastes like no time has passed. It may well be stuffed full of imitation something or other and imitation sweetener, but it does not taste like that is what it contains. This is one of the very earliest teas that thrilled me. And it still does, even after all this time.
The flavouring here overall is lovely. That said, something is lacking. In my opinion, this tea lacks a certain richness which, I think, could be corrected with either a hefty dose of chocolate, cocoa shells, or an adjustment in the tea base, or all of these, in which case I think it would then be a stellar tea. Perhaps vanilla might be another option.
Unearthed this one which I bought a year ago at our local tea festival. Conveniently, it was still in the tea festival shopping bag which made it easy to locate and as our annual festival date is rapidly approaching again, I needed to get busy. With my tea situation being the way it is, I am indeed starting to wonder whether I have any business at all going to the tea festival this year.Now that I’ve covered the context, now about the tea. Mostly smokey, but nicely so. I don’t detect any maple, not even when I squint, though that might indeed be what is softening the smoke. I am guessing that the base here is a blend of Lapsang and possibly Keemun. There is the slightest bit of sweetness on the tail end of the sip. And the sweetness creeps up as you continue on with your cup adding legitimacy to the maple concept. I like it and will not have any difficulty finishing off the rest of the bit that I have left.
Happily on steep number three.
If I do end up going to the tea festival, I might just seek out more of this if the vendor is there.
Today, this tea tastes like these, with a bit of chocolate instead of the candied fruit and icing. http://www.chatelaine.com/recipe/desserts/pfeffernusse/
And so I am back to this. I had the jitters about attending a thing today and this seemed the logical choice, not to calm, more like to placate and to help get me there. Dark chocolate sweet potato bready deliciousness works, apparently. Yay me, and yay stellar lovely tea!
I am just hoping that this tea does not make me forsake all others. For now.