1108 Tasting Notes
Steeped up, this morning, this smells delicious with full on vanilla, hints of caramel and something tart like cranberry. Maybe a bit of almond too. My first sip or two or three continues those flavours with a bit of astringency at the end of the sip.. Spice is very much in the background here for me today. My spoon of leaf must have contained a whole different combination of flavours than it did previously. Nice.
On my second steep, a bit of clove is coming up with the astringency.
I wouldn’t run out and buy a tin, but I would certainly consider splitting one. This is a gentle black to drink without any additions.
Just finished the last sip and can say that enjoyed this tea up to the last drop. Nice when that happens.
Thank you for the sample, VariaTEA.
And it’s a sip down!
Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Cranberry, Vanilla
Jet black needles with bits of gold. Pretty. I am guessing that it is a DianHong Gong Fu cha, or Yunnan Gold. The tea steeps up red brown. Punchy—good hit of malt, dark cocoa, and lingering muscatel sweetness. A bit bewildering for my tastebuds—like a mega Darjeeling crossed with an intense Yunnan black. I am currently on steep four and it appears to still be going strong.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Muscatel, Sweet Potatoes
There’s something about the spicy bite of this chai blend, black or with various additions, that makes it the perfect antidote for this bitter cold. Actually, in my opinion, all of 52Teas black based chai blends have been stellar. I hope that another chai series is coming soon. I am sorry that I missed the Pumpkin Chai. Oh well. What to do, what to do.
The sunflower seed flavour seems to be calming down a bit here in this cup, making way for a bit more nuttiness. Chocolate is still entirely missing. However, I am making an effort to make up for its absence with a slab of dark chocolate for breakfast. Tea, bite, sip, bite. It’s working out.
Without the chocolate accompaniment, this tea reminds me of Butter Pecan Black by 52Teas but with a hefty addition of sunflower seeds and their flavour. I am thinking that this leaf could do with some dark chocolate chips or some such to better approximate its name.
My chocolate coconut chai snow globe tea. Snow globe because the chips of leaf drift softly in my clear glass steeper as the tea steeps. Perfect for this deep-freeze extreme cold warning weather.Had a few delicious cups of this yesterday when Steepster was absent. Clearly, I needed a good cup of something during this trauma.
This morning, in frostbite weather, I was supposed to go for a long walk with a friend. I packed this up with me for the walk. Thankfully, my friend and I missed each other at our meeting point and she left without me. All for the best as I couldn’t find my gloves and the tiny wee square of skin peeking out from my swaddling was burning from just minutes out there in the cold. This tea sure was good when I came back to drink it at home with the heat on.