1108 Tasting Notes
Yes, indeed. The base is not my first choice, but the delicate cinnamon and maple overlay ties all the things together for me.
I am going to give it a whirl today in my traveling mugs to see how it fares. I am thinking that the flavourings are strong enough to hold up. Stay tuned.
Thank you, VariaTEA, for your generosity, and to Sil for the delivery and for not liking it too much :)
Dexter was kind enough to surprise me with some of this in her assortment of teas to me while I waited for my batch and I was super delighted because everyone had been raving about this tea and I wanted a cup or two.
Yes indeed, intensely delicious bittersweet chocolate black. It reminds me very much of a Chinese black tea that I’ve had recently, but the name escapes me. Delighted with this one.
Thank you, Dexter. Hope you are staying warm out there in the deep chill.
edit—I am finding it interesting that others have described this as specifically milk chocolate while for me, it is not that at all. Perhaps in another cup.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet
This is my second cup of this new batch of reblend, circa late 2017 or early 2018.
This echoes the last blending of this that I had loved dearly by the new 52Teas . However, however, however. Yesterday’s cup had a constant bitterness, not certain how else to describe it, that overrode the cranberry and vanilla. Today’s cup too, but today, the cranberry and vanilla are struggling to come a bit more forward. There are strains of cranberry in the occasional sip and in the aftersip, but the vanilla is missing altogether for me so far.
I am not quite sure what is up with this here. I have steeped at a lower temperature. Yesterday, I steeped quickly. Today, I gave the cup a bit more time in hope that the other flavours will develop and become a bit more present. To no avail.Maybe the bag of leaf is still a bit too full so that I wasn’t able to give it a proper shake to distribute all the bits before scooping some out. Or maybe I need to let the leaf sit a bit longer to cure.
Regardless, I love this blend and am certain that the proper cup of it is hiding just around the corner. To be continued.
I am leaving my previous rating unchanged.
Yesterday, I had prepared my things for waking up at crazy o’clock to go walking with a neighbourhood friend: clothing, bag, tea in steeper. I selected this one for the walk because after walking in the cold and wind, I don’t much mind not drinking the perfect thing because I am on the bus or on the subway and my face and thighs are still defrosting. Having warm tea in my hands is already a good thing. My walking friend came to her senses and cancelled. When I woke up this morning, my tea had already been decided and was good to go.
I’ve had this one for a while. I seldom reach for it because the green tea and chai combination doesn’t seem to beckon me. Nonetheless, it’s a good blend and I am enjoying it. Typical chai spice on a buttery base with a bit of a tart cider tang. It works.
Today, I met up with Sil for a brief visit and tea thing. I had a bit of a walk-sprint there as I felt I might not have enough time to get to our meeting point on time, so I got a bit of exercise in as well as a brief visit with one of our most well-loved local tea personalities. And, of course, tea. My happiness is complete.
I’ve been drinking this for the last few days and enjoying it immensely. The vanilla cream aspect dominates the very gentle spice and the Assam base packs a nice kapow. And it survives the travel mug experience well too.I absolutely wouldn’t mind having this in my cupboard again if I were to find a way of procuring some without the monstrous shipping fees. So there’s that.
And it’s a sip down!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Ginger, Vanilla