1128 Tasting Notes
If this is free in a hotel I will make a cup. But I will never buy this at a tea shop. Spending that type of money for this is a bit absurd. That being said this isn’t a terrible brew but it really only ranks in the decent category, The poor leaves are so small they really don’t afford you any true tea flavor, maybe a few woody notes here and there but most of this is covered up by the fake bergamot they use.
After denying myself tea for a few days because of the crazy prices in NY (I so badly wanted some matcha) I finally broke on the way out of Manhattan. I was driving but my husband said I found a tea shop. This is what we found. The lady at this store was so kind. They offer many great teas and of course, she made the mistake of letting my husband and I smell teas. I bought some and she let us smell some more while waiting and then my husband bought some. This was one he bought.
Perfectly spicy. Actually, very spicy. I think I added too much. Holy crap. I think my husband will enjoy this because he thinks nothing is spicy enough. But my mouth is spicy. The turmeric is so nice in this one. Besides the spicy, the creamy and nutty notes are complex and filling. Make with milk.
Advent Tea #1
Long needle-like appearance with jade coloring. The aroma is divine. Sweet grass and stone fruit. The flavor has heavy notes of asparagus, corn, maybe leaning more towards freshly picked corn with the husk still on. A very vegetal forward green. Does not require much steep time. In fact, I suggest you do not walk away from this session. The soft mouth feel can be easily overtaken with bitterness and you’ll be left with unnecessary astringency if you treat this like any other tea. Though generally this should be said for any Japanese green. The grassiness comes out more in the subsequent infusions.
The aroma is somewhat slight as it steeps. Perhaps my water wasn’t hot enough. Fascinating, I can see why they call it fireberry. It gives off notes of campfire smoke but don’t worry they aren’t strong like a lapsang. This is a mind-boggling tea. The smoky notes then turn into cranberry and hibiscus notes with elderberry swirling around them. The rooibos isn’t as strong as I thought it would be but it shows its face occasionally with earthy and sweet cookie notes.
Rooibos is love. It’s so good. Its earthy yet sweet cookie notes always give me a warm hug. I’ve never had banana macaroons or the cake version of it but it sounds delicious. As I sit here above it smelling it as it steeps my anticipation grows. The aroma is full of banana, sweet banana, and sweetened milk. Oat milk. Slight almond. Steeping at five minutes reveals lots of banana notes. Mostly dried and candy bananas, like runts. The rooibos comes in after with earthy slightly milky notes. This is quite a bit weaker than I thought it would be though. Strong enough to be enjoyable but I feel the creamy notes could be a touch stronger.
Speaking of almonds I’m allergic but I used to love how they taste and smell. When I was getting my hair done for my brother’s wedding they for some reason decided to give me a free manicure. I haven’t had my nails done in 11 years because I don’t like the feeling of the nail polish on top of my nails. I know, I’m weird. Anyway, at the end the lady sprayed something all over my hands and walked away. As I was sitting there I smelled it and I looked up at the lady and said, “This smells like almonds, is it almond-scented?” “Yes” I didn’t wait to see if I was going to react so I went straight to the bathroom to rinse it off. My hands were a bit red but I didn’t notice anything otherwise.
Weak sauce. This one needs a long time to steep. The first sip at 5 minutes was decent but definitely weak. Slight fruit and floral hints with a new house something… With an added 5 minutes (at least) the flavor has improved. It reminds me of the kiwi strawberry cooler from Caprisun. Haven’t had that in forever. This would be a good gateway tisane for kids. The flavor is nice and I bet it would steep nicely overnight for an even stronger kick in the morning.
This one loves passionfruit. Before I found out I was allergic to dairy I used to seek out this passionfruit dessert that was melt in your mouth and pucker your face. No, this is not a replacement for that and to be honest I remember each time I drink flavored teas now why I don’t buy them anymore. The names sound so enticing but the taste is just not anything near to what a pure tea offers. Yes, I am biased. This one offers a bit of bitter raspberry and a hint of passion fruit on the tail end. It’s decent… Not one I would drink again me thinks.
We used to roast chestnuts on an open fire in our house. But my mom kept getting sick. We then realized she doesn’t do well with campfire smoke. 20 years later I’m still not a fan of chestnuts but this tea intrigues me. The steeping aroma is delicately nutty with woody undertones that dance with some chocolate notes same with the flavor. When you drink it the notes come out almost exactly in the order described above. If left to steep too long some bitter nutty notes come out that remind me of whiskey. After not having any tea for almost a week I feel like I am stuffing my face full to refill.
This looks like a black tea. If this is a green I might cry, The steeping tea at least has a pleasant aroma. Jasmine, just like on the bushes in Hawai’i. Okay. Now I really might cry. This also reminds me of many of the Chinese restaurants we visited while in China back in 2008. The taste is decent. Hints of jasmine. Bit of some type of hardy wood. T_T yeah… It’s a green tea. Oxidized a bit too long for my preference. Oo… oh man. Whoa. I only left it in a bit longer but it punched me in the face with bitter notes and then tried to apologize with some nice floral jasmine notes. And now it’s leaving me hanging with astringency. Would be better with some honey.