259 Tasting Notes
This is probably a great tea—-but for a smoke addict like me, it seems bland. I love TeaSpring’s other Lapsang Souchong offering, but this one is like the timid little sister who cannot speak out loud and clear.
The Lapsang Souchong from TeaSpring that I really like is relatively less costly. It’s all about the smoke and the tar for me. This one is too sweet.
I like the taste and aroma of licorice. I’m not a fanatic (I know some people who are, but I suspect I know more people who don’t like it) but it’s nice to have occasionally.
I’ve been impressed by American Tea Room in general. I have no affiliation with them, but they have teas that are most certainly on my list of “must haves”. I ordered a sample size of Cabochon and set it aside for a while. I was waiting for one of those days when the thoughts of licorice crept into my mind. Today, gray, gloomy, and wet, seemed like a perfect day for a strong flavor that pops.
And it did and it does! The anise is strongest in the aftertaste. The taste itself is warm and honied and the anise remains on the tongue and lingering around the nose. Cabochon would be a treasure for any licorice fanatics out there and would make a superb gift if you know any. For someone who enjoys licorice, as I do, it’s a nice hefty brew with a really tasty authentic flavor. I know that synthetic licorice can be simply dreadful. This is pure and true and I’ll invest in a larger package. Cabochon (which means a kind of treatment for a gemstone) is perfect for the upcoming chilly weather.
Wonderful if you love roses and if you don’t—maybe this tea will convert you. This is one of the best rose-immersion experiences I have had. I think it’s on a par with Rosy Earl Grey from Teas, Etc. The rose is not competing with an Earl Grey. Sometimes I really want the Earl Grey to be the backdrop for the rose but this is a more fragrant, floral tea. I guess I will have to keep both in stock!
This is an absolutely lovely tea. I don’t want to use specific words to describe it because each word that comes to mind does not do this tea justice. I prefer big black teas with lots of smoke and lots of flavor. When a subtle tea wins me over like this, I am really moved. I’m going to invest in more of this, knowing that it’s a tea for a special and wonderful occasion.