973 Tasting Notes
My boyfriend and I drove to Solvang a couple of weeks ago. Nothing was open except for a few shops and bakeries, but it was nice to get out of the house. I bought lots of incredible pastries and some fresh bread, and stopped at the Solvang Spice Merchant. I’ve been extremely interested in herbs/spices lately, plus they had tea! I bought a couple spices, as well as this tea. It was pretty expensive ($11/ounce). But, I was interested in the flavor profile, and I’m all for supporting small businesses.
It has a lovely, strong amaretto flavor. The flavor is as I expected. The base tastes like a standard Assam. Both the amaretto and cinnamon are light.
Tearunners really hyped up this tea (they seem to be good at that).
This isn’t my favorite. I’m getting notes of tobacco, honey, and savory miso broth. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for any of the offerings in my first TeaRunners box, so probably won’t be continuing with the subscription.
Flavors: Honey, Salty, Tobacco, Vegetable Broth, Vegetables
I haven’t really been drinking straight green teas over the last couple years. I gravitate towards black teas and lightly oxidized oolongs. But, I like to have a couple straight greens on hand in case I have a craving, so I was pleased to see this in my Tea Runner’s box.
This smells sweet and grassy.
The flavor reminds me of jiaogulan- very sweet and green. The sweet flavor is actually turning my stomach a bit.
Another offering from the Tearunners box for January. I love oolongs overall but I’ve really started to prefer more lightly oxidized varietal. This is more heavily oxidized, so I was dubious about whether or not I would enjoy it. This is also from Nepal, and I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Nepalese oolong before.
This smells quite interesting- very savory, with some jammy fruit notes.
The first thing I notice is the drying effect I’m experiencing with each sip. There’s a bit of astringency, which is distracting from the actual flavor. There are some floral notes, and a slight jammy flavor. It’s actually reminding me of a black Assam. Not something I’d gravitate back to.
I don’t love mint teas, but I love pistachio. The love of pistachio and my curiosity got the best of me with this blend.
The first thing I notice when I open the package is the intense smell of amaretto (which, I’m guessing, is the pistachio flavoring). The flavor is much more subtle than I was expecting based on the smell. It’s mostly peppermint, with a hint of sweet pistachio.