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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #40
Like Shae had said, this basically just tastes the same as Clotted Cream, which she also included in the TTB for me to try. Although, since Clotted Cream is the fandom blend it’s probably more accurate to say that Clotted Cream tastes like this blend instead of the other way around…
Anyway, I’m glad I know – probably would have bugged me if I hadn’t tried both and got that question out of my mind.
One of my old Adagio samples that I’m working on sipping down, now that I’ve finished all my old Tealyra stuff off. The leaves are very long, twisty, and dark, and smell almost chocolately in the bag. Brewed western, 2.8g in 350ml @ 205F for 3 min.
The tea smells like malt, honey, caramel, and strongly of roasted nuts. It has a pleasant roasted flavor; I’m getting notes of malt, toasted bread, roasted nuts (particularly a more earthy walnut flavor), honey, and a bittersweet cocoa that settles toward the end of the sip. There is a hint of a cherry note, as well, but it is subtle. There is some earthiness and minerality as well, but the tea is quite smooth. I’m really enjoying this one.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cherry, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smooth, Toast, Walnut
Modified “grandpa style” in the park from this weekend – by which I mean brewed in a small, shallow teacup a few times – not the fanciest way to drink tea but it does the trick.
This is, I believe, the 2019 harvest of this tea – it was a Christmas present from a relative. For over a year old Bai Hao Yin Zhen, I thought this was pleasant. It felt fresh and flavourful enough to satisfy me, with fragrant honeysuckle notes and a flavour a little bit more cucumber-like…
This wasn’t the best brew method for evaluation, so future tasting notes to come with other preparation styles. However, for tea in the park it was good.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiXfzapc2Js
My very favorite coconut chai is from Satori Tea Company, so I might be giving an unfair review of this one. It doesn’t at all compare to my #1 in that category. It smelled delicious as I spooned it out of the bag. The coconut is evident, though I’m thinking it might be on the very edge of spoilage. Either that or I expected it to be spoiled so my mind kept sending me there. Or I just wanted a cup of my fav and I’m being grumpy about it. My husband loved it (and he doesn’t very often drink black teas or chai) so this is probably a good one, but there’s definitely better coconut chai blends out there.
Flavors: Coconut, Spices
Good tea without milk, bad with milk. Would certainly buy again in 3oz, unless I ever happened to find an even better “candy” mint tea. This type of tea is a staple in my collection, but it is quite pointless to have multiple of this type.
Currently I heavily dislike reviews which are written like a cozy blog post with way too much unrelated information, but of course don’t want to shit on people’s outlets of expression, I just don’t like reading someone’s life story to understand why they gave a particular review.
Very good staple tea. I had coconut milk left over after making curry, and adding about 3 spoonfuls of coconut milk along with regular milk (16oz) really enhances the coconut flavor. Would certainly buy again 3oz quantities, unless there was a really incredible sale going on I might consider getting 24 oz.
From earlier this week.
Sometimes I have moments when drinking teas where I become acutely aware of this snobby attitude I often have – despite really not wanting to. That happened with this tea, when I kind of internally scoffed reading the ingredients list when I saw that this uses jasmine flavouring and isn’t jasmine scented. It was a real knee-jerk kind of moment because as soon as I’d thought it I immediately sort of self corrected in my head because, what the fuck!? One, there’s nothing wrong with jasmine flavouring and, two, this is a jasmine rooibos – how crazy are my expectations to think that someone is out there hand scenting rooibos?!
Like – rooibos comes from South Africa and jasmine scenting is traditionally an Asian (primarily Chinese) practice. I bet there’s no one in either content actually combining the two, so why can’t I just appreciate that this is a very cool way to present a caffeine free jasmine tea that would theoretically be super well suited for a jasmine green tea drinker who can’t do caffeine all day – like, what innovation!
And actually, it was nice! I’m not a massive jasmine fan, but there are a few kinds I do enjoy and I especially like it when it isn’t combined with green tea so the sweeter and slightly honey tasting rooibos wasn’t a bad combination for me. It was smooth and pretty flavourful, and I could see it being a nice nighttime option. Not something that I’m going to replenish, but certainly better than my snobby ass had originally expected from it.
From the weekend – tried this for the first time since ordering it on February 29th this year…
I was impressed with it as a breakfast blend; very robust and full bodied but also quite smooth and creamy with a mix of malt, honeysuckle, and raisin notes. It was the creaminess that really got me though – I hadn’t added anything to the tea and yet it was giving off such creaminess that I thought of Devonshire cream/clotted cream from scones.
I also had it with a Cranberry Coconut bagel from a Black ownedbagel shop with some of the best and most unique bagels I’ve had since moving to Montreal. Supporting Black owned businesses with tea and breakfast in bed feels so good!!
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwJ0XlU_P8o