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From the Samurai TTB
The strongest note here is certainly anise, but I’m getting clove and cinnamon and a bit of sweetness from the apple. If you like anise this might be for you, or you could pick the star anise pieces out and give it a try.
I added a scoop of CTC Assam to the second steep, and it toned down the licorice flavor a bit. Still overwhelmingly anise.
I definitely need to use different steeping parameters next time I try this, because I used water that was much too cool and it just didn’t coax out enough flavor. I was intrigued by the idea of jasmine and mint together in a blend, but because of the low temperature, I could really just taste a bit of mint. Need to re-try.
I’d been holding onto this tea for awhile, waiting for colder weather before sampling. This morning seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I brewed up a cup and put on The 39 Steps to watch before work.
The tea looks beautiful, with the juniper berries and cedar tips decorating the black base. Unfortunately, I can’t taste much of either. The cedar is completely undetectable, and the juniper is almost imperceptible. I did add some honey, so I will try it unsweetened next time, with some different steep parameters to try to coax more of the flavors out.
I’m on the hunt for a really mapley tea. I’ve tried quite a few and none of them have the ‘I am a liquified cup of syrup’ experience I’m looking for. This one falls into the disappointing category. It smells promising- maple and ginger. But, tastes pretty much like fennel and anise water. My maple hunt continues.
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Day 22 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.
I was so excited to open my Advent tea for today and see that it is a smoky vanilla black tea! I love smoke, vanilla, and black teas and I’ve never had them all together in one tea so this is kind of an ideal choice for me. This is pure vanilla bean flavor, nothing artificial about it. I’m not getting any smoke unfortunately, but it’s still a really nice vanilla black.
The lemony, earthy, funky aroma carries over to taste. There is an almost preserved lemon thing going on that is strangely really good! It tastes citrusy and zingy on the toungue, but the bergamot is lost. So it is mostly a black lemon tea. A touch too lemony. I want some Earl Grey in there too. Takes milk well.
Later as it cools- I like it less. It starts to taste like lemon cleaner. I down graded it to a 60. It’s on the verge of not recommending. When this oz I bought is gone, I won’t get more.
This tea is a delightful surprise. I generally do not like French tea because it is usually floral. But this is a nice blend of chinese and indian black teas that is slightly sweet and slightly smoky. I’ll be drinking a lot of this.
Flavors: Smoke, Tobacco, Vanilla