4663 Tasting Notes
I have a cough that I’ve been aware of today but my brothers say I’ve had for days. Adding to the cough is now my body alternating between being super cold and overly warm. I have a very low grade fever which is basically not a worry because it’s just above normal but I do feel quite lethargic as of this evening. So I was told to drink tea and this is a good choice for when you’re not feeling well. At least it was but I finished it off.
ETA: As I continued to drink, this got overly sweet very quickly. The bottom 1/3 of the mug was dumped b/c I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it.
You guys know I don’t love chai but you may have also noticed I’ve been trying them more and more. This particular chai is a wet chai that I grabbed at the one of a kind show in Toronto a couple months back because I tried the sample and it was very creamy and delightful.
This company recommends doing the chai on the stove and I’m lazy so that hasn’t happened until now. However, today while still watching Ratatouille I decided to make it since I could cook and watch all at once (a luxury I don’t have at my own apartment but do have at my sister’s place).
Making it at home, it’s still just as good as the sample at the one of a kind show. It’s creamy and sweet with a nice ginger flavour to balance the honey. Add to that a nicely balanced mix of chai spices and you have a really lovely chai among chais. I think it’s my favourite and it’s one I have in a large quantity which would usually be stressful but I’m happy to work my way through it.
I made a teapop and my kettle was on keep warm and all I could think was Sil telling me to drink more tea after I sent her videos of the tea that has spread all over my apartment. So I tried to think of another tea to that would steep at the same temperature that I could grab from my sipdown/focus box (which has becomes boxes and a drawer since my stash is aging so quickly it seems). This tea is one I have had before and just had a serving left to finish.
Last time I had this, it was in a travel mug and I don’t think it tasted like much. This time it had a giant strawberry in the filter – which Roswell Strange and I once discussed how that doesn’t necessarily impart flavor – which I found weird since this is a cherry tea. With that said, and despite my conversation with Roswell, perhaps it is in my head or perhaps it is the fact that this is not in a travel thermos but I am definitely getting a lot of cherry from this cup. Black tea and cherry flavor. Both present and both nice. Neither overwhelms the other which makes for a nice cherry tea.
So I really want to like this one because its got a bright citrus and passion fruit flavor. Like really, really refreshing and juicy. However, since this flavor seemed wrong for a matcha milk, I made it in water which creates two issues: (1) I feel the texture of the matcha a bit more than usual, which is not chalky as some can be, but still a little chalky perhaps and (2), I get that grassy/umami flavor that matcha should have but is usually covered up by the milk. I don’t like matcha which is why I drink flavored matchas as matcha milk. So while I know this is great flavorwise and could be awesome for someone who even remotely like the taste of matcha, for me, it is not the best. I wonder if making it hot would be better though…
ETA: I just saw Roswell Strange described this as “Five Alive” and she hit the nail on the head there…just with a hint of matcha.
I had a gong fu session with this when I realized Camellia Sinensis has instructions on their website for gaiwan brewing. Since I’m still trying to find my footing with it, instructions are helpful.
This was very smooth and malty. No tannins or astringency either. I find when I use about 2 grams of leaf in my 100 ml gaiwan, I don’t get the astringency that I got with some of my other gong fu sessions using more leaf. In fairness, 2 grams is also what the companies recommend for 100 ml so I will probably stick to that at least for teabento and Camellia Sinensis teas unless otherwise instructed.
Other than this being smooth, I don’t remember much because I sorta just enjoyed it while watching Shameless. I didn’t pay much attention but instead just kept steeping and sipping.
I am fascinated that Roswell Strange found this was too tart because for me, this is crazy sweet. It smells like mango and tastes a bit like dried mango that is often sweeter than the actual fruit. Plus, the candied pineapple is really coming through. It’s very sweet and very juicy and my experience, at least in this first cup, is the opposite of Roswell’s which is interesting since she is the one who gave me the tea so it’s not like we got drastically different batches.
Thanks for sharing, Roswell Strange!
ETA: This is a sipdown (358) since I drank the entire cold brew bottle. It was sweet the whole way through so I am fascinated what made my batch so sweet while Roswell Strange’s was tart.