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Something different for #matchamonday today! Even though this matcha wasn’t super frothy post whisking, it still had a very silky and smooth mouthfeel with a strong aromatic rosey flavour! Let me go on record and say that while I am fickle towards floral teas in general, I am a MASSIVE fan of rose flavoured, scented and infused things so this explosion of thick, heady roses was completely up my alley! I would definitely advise people more on the fence about rose tea or floral tea in general to steer clear though, because this one doesn’t mess around!
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ccx5prNuoaU/
Flavors: Floral, Rose
Probably not the same tea since mine is the standard white one without glitter, but I got a whopping 50 grams because I wanted higher end silver needle. I should add the tea to the database, but I want to write a quicky note. Don’t worry, I’m not writing a book or a novelette.
I like it. Jasmine and the cucumber, stone fruit, and light tea base are really well balanced, the needles are super furry. It makes a decent western or tumbler style tea, but best gong fu so far. You really have to abuse it for bitterness. Oddly enough, it became more bitter with sugar after a western steep for my mom, so there’s more to explore. I am a tea purist, but I’ve rarely had that happen.
A part of me wishes I got a little bit less of it, but I won’t have a problem sharing it and drinking it down this spring.
Not quite sure what to rate it, but Gong Fu seems to work best. I get more dimension in the malt notes as it cools down and with each flash steep. Sometimes I get chocolate, sometimes I get rye, bread, yeast, and so on. Rich, dense, yet balanced and easy going. I easily see adding cream and sugar to it, but I it’s really more of a work recovery tea.
Roswell inspired purchase. My Jin Jun Mei collection kept on increasing, and I wanted to see if it stood up to White2teas.
I over leafed it a few times, but it’s got strong qualities. The profile swings between being close to a Keemum breakfast black to a softer Fujian one, balancing between dark chocolate and bready rye notes to dense malty but floral ones. Although a little too malty for me every once in a while, it’s forgiving and flexible. More importantly, it’s not boring for this tea snob. Not bad as a tumbler fuel tea either, though the subtle florals get lost in the malt that way.
I’ve only had one gong fu session, but I’ve mostly used it for work or on the move. I’m curious if I get more out of it if I take my time. Quite good, and a credit to Kiani’s sourcing.
Flavors: Chocolate, Drying, Floral, Honey, Malt, Nutty, Oak, Oats, Rye, Smooth, Sweet
Adventaggedon Day 25: Bonus Tea!
There’s always one advent that goes above and adds in a 25th day. I probably would be more enthusiastic except that it’s just awkward when 7/8 are wrapped up and then you have that one loose end. I steeped it up though and we are now officially officially done with advents for the year!
A shocker to no one; this is a glitter tea. I completely expected as much though because if you’re gonna use as much glitter in the advent as we’ve already experienced then of course there’s glitter on the final day. It’s a no brainer.
The EG itself is fine. I feel like the bergamot is a nice quality and as a nice level as well. Not as mild as I would personally prefer it to be but also not too intense to make the cup unpleasant for me. In an advent of mostly straight teas it does feel weird to be finishing with something flavoured but I guess the idea is that Earl Grey is a nice classic – especially for North American and UK based tea drinkers. If I was back home with family this Christmas I could very easily picture this being the kind of tea you steep up early in the morning while cozy in PJs unwrapping presents. So in that way, yeah it’s a pretty perfect pick.
Merry Christmas to all on Steepster who choose to celebrate it! And regardless of what you’re celebrating, may everyone have a safe and happy rest of 2021!
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 25
Merry Christmas tea friends!
Here we have Kiani overachieving with a tea for Christmas day. I thought there had been an Earl Grey earlier in this advent, but I seem to be mistaken. I must be confusing it with the ones from the Fortnum calendar or something…
Anyway! This is glittery, big surprise. Otherwise it’s a tasty Earl, and the bergamot is strong but not overwhelming. It doesn’t taste like perfume, and actually there’s an interesting sweet, fruity note to it. The base tea seems unremarkable, as I can’t taste much of it behind the bergamot. It’s a touch earthy and very smooth, but not much else.
An interesting choice to end the calendar with, I would have maybe chosen the icy blue tea since it was a bit different from the rest? But all in all, enjoyable.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earth, Fruity, Smooth, Sweet
Adventaggedon Day 24: Tea 3/8
This tea was just like getting sucker punched in the gut two times in a row. I was so excited to see a smoked Lapsang Souchong for today. I even said to myself, out loud, as I opened the packaging “it’s a Christmas miracle”. However, then I opened the package and saw the glitter. That was punch one because it meant I was decidedly not brewing this in my Lapsang yixing pot.
Punch two was that, upon closer inspection, it didn’t appear to be smoked at all. No smoky smell no matter how close to the glitter bomb of a packet I got as I huffed away at the tea leaves. I decided to abandon my gongfu plans and steep this Western style instead while watching my all time favourite holiday movie: Olive The Other Reindeer! It was definitely not a ‘classic smoky’ Lapsang at all but drinking it with the movie made me feel a little better and it was still tasty.
I honestly think it’s just a double up of the unsmoked Lapsang that was already in the advent but with glitter. That was a nice tea though, so it was great tasting it again – I just wanted a smoked LS, y’know?
As an aside; I feel like I’ve been really harsh on this advent’s very liberal use of the glitter dust. I just want to say clearly that I’ve enjoyed this advent a lot overall and I understand that there definitely are people who would want all the glittery teas! Like, I follow a few people on IG who have been thrilled to see all the fun and gorgeous glitter blends – especially people who bought this advent as a way to sample/try straight and traditional blends they wouldn’t have otherwise. It makes teas (like a smoked Lapsang) that might otherwise have been intimidating feel a little more fun or accessible, y’know?
It’s like Mariage Freres with the blue teas or even DT with the stevia – it’s not gonna work for everyone but ultimately the companies do it because it does work for a lot of people. We can kind of get lost in our bubble here on Steepster or on IG and because we see people who share the same opinion as us over and over it’s easy to forget that for the most part we’re kind of all outliers.
The average tea drinker? Definitely not as exposed to the quantity of teas that we are or drinking that many teas daily. So the gimmicks like glitter and butterfly pea flower don’t feel so exhausting or over played.
I don’t know – it was just something I thought about today as I opened up the packet and groaned at the glitter. It’s not for me but it is for someone!
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 24
So… This is the name of the tea listed for day 24, but the tea inside the pouch is decidedly unsmoked. It does seem like an unsmoked Lapsang to me though. Plus there’s glitter (again). sigh
I mean, it’s a lovely Fujian black tea. Thick, malty, bready, with oodles of caramelized dark brown sugar and molasses. There’s a prune-like dried fruit note as well that really lovely. Perhaps dried cherries as well, though not quite as tart. It has that trademark (to me at least) Fujian caraway/rye note as well.
It’s a yummy tea, but 1) I was looking forward to the smoked version, and 2) why glitter whyyyyyy?! :|
ETA: Forgot the jam! For Day 24, it was Orange-Cinnamon Spread and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I’m not generally a marmalade fan, I find it simultaneously too sweet and too bitter. But this version didn’t seem bitter at all and the cinnamon really added a nice accent. Very festive!
Flavors: Bread, Brown Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Caraway, Cherry, Dried Fruit, Malt, Molasses, Prune, Round, Rye, Savory, Smooth, Sweet, Thick
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 20
So I was hesitant to drink this one after seeing Roswell Strange’s very unfavorable note. Plus glitter, again.
But I’m not having the issue with it that Kelly did, so not sure if my sample is just better or what. I’m mostly getting a gentle toasty cacao flavor with a subtle sweet orange note. Overall, it’s somehow reminding me of chamomile a bit? Which is odd, but not unpleasant. It has a sweet honey aroma to it as well, maybe that’s why I’m thinking of chamomile.
Anyway, I’m finding it pleasant as an evening cuppa. But of course, the glitter is a bit uncalled for, especially in this amount…
Flavors: Cacao, Chamomile, Honey, Orange, Sweet, Toasted
Adventaggedon Day 23: Tea 2/8
Like Cameron B. I was a little confused why this was called Frosted Jasmine Silver Needle aside from, potentially, it just being a more fun and wintery sounding name. Unlike Cameron, I did not have that question answered until well after I finished my tea.
You see, I made this cold brewed in a small mini tumbler and I has just dumped the whole packet (minus the little quote) into a paper sachet and then plopped the sachet in the compost without looking at it right before I left for my commute in to the office later in the day. Not once while drinking the tea did I actually see the liquor so imagine my surprise earlier this evening when I was watching TeaWithJann’s vlogmas video and it was blue! I know the blue didn’t affect the taste, but I sort of feel like I missed out on a part of the experience of this tea!?
It did taste really good though! I was feeling soooo tapped out on jasmine earlier this month but I think I had enough of a pause that getting one today wasn’t as frustrating as it was earlier this month. I thought the taste was super fresh and clean with crisp sweet notes of jasmine. Really elegant and kind of ethereal and relaxing to sip on as I walked through the snow dusted streets this afternoon!
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 23
So I was wondering what was inside this packet, because I could hear something making a very un-tea-like noise when I shook it. Turns out it was some little blue crystals that made the tea steep up icy blue! I guess that explains the “frozen” part, heh.
Otherwise, it’s a lovely jasmine silver needle. I assume it’s the same one that I had with luster dust earlier in the month? Very sweet and creamy jasmine dominates the cup, with a slight peachy note as well. I do wish I tasted more of the silver needle, but it’s such a delicate tea that it really gets overpowered by jasmine. But it does make for a lovely light base for the jasmine.
Would love to see a plain silver needle in this advent, but there are only two days left so I suppose it’s unlikely. :P
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Jasmine, Nectar, Peach, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet, Thick
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 21
Playing a little bit of catch up with my Kiani advent, happily it’s just two teas that I skipped. I’m not big on shou puerh, but it’s also been a while since I’ve had some so we’ll see how it goes!
It’s okay. Quite earthy as you might expect, with quite a bit of hay as well. And then there’s also a hint of umami that’s reminding me of fish. But there’s also a pleasant creaminess to it. Maybe a hint of chocolate?
Not a huge fan overall, but probably just because it’s shou heh heh.
Flavors: Cocoa, Dirt, Earth, Hay, Smooth, Sweet, Umami, Wet Earth, Wood
Adventaggedon Day 22: Tea 1/8
I think this is one of my favourites teas from all the advents overall! I’ve been sitting on this cool sage infused cheddar with this green marbling for a few weeks now waiting to do a tea and cheese pairing and the perfect tea for the pairing just hasn’t shown up yet. I realized today that I very well may not get a chance to find something better to go with it in these last few days of advents so I just went for it…
I’m glad I did because it was a wickedly delicious tea and actually a pretty unique pairing! The tea itself is so sweet with notes of rich golden honey, freshly baked and slightly toasted French bread, jammy red fruits, cocoa, malt, and candied citrus peels. Would have been completely excellent on its own, but also worked quite well with the cheese. It was creamy and a little sharp but mostly what stands out is the distinct note of sage (which, well, duh) which helped temper a bit of the sweetness and complimented the very dominant honey notes.
So much deliciousness all wrapped up into one tea session!
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 22
So I’m a bit behind on my Kiani advent, just because the last two days have been teas I wasn’t excited about (glittery chocolate orange tisane and a shou puerh) and I’ve been busy. But I’ll try to fit them in when I have time over the next few days I guess.
Anyway, this is a yummy Yunnan tea. It’s smooth, bready, and satisfying, with a good balance between sweet and savory and a nice dollop of sweet potato. A bit of an earthy undertone as well, which gives a nice foundation. And just a hint of dark cocoa and apricot skin.
It’s very appreciated this evening after a long day of shopping with my mom and sister. :)
Flavors: Apricot, Bread, Cocoa, Creamy, Earth, Malt, Round, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Thick
Adventaggedon Day 21: Tea 8/8
Truthfully this is not the nicest shou pu’erh that I’ve had but I’ve also had so little pu’erh during the month of December that my palate was excited to be drinking any pu’erh. Also, I checked but it doesn’t look like Kiani specifies what province this pu’erh comes from. As soon as I tasted the first steep my brain immediately jumped to Menghai and I kind of badly want to know if I’m correct. If I am then, well, I’m incredibly impressed with myself for getting that correct!
I was rushing to get through all my advent teas today so I didn’t quite steep this until it was dead but the four infusions I brewed up were all lovely! Very smooth and even tasting throughout with a deep dark and thick liquor. Quite earthy but sweet too with notes of brown sugar glazed dates, a sort of starchy oatmeal kind of taste, and a bit of blackstrap. Heavy, dark, brown and rich! Loved how coating the liquor was across the palate and the lingering wet earth/potting soil notes after the swallow.
Adventaggedon Day 20: Tea 5/8
Oh… no. Nope. Uh uh. Hell no.
So, this was another gold dusted tea which I didn’t love but I at least expected that from the name. However, I think it’s the first tea out of any of my advents so far that I truly found undrinkable. I’m really interested in hearing with Cameron B.’s experience with it was like because I knew immediately from the moment of opening the packet that something was off here. The orange smelled really acrid and pungent like stale fruit that had sat in a sweltering hot car for an entire afternoon.
I hesitantly took a couple sips after steeping and immediately the taste made me feel gross and my gag relfex kicked in. Something about it realllyyyyy reminded me of cardboard or wood shavings – that was the half of the taste that just gave off really stale kind of flavour notes. It was the better half because the rest was a deeply off putting rancid sort orange pulp and bitter pithy orange rind taste. I always feel really bad throwing out a cup of tea and I usually try to drink the ones I like for educational purposes if for no other reason. I simply couldn’t make it through the cup of this one…
Adventaggedon Day 19: Tea 1/8
So this is a Gunpowder green tea.
Maybe a controversial opinion but I sort of believe that a ‘good’ gunpowder tea just doesn’t exist. Within the industry, it’s a style of tea that just ISN’T taken seriously. Like, I know it’s a style of tea that definitely has appeal to some people and there’s a sort of commercial recognition to the name and story of Gunpowder Green tea – and the visual of the leaves is definitely pretty. But, well…
With all of that said, I find that even the ‘nicest’ gunpowder teas just taste very flat. That was kind of my experience with this one. It’s not that it has off notes but the taste is incredibly boring and there’s just not a lot of interest going on. Perhaps the most interesting/unique thing about this tea type aside from the visual of the leaves is the supposed like smoky vegetal note that’s meant to come out and even that was just sort of boring here…
Taste is of course highly subjective and I know there are people who will enjoy this tea; but it just doesn’t do it for me. Not even close.
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 19
Ooh, a gunpowder green today from Kiani Tea. And no glitter in sight, hooray! \o/
There was probably about 1.5 teaspoons in the packet, and I waffled between using 12 or 16 ounces of water, but ended up with 12. Seems the correct choice, as it’s not overly strong or anything like that.
I will say it’s a bit more dimensional that I generally find gunpowder tea. It does have that mineral, slightly earthy, slightly smoky thing going on that warrants the name. But there’s also a lovely creamy nuttiness underneath, and bit of lightly grassy sweetness. The description mentions almond, and I think that’s pretty spot-on for the nutty note.
I wouldn’t rush out and buy it or anything, but I’m finding it quite good and very satisfying on a cold day here in Austin.
P.S. – In case anyone is wondering why all of these Kiani teas have two names, for some reason the name listed in the advent is almost always different from the name on their website, even though it’s the same tea…
Flavors: Almond, Creamy, Dry Grass, Earth, Grass, Mineral, Nuts, Smoke, Smooth, Soybean, Sweet
Adventaggedon Day 18: Tea 2/7
This was quite lovely! I debated brewing gongfu but I just wasn’t totally in the mood for that kind of session today so I just made it as a Western steeped tea instead. The flavour is incredible though – lots of cocoa notes, honey, toasted brown bread, white Springtime flowers, cooked peach notes mingled with more subtle hints of cassia, molasses, and medjool date. Leans very sweet but with just a hint of umami savoriness and the finish was super clean. Mouthfeel is also rich like velvet and super smooth!
This is definitely one of my favourites from Kiani so far!
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 18
Ooh, what big beautiful golden needles!
Wow, this is so sweet. And super malty, like warm freshly made bread with a drizzle of honey. There’s also a creamy cocoa note adding a lovely smooth richness. So a bit like a lightly toasted thick slice of yummy bread with honey, cocoa powder, and perhaps a light smear of apricot jam. Nom! The natural sweetness is amazing, and it lingers on the tongue long after the sip.
Overall, a scrumptious tea. It’s a bit light, but also satisfying at the same time. Gotta love Yunnan teas!
Flavors: Apricot, Bread, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Creamy, Honey, Honeysuckle, Malt, Nectar, Round, Smooth, Spring Water, Stonefruit, Sugarcane, Sweet, Thick, Toast, Wheat
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 17
This is a very interesting one.
The leaves are a beautiful green, but it steeped up a pale golden color. The flavor reminds me a bit of Long Jing, nutty and a bit creamy with a buttery note. But there’s also a rich squash-like flavor to it, or maybe sweet potato. There are subtle hints of mineral and smoke as well, and a touch of stonefruit at the end of the sip. It’s somewhat vegetal, but in a creamy edamame sort of way.
Overall, a yummy and very rich tea! It almost tastes like some sort of fusion between green, white, and Yunnan black teas.
Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Creamy, Grain, Mineral, Nutty, Smoke, Smooth, Soybean, Squash, Stonefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Thick, Vegetal
Adventaggedon Day 17: Tea 7/8
I decided to brew this grandpa style in the middle of my day, to try and cut through some of the richness of the other tea and sweets I had been enjoying, and that might not have been the best brewing method because it got very bitter very, very quickly and I just found myself turned off by the bitterness and astringency. Though, there was a slight floral quality at first that I didn’t mind!
Adventaggedon Day 16: Tea 2/8
Back to back gold/luster dust teas made me sad today – especially because the other rose tea in the advent was also luster dust coated. However I do really love rose teas and at least I hadn’t planned to brew this gongfu so I wasn’t as let down as I’ve been in the past! I steeped it up in a teacup this morning and it was really nice, though incredibly soft and delicate. Rosebuds definitely don’t steep our strong but if you like that hint of rose it can be a really nice moment of calm.
Kiani Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 16
So today’s tea is rosebuds with luster dust.
I’m setting it aside to swap or put in a TTB, because I don’t like rose and I know I won’t enjoy it. Seems a waste to steep it up only to inevitably dump it, when someone else might actually like it.
But still writing a note just so I’m not missing one! So there!