15442 Tasting Notes
Today just felt like a smoked tea kind of day. This elevated version of a Lapsang Souchong is thick and intensely smoky with a scotch-like peaty undertone and plenty of malt, bitter cocoa, and leather notes to go around. It was such a grounding cuppa to slurp back in the chaos of the day! Few teas make me smile more than a really, really good smoked black tea!!
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cx826X2u_2S/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AprFIej9Cho
I don’t wanna jump the gun here, but this might be my favourite Magic Hour blend yet – which actually sort of sucks since I think this was limited edition. I was nervous that the earthy pu’erh might be unpleasant with the lemon and cream notes, but this was so smooth with a really bright, sweet lemony top note and a pleasantly creamy finish. It hit all the notes I’d want in a lemon meringue profile and was just overall so well balanced and flavourful.
It’s officially October which means time to bust out all the fun and creepy Halloween teas I own!! Starting with… an oversteeped mug of Butterbotch. Womp womp. Even brewed too long it was still kind of good. The initial flavour was rich butterscotch with that caramel-like sweetness and slight salty undertone. Just a shame it was immediately followed by bitterness. Bitter bitter bitter black tea. I thought about trying to salvage the mug with some milk, but I was fresh out.
After being slightly disappointed by the strength of the rose flavouring in Trader Nick’s Enchanted Rose blend I decided I needed another rose tea with a more reliable flavour. I opted for this one and was not let done. It’s smooth, aromatic and fresh tasting rose that does a great job at not dipping into that perfume zone. The hint of cozy cinnamon is really pleasant too and it does a nice job balancing out the florals.
Made this hot with a little bit of vanilla agave. I was going for a loose Peaches & Cream sort of vibe and it kind of worked? The peach flavour itself and the bold black tea base are really enjoyable, but there was something kind of off about the finish to me. It tasted buttery but in a sort of unpleasantly oily kind of way. Also, I don’t think I added enough of the agave as I didn’t really taste the vanilla at all.
Possibly the most annoying this about this tea is how much it made every other tea it was shipped/packed with smell and taste like black licorice and, as I’m drinking it right now, how little it actually tastes like black licorice itself. It’s refreshing and vaguely sweet but soooo mildly black licorice. I’m actually kind of shocked.
As a chai blend this was enjoyable. It had a nice ratio of spices with a pleasantly lingering sweetness from what I imagine was either fennel or anise. Good sweetness, a little bit of a peppery undertone. Not anything with “wow factor” or that read as distinct, but solid. However, as a Rose Chai it leaves a lot to be desired. I really didn’t taste any floral notes at all, and that’s a shame because I quite like the idea of a Rose Chai on a rooibos base. I’ve tasted more than a handful of Rose Chai blends though, and this was for sure the bottom of that list.
This was fine as a cold brew but I think that the somewhat generic rose and berry combo will be a little bit forgettable in the long term. I wish either of those key flavours were a little stronger. Note both though, as that would be too much. I do appreciate how smooth everything was, though.