1298 Tasting Notes
I don’t really care much for mint flavours on their own. My colleagues drink this mint/liquorice root concoction that they claim is delicious. I disagree. You don’t even get the two flavours at the same time. First it’s minty mint and then the liquorice root doesn’t come through until you swallow, which to me seems like trying to have two different sorts of tisanes at the same time. Like they couldn’t decide if they wanted one or the other. But that’s not what I’m having now so I’ll shut up about it.
As mentioned I don’t really care much for mint. I have it so I can mix it into other stuff.
But then, on days like these where I’ve apparently eaten something or other that I shouldn’t have, it’s the only sort of tea or approximation of tea* that I can stomach. The very idea of anything else, even my normal favourites just make me go bleeeeargh!
So I’m having plain peppermint infusion now. I’m not enjoying it really, but it’s the only thing I want.
*Herbal infusions are of course NOT tea. Herbal infusions never HAVE been tea. Herbal infusions never WILL be tea. Herbal infusions have never even as much as seen a tea bush and are therefore no more tea than cocoa is coffee.
Yes, it’s me again with a word of advice. Don’t carry a full teapot seconds after you put lotion on your hands. Wasted a good deal of this when the handle slipped through my fingers leaving a very warm teapot in the pouring position.
Anyway, since the raspberry wasn’t all that autumny and I put half of it in the fridge for later, I found something else. Nuts. That’s very autumny, although this particular tea is sweet enough to probably be more of a dessert tea.
Doesn’t matter though. Not when my main reason for choosing this particular one right now admittedly had little to do with autumny-ness and much to do with lack-of-cake-in-the-flat-ness…
I’m having it now in spite of it hardly being a particularly autumny tea, simply because I found the tin in my tea cabinet and realised I’d quite forgotten I had it.
I see I’ve reviewed this one before and theorised that it might benefit from a little bit of sugar. So we’ll try it with a little bit of sugar this time.
Before, I said I could easily find the raspberry in the aroma of the dry leaves, but not really in the actual tea. I still agree with myself on that. I can find something nice and fruity, but not something directly recognisable as raspberry.
Trying it with a little cane sugar, but not too much, is nice and sweet and enhances the fruityness. It just doesn’t make it any more raspberry-ish.
Another tea that would be very nice on ice though, so since I made a small pot, I’ll drink this cup now and pour the other one on ice for later.
but with a twist!
Following yesterday’s chocolate chili fail, I got lots of suggestions for stuff to try instead.
Vanilla with a bit of peppermint was one of them.
I’d never have thought of this combination on my own, in spite, bizzarely, of having a pack of very nice chewing gum with this exact combination in my bag right now. I’d just never considered ‘translating’ it to tea.
It is, in tea, very nice! Both vanilla and peppermint have a natural sweetness, and their flavours surprisingly suit each other, making the tea sort of sweet but not.
I suspect it’s a combination that would also work very well on ice.
but with a twist!
I’m f-f-f-f-f-freezing! So I wanted a tea with a warming sort of flavour. You know chocolate with chili in it, right?
So I had this chocolate tea and I had this here chili powder and I thought, “hmmmmm…. Self, it’s worth a try.”
I made a small strong pot of chocolate tea and added half a teaspoon of chili, stirred and steeped.
The result was… this very red sort of tea, seriously it’s almost as red as a pu-ehr. It smells like a spicy spaghetti sauce and the flavour has gone really sweet in an unpleasant sort of way, with the hotness of the chili scratching my esophagus all the way down.
It’s not very pleasant and it’s not even warming. It’s not impossible that I used too much chili, but I don’t really feel inclined to experiment further with this.
I’m not going to drink the rest of the pot, but at least I’ve learned something. That in itself is a good thing, right?
This is what I’m drinking at work at the moment. Currently they’re messing with the ceiling and the ventilation system so it’s impossible to work. In the meantime I figured I could go and talk about this tea.
It’s the house blend of a small local tea shop near where I live. It consists of Panyong, Keemun and Yunnan black tea with mallow flowers and is supposedly without or low in tannins.
I’ve had a sample of this ages ago which I liked but never bought more of. I’m pretty certain it didn’t have the mallow flowers then, but I can’t really be certain. (actually I think I might have an ancient review of it somewhere, but I don’t have access to it at the moment)
It’s a pleasant blend with a nice floral but not too much so aroma. It’s a good work-tea and I imagine it would be quite nice with a bit of milk as well as without. I don’t really agree with the no tannins, though. I feel like I’m definitely picking up some tannins in this.
However, I learned a few weeks ago that it’s not a particularly good tea for brewing in the morning and bringing on the train in the travelling mug. For some reason there I didn’t like it much at all. I expect it was too much of it at one time since this is not necessarily a tea where you have to drink gallons.
One, maybe two cups is pleasant, but enough.
(I hope this is getting a green thumbs up sign. When I move the cursor away from the icon it turns into the red thumbs down… It’s supposed to be a green one for liking it!)
this would be the sort of tea I get at my parents’ house unless I bring my own. Teabags of comparatively okay quality. I haven’t in teh past been all that impressed with the green teas of this brand, but I can think of stuff that are significantly worse quality.
I’ve never had a green earl grey before and I’m not really sure what to expect. It’s steeping right now so I haven’t tasted it yet.
It doesn’t really smell at all like earl grey as I know it, but I can definitely pick up the citrus.
Tastewise it’s a bit of an O.o experience. I could have sworn I picked up a hint of chamomile! It’s drinkable, sure, but I don’t think it’s a flavour I’m feeling inclined to go seeking out. There is of course the possibility that it has become perfumed by other teas as it came from a variety sampler pack.
It’s just that I have a very fixed idea when I think ‘earl grey’. And this is not it. This isn’t even remotely anything I consider earl grey-ish.