245 Tasting Notes
Tired, but staying away from caffeine for a few days, meaning that I should have a few good herbal and fruit teas up here this week. Starting with a few from this company, as I’ve got a nice little sample pack.
This tea is a little fruity, and more herb-y than I’d expect from a tea named after a berry. Almost a little medicinal as it cools. I’d like it to be a little sweeter and fruitier, but it’s an interesting tea regardless.
I’ve never been a fan of red velvet cake, to be honest. Just… never been my style of cake. Unfortunately, the same goes for this tea. It tastes… actually more maple-y than form-of-chocolate-cake-y to me, and while not off-putting, isn’t my first choice for an excellent tea.
But you can’t love ’em all.
Certainly not a bad bag. It has a bit of an orangey note to it, which I find amusing saying how often I have to try and convince people that no, there is no orange in orange pekoe. (This is English Breakfast, I realize, but nonetheless, both are straight teas. My point stands.)
Now I just wish that I had a nice pastry (or a few timbits) to go with it, but sadly, as I am having this at home, no such luck. Maybe next time….
I’m almost out of this tea! It’s a nice blend — a sophisticated version of the orange spiced variety. Not as sweet as most, but with a nice richness instead. Sometimes I have it with milk and/or sugar, which brings out different elements, but today I’m just having it straight. I’m enjoying it. It’s a little earthy, very rich, like I said, and a nice amount of orange and spice nonetheless.
I was told that this tea may be on its way out, so I went and stocked up with a tin. Having my first made-at-home cuppa today! Made in my libre tea glass, which allows me to really appreciate the maroon colour that it steeps to. It’s a wonderful tart with just a hint of sweet.
Though I will admit, this tea makes me grin a lot because it reminds me of Bahorel from Les Miserables. Bold, high energy, and with scarlet opinions. …or something like that.
This tea has a dark, dry, fruity taste. I wish it were a little brighter — I always remember it being such, but it doesn’t quite live up to my memories each time. Still, it’s nice to have a good fruit profile in a black tea. Those aren’t as common in the teas I’ve tried as I’d wish.
They suggest having this tea with multiple steeps, so that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Steep #1 was done somewhere between 3 and 4 minutes. It’s slightly metallic and, I think, leathery. Dry, and a little different than I’m used to — it actually reminds me of the Dong Ding that I sampled at the Toronto Tea Festival.
Steep #2 seems a little sweeter, milder, and very smooth. It still has the distinct taste that I mentioned above — I certainly get a different taste from this than Indian black teas.
Steep #3 was closer to ten minutes (it’s my final steep, and I was a little distracted). Thanks to it being a third steep, it doesn’t seem too overdone at all. It’s less sweet than the second steep, but otherwise similar. I think it would go very well with something hot and cheesy. (Though that may just be my appetite talking.)
Oh my. I have to say that I do like this one. I think I’d even like it more on a fuller stomach.
There was a chocolatey note that came through even when I was pouring it, and I was already excitedly looking forward to sipping from that alone. It comes through in the taste as well; dry and delicious. Perhaps a little light, but I like them that way when having them clear. I am looking forward to more cups of this soon!
I love fruity green teas in the afternoon. They’ve got a nice mellowness to them that makes me feel relaxed and ready to face the rest of the day ahead.
This one is nice, and I have to admit that I like it better when it’s warm, rather than hot. It’s on the light side, but that works with the mix of grassiness and sweet fruitiness. It’s relaxing and blends well. I look forward to more afternoons with this tea.