241 Tasting Notes
I had just over 1tbsp left of this, so it’s all in my little pot for this steep.
On its own, this tea has a grassy and slightly malty taste. If I take a small sip, it almost seems overstepped despite its short steep time. If I take a larger one, this doesn’t show up as much at all. Adding milk and honey mutes the grassiness and makes it taste more malty. In all, a nice, standard cup.
My stomach and I are, may I say, not on the best of terms at this exact moment, so I wanted to go for something that would perhaps help me appease it. Ginger is meant to be good, and the other herbs involved in this blend are (to my limited knowledge) either good, neutral, or reminiscent of good things, so I’m finishing off my bag of this in attempt to do just that.
I can’t say it’s the best tasting tea, but certainly not the worst either. It’s herby. It tastes like it’s going to do good. That’s about all I can say.
Amazingly, this tea does smell remarkably like chocolate chip cookie dough. It makes me want to bake something. I was also happy to see the large leaves in it — those always tend to make me happy in general. Really, if not for the fact that it was a seasonal tea (keyword: was), I’d be suggesting this to a friend or two who I know are known to buy containers of cookie dough to eat as is. I can’t say that it tastes exactly like cookie dough, but then a lot of what makes cookie dough wonderful is the texture, and. Well. That doesn’t really translate into a liquid well. Still, it’s a good approximation for tea.
I took a few sips of this one clear. It was sweet and spicy, and I could see a nice flavour developing. Then I decided to add milk. That… rather than enhancing as it does with most chais, actually ending up muddling the taste. Adding sugar helped to bring it back, but this one, I’m afraid, is entirely best clear.
Just goes to show that you can’t always do all teas the same way. Cheers for experimentation at least?
While still quite hot, I still get a bit of the cherry, a sweet-tart flavour. As it cools, I thought that perhaps it would get a bit more depth, but… despite being able to taste more, it’s still very much pure cherry, which is interesting with the amount of different ingredients in here.
So, this tea is pretty much what it says on the label. Not bad!
Today has not been a good day as far as my appetite goes, and I’m only just now having my first cup of tea for the day. It’s a day for comfort food, and being fairly late in the day, not a good time for caffeine. As such, this tea called to me.
Constant Comment is one of the first teas that I fell in love with as a child. While that was the original, caffeinated version, I find there’s very little difference between the two in taste. (Still, I’ll be doing a review of the other some time in the future. Both are definitely staples in my tea stock.)
Drinking this tea is like coming home. It needs a fair amount of sugar to find its perfect spot, but it’s wonderful when it’s there. The orange rind and spices are in one of my favourite blends in this tea (I like it much more than most of the Christmas teas with similar combinations), and…. well, as I said, this is really my comfort food version of tea.
Thank goodness for Constant Comment. Thank goodness for its decaffeinated cousin. Sometimes… sometimes it’s just the perfect thing when I need a cup of comfort and relaxation.
A close family friend passed away today. My father got to the hospital fifteen minutes after he died, but had already been to visit yesterday, so he’d already seen him and said his goodbyes. My mom was home with me when we got the news. Tea is… a comfort to both of us, and so I suggested making a cup and immediately thought of this. Especially with the name, it seems… fitting for today.
It’s mild, and an interesting mix of flowery and fruity. The overall combination actually reminds me a little of grapes, though there’s none in there. There’s a lot in it, and yet I don’t find it busy — it actually comes forth simple but layered, and completely different than what I’d think with the independent ingredients.
After my first tiny sip, there was already a lovely floral taste left in my mouth. The immediate flavour, however, made me wonder if I had oversteeped it, although I had followed the directions fairly closely (3-5 minutes, boiling water is recommended).
After drinking a bit more, I’m pretty sure that it isn’t overstepped after all, but that the rose petals just give too strong of a first impression on the tongue. The scent and lingering taste that the rose petals are lovely, but that first flavour still leaves something to be desired.
If you brew this tea right, it is nothing short of wondrous.
The peachy fruitiness balances wonderfully with the green tea. Neither are particularly stronger than the other, so much as complementing each other as they hit together. Not too mild, not too strong, just harmoniously balanced. I tend to find this blend quite relaxing and definitely one that I want to resteep and restock.