84 Tasting Notes
This tea tasted like cake. Pure, amazing, super fatty cake that you know you shouldn’t have but tastes so good but will cause diabetes instantly. It was wonderful with a teensy bit of sugar and a good bit of milk. It was my favorite tea.
Unfortunately, it’s not made anymore. Many, many tears have been shed because of this loss.
Alaska Airlines serves this tea in their Anchorage to Nome flights. I’m pretty sure the teabag has traveled many, many miles, and is probably really old. However, I was happy with this tea — it was super red (hibiscus coloring?), but I could taste the cranberry and apple. I don’t know, the ingredients list is different on my teabag, so perhaps the blend has changed? It got pretty tart after about 5 minutes of steeping, but it was good without sweetener.
I made this tea in a saucepan (1 Vanilla chai teabag, 2 Rituals Orange Pekoe and Pekoe Cut Black teabags) for some ladies I’ve been living with in Alaska during a little naan and curry-making time we had the day before yesterday (this is totally a backlog). I added a good amount of milk to make sure the spice was watered down enough to be able to enjoy. The taste was smooth and sweet, even without sugar. I prefer preparing my own spice tea, but this is such a good dessert tea. I
This tea gives me heartburn when I drink it without milk or honey/sugar — and for good reason. I’m a desi tea purist, and desi teas need at least milk.
I actually made this on the stove in a saucepan with two Rituals Orange Pekoe and Pekoe Cut Black teabags for a few absolutely wonderful ladies who are also stuck in the hospital here in Anchorage. I intentionally watered it down a bit with milk and let them sweeten it themselves, and it was amazing, especially with our homemade naan and curries. I like how versatile this tea is — and I want to make tea cupcakes with it. Once I get out of Alaska, that’s going to be my first baking project.
St. Elias Specialty Hospital serves this tea alongside Green Mountain coffees in their little Keurig stand. It’s the only tea they have (and they’ve also discontinued serving hot cocoa, which would be wonderful with the 3 ft of snow we already have and the 2+ ft we’re supposed to get). I finally tried it in a clean paper cup, so I’m finally comfortable rating it.
It’s ok. I’m left feeling like I want more, though. I personally think it’s more about the Keurig machine than the leaves, though. The flavor is a bit difficult to put a finger on, and it’s pretty weak for a black breakfast tea. However, I have been a bit under the weather, so maybe it’s more a personal thing than a tea thing.
I’d have this tea again just so I don’t have to have coffee anymore. However, I personally like to bring my own teabag and get hot water from the Keurig machine. If only they also served 2% milk besides half and half….
Providence Alaska Medical Center serves this tea in their cafeteria. I usually don’t like herb tea, since I like my black tea base (and adding milk to tea, which is difficult with some herbals). This really could have done with some black tea, in my opinion. It smells lovely, but the taste is a bit dull and bitter. I could drink this again, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.