523 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample! It’s my first KIMICHA tea! :D Needless to say, I’m always excited to try out new-to-me tea vendors.
I meant to go for a little shorter steep time, but I got distracted washing dishes. I’ve been trying to cook more at home because we have a bad habit of eating out. I’m also trying to cook healthier dishes, mostly organic and with lots of greens. Did you know the food Americans eat the least is greens? Well anyway, so far I’ve made kale chips, kale crust pizza, sautéed spinach with garlic and onion, red chard with turkey bacon and cheese, and Thai baby bok choy. The Thai baby bok choy is by far my favorite! It’s cooked in coconut milk with a dash of red pepper flakes. Mmmm!
But enough about food, ON TO THE TEA!
Sans additions, it’s a slightly bitter black tea with a hint of caramel. Adding a splash of skim milk and a little Truvia awakens this tea’s true potential! The bitterness has dissipated, and now I’m left with a lovely cup of caramel tea. The base is still fairly assertive here, which is a nice change from the other dessert teas I’ve tried. I’m thoroughly enjoying this cup! Thanks again Indigobloom!!
I have been soooooo tired lately. Once 5 o’clock rolls around, I’m exhausted. Once 9 o’clock hits, I’m dead on my feet. I wish I could use being pregnant as an excuse, but I’m not pregnant. I’m just not getting enough sleep I guess, or at least, not enough restful sleep. We’re going to go see Elysium in an hour, and I want to make sure I don’t sleep through it! So, I decided to make some guayusa.
Butiki’s blog describes this tea as, “Without sugar it tastes like an earthy herbal blend but with sugar it tastes like a creamy dessert tea”. It definitely tastes like an earthy herbal sans additions. I decided to add some Truvia. It made it sweeter, but the flavor profile is virtually the same.
I’m afraid that this isn’t my cup of tea though. Guayusa is a bit odd for my tastes. The flavorings are so delicious in this, but then that distinctive guayusa flavor creeps in. I drank the cup anyway in hopes that it will keep me awake through the movie. I do feel a little more alert.
This is a cup that wakes you up slowly and sweetly. It’s not overly assertive or brisk. It’s just nice and calming and yet awakening as well. I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks to JustJames for the sample!
EDIT: I told my husband that I drank this highly caffeinated tea in order to ensure I stayed awake through the movie. Upon hearing me pronounce it a few times (it’s pronounced WHY-YOU-SUH), he said, “Guayusa tired?” And then laughed maniacally. LOL! He’s so ridiculous, but I wouldn’t have him any other way. ;)
With Steepster’s recent update wonkiness, I decided to stop trying new teas and return to some comforting classics. Now that Steepster appears to be back to normal, I’m happy to return too! I apologize for my absence but, man, I’m glad all those bugs are finally gone! It was just too much for me to handle at the time.
Now I have a lot of catching up to do on everyone’s notes! Please don’t feel neglected if I haven’t gotten to you yet. And feel free to write a comment here to remind me. Ever since reaching over 100 followers, it’s been steadily harder to keep up with everyone. But I promise I do love you all. :)
ON TO THE TEA!
Assam is hit or miss for me. I haven’t quite figured out why. But some assam varieties I’ve had tasted like dirty diapers. Well, this is not that! (Thank goodness). This assam is a hit! The dry leaf aroma is vanilla-y and floral. The brewed tea aroma is strongly vanilla.
The taste sans additions is mostly vanilla and a smooth black base. The caramel comes in with the aftertaste. With a bit of Truvia added, more of the caramel buttery sweetness comes through sooner. The vanilla is still nice and strong and in the forefront, but now I get a nice side helping of caramel too.
I thought this base was going to be really assertive and require milk, so this smooth calmness is a nice surprise. I prefer this tea sweetened, although it is quite enjoyable plain too. I just have an insatiable sweet tooth. ;) I suspect most people would enjoy this tea best sans additions.
Mmmm, this is just sooo good! It is very cleverly and masterfully flavored by Stacy. The re-steep for 5.5 minutes was just as flavorful and delicious as the first. Thank you very much to JustJames for providing me with a very generous sample! This could be my new favorite vanilla black! :D
I need something calming after encountering all these bugs since the latest Steepster update. It was annoying enough that the site went down for most of Sunday (one of my most active days on this site), but now the site is not fully recognizing that I’m logged in, I’m having a lot of trouble posting and rating new tasting notes, I can’t like notes when viewing a tea company’s page, notes are sorting oddly on tea pages, it’s not sorting my cupboard correctly or displaying all the teas I have, AND I have to try several times to add or remove a tea from my cupboard before it finally takes! When will the madness end?!
I have so many teas that I really rely on the virtual cupboard. This cupboard bug makes prioritizing and tracking my sipdowns that much more exasperating. Ugh. Luckily, I knew this was my last Bigelow sample, so now I can pick up right where I left off yesterday! Inhaling the brewed tea aroma is calming me down already. It’s soothing and comforting in the way only tea can be. I need more of this stuff! And PRONTO!
Hmm, this is pretty mediocre at best. I’m not a fan of spearmint in anything other than gum. So, this basically just tastes like liquid gum to me. The good news? I can’t detect any hibiscus!
It isn’t horrible for a bagged tea, but it’s not something that I really want to drink either. Oh well. I didn’t have high expectations for this one anyway.
Why is there peppermint in a tea that’s called “I Love Lemon”? Shouldn’t it just be a bunch of lemon flavors? Well, despite my confusion for the ingredients included, it tastes all right I guess. The lemon is more potent than the mint, for which I’m grateful. This is pretty good for a “tea” that doesn’t actually have any tea in it. Color me impressed!
This isn’t as good as my Tazo concentrated chai tea latte mix, but it’s pretty darn tasty for a teabag. Mmm mmm! This is a very satisfying cup with a little skim milk and Truvia added. Yummy!!
I’ve made this at work a couple times, and it was nowhere near as tasty as this cup. I think it’s because the hot water tap at work isn’t quite hot enough. I enjoy this significantly more at home, and I suspect that’s why. My advice is to be sure to use boiling water to get the most flavor out of this one!
It’s time for Orange & Spice ‘cause I need something nice! I’m not sure why I’m rhyming so much tonight. All this caffeine free tea is just putting me in that kind of mood.
The dry leaf aroma smells sooo good! There’s a lot more spice in this than I anticipated. The brewed tea aroma is equally as enticing. Ohhhhh yeaaaahh!!! The taste isn’t quite as great as the flavor, but that’s a common characteristic with many teas. It’s still very delicious and really hitting the spot. Yum!
Thanks to my mother-in-law for buying this for me! I’ll have to tell her how much I like it next time we visit. :)
I’m finally making headway with all these teabag samples I’ve had since forever. So since I’m kind of on a chamomile roll…here’s my last chamomile tea!
Oh, P.U.! This is not going to be a good one. It is stinky! Yuck. Well, it surprisingly doesn’t taste NEARLY as bad as it smells. I still don’t really want to drink it though. Who wants to hold their nose when they drink a cup of tea? Not me.
Ah, at long last! My cupboard is finally chamomile free! :P