499 Tasting Notes
I was really impressed by this one last night. The cinnamon was lovely and spicy but there was an awesome sweetness that went with it.
The sweetness was quite apparent but the spiciness really offset it perfectly. I’m not always in the mood for cinnamon tea but last night this really hit the spot. Of all the H&S teas I’ve tried thus far this would be the only one I’d consider re-ordering. Yum!
This morning I decided to try out a coconut matcha waffle recipe I discovered on Pinterest. I was a little wary but, it never hurts to try, right?
I substituted the coconut flour for regular non-bleached flour and make a pancake instead of a waffle since we haven’t gotten a new waffle iron yet. I’m sure the coconut flour would’ve made a slightly nicer consistency but I wasn’t planning on running out before breakfast on a Sunday morning. I’m thrilled to say it’s quite delicious (though it certainly won’t win any awards for aesthetic beauty haha). The matcha taste is very clear and with a little butter and syrup this pancake is quite amazing.
Here’s the recipe if anyone else wants to give it a go: http://www.living-mint-green.com/2013/03/14/coconut-matcha-waffle/
Lemon balm infusion? I’m not quite sure what to make of that. In my mind that seems to say some sort of lemon-y creamy type tea. It’s certainly lemon but it’s more of a spicy lemon than anything creamy. But then again, I could be completely off base for what lemon balm infusion means, so perhaps take this with a grain of salt.
Also my Girl Guide cookies just arrived! YES.
Thanks cteresa for sending me this to try out!
Thanks Artp for sending me this one.
This tea is good, but I wouldn’t say it’s anything special. It’s black tea with coconut and it achieves that perfectly. Black tea base, nice flavour, and coconut pieces, nice flavour. I’ll enjoy the sample Artp sent me but I wouldn’t go out of my way to order it myself.
Update April 21/13: Tried this again today with just a pinch of spearmint added to it. It was quite good that way.
So vanilla, fragrantly vanilla. And creamy black tea. It smells so good. I wasn’t very happy with their customer service, yet all their teas seem amazing. Gah.
The taste is lovely, but not quite as good as the smell. I’m thinking I may have steeped it too long at just over 3 minutes. The black base really comes through but it overtakes the vanilla just a wee bit too much. I’ve got more to experiment with so I’ll adjust the steeping time next round.
The vanilla does come out more as it cools.
Update April 20/13: The second steep is also pretty good. I find the vanilla more present, while the black is not quite so strong. It’s quite nice.
I’m trying to finish off all my one or two cup sample bags before we leave next week – and trying to get as many swaps in the mail as possible – with any luck all the teas sitting on my counter waiting to leave will be in the mail by the weekend. I’m also trying to decide which teas to bring with me. Any suggestions would be much appreciated :)
This smells quite lovely steeped. This is a lovely black tea. The black tea base tastes like a breakfast tea, which I love. The peppercorns are so great in this just adding enough spice to make this perfect. I can taste the cloves as well, but I’m not so sure about the orange peel.
I’m really enjoying this tea. It’s a nice mid-morning tea that isn’t a plain black but not too flavourful either. A great balance.
Thanks jessiwrites for sending me this to try out :)
This tea is fascinating. The dry mix looked bizarre – like some sort of holiday spice mix you’d use for the dressing. I made the first cup for the fiance while I enjoyed Watermelon Mint Chiller and he said it tasted like spices with a saltiness at the end.
My take is that the caramel is there, the chocolate is there too. And the salt. The salt is there. And that’s what’s making me not fully enjoy this cup. It’s so good up until the end of the sip and the salt comes out. I keep drinking it, hoping the salt will go away, but it’s not leaving. Gah.
I’d say the name of the tea is perfect, and if you like sweet offset with salt, this would be amazing. Evidently, I’m not that person. I’m glad I got to taste this to see what it’s all about though.
I picked some of this up today on a whim. I so LOVE watermelon, and I’m slowly coming around on mint, thanks to Jessi.
The dry scent of this was a mix of appealing and not so appealing (I’m thinking the scent of the eucalyptus threw me off), but the reviews seemed so great so I just decided to go for it. And you know, watermelon!
I was a little thrown there’s not actually watermelon in the ingredients but it does capture the watermelon flavour. The mint is there as well, but not overwhelming at all. I think the eucalyptus and mint come together nicely to even each other out.
The taste mostly reminded me of Nerds. A watermelon flavoured Nerds candy. But not in that sugar, fuzzy teeth way. Just the best flavour part of Nerds, minus the sugary sweetness. I really enjoyed it hot and I could see it being pretty tasty chilled as well.
The only downside is the actual amount of tea. There are next to no white tea leaves and it’s awfully expensive. This may as well be sold as a herbal tea so the price could be cut in half, that way I’d definitely keep it on hand permanently. I’ll have to think about it for now.
I put the resteep of the leaves in the fridge to cold brew, so I’ll update that tomorrow.
Update April 19/13: This is delicious chilled, but nearly completely different then hot. The raspberries really, really come through in the cold brew. I can also taste the eucalyptus but next to no mint. I’m not getting much of a watermelon flavour chilled but it’s still great.
Thanks cteresa for sending this one my way.
There is certainly that signature rooibos medicinal taste here, but it’s not the worst I’ve had. The baked apple I’m getting as well. I’m not so sure about the toffee, though there is a subtle sweetness to it that could be the toffee? Overall a smooth tea, even with that rooibos taste!
I’m glad I got the chance to try this one out :)
Thanks cteresa for sending this my way :)
There is a lovely warm apple scent to this tea, along with a hint of rooibos scent. Hopefully there won’t be too much, if any, rooibos taste.
I would say the taste pretty well matches the smell. Apple with a hint of rooibos. I’m not getting anything pastry-like or resembling a strudel though. It’s not a bad tea at all, probably not one I’d purchase for myself, but I’m happy to have tried it.