505 Tasting Notes
I’ve been doing it wrong.
I was pleasantly surprised when this fandom blend tasted decent on it’s own- I really wasn’t expecting much. The Mother had a sip from my cup and approved of it too, but requested her’s to be made with steamed milk. Much to my chagrin, this green based chai tastes even better with milk. The vanilla flavour oozes out like honey, blending seamlessly into the smoky spice of the cloves and cinnamon.
I’ve been doing it wrong and now she’s drinking the last of this sample. Darn.
Flavors: Cloves, Coriander, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Vanilla
Hmm, this has a lot more rice kernels than I previously remembered. This optimizes the roasty trait, but I wish there was more veggie butter in the mix. Although it’s not my favourite genmaicha, it’s still good after a huge dinner. It didn’t mind me flunking the steeping parameters either.. well, not too much.
Also, happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Flavors: Toasted Rice
How am I already out of this? It hasn’t even been a month.
Did you know Australian Shepherds will direct you into trees or jump right in front of you if you begin to outpace them? I did not. So much for using friends’ dogs as exercise partners (it was a fun “game” though)!
This twiggy looking tea has a nice peppery note, which surprisingly stuck around for the second steep. The faint spice mixes into dash of malty hay and the syrupy sweet flavours of honey and overripe stone fruit. This bright orange tea is fitting on this warm autumn day.
Thanks for the sample, Amariel!
Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Honey, Malt, Pepper
This one smells so good. It was honestly a bright ray of sun shine in a storm cloud herd of black tea (too much black tea!!!!). I’ll probably pick up more of this to try at some point- potato teas are pretty awesome.
Thanks for all these Teavivre samples, Amariel! There are some fantastic teas in this sample pile, but I wish I hadn’t finished off all the green varieties first..
Flavors: Cocoa, Hay, Potato
A quarter of the way through WoT book thirteen (so close to splurging on tea purchases!), my kobo file went glitchy and I had to switch to my dad’s hardcover edition. It’s the worst development this series has taken so far- this 800 page behemoth has already tried to maim me twice today! Lots of respect for the people who followed this series as it was released, with the hardcover editions.
This smokey sample from Amariel made up for my failings with physical book copies today. I drank about eight cups this evening and now it’s gone. It has some rough elements (smoke, leather, bitter cocoa) , but this tea presents them in a smooth and easily drinkable way.
Flavors: Cocoa, Leather, Malt, Smoke
I’ve been hoarding this pouch of halfway root beer tea since I picked it up almost two years ago. What’s the point of having tea that I never drink?
This is still my favourite blend from 52teas so far, but it rarely journeys out of my cupboard, except for the odd New Year’s or Thanksgiving party. The smooth, buttery root beer gimmick is something I’d imagine becoming tired of, but it’s been nice to have around. I’m torn about picking up more.
Flavors: Butter, Root Beer
I’ve been suffering from the “tea blahs” lately, which I want to blame on the lack of oolong, dragonwell, Potato Pancake, or white teas in my cupboard. However, it’s probably just my mood because I have this amazing black tea to hold me over between purchases!
I’ve stared at the Potato Pancake on the website for the last 10 minutes and it’s not getting any easier. PTA, you are so very raisin-like today!
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Raisins
I’ve progressed to book 11 of 14 WoT!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. and this tea is gone. If you think those exclamation marks are a sign of a diseased mind just you wait until I hit book 14 AND get my refill of With Open Eyes (yes, I’m going to sync these events up somehow).
Goodbye for now, steadfast tea.
Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Strawberry, Toffee