641 Tasting Notes
The “before classes” tea. This blend is now over a year old, with half left, but it’s as potent as ever! I used almond milk today but I think a more watery variety of milk works better with this tea. The spicy perfume quality can be a bit much if the cream is too thick.
The ginger and cloves are zappy today, and the floral quality is as apparent as ever. I still haven’t mastered the prep of this tea, but I’m getting there and it’s starting to taste rather fine. If this is steeped for too short a time I find the spices don’t develop as fully, which allows the floral perfume to dominate the broth.
This one’s pretty mild, except for a spicy and subtly orange-sweet finish. It’s very mellow with warming qualities, so it will be easy to drink the rest of. I don’t think I’ll get this again, however. I’ll try steeping it for +15min next time to see if that yields more flavour.
Still glad I got the chance to try a sandalwood blend; I wasn’t aware that it’s sometimes used as a spice.
The ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay was brutal this evening! I picked an unfortunate time to travel back as there were 100km/h winds expected tonight. Lots of sailing cancellations and a huge foot passenger build up. And to think I used to like wind storms.
So, tea! This is a backlog as I had it eight hours ago. Bluebird Tea Co. provided this as a surprise free sample and it was surprisingly good (I drank it way too quickly). Like Zhena’s smooth and flavorful Coconut Chai I had a few days earlier. Like that bagged tea, I wouldn’t mind drinking this every once in a while either. I wish I had another hot cup available after that ferry trip.
I prepared it one of David’s Perfect Tea Mug- half full of boiling water for a three minute steep, and an additional three minutes after it was topped up with milk.
This would be a good substitute for a glass of orange juice in the morning. Maybe I oversteeped it a tad, as the lemongrass is potent today! So is the ginger. Very nice citrus overtones. The finish is sour and bittersweet. The only thing I’m unsure about is the earthy mate undertone. I have off and on days with that flavour.
I still really enjoyed this cup. Thanks, Bluebird Tea Co., for the sample! Love the new little tea bags too.
I second the boozy quality of the chocolate flavouring. Good stuff, and no need for Baileys, although I did add some milk.
The strawberry isn’t a strong thing, covered in layers and layers of chocolate fondue. Yum. The hint of creamy strawberries makes me crave the strawberry black from Fortnum & Mason, however. Argh! I want that so badly now. I’m not even a huge fan of strawberries or fruity black teas. Ah, oh well, this will do rather nicely too.
Thanks, Incendiare! I think this is the last of the fun group of samples you sent my way. Now I need to put something together for her myself. Why don’t I have a lot of awesome teas right now?
Thanks, Incendiare for the tea bag sample! I’ve wanted to try this one since joining Steepster.
I’m on the mainland for some birthdays this weekend, and it’s raining moderately here. Definitely fall weather, aka- chai weather.
I was feeling pretty lazy after basic yoga and crummy Chinese food for lunch, so I just threw the bag in a pot, filled it up to a quarter with boiling water for three minutes, then topped the pot up with warm milk for an additional three minutes. It’s not particularly elegant but this method gets the job done.
I didn’t expect the coconut to be so dominant; it makes the cup exceptionally smooth and creamy. The sweet burn of ginger and rounding out of cloves are the next apparent things. It’s not a fiery cup, in fact, it’s rather light, but it’s near perfect for the sleepy chill weather outside.
I’ll think about getting more of this for an decent, quick, and easy chai.
This has become my unofficial evening “tea” of September. It works so well at knocking me out that I haven’t been able to write a proper note on it all month. I don’t know if I’m just a wimp or a wimp who falls for placebos every time. Eh. It works so I’m not too worried about it.
The main ingredients I can pick out are hibiscus, peppermint, and lemongrass; the chamomile component is weak tonight. I don’t know what Valerian root tastes like or if it brings anything to this cup except extra sleepiness.
Against my better judgment, this “everything” herbal is a simple win. I’m one of those strange alien lifeforms that actually enjoys hibiscus and really like it here. I think it’s more placated here than it normally is in other blends that toss it in haphazardly. The other ingredients smooth it out and it’s nice.
This tea really drives home the fact that I don’t have a temperature control kettle at school. A lot of imprecise measurements and guess work goes into the making of a cup of green or white tea during the fall/winter seasons. It’s not ideal, but it means no two cups of green tea are ever the same!
It took a few sips to establish the sweet grapefruit finish today; the first quarter of the cup was dominated by buttery veggies. The fruity citrus flavour is more of a summer thing for me, although there’s a cleansing comforting quality to this tea that makes me grab for it at the strangest of times.
I don’t need much of this tea, but I like keeping a little bit around at all times.. same goes for With Open Eyes. I think Dragon Well is one of my favourite things right now.
Despite being uncomfortable around licorice flavoured things, I opted to get a sample of this in my last order. It made up one fine mug of spiced chai with sweet licorice notes. My only complaint is that I drank it too quickly and now there’s no more.
I love the lingering aftertaste of sweet cloves, and I didn’t have a problem with the licorice, fennel, and anise (I think I may actually like anise). Not bad at all. Maybe I’ll pick up more as the weather continues to worsen.