28 Tasting Notes
This is one of my favorite Irish Breakfast blends. Being a little under the weather, I wasn’t sure hot tea was a good idea, but this malty black tea is soothing with just enough strength to satisfy my black tea craving. I do add Splenda and a teaspoon of cream.
I’m sipping on this again today! I love my morning boost. I swear by the staying power; about 4 hours of a sustained concentration. Plus the theanine is a mood-lifter. :)
I discovered some bags in a plastic bin leftover from the holidays, and brewed it up for nostalgia’s sake. It’s an excellent quality tea! I scored it a smidge toward “middling” just because the heavy clove and other flavors aren’t quite a hit with me. But it is a good change of pace, a reminder of the warmth of the holidays, and well worth the occasional sip. For clove enthusiasts, this might be a favorite!
I began steeping this and stepped outside with my dog, and took longer than I meant. But I came back to a cup of Assam as smooth and satisfying as any I’ve tasted. This has everything I love about Assam—plenty of malt and richness, without smokiness or bitterness. I add Splenda and cream. Delicious.
This is a faithfully sturdy blend of a classic flavor. It’s particularly good with desserts or other sweets because it doesn’t complete with complex foods.
It’s definitely a Ceylon-Orange Pekoe sort of bagged replacement, with all the qualities of a traditional tea as a loose leaf.
Hm, this brewed up a rather dishwater pale. It tasted pale, too, and so I brewed it a bit longer but to no avail. I tasted some sort of bitter bergamot or something I can’t put my finger on, and – I’m no tea snob, mind you – had to dump it. Not what I’m looking for in a breakfast tea at all.
Today tastes smokier than I remember – could it be because I steeped differently, or just my tastebuds being snarky today? Interesting that this cuppa changed personalities, just a bit. Not a bad thing, I think.
I adore Jasmine teas for the delicate floral. The perfume is relaxing and hits my senses without overpowering them (like colognes, I have to be careful, or I develop weird headaches). Teavana’s little marbled pearls unfurl into a more intense Jasmine than many teas – but I brew it longer than they recommend in order to achieve that. I sweeten it sometimes for a more indulgent sip, but I like the strapping taste without sweetener as well.
There’s a paradoxical experience in reading Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” that pairs so well with this Blueberry Herbal tisane. The brew is light in a mug but weighty on the tongue, and full of taste like the pop of a fresh blueberry between the teeth.
It’s the perfect BookTaste companion to Verne’s weighty and descriptive writing. Please find my complete BookTasting for this tea-and-novel pair on my website.
Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which books burn. Fahrenheit 212 is the temperature at which water boils. Pour that over some leaves of Lapsang Souchang tea, and you’ve got the perfect BookTaste of Ray Bradbury’s futuristic SF novel, “Fahrenheit 451.”
The taste literally leaps off the page and into a teacup. Please find my entire BookTasting review of this companionship on my website.