182 Tasting Notes
Taking a break from my morning black tea sipdown (Rose with French Vanilla by Dilmah) to try one of my newest teas.
Definitely need caffeine today. A dive trip and a cancelled flight home leading to staying overnight in the Baltimore airport have made it very difficult for me to wake up let alone get some productive studying accomplished. On to the tea -
The dry leaf smells pleasant and it’s fun to see the cacao pieces in it. You can see the little bits of cornflower too. The liquid is a light brown. Smells less pleasant than the dry leaf. Taste is interesting. I do currently have a bit of a cold/allergy thing going on and maybe the start of an ear infection due to diving. I don’t taste the chocolate until the back of the sip (if that makes any sense), even then I seem to find myself wishing for more. The addition of sugar seems to round out the sip. I believe I am tasting the black tea base. For a black tea, for me, this is enjoyable. It is a bit bitter but most black teas do seem that way to me. I don’t know what cornflower tastes like so I cannot pick it out.
I do not have milk in the house but I feel that it would be a good addition for this one, maybe even make this tea into a latte. I will hold off rating until these cold symptoms pass.
Used my Frequent Steeper points for this a while back as I didn’t want to spend the money on something that I was unsure I would enjoy. I don’t have the equipment, such as the special whisk or the bowl for matcha. I knew that it was popular to make matcha into lattes. So after a brief Google search I found this, http://www.justonecookbook.com/green-tea-latte/ .
I definitely enjoy this. I think I need a better strainer (or better quality matcha), and a better whisk as I feel this is more watered (milked?) down than it should be. I get the Mocha flavor but not much more than that. I do, however it may be the placebo effect, feel more energized than I previously did this morning.
Since it is unlikely that my tea of choice tonight will be purchased again any time soon and I am unsure that anyone on Steepster would also have it in their stash. I am including this under this “Random Steepings” entry.
Tonight I am drinking “Honeybush & Rooibos” by the South African Collection. This was picked up on my way out of Swaziland, via the stop Johannesburg airport. Not much to say about it. I like to add honey to this one to sweeten it up a bit. I haven’t had this in quite some time. It is a nice reminder that simple can be just as enjoyable.
This tea is more forgiving than I thought it would be. I am having a difficult time waking up this morning and forgot about this steeping in the kitchen when I sat down to study. I have no clue how long it was sitting there, oversteeping. I thought it was going to be terrible. It came out slightly bitter, which I haven’t gotten from this tea before, but still drinkable. This is my current morning sip-down tea. I will be sad when it is gone and on the hunt for a loose leaf version.
My oldest tea mixed with my other oldest tea, chamomile. I don’t mind either of these, but prefer them mixed. It is a neat indication that I have come at least a small way in my journey with tea. That I now know that there are unlimited options and that I don’t need a bunch of chamomile! I don’t think I will re-stock either of these, at least until I stop trying so many new teas all the time!
Thought I would use this entry as I do not know how to put the Mystery Tea #2 from Butiki in my cupboard. Yes, I am just now getting to this!!! I have been away since it came in the mail :(. It was a difficult time being away from my tea stash. But we are now reunited and it is time to get back in my routine, which includes LOTS of tea :D
I’ve never seen a tea like this! It looks almost bead-like and it’s tiny. My assumption is that it’s black tea. The smell is amazing, raspberry is the only scent I can place. There is another scent that is complementing it beautifully. Brewed, this isn’t as appealing although still berry-ish. My suspicions of this being a black tea were confirmed as I needed to add sugar to it, and then a little more sugar. There is still a little bit of bite in the back of the throat that I don’t really care for. Overall, I think this could be a decent morning tea for me, as it is mostly pleasant.
I have been stuffy since I got home! I have so many new teas to try but I don’t want to miss out on the flavors of them as I can barely smell. I knew I needed something to help me get up and go, this cold is zapping my energy. Black tea it is! I chose this one because I am able to get more easily from The London Tea Room. Last time I had this, I remember not being too sure about it as there are not many black teas I enjoy.
From what I can smell of the leaf, it makes me think I should love it. The first sip makes me think that I underleafed it, it seems watery. With the second and third sip, something is there but not vanilla or currant. Added some sweetener. That’s better. I think the black base is still a bit too strong for someone who usually drifts towards greens but some of the other flavors are coming out to play now. I will finish what I have but I am unsure of restocking. It is a nice cup of something different, just not something every day for me.