944 Tasting Notes
I’ve spent all day alone, not saying a word to another human being (face to face or verbally anyway). I think I’m crossing the path to loneliness. I hate when my husband has to work double shifts :(
At least I have everyone here to keep me company, and my tea of course. As for my kitties they are having a lazy day on my bed.
This blend looks like Bai Mu Dan that has been broken down into smaller pieces, nothing particularly special by appearance. Then when it comes to smelling the raw blend it’s a different story, sweet, juicy and floral grape is jumping out of the packet. A rummage around and I can spot a few huge dried grapes, I had to have a cheeky taste. So juicy and sticky, pure grape goodness. If the tea tastes like that grape did then this will be great.
I can taste the Bai Mu Dan at first (sweet, floral and dry) before going into a pure, juicy, grape flavour in the after taste. They compliment each other very well, both are delicate but provide enough flavour to be very pleasing. Honestly it tastes as good brewed as it does raw.
It’s almost like a very mild grape flavoured bottled water but much more tasty. I might try this iced next time, need to get a glass iced pitcher from Ikea first. Roll on tomorrow.
I think that 52 Teas make my favourite Honeybush blends of all time. Frank seems to have a gift when it comes to blending Honeybush. I’m hoping that this one will be no exception.
It smells like sweet orange with a sour undercurrent that I’m guessing could be the cranberry. I’ve never had a cranberry orange scone before so have no basis for comparison. They do sound yummy though!
A nice long 8 minute steep should bring out all the flavour. Such a long time to wait though :(
Once finally steeped the tea is red brown in colour with a sweet, orange and very edible. I can just imagine taking a huge bite out of a scone and trying my best to ignore the calories.
I can taste creamy and sweet orange with a hint or sour cranberries and a thick after taste of Honeybush. Not as strong as I would like in terms of the fruit but it’s a charming blend non the less. Rather mellow in strength considering it has such a strong scent.
It may not be one of my favourites per say but I still maintain that Frank has a magic touch with his Honeybush blends.
I’ve been meaning to try this for a while but I haven’t much been in the right mood for green tea. Time to ignore that and just go for it instead.
It smells like strong, dry walnut with a sweet off maple finish. By off maple I mean it’s similar (dark, treacly) but just not quite right. Not sure it smells like cake but the walnut is a dead certainty.
Once steeped the tea is light yellowy green with a the same strong walnut scent as it’s raw form. Possibly the most nuttiest tea I have ever sniffed.
It smells like walnut and it tastes like walnut. Toasted, dry, sweet yet slightly creamy walnut in liquid tea form. I can’t taste the sencha as such but it appears to be keeping the walnut on the light side. At least it’s drinkable. Not sure what to think of this blend, walnut is one of my favourite nuts but this edges on being bizarre. Also it leaves my tongue a little dry in the after taste.
Only a rough rating for now, it may change. I have perhaps two cups left of this plus another unopened 10g pouch if anyone is interested?
Cinnamon + Autumn = Love.
Just me at home tonight while my husband is working late. We need to get up early in the morning to visit my grandparents on the way to Ikea. Hoping to pick up a new dining set, glass iced tea jug and a nosey at their storage. Not my idea of fun but my mum wanted to go and I volunteered to go with her. Speaking of my mother, yesterday I went for dinner to arrange our Ikea visit and she said she got me a gift and wanted to see me in it. So clothing I thought, great! I open the bag and there before me is a onesie, bright red with black stars. My face must have been a give away but I had to put it on for her and my mum was in her element…I felt like a big baby, all I was missing was the dummy (pacifier). I had to keep it on all night and even go home in it! All to keep her happy, my face turned redder than the onesie with embarrassment. :/
Anyway this tea smells strongly of cinnamon, so deliciously spicy and sweet. Smells like an American cinnamon chewing gum I used to buy as a child.
Wowsers! This is delicious! Similar to Maharaja Chai Oolong by Teavana but not as strong. It does taste like candy, like mild atomic fireballs without the aniseed. One of the best cinnamon teas I have had in a long time and I know my husband will love this one. It’s a cup of warming, sweet, spicy, pure cinnamon. It suits this cold Autumn perfectly.
The last tea to try from my monthly club package. I did intend to try using this as a morning tea but unfortunately this morning my stomach was too raw to drink tea. Still I could do with a kick of energy so perhaps it will make an equally good afternoon pick me up tea.
The blend looks green and herbal, lots of light green lemon verbena and only a light sprinkle of dark green tea leaves. All roughly chopped together. It smells strongly like lemon with a creamy yet sour undertone.
Once steeped the tea is gold in colour with a rich lemon verbena scent. Not as sour as expected, more creamy than sour.
Flavour is not as strong as it’s scent and if I’m completely honest I cannot taste anything sweet or sour enough to be considered sherbet like. It’s just missing something, perhaps a touch of sugar and hibiscus?
So sherbet it is not but it is a nice green tea and lemon verbena blend. Gentle, creamy and fresh tasting lemon with a wonderful citrus after taste. I love lermon verbena teas and this is a nice blend, not too strong nor too weak but a nice balance inbetween the two.
I my try this with a little sugar next time to see if any sherbet comes out in the flavour.