516 Tasting Notes
I finally feel relaxed enough to get out my gaiwan and my oolongs to play with. My fiance is here too and is enjoying helping me taste my teas. We are putting each steep in my little ceramic tea pot and using that as a fair share so we get a nice even flavor. (Have I said thank you Teavivre often enough yet?)
Now, I haven’t had any tea in a while so I am out of practice picking out notes in tea, but this is nice and comforting. It tastes flowery but not overly flowery. There is a slight buttery taste at the back of the tongue, but it is just a hint. It tastes more green than a roasted one.
There is just something very complex and very simple about this at the same time. It is very nice and with the super short steeps it is very smooth. This would be a really nice oolong to introduce to someone that didn’t know oolongs and is very comforting right now.
I used one little sample packet to fill my oolong and it looks like I have a little forest in my gaiwan. I used boiling water for my second round of three steeps.
Whoops, I closed the tab without meaning to. Too busy admiring new Steepster.
Anyway, I found one last bag of this in my Mom’s stash and purrloined it. Hot with milk. I still think it is a little peppery (in a good way) and goes really well with poached eggs and toast.
Remember how I said that the first time I had this it sucked and the second time was better? Well, with just enough milk to barely change the color and one teaspoon of sugar, it tastes positively malty with a hint of caramel. I had to go back for my second bag it hit the spot so hard.
I have a feeling that this would make a really good tea latte if I had the right tools for it. I don’t think I would go out and buy a whole box of this, but I don’t think I would turn it down anymore. With the right preparation and patience, it isn’t half bad!
Wow, I am really not used to having any sort of time like this on my hands. I got let go from first work early because of labor times and I just wanted something strong, sweet, and milky. This fits the bill perfectly.
I did try it by itself since I haven’t had it in a while. It is fine. Just not something I would drink all the time. I only have two bags of this right now since I got it with a teapot as a gift. So it isn’t bad with milk and sugar.
Did I really just drink a whole box of this and didn’t write any tea notes for it at all? Hmmm. Too busy drinking tea to write about them it seems. Lately it doesn’t feel like I’ve had time at all.
This is a really yummy chai. Slightly spicy. I just take mine with a little milk and no sugar. A perfect substitute for my hot chocolate cravings.
I think I have been trying to drink down some of my teas and I have been hitting my teabags really hard recently.
It is important, even with teabags, to maintain a proper water temperature to steep times to any additives you put in or else your tea just won’t taste the way you remember it tasting. I apparently have not been heating my water to boiling and the quality of even this tea suffered. Bad me for being impatient.
I don’t think I’ll be picking up this tea again, but it was pretty tasty for a lemon tea. Definitely worth a try if you think that you are stuck in a rut with your teas.
Hello there Steepster! I missed you too. Crazy things happening with my work schedule with the upside that I’m going to have more time for my tasty teas.
So, I basically squealed when I saw a tin of this tea in Target. I just had to pick it up. I was expecting it to be loose leaf, but it was in sachets. Not that sachets are bad and I really should have been expecting that. After all, it is a Target. Not exactly the best demographic group for loose leaf teas.
This smells heavenly. Very minty with a hint of black tea.
With no additions added, it was mostly mint. A nice pleasant mint. Not a candy flavored whoah this is way too much mint type of deal. But a nice crisp and refreshing sort of mint that is very pleasant to have on a cold winter morning. But there wasn’t a strong taste of chocolate. If I concentrated I could pick out a hint of bittersweet chocolate, but nothing more.
With two teaspoons of sugar there was no change to the chocolate note. You could taste that it was sweetened. So it really doesn’t need sugar. Doesn’t change a thing.
I was reluctant to add milk to it because in my experience, milk often dulls down the flavor of some teas. So I added just a drop. Just enough to turn the tea color from a rich dark brown to a milk chocolate brown. Luckily, that brought out the chocolate note how I wanted it to. It is now a milky chocolate with a light bright peppermint note on the finish all dancing around on a subtle black tea base.
So, I’ve woken up this morning to a little lesson. Don’t drink wine before bed and then be surprised if you wake up with a headache when you also stay up late because of your paranoia over spiders.
At least this morning will get a cup of tea. Hot with milk and it is comforting. Good way to start my day before work.