540 Tasting Notes
I am working on drinking the tea bags that I took from my fiancee’s house. This smells like toasted rice. It has a thick body and is nice and toasty. It is starting to make me wish I had toast for breakfast instead of cereal.
It is a little astringent, but not too much. Just enough that it makes me feel like my tongue is dry even though I just had a sip. Overall, pretty good.
The kitchen has been uncovered from the plastic it was encased in! Yay, I can use the stove and the kettle now!
I have always been curious about honeybush, so when I saw that my fiancee had this in his assortment, I snapped it up because he didn’t really want to try it for himself.
It brewed up as dark as any black tea would have brewed up. Maybe even a little darker. It looks almost like coffee in my cup right now. It smells a little twiggy, but not earthy. Just twiggy.
The bag said to brew it for 5-6 minutes, so I hit five and decided that was long enough. Hmmm. I’m not quite sure what to say for this one. It tastes very smooth and non-twiggy which was a nice surprise. The few times I had roobios it tasted very twiggy and woody. Since honeybush is supposed to be similar to roobios, I expected it to taste similar to it.
My first taste on the tip of my tongue hit a bubblegum note, but I think that must have been a fluke. I taste no hint of bubblegum the more I sip on it. I think I am getting a faint sweetness on the back of my tongue, but I’m not positive.
It doesn’t taste like tea, but it tastes good. The packet said it was good with milk and I am wondering if I should pour a little in just to try it that way since I’m not getting that much flavor out of it. Just smooth and slight sweetness. I’m taking a few bigger gulps and I am getting a sweet aftertaste now.
Hmm…I think I like it how it is, but I want to add a splash of milk since I do want to try it both ways and I only have one tea bag. The milk adds the creamy mouthfeel and while the sweet doesn’t pop out, it does make it feel like a dessert tea. I feel like I just indulged on something more along the line of a bit of caramel or some toffy. I know I didn’t, but it feels like I did. The aftertaste I get now screams caramel.
This makes me want to try some flavored honeybush teas because if a bit of tea can turn the base into caramel, imagine what a little bit of added flavor could do.
If I ran across this in the store, I would get a box so I could double brew it and try it iced!
A nice cup of earl grey to chase away the desire for hot cocoa. My last cup of tea I had at my fiancee’s house. It might be my last cup of tea for a little bit because mom and dad are re-modeling the kitchen. I might be able to sneak in some green tea or white tea later tonight if I can get to the hot water kettle safely.
My fiancee made this and let me take a few sips of it because I wanted to try it. It confused me because it smelled like a normal pu-erh (dusty and full of damp earth) but when I tried it I tasted flowers. It was light and smooth and floral. It felt like it was a contradiction to my senses. I think I like the chocolate pu-erh better.
I really should know better than to try a delicate new tea at my fiancee’s house when he really doesn’t have a good way to warm up water. This is why I normally stay with black teas at his house.
It didn’t taste like much. Just water with a light splash of rose. I don’t want to discount this tea because I think it will taste better if I could brew it right. Next time it pops up in the assortment, I am taking it home and brewing it where I know I can get the water temperature a little lower.
I’ve been at my fiancee’s house this weekend and I’ve been drinking his tea. Luckily he doesn’t mind too badly and he keeps a box of Aged Earl Grey at his house just in case I show up and want tea.
I decided that I wanted to try something different and this was the tea I picked. I have been wanting bold teas and I decided to take a risk with this chai. It was delicious! Most chais don’t taste like much to me, but with this one it was richly flavored with spice and I could taste the tea underneath.
I’ve been having a hot cocoa problem, but I think I need to find either this chai or a similar chai to get me over that. Just the strength I have been wanting with lots of nice flavor.
I need to start kicking my cocoa habit I have developed recently. I have been drinking up to 3-4 cups of cocoa a day. That is way too much for my liking. I think I might have to find some good chocolate teas and ask for a nice big tin for my upcoming birthday (in a few months so I have time to decide).
Back to watching Star Trek TNG with my mom, indulging in my TARDIS mug, and knitting the final bit on my big blanket.