550 Tasting Notes
Note to self: Don’t drink tea while listening to the Young Turks.
I had to pick up some black tea that wasn’t an Earl Grey. Don’t get me wrong, I love Earl Grey. I just got tired of it. I am cutting down on my milk and sugar on it though. One spoonful of sugar and just a little splash of milk. Still lovely and creamy with just a touch of sweet that helps the caramel comes out.
Mini rant: Guys! Please hide the coffee from me so I’ll go back to drinking tea more often. Stupid rough job making me get bad habits for a multi-cup coffee habit that I do not need.
Stash Down: I have been going through my tea and seeing what tea I would actually drink or not because I need to drink more of my teas so I can get some shiny new teas eventually and I found this one. It is really tasty and I am so glad I found that I had a bag of this left to drink. Just a splash of milk and one spoonful of sugar.
So, I needed to deep clean my french press to keep it working really well, but I was impatient and went out and grabbed a box of tea. I have been drinking nothing else since. I have two teabags left and I only got it (maybe) a week and a half ago.
On a scale from blech to yum! this tea rates in at the yummy factor. I drink it hot with a splash of milk and it is so comforting. There is this slight caramel undertone to the tea and it is never bitter. I accidentally overbrewed it one time and it still tasted like I steeped it for four minutes, so this tea is pretty forgiving. Nice when you have limited brain space after working two jobs or first thing in the morning.
I wouldn’t seek this tea out again, but I might grab it if it was on the shelves and I wanted a break from my fancier teas.
I found this tea at Giant a while ago and I just realized that I never put it on here. (Also, hello Steepster! Missed you!)
This is a lovely Lady Grey with a lot of lavender in it. I mean a lot of lavender. I almost think of lavender perfume if I drink it straight, but a little bit of milk in it helps tone it down. It also helps if you brew it for three to four minutes instead of five. Since I put the milk in mine, I brew it for four minutes.
With that said, the lavender does not wash out the tea base or the bergamot. It complements it nicely even if the tea base isn’t center stage.
This tea wouldn’t be for everyone though. If you don’t like very floral teas then you will not like this one.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Flowers
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.