539 Tasting Notes
I have been having a rough time with my schedule, so I picked up a box of tea to try to enjoy. I have been tipping over to the dark side and indulging in coffee after coffee after coffee.
I first brewed this tea last night. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, so I actually followed the directions on the box and brewed for three minutes instead of my usual four to five. It didn’t smell like much until I stirred it and then there was this light caramel scent. It was like somebody took regular Red Rose tea and just dropped a hard caramel candy in it then let it dissolve. There was a light caramel taste, but not that much.
Then came the milk and that almost covered up the caramel but brought out a much more creamy flavor. Then came the sugar and there was bliss! With the milk and sugar it was downright melted caramel cream all the way through.
After the success of last night, I’m having it again this morning. This time I added sugar before just to see how it tasted. Without the milk it is more of liquid hard caramel candies melted slowly into the hot water then had tea added to it. Still tasty, but milk landed in my cup anyway for more bliss.
I want to try the other dessert teas they have out now. This might help me get weaned off of a ton of caffeine that is stuck in coffee and soda.
I think I might be slightly addicted to this tea. It just is so comforting from the smell of the dry leaves to the final taste with milk. That and it is the only real batch of tea that I can pick up at the store with it loose in a tin. And the loose leaf version is vastly superior to the bagged version. And it also makes a pretty good iced tea too.
Oh my! Has it really been that long since I last tea-logged? I know it has been ages since I’ve had a cuppa tea, but surely it couldn’t have been that long. It has been so hot recently and I’ve just been so exhausted coming home from work that it has been hell.
But this tastes really good. Hot with milk and a big steaming cup full of it. I need to figure out a good way to make a bunch cold steeped tea with tea leaves for this hot weather.
I am pretty sure that this was what the last batch of iced tea was made of. Been drinking it on and off all day, successfully killing the pitcher. Also been sleeping most of the day because of bad stomach cramps. Feeling a bit better now. Have a doctor’s appointment in an hour, so I will see what they think.
After developing a taste for iced coffees, I finally talked myself into having tea instead of coffee. I brewed up the last of my chocolate mint tea (that may or may not be from the actual chocolate mint plant) and added milk.
In the words of Takei, Oh my!
This is delicious! Lovely and minty and chocolatey. The milk brings out the mint and chocolate more and then it makes it creamy. Like mint chip ice cream! Decadent~!
My brother and I went shopping for Mother’s Day today and we stopped by the Coffee bean stand. I got some more Taro bubble tea and it is awesome like always. They have an almond flavor that I think I’m going to try next time, but I am almost too fond of the taro flavor to change. I really need to find some taro powder so I can make it at home.
This isn’t bad if you are picking up a bottled tea. Now, I drank most of it with a meal of sticky rice and honeyed tempura chicken, so I didn’t get any of the green tea out of it. Even when I drank the last 1/4 there wasn’t any green tea flavor in it.
But the jasmine is a lovely aftertaste. It is a lot of jasmine, but I like knowing that it is there in an aftertaste. Really nice and refreshing. Pleasantly sweet as well.
I’m not sure if this is a tea blend or actual leaves from the chocolate mint plant, so I decided to put this tea in here. One of my old roomies sent me this tea and I brewed it up today.
The liquid is a dark brown. It is like I’m brewing up a black tea instead of an herbal, so I’m not sure what I’m getting. The scent is like a hint of cocoa. I’m not getting any mint in the taste, but it does remind me of a Hershey bar. It is really interesting and I have enough to brew another cup. I might try it with milk next time.