Just a cup of sweet hot tea to get myself balanced back after helping to throw a party for my fiancee’s best friend. It was his 21st and the only time he wanted to try drinking so we had fun. I know I won’t be drinking much for a while. Nothing much except for my lovely teas.
485 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.
The vanilla in this is still too weak for my liking. A nice black tea even though it is a little on the weak side. The vanilla gets more brought out if you have peppermint beforehand. Just wish the vanilla was a little stronger.
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.
Mom brought me home a bag from a restaurant when she went to pick up my little brother from school. Drinking it with milk. Yum.
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.
I have decided that my family doesn’t put quite enough sugar in our iced tea. Either that or I need to take my sweet tooth down a few notches. I think we also need to find another tea to make iced tea out of because we keep drinking up mom’s supply in a few short days.
I’m back from my fiancee’s house (and done backlogging). My mom didn’t pour out my leaves from my french press (I’ll have to hug her for that) so I got to make another steep. This is the very last of my sample and I am loving it. I have to be in the mood to taste the chocolate note in this tea. If I’m not in the right mood then it tastes more astringent. It is such a yummy tea though.
My finacee got an assortment pack of Numi and this was one of the first ones he pulled out. He let me have a couple of sips of it to try it, but he kept most of it to himself.
His review: not as strong, tasted weaker and had less of a dirt taste, not much chocolate. Liked Numi Emperor Pu-Erh better.
My review: not as strong with a good splash of chocolate. I can taste a hint of vanilla and that is bringing the chocolate out of the dark chocolate place and closer to a milk chocolate place. Not quite there though. I liked it because it was a little lighter on the earthy taste. I think if you put a little bit of sugar in it, then it would bring out the chocolate for a more dessert tea. I would be more likely to grab this in the morning than a straight pu-erh right now.
My fiancee always makes me a cup of this tea if I am overly nervous about something. It does calm me down and settle my stomach, but I have never really liked it hot. I think I prefer it as an iced tea with just a touch of sugar. Then it is wonderfully delicious!
Settled down to knit the border on my blanket and watch Chocolat with my mom. This tea is a very good pair for the movie because of the dark chocolate note. Yummy. Last bit of this tea though. I’m saving the other steep for later.
I finally broke down and tried this in the K-cup form that my fiancee has been saving for me. I had it with milk and it tasted the same as if I had brewed the bag of it. It was quite a lovely surprise. I could never see having all of my tea this way, but if we had a little brewer for morning emergencies, I could see using it. My only trouble with it is that it produces so much waste! Oh well, if we ever end up getting one, I’ll have to pick up this k-cup for emergencies.
I’m getting back into my tea habit! Yay. I have missed Numi’s Aged Earl Grey so much. I got used to having earl grey with milk so it was a little harsher than I remembered. Still good though.
Made myself a cup of this with just the slightest hint of sugar since I’ve been drinking sweeter teas. The addition of sugar makes this taste like sweetgrass or early morning dew. Nice effect, but not something I would do often.
I have been having issues with illnesses this summer. I have been drinking this tea hot and sweet, just like I used to when I first started trying to drink tea when I was really little. Hopefully, I can get my system working again and break out my more subtle teas.
I haven’t been feeling very well recently (hence the no tea notes in a while). So today, I forced myself to make a cup of tea because my throat needed it. My oh my, I forgot how good this tastes. It has the nice mineral and slightly astringent taste (perfect to eat with scrambled eggs with onions, bell pepper, and sage).
The more steeps you have of this, the slightly more buttery it gets. It mostly tastes like fresh morning dew with a hint of the buttery note. It makes my throat feel better. In fact, I keep sipping this tea as I am writing this note, which means my nose keeps going into my cup.
Seriously, try this tea. It is yummy.
After so long, I finally got to have one of these as a treat. I was excited and ordered it expecting to find a good (not great) earl grey with steamed milk.
It was terrible. It was like the service didn’t even know how to prepare it. They kept the tea bag in the cup while preparing it and they didn’t give it enough time to steep before mixing in the steamed milk. Instead they poured in the steamed milk right away. When I got it cooled down enough so that I could drink it, all it tasted like was sweet milky paper with a hint of bad bergamot.
I really need to find a good steamer/frother of my own so that I can just have my own tea lattes when I want them. There was no reason for them not to steep the tea for three or four minutes and then take the bag out before making the rest of the drink. There was nobody there but our small group.
Finally getting back to my teas again. It has just been almost too hot to drink tea and I have been indulging in soda and koolaid instead. This is just what I needed right now. Dark and faintly sweet. I brewed four pearls for 3 1/2 minutes so it is a little stronger than what I am used to and the cocoa isn’t as present, but I needed a good wake up. It is still yummy!
Last bag of Earl Grey, hot with milk gone today. This was a rather delicious earl grey.
Back from spending my fiancee’s birthday with him. It was a fun time and now he is here playing a game and drinking earl grey with me. I have milk in mine. He says that this isn’t a bad standard earl grey.