1157 Tasting Notes
So… I’m currently quarantined in a hotel room until I’m rid of this cold – the worst of my life, by far. I thought it was strep (it’s not), however it’s pretty darn nasty. A tsp of muddled garlic, cayenne and honey has definitely made a HUGE difference, although I stink…
Anyway. I have zero access to my “real” tea, so I grabbed some of this earlier at London Drugs. My taste buds are off, so I need to give this another chance, however it’s just a yuck for me. Too much fake raspberry in here for me — although this might be from my oversteeping of it by a few minutes. Sigh. I’ll need to send this out to Roswell Stranger I think!
Also, for those asking if I’m okay (or if I was offended and thus why I’m not replying to emails!) this is 100% my bad. I know I have a few swaps and sales to send off, however I need to get better (and get home again) before I can even think about packaging up any tea for anyone with a good conscience. I hope y’all understand!
I definitely need to grab more of this soon, and get the full ingredient list. This tea solely got me through the night last night – it was comforting and soothing with the dry, scratchy, raw throat, and more so than any other tea I had last night.
I keep on forgetting that there’s maté in here; I need to write it on the bag. It would be perfect without the maté, to be frank…. I’d much prefer it actually (only because I find maté gives me too much of a matein, aka caffeine in maté, rush).
Oddly , I’m smelling (what seems like?) cigarette ashes. I get little else in the smell department, while in the flavor department it’s sweet and very maté-like, with something else in there that rounds it all out, saffron perhaps? It’s the kind of thing I’m drawn to when feeling under the weather — oh wow, yes, that’s why I grabbed it today. ;)
Read in a fantastic article called 22 Natural Sore Throat Remedies, and one of the items listed was marshmallow root. Yes! I have some of that via this tea. Definitely soothing for the throat, especially last night when I felt like I hacked up part of my lung.
Made the mistake of having this alongside Mariage Frères Chandernaggor, which is the epitome of chai’s for me. It still held it’s own though! Just a bit smoother, more creamy, and less chai spicy than it’s competitor. I will definitely re-order more of this when I run out.
I’ve had this countless times over the past two days. It makes me feel… cool. Refreshed. Clear. I did notice that steeping this as a green (because of the other tea that I drank at the same time), made it more potent and brought the breeziness of the menthol out more.
Hm. Glad I tried it (I most definitely was curious) however this is far from a must-have for me too. It’s roasty and sweet, almost like a vanilla marzipan, however it’s just too… I dunno. Green? Tart? Off? Dunno. Something is just not my style.
Thanks to Dinosara for sharing this with me!
This is from a sample Dexter3569 sent to me ages ago, and that I’m finally sipping down (yet it was already out of my cupboard – bah!) Anyway. Slightly floral, sweet, a bit honey-ish. I remember asking to try this, and now I’m wondering why? Ice wine is a common offering in these parts, and I’ve yet to really love it. I think it’s the concept that got me (ice wine tea? Yes, please) more than the reality of it.
Regardless, this is a sipdown, and I’m always grateful to Miss Dexter for sharing so much with me.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey
Oh my goodness, this is horrid. I wanted to love it – my daughter got me two of the automatically locking tins at DAVIDs with her allowance – and yet, this is repulsive to me. Bitter, fake and… of course, fake strawberry flavoring in it, or something I’m wildly allergic to. Bleh. This is the worst face I’ve made all day for a tea. Just disgusting.
Who was it that asked for a tea that I HATE? Yeah, you’re getting some of this. :)