737 Tasting Notes
Buying a Breville tea maker was the best thing I ever did. Then I got lazy, and stopped using it to steep my teas. Instead, I now make one cup at a time using a teabag, and use the Breville to boil the water to the perfect temperature. I think I need to go back to Breville-making tea, and just accepting I’ll have to brew up 4 cups at a time. Wow. First world problems.
What all this means is that I grossly oversteeped this tea as well – by 20 minutes. It got a bit bitter when I finally got to it, however sweetening it helped dramatically. It does taste like a sweet cupcake. Red velvet? Perhaps, more raspberry cake, but I’m okay with that.
Meh. Had this again, thinking I had yet to drink it. Shared a lot with various folks for the holidays as well as in swaps, and kinda wish I hadn’t. I really thought I’d checked this one first, and made sure it had a high rating from fellow Steepsterites… nope. Why did I order a huge bag of it, then?
Anyway. I’m just getting dark, bitter cocoa here. I’m sure it’s okay if sweetened, however I just had time to brew it before diving into gift wrapping.
Cutest package! Santa’s lying on his back with an angel worriedly looking over him. The package tells a story along the lines of, “Santa drank this tea and it punched him in the face it was so good. He fell over, and drank it until he sunk into the snow, until next Christmas.”
This isn’t a bad tea, however it leaves a bit to be desired in the tangerine flavoring aspect – unless it’s sweetened. After Truvia, it perked right up and becomes juicy and delicious. I can see why it’s called Christmas Punch (it tastes a bit like punch), with some added flavoring that definitely reminds me of the holidays (almond, mostly). The rose is lost in here, and that’s just fine with me.
I did steep this at the lower level of the steeping range; I’ll do it longer next time, just in case I’m missing something.
I steeped this for only 3 minutes, yet I think it’s too much. It definitely tastes like cookies – the kind you’d get at McDonalds, the cheapo chocolate chip ones that I haven’t had since I was a little kid anyway, so maybe I’m out to left field. However, it tastes like burnt, cheapo chocolate chip cookies. It’s bitter. It’s astringent. If it weren’t for those two things, I’d wholeheartedly recommend this tea to any gluten or grain -free person who misses their “real” cookie fix, because this is pretty darn close.
Will try steeping this again for only two minutes next time and see what happens.
I swear this is what I brewed up earlier today (properly) before heading out of the house. I swear… and yet… the reviews say hazelnut and caramel. I’m really getting a creamy Earl Grey with black licorice. Which is nice, and I quite like it, I just taste licorice and little else. Holding off on a review until I can be sure this is what I’m drinking. Also, for the record, there’s zero licorice or anise in here, so I’ve likely messed up somehow.
Oversteeped (again) while I had a shower. Loooong day, however I (literally) had a gent carry all my packages for me as I shopped today. So fun!
By the time I had this, it was long since cold. Yummy, and it went down exceptionally fast. More tea! I’m dehydrated.
I oversteeped this by hours and hours! Forgot I had a package waiting for me in Canada Post jail when I went to check out the kidlets and their snowman, and then… oops! It’s my bad OMGsrsly, I promise I will do this justice tonight.
Because of the oversteeping, I’m holding off my rating for now. I do get some orange in there, however it’s mostly cranberry, zest and hibiscus at this point. Really nice, almost like an unsweetened cranberry juice.