953 Tasting Notes
I love herbals. I drink them often. So when one purports to “calm” me down, I’ll try it. I yelled at one of my kids tonight, made the other cry…. so yes, some calm is in order.
Boy this is a super sweet herbal, and I need to drink it straight in the future. Licorice, ginger maybe, something with bite, orange. Wow. Not bad.
Thanks Janelle for sharing this with me!
This seriously rivals TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo for unusual juicy herbal amazingness. Oversteeped it brings out the bite of the ginger, while the lime is still fresh and juicy. And the smell…..!! Oh, the smell. It’s pure lime, and it’s amazing.. I just leave the bag out sometimes, it smells so good.
Only about a pot left, so I’ve got to convince my Edmontonian friend to grab me some more and ship it down. :$
Hm. Very different experience than last time I made this. Still tasty, however it’s more of a mango EG than purely mango today. Definitely strong floral notes that I would have remembered and noted last time, had I tasted it then.
Best tea of the morning, by far. I oversteeped it though when the mailman showed up, so I expected it to be horribly bitter. Surprisingly, it’s only a touch bitter, and I’m getting primarily jasmine with a sweeter nut. Zero pine, which surprised me. Even with the oversteep though, this is an excellent tea.
Opening the bag reminded me strongly of the tobacco my Dad used to roll into cigars. Thankfully, after steeping the smell changed, although there’s still echoes of tobacco in the flavor. Funny, it’s a first for me to say I like this. Normally, I shy away from anything tobacco-ish, other than maybe when it’s leather. Anyway, I digress.
I understand the intention behind this tea, however it’s too drying and tobacco-y for it to be a true, chewy caramel. It’s still nice, full-bodied and rich, it’s just not the cup I wanted this afternoon.
This came from (I think) my first swap on Steepster, from Allie. Thank you again!
Flavors: Caramel, Tobacco
When I opened the bag of Kickstarter teas this morning, this was the first I HAD to make. Yes, I special ordered this as a “Create Your Own Flavor” reward level. Why? Because I love tea, and I love Haagen Daaz Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream — a little too much. I was hoping this could replace that fix in a much healthier way.
Well folks, I must admit, it smells like my favorite ice cream. And while I wish the flavors were a bit stronger, it really IS chocolate peanut butter ice cream. I get the chocolate (albeit a bit faint), I get the creaminess from the ice cream, and I definitely get peanut butter along with a drying flavor (not feel) that I associate with eating too many nuts.
I kinda sorta wish I’d grabbed more of these now. :$
Brewed hot 200F for 2 minutes, then poured cold water over it to make just under 2L.
Like VariaTEA the lovely gal who shared this with me, I’m getting little out of this. I have to wonder if what she’s sent me is a re-blend, and thus why the differentiation in experiences between her and I, and many others. It’s just a slightly astringent black tea, I’m not even getting anything sweet out of it. Boo.