1144 Tasting Notes
Backlogged from yesterday (I think).
Ordered this from SPUD, a local organic delivery company that offers some really great food and products, many of which originate in the Vancouver, Canada area. This is one of those products.
“Stone ground tea” is prominently posted on the packaging, and it looks like dried, ground honey (and smells like it, too). I wasn’t a huge fan of sweeteners being added to the mix already, however I love ginger teas, and this is something I could see myself drinking when feeling icky. So, I grabbed some.
It requires a tablespoon per cup, and I found it difficult to dissolve so many solids into the allotted hot liquid. I’ll try 1 tsp next time, as I used the dregs from the first cup to make another two cups, and it tasted the same each time.
This is very similar to a ginger tea I used to buy at a local Asian grocery store years ago: powdered ginger, powdered honey, add hot water, serve. I stopped drinking that one because, although inexpensive and really yummy, it was just too much sugar. I have the same issue with this tea. It’s yummy, it’s also got ground rooibos in it, however it’s just way too sweet for me.
Officially the most expensive tea I’ve ever purchased. It also came in the 2013 advent calendar, however I think I sent that mini package along so that someone else could try it, too. For future reference: even though the Christmas packaging is stunning, buy this in the plain 100g bags on Cadeau Vendomme in the future.
This is a gorgeous tea, and takes up a lot of space. Used 1.5 tsp for the cup just in case. It brews up a light yellow, and smells like honeyed cherries – an unusual yet breathtaking smell to me.
Drinking this is like art: it’s savored, taken in, and enjoyed fully. I normally shy away from cherry teas (too medicinal usually, and kinda yuck), however this one? Light and true cherry, with something sweet and gentle tickling my palate. It’s beautiful, and I’m really glad I tried some tonight.
SPOILER alert: If you want to keep the teas in the Herbal Infusions 2013 12 Days of Christmas Sampler to yourself, skip over this review.
I’m a day early in this review, likely because I’m the kind of gal that (until six years ago) celebrated Christmas on the 24th in the evening. Also, I was impatient, and wanted to enjoy something Christmas-y with my daughter as we celebrated my son’s 6-year-old birthday. Unfortunately, he’s come down with something as of late last night, and is curled up half naked in a chair in the living room, alternating between watching Magic School Bus on Netflix, and sleep. :(
As Herbal Infusions has given zero steep instructions or even an ingredient list, I went with my eyes and nose for how to brew it. It looks like it’s a green and black blend, with pieces of orange rind, roses, cornflower, and something else tiny and red in the mix. It smells strongly of a red berry, and I was concerned immediately due to my strawberry allergy. My daughter even warned me as she took her first sip, “Mom, this smells a LOT like strawberries…”
I tried it anyway. I’m thinking the berry in this is raspberry, because I had zero reaction until the very last sip of the cup, and that could be from something else I just ate. It tastes very raspberry green to me, light and lovely, with just a hint of orange in there. The almond passed by me completely, although it is still creamy. It’s nice and well blended, although I doubt I’ll go out of my way to reach for it.
Also, I’ve put in a note to Dan over at Herbal Infusions for an ingredient list, however it’s been a few weeks now with zero answer. If anyone received this, or knows more than I, please do send me a note (or comment here so that I can friend you). Merci!
Another oversteep. In my defense, it’s a one cup tea bag, and therefore I had to steep it the ‘normal’ way. Yea, that’s my excuse.
I thought this would be horribly bitter by the time I got to it, yet it’s still really smooth and gentle. It’s kinda meh on it’s own, and turns into subtle dark chocolate yumminess with some Truvia. Not getting the orange really, other than perhaps if I think about it.. I wish I had more than the advent calendar sample to play with this a bit more.
Visited a friend’s place the other day, and his sister offered me this, “The best blueberry tea ever”. Oddly enough, she even mentioned Tealish as the company name, and I still failed to realize that I’d had some of this already, AND have more in my tea cupboard.
I prepared this properly this time, and it’s much better than last time. 1.5 tsp per cup is definitely the sweet spot (bag recommends 1-1.5 tsp), as is adding some Truvia. Like juicy blueberry jam! Upping the rating.
Definitely smells like chocolate after brewing, which was intriguing for me. Straight however, it’s just a hot rooibos tea. With some sweetener, I got a bit of chocolate out of it, but only a little bit. A bit drying, too. Made this one in the Breville so that I didn’t mess it up, since I purchased this from Shadowfall and wanted to honor the tea (as well as the seller). Thanks so much for sharing!
Brewed this up properly in the Breville – and what a difference! Okay, it still smells a bit weird (I’m thinking from the peanut butter flavoring), however it tastes more like cheesecake than before, and I can even taste the peanut butter. Weirdly, at the end of the first cup I’m getting something woody out of this, texturally.
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.