1429 Tasting Notes
I hate it when a picture is missing from a tea, so I always try to do a screen capture and add one. This time, it seems a bit messy. (Boo). Hopefully when Frank gets a chance he can change it.
Anyway. This is my second attempt at steeping one of Frank’s SBT blends. I really, really wish they came loose so that I could parse out the amount I wanted, as there are few 2-quart containers in my neck of the woods. I will definitely message him to share this, as I think I’d buy more if I could measure it, instead of getting one huge tea bag.
Anyway. Steeped it exactly as shared on the bag: 3 minutes, then added cold water to fill my Teavana glass pitcher. I found it a bit weak, and am going to let it sit in my fridge overnight to really cool. I did notice that as the small amount that I poured for myself cooled, the black base was less apparent, and the orange took over. Initially, all I got was cream and black base.
Also, a question for all you experienced SBT-ers, or at least those experienced to cold steeping: should I leave the tea bag in the water overnight, or use it again for another steep?
I have, maybe, one serving of this left. That’s what I get when I share so much and forget to try a tea! :)
Wanted to try something woodsy and earthy today, because that’s what always seems to make me feel better. This definitely fits the bill – as with most of Whispering Pines’ blends, I get a campfire, hiking feel, with sweet notes of marshmallow and graham cracker in there. The chocolate is almost there, I have to reach for it though. Honestly, this tastes like I’d dropped my marshmallow smushed between two pieces of graham cracker, dropped it in some pine needles next to the campfire, put it back on the fire, and then ate it.
A sad sipdown from a stash that CelebriTEA shared with me. I oversteeped this (purposely) and still it’s amazing and delicious. Needed something with elderberry in it to help kick another cold, and this was the first, albeit the most delicious, that I could find.
Made a cup of this as soon as the shipment came in this AM. What can I say? Even though I live within walking distance of a DAVIDs, I’m so swaped with work right now and had a discount coupon for online only, I decided it was faster/easier to just order online. This was my biggest haul, and one I’d yet to get into my cupboard.
Came at the perfect time, too. I’ve been struggling with sleep, and I find the less sleep I get, the more susceptible I am to an actual cold (instead of this general stomach ick I’ve had for the past few weeks now). I woke up early this morning with what felt like the beginnings of a cold in my sinuses. I’m clear, I feel okay, and yet… it’s like there’s something back there, clogging up the joint.
So, Cold 911 to the rescue. I’d drink my beloved Clari Tea from Whispering Pines, however it seems to be AWOL somewhere in the US still, weeks after shipping. Cold 911 does the trick – I feel like it’s getting stuff moving, or at the very least, culled into shape.
When I brewed this as the kids went off to school, it smelled delicious. I however still needed to sleep, so I had a sip and then put it on the counter. The brief sip I had was nice, surprising. I could definitely get the mint and the chocolate, although it was just too hot to enjoy.
Now, it’s cold. Very, very cold. I’m cool with that, because it’s like a syrupy sweet chocolate mint thin. It’s still a bit thin, and I think I should overleaf it in the future, as well as continue steeping it at a lower temperature. This is good… I just need to find the sweet spot to make it amazing.
This smells like coffee, has a whallop of rooibos, and tastes strongly of toffee and caramel – so basically, I need to avoid sending any of this to JustJames! :)
For anyone missing that trifecta however, I do strongly recommend this tea. There’s zero rooibos flavor, and just toffee caramel deliciousness. Huge thanks to Roswell Strange for reviewing it, just in time for me to order some along with my beloved Caramel Pu-erh.