326 Tasting Notes
Tea #5 for Traveling Tea Box C
I’m always hesitant about green teas. On one hand, I have some I absolutely love, but on the other, most I’ve tried have not been very tasty to me. However, this one had such an interesting name that I even give it the chance to open the bag and take a quick sniff. And it smelled amazing! I was scared that if I brewed it hot, the green would make everything taste terrible, or the cherry would make everything tart or cough syrup flavor, or the rose would be way too floral. You can see how finicky I am with greens!
So instead, I cold brewed this one over night. There wasn’t much left of this one, and I used up what was left. I tried to make the water about the right amount, but it still ended up a bit weak. I could still taste it though! My first thought with this was “Wow! This tastes like bubblegum!” But as I sipped more, I could pick apart the flavors. There’s the green tea base, here’s the rose adding some floral notes, there’s the cherry, not cough syrup flavored. This is one that I would have loved more of.
Tea #4 for Traveling Tea Box
This one smells…interesting in the bag. Its weirdly sweet and savory. Whatever that smell is though, its gone once its steeped. The main flavor here is the genmaicha. I can’t say I would consider this s’mores at all. I think I can get a bit of a marshmallow flavor, but I’m really not tasting the chocolate. 52teas always seem to be really amazing or no flavor at all for me
Tea #2 from Traveling Tea Box C
I didn’t expect to get another tea in last night, as I work until midnight, but the entire campus locked down due to a nearby crime scene and my boss drove me home from work.It was waaaay too late for caffeine, so I decided to go for one of the caffeine free options. This one had a really intriguing name and a tasty sounding list of ingredients.
It smells strongly like rooibos, both dry and steeping. If you’re put off by that smell, avoid this one. It definitely tastes like rooibos as well. It’s the predominant flavor. I didn’t get a lot of vanilla. It seemed to more so smooth out the tea overall. I got the cinnamon as a slight tingle in the back of my throat. This is one that I would like to try different times and temperatures on to see what I get. I may keep this one.
Tea #1 from Traveling Tea Box C
After digging out all the tea packed in the box, this one caught my attention (I also noticed the s’mores genmaicha which I plan on trying tomorrow). I set this one to steeping, and then got distracted with explaining the monstrous pile of tea to my roommate, so I have no clue how long this steeped.
I took a sip, and got a generic spicy chai flavor. I went to add some milk aaaaannnnd, we have no milk. I feel like milk probably brings out the s’mores flavor, because I couldn’t taste it. I would try again later with milk,but there are just so many other teas to try!
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed anything on here! I’ve been really busy with my EMT class, and its finally coming to an end. Monday is the final, and then I just have clinicals. The review for the final is a 90 page word document!
However, I wanted to take a break to talk about this and a few other things. I won this, a bottle of Half & Half Green tea with Lemonade, and a Tea’s Tea bag from Awkward Soul through her giveaway on her Oolong Owl blog. Thanks so much, Awkward Soul and Tea’s Tea! I’ve already had the tea with lemonade. I wasn’t sure if I should make a new thing just for that, so I’ll just say my thoughts here first. I enjoyed it! I’ve had a few different brands of tea with lemonade. This one was pretty good and seemed less in your face sugary, though still sweet. There wasn’t anything that reeeally stood out, but I still enjoyed it.
As for this tea, I was really surprised and enjoyed it a lot! Bottled/canned teas have trained me to expect things that are slightly tea flavored, but mostlt sugar and juice. Even though this says “unsweetened” in big letters right across the top, I was still braced for a sugar punch to the face. I was so surprised it almost tasted bad at first, because I wasn’t expecting it! After I got over that shock, I was able to actually try the tea. The green tea is the main flavor to me. The jasmine is there, but subtle. It’s handled well and not overwhelming at all, for those people who are sensitive to floral flavors. Overall, I really enjoyed this! I’ll have to look into more bottled teas, and see if anywhere nearby sells Tea’s Tea products
My first successful experience with using my gaiwan! I still have a lot to learn, and I can’t yet pick up on the little, subtle flavors and changes, but I’m learning. The first steep of this was very weak, I’m guessing I didn’t let it go for long enough. The second, however, turned out really well! It was very creamy and floral. The third was a bit too long, and ended up bitter. The fourth was floral, though weaker. Overall, I really enjoyed this tea, and I know I still have a lot to learn