225 Tasting Notes
I just got more tea in today! I’m kinda overwhelmed now. I definitely wasn’t expecting it all at once! If anybody wants to try any of my teas, please let me know and I would be more than happy to send you a sample.
This tea smells like some kind of soda in the bag. I made it to hopefully help me through the Genetics and Evolution test I have to take in an hour. I didn’t get much of the grenadine or vanilla flavor, mostly just the tea itself. I’ll have to try this in different ways and see what works best.
Today my shipments from 52teas, Tropical Tea Co., AND Amanda came in. I wasn’t expecting them all at the same time! I was a bit overwhelmed. However, the smell of this one really drew me in. It’s very sweet in the bag, almost too sweet. I tried this first at about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Very bitter! So I tried again with 2 minutes this time. It’s a bit too weak, though the flavor comes out a bit more as it cools. Somewhere between these two times will be the perfect steeping time. I will find it! This tea smells so delicious, I want to find that in the flavor as well.
Made another cup of this yesterday. I still couldn’t get the bitter taste out, but it was better. I decided to look up the Earl Grey Bravo that is the main part of this tea. Turns out, it’s not the cornflowers! Apparently a lot of people have been having trouble with the same problem, and it’s actually the bergamot. So, note to self, do not buy Earl Greys from Adagio. Luckily, this tea is still really good with milk and sweetener. I still have plenty of this left, though. So if anyone is interested in trying some, let me know!
Had this tonight to keep me going through lab and studying for my stats test. Go me! I still absolutely love this tea. I tried it with milk this time. It’s wonderful both ways and doesn’t need anything to sweeten it. I really love that this can do multiple steeps well, as well.
One of the samples from Design a Tea. I thought this would be an interesting blend, as I like both flavors. Perhaps they can go well together?
The dry smell is mainly peppermint. If I try, I can get something possibly vanilla-ish, but it’s mainly peppermint. It keeps pretty much the same smell all throughout steeping. At first, the flavor is ALL peppermint. While I’ve yet to meet a peppermint tea that I didn’t like, I was really wanting to get the two flavors together. Once it cools a bit, the Irish Creme seems to come out. I can’t taste it so much as it seems to be mellowing out the peppermint. I really wish the irish creme flavor would have made a strong appearance. While good for a peppermint tea, that’s not what I was looking for with this.
This is one of the first bagged teas that I really liked, back when I had just started drinking tea. I hadn’t had any in a while, so I decided to have some to wake me up this morning. I steeped it at the 2 minutes that everyone says makes it taste wonderful. Turns out, I don’t like it at two minutes. To me, it just tastes like hot water that somebody thought about adding spice to. Normally, I leave it in for closer to 4 or 5 minutes, and the spice and orange flavor really comes out. It’s a great way for me to wake up in the morning. While this cup wasn’t wonderful, I’m normally very fond of Constant Comment
I think I have issues with cornflower petals. Any time I make a tea with them, it has a bitter, astringent taste. Everyone talks about tea made with them being so creamy. I’ve tried this tea at 2, 3 and 4 minutes and still get that flavor. Am I missing something? Do you have to add sweetener and milk for the creaminess to come out? That doesn’t seem right. And when I do, I don’t get any of the caramel or hazelnut taste. I really want to like this tea. Help!
I was definitely a little nervous about this tea at first. From what I’ve read of Lapsang Souchongs, you either love or hate them. When I opened this wonderful sample from Bonnie, it smelled like a bag full of smoked meat. While that sounds delicious, I was a bit hesitant for it as a tea flavor. Turns out, I really like the smokiness! I think it would have thrown me off if I hadn’t been expecting it, but this is very good! When I was eight, my grandmother’s house was still heated by burning wood, and this feels like being with my grandmother again. I feel like she should be here, sneaking me cookies when my dad isn’t looking :)