315 Tasting Notes
This one is my morning cup, and my second A Quarter to Tea blend. I love banana nut bread, and my dad used to make me banana nut pancakes all the time, but in the past few years I found out that I can’t really have wheat so I haven’t really had those treats recently. So this tea is perfect!
Brewed up, this tea smells intensely sweet and buttery. It’s making my whole office smell good. The flavor is very buttery and walnuty, without having that bitter flavor some teas get from walnuts. The banana flavor isn’t very strong, but the flavor I do get is great. It doesn’t taste like fake sweet banana, but tastes like you had some overripe bananas that you mushed up and added to some batter. The buttery flavor really helps to create the idea of pancakes. The base tea takes a back seat and just seems to be there to support the other flavors, which to me really works in a blend like this. Overall I’m really loving this one, but I would love it even more with more banana.
Flavors: banana, Butter, Walnut
My order from A Quarter To Tea came in yesterday, and by the time I got home it was definitely too late for any of the caffeinated blends I got, but this one sounded perfect for an after dinner tea!
I can be iffy about rooibos but this sounded so good I took the chance anyway. The woodsy rooibos flavor is there in the background, but not too much. To me, it’s just enough to add a little extra substance to the tea as a whole. There is a sweetness, but I’m not getting specifics, like vanilla, strawberry, etc. I want to try steeping this longer to try to get more of those flavors out, since I did go for the shorter end of the suggested steep time (right at 8 minutes), and I also want to try this with just a bit of milk to see if that changes anything.
My second tea for soothing the sore throat. I actually did about half this tea, and half spearmint. Chamomile and mint is my absolute trump tea for when I’m sick, but I didn’t have any plain chamomile so I went with this.
It was extremely smooth and soothing on my throat, but one thing that I think I’m learning is that chamomile just isn’t my favorite tea flavor. It helps my throat, but I basically only drink it when I need it.
I’ve had this for quite a while, but just haven’t been bothering with matcha at all. Um, how long does matcha stay good?
So I don’t actually know exactly how lattes are made, but I did my best this morning. I combined 3/4 hot milk with 1/4 boiling water and 1.5 tsp of this matcha, and then used my little frother device to get it all mixed up. That’s probably completely wrong, but hey it tasted good and isn’t that what truly matters?
So this definitely has a sweetness, that with the milk is almost too much for me, but I don’t like my drinks to be overly sweet. There is also a bit of a buttery flavor that makes me think of popcorn. This isn’t bad, but isn’t my favorite. However, I don’t know enough about matcha to really say much about the quality
Flavors: Butter, Sweet
My morning tea for today. This one just feels cozy to me. The orange spice makes me think of winter, Alaska, and being with people I care about. I know that’s a very personal interpretation and probably not very helpful, but oh well! I’ve had a slight cold for about a week now, and the weather is getting colder, so this is the perfect warm-me-up and make-me-feel-better tea
I absolutely love how this looks. I’m a sucker for interesting packaging! My boyfriend’s mom sent this to me.
Brewed hot, as I did last night, this is mostly mint. The rose petals are pretty, but there really isn’t rose flavor. The mint isn’t an overwhelmingly strong mint, but it IS the only flavor.
I’ve also cold brewed this in the past, and that made the mint stronger but still no rose.
I think this would be nice to mix into other blends for mintiness without it being overwhelming, but it’s nothing special on it’s on in my opinion.
This is my “sipping at work” tea. I think I’m getting a cold, so I’m going all out on the warm drinks for my sore throat. With this one, I’m really only getting the white tea base, not much of the rose, lemon, or vanilla. However, I do get a hint of flavor that kinda makes me think of a Fig Newton. I’m not sure why or what that flavor comes from, but that’s what I taste