125 Tasting Notes
I will work all night tonight so I wanted something with little caffeine this morning so I could try to sleep for a few more hours at some point. Anyhow, this blend makes my teapot and that part of my kitchen smell list like lovely citrus spice. I know this is a wintery tea, but it still seems to work here considering it will be 30F overnight.
The tea itself is delicious and tastes just like its name including the nuanced warming vanilla. I was thinking low caffeine because it does not have a lot of tea leaves per tablespoon in the blend. If I could change anything, I’d ask for more Zhu Rong because it is a wonderful black. That would defeat the whole purpose of this morning because it should add to the caffeine level but I still want it. :) It is still gorgeous and and full of generous other ingredients, though. In the infuser I can see various large bits such as orange peel and tons of coriander. I want to try some of Verdant’s other blends with my next order.
Today I ignored the steeping instructions on their website (blasphemy!) and stepped it for a solid 2.5 minutes at 205. It was even better! I am sure I won’t get as many resteeps, but the initial cup is amazing.
Flavors: Orange Zest, Vanilla
Sipdown on the Queen. I enjoyed this one, but I really don’t know that it ages well. It has definitely lost some of its oomph and complexity that I loved so much at first. I still enjoyed my last pot this morning with nice malty notes, but there are other straight black teas that hold up better over time. If I had the opportunity to get this on sale or something, I’d give it another go, but otherwise goodbye for now Queen Catherine!
It is one of those rainy mornings where I have a ton of work to do at the computer. Made a giant pot of this glorious tea and have been sipping for at least an hour already. All I can say is that I love Caramel Vanilla Assam and pretty much always plan to keep it around. Sweet, smooth, and anything but finicky, it is a perfect tea for a morning like this one. Have a great week everyone!
Sipdown and I may need to reorder it again at some point. Lovely lemony bergamot goodness, though admittedly I did add just a touch of Harney’s vanilla black as I was a teeny bit short on the last of this. A little odd for me, but I prefer this with a touch of whole milk to add a creamy note. Goodbye for now Earl Grey Supreme!
Dry: First of all, I love organic teas. I try to buy organic and fair-trade foods whenever possible, but some of my very favorite teas just don’t come with the organic certification. Always glad to try an organic tea that I like. Anyhow, the black tea leaves in this blend are literally loaded with dried blueberries that look coated in sugar (stevia?). My heaping tablespoon for the infuser had at least 10-15+ blueberries. There are also various flower petals stained by the fruit and the whole lot is a pretty natural purple-violet and smells heavenly. Almost like a blueberry muffin, but very rich and sweet for sure.
Steeped: My whole kitchen smells like sweetened blueberries. The steeped tea is a very light brown with an unusual hint of purple. It looks even more bizarre if you add a dash of milk (which I tried on one teacup seeking a creamy note, but don’t recommend for this tea overall). I tried this at 208 for 5 min and at 212 for 4 min. I definitely prefer the longer steep at the lower temp.
Taste: This is a tasty, if a bit watery, blueberry tea. I am not really getting much in the way of the sugar-sweet tang from jam, but it is still fruity and has a nice flavor. I was craving blueberry muffins or scones and this was a nice alternative since I am trying to get back in shape after vacation. It is only 39 degrees right now, but it is expected to be 75 and sunny this afternoon so I might need to break out the iced tea jug and give cold-steeping a go. Have a nice day everyone!
Sipdown and I will be sad to see this one go. Might need to reorder a larger bag at some point. I overleafed to use up the dregs and it was so caramel-y and sweet with nothing added. Perfect cup as I was craving sugary goodness. Yum!
I’m back from our ski trip in body today, though mind is another matter entirely. Sipping the Queen to prepare for the day. I’m liking it, but not finding much in the way of the bold or complex. Just subtle-sweet malty notes for the most part. Maybe my batch is getting older, but I remember loving it more than this when I had it previously. Not bad in any way, just a bit meh.
Sipdown of the morning. I will not be sad to see this one go. I had it with a dash of whole milk and it makes the somewhat artificial (to me) honey notes more subtle. Really more like bee pollen and powdered honey maybe. The base of this tea seems pleasant enough, but I just can’t get past the flavouring or whatever additives are in this. There are a number of other H & S teas that I enjoy more so I will just need to focus on them for my next order. Goodbye Elyse’s Blend!
In other news, sorry I haven’t been around as much as usual. Been busy with work and preparing for our upcoming ski trip. Woo hoo! :)
I’ve been obsessed with this tea all week. I have a ton of flavored teas to choose from, but I’ve gone to this one at least the last three mornings or more. Each one steeps just a teeny bit different with a little more honey here, a little more baked bread there, or a touch more malt or raisin. Yummy yum yum. Less than 2 weeks until Colorado vacation, too. Yay!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Raisins