1522 Tasting Notes
I finally managed to eat food today ($$$ bacon my brother got me, an egg, and sauteed greens, yum!) and to top off that delicious meal I decided to have an earl grey.
This one is, as always, fantastic. Just having it with a little soy creamer today.
Pay attention to their steeping instructions. 1/2 tsp per 7 oz (or so, this time), 4 mins. It’s actually pretty good, even though my water was WAY too cool. I do prefer making it in 16oz quantities, but I’m trying to only have 8oz cups of tea today, so I get to have more varieties before I start sloshing!
Sip down! Sample from Heather at the Victoria tea meet.
I really like this one, and if it was available, I’d consider picking some up – either bags like what I received, or loose.
The toasty tea with the caramel is really lovely. And as a bonus, it’s lower in caffeine, so I won’t make myself vibrate with caffeine today. :)
Robust, from CrowKettle. Yes, I have all my highly scented samples sitting in a box on the counter, and I’m starting to randomly grab them in the morning. I must say it looks a bit suspect to have all these random tin foil packets in baggies with post-it notes!
This one is good, and yes it tastes kind of like vanilla pudding. I think I prefer the caramel matcha, though. I haven’t had a cream filled pastry in years (gluten and lactose intolerant!), and I kinda forget what they taste like.
As a latte with unsweetened almond milk and some sugar.
(I am working on a map with notes of all the Vancouver tea places, in preparation for meetups. Whee! Things to do when procrastinating on math.)
Nom. Nom nom nom. Trying to finish up what ShayneBear gave me before I break into the tin (TIN!!) from CrowKettle.
I find the flavours of this tea really comforting. There is no weird chemical smell in what I’ve received, although reports of it make me hesitant to actually order a couple bags. :/ No, it’s not carrot cake, but it is delicious spiced baked goods. I’ll do another steeping of this tonight, for sure.
(Yes, I drink this with “milk” and sugar. It brings out the baked goods flavour, and I like it.)
So. My first dragonwell and my first grapefruit tea, courtesy of CrowKettle.
I was warned to be careful with this tea (and a few others) since I don’t like bitter, so I only did a 2 minute steep, and I used much cooler water than suggested.
When steeping, this doesn’t smell much like grapefruit, but now that I’m sitting at my desk with my nose in the mug, I can smell the flavour. It’s much more delicate than I was expecting, but then again, the other flavoured tea company I’ve targeted is Della Terra, and they do extremely flavoured blends!
Sipping this? Yum. I think it’ll get even better as it cools. The flavour is how grapefruit essential oil smells, but from a distance and in low quantity. The tea provides a really nice background, even though I’m not sure I would love a dragonwell tea on its own – I tend to be rather picky with plain green teas.
I look forward to drinking this iced (maybe I’ll do that tonight, and bring it with me tomorrow!), and finishing what I received.
Edit: Even more grapefruity as I sip while eating caramel corn! I have to try this with a little sugar. Mmm.
Another sample from CrowKettle! Robust.
I needed a pick-me-up due to an early morning vet visit (I got up before 7! That time of the morning just should not exist..), and subsequent nap. Since all the matcha is making my kitchen smell amazing, I figured I should probably try to drink it all up first, before all my other teas smell like it too.
This one is odd. I’ve never had Lucuma, but the matcha smelled like fruit and, well, matcha. I think I’d have to compare a plain matcha to this one, as I just can’t really pick out the flavour. It’s not bad by any means, more like I don’t know what I’m looking for, and so I’m feeling a little lost, flavour-wise!
As always, this is a nice matcha. I made it as a latte with 2 tbsp water, 8 oz almond milk, 1/2 tsp sugar. Yum! If I have enough brains in the morning, I’ll make the rest of this up in a travel mug for a pre-math caffeine boost.
I needed something to help me settle down tonight, and this won the draw.
Of course, as soon as I had decided upon tea I decided to make cream scones. Some advice: Any recipe that is for scones that calls for 1 tsp SALT per 2 cups flour is wrong. WRONG. I used 1/2 tsp salt, and it’s too salty. :/
Oh well. The tea is good, my bed is made, and it’s time to go sleep.
A sample from Heather at the Victoria Tea Meet.
Ooh, this is pretty good! The tea is incredibly strongly scented, so much so that I was hesitant to make it. The smell is really sweet chocolatey tea.
Steeped, it’s actually pretty good! This is an excellent use of a roasty toasty tea, giving the background flavour of fire roasted marshmallows. This is definitely an application of toasty teas that I believe in! My marshmallows didn’t dissolve, but the tea is sweet enough to not need any sugar to bring out the flavours. The chocolate is in the background here, but it does exist. It goes from roasty and nutty to sweet and a little chocolatey. I used half the sample I received, which was about 2 tsp in my (new!) 315ml pot.
If this tea was still around, I’d definitely buy it. Now to hunt around for a decent substitute!
(PS. I can’t have the Della Terra S’mores tea because there’s crushed graham crackers in it, and I cannot do gluten.)
Edit: Steep 2 with 1/4 tsp sugar. 5 minutes, only 12 oz water. Still really good. Much more chocolate flavour this time, possibly due to the sugar. I see where people get the hot chocolate ideas from!