1518 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1518 tasting notes

Yum. Creamy delicate lemony tea. I’ve never had honeybush plain, but I’m guessing that’s the interesting flavour behind the lemon. I do like this one!

I didn’t add anything, and it doesn’t need it. It might be really nice as a latte, though. The lemon is creamy rather than tart, and I would have it with almond milk. 1 oz is actually a lot of tea, so I have plenty to play around with. Mostly it’s nice to have an evening tea that isn’t based on vanilla flavours!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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After smelling this, I didn’t actually want to try it. But since I had opened the package, I thought I should give it a go. I’m pleasantly surprised! Smelling it is just a whomp of chocolate flavouring, which really isn’t my favourite thing. The tea leaves in my bag are all stuck to the strawberry pieces, so I’m guessing the strawberries weren’t as dry as they might have been before they were incorporated into the tea.

Again, it’s a light black tea background with a lot of other flavour. The chocolate tastes like chocolate coating, and the berry flavour comes out when steeped. I think I’d like this better if there was more strawberry and less chocolate. I’m kinda sad that I ended up with a 2oz bag of this one, but I’ll give some to a friend and pack up some samples to bring to the swap that’s happening next weekend.

tl;dr: It’s a good tea, but the chocolate flavour isn’t my favourite. More strawberry! Less chocolate!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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YES. New teas! WOO!

This was the third tea I sniffed, and the first I decided to try. (I also sniffed chocolate covered strawberry and oatmeal raisin cookie.) Dry, it smells sugary and spicy. Not particularly like pumpkin pie, but definitely of spiced fall baking. Steeped it also smells of delicious spiced baking. The leaves are in pieces, but the pieces are big. I still kept the steep length on the shorter side, and the water temperature a bit cooler. It was off the boil for a couple minutes, so temp is an estimation (as always).

Because there’s candy in this, I just added a bit of creamer. Oh my, this is delicious. The tea flavour isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be, probably due to my shorter steep and cooler water, but the spices are just perfect. It reminds me of a masala chai, but the scent and taste is much more “baked good” than just spices.

Yum! I’ll have to try this with a longer steep. I think I’ll also do a second steep to see what I think. So far, so good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry Apple by Bigelow
1518 tasting notes

With honey, as this tea is rather tart.

It certainly smells good, and brews up such a pretty deep ruby colour. I’ve decided to start steeping my bagged herbal teas for the recommended amount of time, to see if that helps reduce the hibiscus-tartness. The apple flavour definitely comes through a bit more hot. I hope it stays tasty as it cools!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Chizakura

Yeah I’m always disappointed by bagged herbal teas because of the tartness factor too. It seems no matter what brand, they all INSIST on loading up on the hibiscus, so at the beginning of a sip you get tasty fruit and then a punch in the face from the hibiscus. DX

OMGsrsly

Yep, it’s pretty disappointing. It certainly smells apple-y, but it tastes super sour, even cold and with honey. I definitely prefer the hibiscus in the grapefruit tea I have, but the flavour was too powerful for me last night!

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Made this today in a mug, then poured it into my travel thermos. Too bad I’ve had a migraine all day – I totally wasn’t in the mood for any tea, much less a flavoured one. I’ve stuck the remainder in the fridge to have iced tomorrow. Since the strawberry comes out more when it’s colder, I’m looking forward to this in the morning!

And now to decide what kind of hot tea I’ll want tomorrow. So annoyed that I slept through the post office being open – either my Della Terra or my Verdant order came today, but it wasn’t left. I really want to try the Lemon Chiffon or Laoshan Black, instead of having anything in my cupboard! :)

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I made this one last night because I still wasn’t feeling well. It’s good, nice and gingery, but it feels thin. It’s a good one to have with honey when I don’t have the time or kitchen space to grate ginger and make ginger tea, but I wouldn’t call this one a favourite.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Today i steeped this with cooler water then dumped it into my mug. Very floral, very fruity. Not enough maltiness or depth of flavour for a morning tea for me when steeped like this. Maybe i need more tea leaves? I only used 2 tsp for a 16oz mug.

It’s a nice tea, and i get why my mom likes it, but it’s not something i’d purchase.

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drank Elixo by Domo
1518 tasting notes

I glutened myself yesterday, so today has been a lot of sleeping, and now a lot of comforting teas. The ginger, lemon and honey in this one is a perfect, easy tummy soother. Not so great if you don’t like rooibos, though. :)

MissB

Silly me. I sent you some of this, and failed to check to see that you’d had some already. Ooops! My bad.

OMGsrsly

It’s ok! I think I used it all up camping, and I really really like it. A good reminder to buy more. :)

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drank Everyday Matcha, Organic by Tealux
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Matcha whipped cream with hot almond milk. There isn’t really much to say about that.

CrowKettle

Except that it sounds amazing.

OMGsrsly

It is! I’m going out tonight, and it seemed like a perfect way to caffeinate. I’m sitting here eating the rest of the whipped cream from the bowl. My new house rule is that I’m not allowed to buy whipping cream, unless it’s for something I’m baking and taking somewhere!

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drank Shiva Chai by Tealux
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Brewed this up with 1 tsp (tsp, not tbsp! ACK!) leaves in 14 oz water, water that boiled and sat with the lid off for 5 minutes, and only steeped for 3 minutes. Much better.

Honestly, I can’t tell that there’s bay in here. It tastes like masala chai. Strong spices, tasty with milk and sugar or honey. OK without. Lots of cinnamon and cloves.

I probably need to experiment more with different masala blends, to see which flavours I prefer to stand out. But I do like this one. I don’t think I’d order it again, but that’s mostly because there are so many different blends that I’d rather try something new!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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