2167 Tasting Notes
I… cold steeped this one, and I’m not really sure what I think of it. It’s certainly refreshing and fruity and almost tastes candy-sweet (no sugar added!). But there’s something about the flavour that makes me pause.
I’m going to have to try this hot as well, just to see what happens. It smells good, and I think the fruit flavours are good, I just think that maybe cold steeping rooibos isn’t quite my favourite.
I think my thanks go to MissB for this. I foolishly didn’t write it on the bag.
YES. More of this tea from MissB!
Definitely blackcurrant. I knew it was hibiscusy, so I preemptively added some honey. Even with a 3 minute steep I could see the thick hibiscus steeping and sinking to the bottom of my mug. Hahaha.
Mmm. Yup, I still like this one. Would definitely buy it if it were available here. It would be great as a cold brew, and is pretty good hot. Too bad blackcurrant isn’t really a “thing” here in Canada…
Another tea from when I visited Sil. Also probably from VariaTEA. :) Thank you!
It’s super citrus. Almost candied peel, I think. Black tea base. I added a tiny bit of sugar – maybe 1/4 tsp – just to brighten it a bit. I don’t want to risk milk, because of the citrus, but if it didn’t curdle that would be really good. Like a grapefruit orange julius tea.
Yum. Super glad I got to try this.
Dry, and steeping, it smells like sweet candy. If you’ve ever had a Japanese instant ume drink, you’ll know what I mean. It’s plum, but it’s not like the plum I’m used to.
Drinking it, there isn’t a lot of flavour. It’s fruity, a little sweet-tart like sour candies. I was concerned about oversteeping it, but maybe I should have left it a little longer.
I got this when I visited Sil, and I’m glad to have tried it. I think VariaTEA is the one who dropped this one off. :)
Via MissB and probably Sil. Thank you!
There is licorice in this. Sigh. A lot of these herbal teas have licorice. Thankfully it is just a strong dislike and not something I shouldn’t be drinking.
Smells strongly of lemon and ginger. Both lemon peel and juice, which is nice. And more strongly of lemon than ginger. I added some honey to offset any potential sickly flavours from the licorice.
Hmm. It’s not bad but whoa the licorice sweetness is out of this world. I’d prefer if it were just the lemony and gingery flavours.
Oh well. Thanks so much for letting me try this one! I always hope that they’ll work, and sometimes they do.
Huh. This is a puerh? I totally forgot about that.
This is really nice. My sample from MissB (Thank you!!) had a LOT of mint leaves in it, and I’m not the hugest fan of mint… but it works really well in this tea. It’s smooth and creamy and quite dark. I added some milk to it, and it’s really nice.
I wouldn’t ever want more than a sample, because of the mint, but I’m super glad I felt minty today and decided to try it!
In other news, I’m cooking for the week with what’s in my house… so far I have Tikil Gomen and rice. Soon I will have bread-like substance (if it turns out, gluten free bread is fickle) flavoured with cardamom and garlic. :)
Smells SOOOOO good!
I saw a talk about oolong teas by Jenny Lo yesterday, and had to pick up a couple teas to try. They had some 10g sample sizes, which made me really happy… although I possibly should have bought more of this one. It smells SO GOOD!
I’m steeping in my ~120-ish ml kyusu (of course), and used about 1/3 of the packet. The rest of it will be going to a friend.
I’m just steeping till it “looks right”, so the first was about 30 seconds or so.
My frog army is enjoying the taste as well. ;) https://www.instagram.com/p/-ZRPqyx5Cs/
This tea is delicious. It’s not quite as sweet or honey like as I was expecting, but it is a really solid tea. At 30 seconds you get some sweetness, the maltiness, a touch of astringency. Yum.
The only cure for a tea hangover is more tea.
I tried ALL THE TEAS today.
The Chinese Tea Shop
Capilano Tea House
- Hiking the Canyon (SO GOOD)
- Warm Grey (I think? Amazing Assam based EG with lavender)
- Red Jade
- 2012 Sheng
- Rougui Oolong
- Everything, seriously. I loved the way they set up with the giant tree stump table and all the tea sharing.
Had to have them today, after seeing some on Instagram. I grandpa styled them, but only got 2 steeps in. I’ll have to have more tomorrow, since they’re not done yet.
And tomorrow is the tea festival. YES. I totally didn’t manage to do my Crimson Lotus order this morning (sadness) but I will bring cash moneys so I can pick up a few things.