1480 Tasting Notes
Dry, this smells SO GOOD. And also comes in the CUTEST tin. http://instagram.com/p/qNXgDdR5FA/
Unfortunately, steeping it at 85C as recommended has resulted in a bitter mess. There are some neat flavours there, floral and herbaceous/spicy. Maybe it would be better as a mini cold brew? I’ll have to try. (Maybe. If my bladder can handle it.)
Flavors: Floral, Spicy, Wood
I am so overwhelmed, tea friends. There are SO MANY teas in here and I want to try almost all of them. I have all the 8 oz mason jars out, and all my strainers are clean. :)
So this one. You know, except for the base, this is pretty good! Definitely butterscotch, although the banana is hard for me to find.
Not a tea I ever would have asked to try, but it was at the bottom of the box (which of course I opened) and I saw it first, so… yeah. It’s interesting. I think I’m done with these blends though, as the base tea just isn’t a favourite.
Thank you, whomever put it in there! And thanks, Roswell Strange, for sending the box on to me.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Fruity
Yum. Fruity plummy tea. Another that I’m trying to finish.
I think my favourite H&S teas are the soba cha (yay buckwheat!) and Paris. So while it’d be pretty silly to order just for that, if anyone is interested in sharing an order I might be up for that.
First tea of the day. So amazing. I really need to get some more. (1 tsp in 12 oz, over ice to make 1 L. Steeped twice. So delish.)
So yeah. Today was interesting. Slept 4 hours last night because I was warm and uncomfortable. Went to work. None of my stuff came in because Friday was a US holiday, so you can imagine how much actual work got done. I tried. I organized and prepped and etc. But there’s nothing to report.
And then a friend called and asked if I would mind fostering some toads. Yeah. So after a huge mess of tanks breaking and having to go buy crickets (because I cannot with the meal worms UGH) and dropping all the rocks and everything… I am now the proud foster parent of 4 fire-bellied toads. Yep.
That took forever. But now I’m home, sipping on this iced, thinking of a shower before bed, just to cool down and get comfy.
Bonus is my cat really likes Toad TV.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Melon
This is CHOCOLAAAAATTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously in your FACE chocolate. Ahem.
It is ground cocoa beans, so I’d expect that. However, I hadn’t actually made this as recommended. 4 tbsp (yes, 1/4 CUP of the grounds) of this, 12 oz water. Steeped 12 minutes.
I don’t think you NEED to do this to get the chocolate delicious flavours, but it certainly is fun. It’s super bitter because duh, it’s cocoa beans, so I added 1 tsp honey. It’s also a bit of an oil slick because duh, it’s cocoa beans with all the cocoa butter still inside, so I added some cream to make it luxe instead of icky.
Yes. Thank you. I will be making this with coffee in the morning.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate
Iced with sweetened condensed milk. Again. :)
I decided to have this tea after helping my BFF with her snakes and then going dress shopping with her. I’m been chugging Cranberry Orange Chili Pepper by Bayswater since I got home, but I needed something a little different. :) There’s so little black tea in here I’m considering it decaf. :D
So it’s good. I still like it. I’ll tear through my 100g pretty quick, but I don’t think I’ll get more once I’m done. Teas I have iced are usually only consumed in the evening, so Butiki’s honeybush root beer will do me fine. I like that one hot as well, while this one hot is just. No.
(Diluted to 16oz with ice.)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fennel, Root Beer
Florence, you are almost gone. I’m sort of sad about this, but not completely sad. I probably won’t buy more of you for a long time.
I’m starting to be “over” the chocolate flavouring that H&S uses. So while the tea is good, it’s not quite right. It’d be better if I added some cacao shells or something to up the chocolateyness.
Still, it’s pretty good. Thank you for sharing with me, CrowKettle. I do appreciate it. :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty
Cold steeped about 24 hours before I remembered about it. Oops?
Oh well, it’s still good. It’s a hibiscus based fruit tea with moderate orange-ness, and a kick of chili. Goes well with Kapha Organic.
Flavors: Apple, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Orange, Rosehips, Spicy
Sil had this, and made me laugh SO MUCH because really, it has LOADS of chili in it! What did you expect? :D :D
So of course I had to make a cup. It’s soooo good! I only steeped 5 minutes though, and added 1/2 tsp honey. Delightful.
Today I can really taste the parsley, which is such a neat thing in a tea. So it’s a lot more herbaceous than what most people would think of an “herbal” tea as being. I do love the leafy medicinal things though, so I totally don’t mind. Lots of kick from the chili pepper, wow. Delicious honey, a hint of blackberry branches in the sun from the blackberry leaves… yep, I really like this tea.
:) Thanks for both reminding me of this AND making me laugh, Sil! Win-win.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Parsley, Spicy, Sweet, warm grass
I’ve been stomping around my apartment in a TERRIBLE mood, eating almond cookies and cleaning. Almond cookies, almond tea… ok! Sadly I forgot this steeping for about 20 minutes. :( So it’s not as good as usual, but surprise! It’s still totally drinkable. Not too bitter or astringent, although it is stronger than usual.
Yay La Naissance!
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.