1576 Tasting Notes
Oh yum. Again, I can smell it but can’t really taste it. :) Doesn’t matter though, this is good.
I also made a rosemary cake (OMG, Nigella’s cake recipes are ridiculous) but with quince instead of apple, and I can’t taste it. Haha. Oops. I’ll have to freeze some and keep it for when I’m not so sick.
I also only used 100g sugar, because I like to reduce the sugar in my baking. I also think that half the butter could be replaced with more apple, but that’s just my opinion. ;)
I can’t really taste it, but I can smell it! Or at least, that’s the excuse I’m using for making some of this tea.
I also cleaned out the Zojirushi water heater and set it up tonight. Too bad its only temperatures are 208F and 140F. I don’t know what I’d steep at 140F! The nicest thing is it has a timer, so I can set it for 6 hours and have hot water all evening with minimal effort. If I ate instant soups, this would be pretty much perfect.
So. This tea steeped at 208F for 2.5 minutes… goes a bit astringent/overdone. It’s better at 195F for 3 minutes, which is my standard for black teas these days. Still, it smells delightful. :) And that’s mostly why I’m drinking it, so I can’t really complain.
Ohh, ginger and lemon tea. Yay!
I did NOT steep this the Silk Road way… Instead, 2 tsp tea for my 16 oz cup, plus some honey for extra goodness while I’m sick.
I can’t really taste it, but when I stick my face in the cup I can smell the ginger and lemongrass. :)
I’m sick, I can’t really taste today, and I am having this as a latte. The flavouring of this tea is good, but the base is TERRIBLE. And so is their customer service. So I guess it’s a good thing I don’t want more of this tea… (On the other hand, I love some of the herbal teas they have, which sucks.)
(Total drink size about 10 oz. With almond milk.)
Oh man. I made up a huge mug of this with hot almond milk and a little sugar. It tastes amazing, and smells amazing, but I can’t drink it. :( I’m finding the only thing I can tolerate right now is my water and lime.
That really hurt to pour this down the drain.
I definitely recommend trying these cacao"teas" as lattes, or even steeping them in milk on the stove. So good.
(20 minute steep…)
(Whoops! I almost missed it! Note 1551. :) )
Yep, it’s tea. Not my favourite, but I figure that since my tasting isn’t so great right now I’ll drink up some of the stuff I don’t love so much. :)
(I gave my BFF the rest of the Forever Nuts, WOO! And because all I have is DayQuil, she’s going to get me something so I can sleep tonight.)
This tea is… interesting. I steeped it really strong, and added 1/4 mug of almond milk. It’s almost smoky or leathery, it’s weird. And sharp. The sharp brightness is what I don’t care for in a lot of Ceylons.
But it is tea.
Whoops. I have a curdled almond milk and Forever Nuts Latte.
It’s still alright. At least it’s not chunky the way that milk curdles. It tastes like nuts and apple and cinnamon, the way I would expect.
Still not my most favourite tea, but I got sucked into buying it on mega sale last year and, well, totally forgot that it’s not my favourite.
52Teas Gingerbread Smoke + Tea Desire Caramel Puerh.
Made as a latte. Yes, the crazy DavidsTea style. 3 tsp each tea.
I used unsweetened almond milk today because 1) I am sick and 2) there was no unsweetened soy milk on sale, and even though I don’t really love soy it generally tastes a bit better for “milk” heavy applications. (And also it sets Jello puddings, but almond milk doesn’t…)
It’s not bad. I’m glad the Gingerbread Smoke is gone. It’s actually lost a LOT of flavour, even though it’s been in a tin. I was expecting the smoke to dominate this blend, but it really isn’t. I’m getting mostly caramel and ginger. (I did end up adding extra ginger to the sample I kept…) And it’s pretty good!
I like this method for using up teas, but it still feels really wasteful. I might do another steeping of this blend tonight, just so I can get as much as possible out of the huge amount of leaves.
This is definitely a comfort tea, to steep all day and drink when I’m out hiking or when I’m not feeling well.
Sadly, today I’m not out hiking. Instead, I have cold #2 for the month.
It’s been steeping about 8 hours, and I love it. Super sweet, cinnamon, a bit of mint, a tiny hint of other spices. Yum.
(1 tea bag for 12 oz)
IDK if this is the same as the Hattialli Golden Paw Assam that’s currently on their website and I have in my cupboard…
So… I like it. A lot. I’d like it more if I wasn’t sick. It’s very similar (might even be the same!) to the tippy Hattialli I steal from my mom when I visit.
Yum yum yum. Malty, etc, good with additives, good without.