2032 Tasting Notes
So I forgot I was steeping this tea and went to the washroom… and thus oversteeped. But! There is a happy ending. SO BANANA-Y! 3 tsp in my 16 oz mug, with some good chunks of banana in it. ~4-5 minutes steep time. Yes, it’s oversteeped, but with milk it’s totally fine. And it really tastes like banana.
Super magical this time.
Almost a sipdown here, and I happened to come across some other teas in the cupboard that I managed to get rid of. Teaspoons here and there that just haven’t ever been drunk.
Anyways, I still love this, and still wish it were a black tea. Violet and raspberry. Yum. So good.
2 short steeps at 175, combined into a bigger mug.
I’m not really sure where this is from, but it is indeed a black tea ball.
There were 2 bags and the labels were conflicting. The more detailed label suggested gongfu starting at 1 min and 70C, moving up in time and temp. Which. No. Insipid lightly coloured water.
So I steeped it for about 10 minutes? It’s gone a little astringent but not too much. Still not the bestest though. There are other balls I like better. ;)
Oh thank goodness finally a sipdown. And a legitimate one, of a tea that I’m really enjoying drinking.
I put some cream in this, for a lemony creamy pudding effect. So tasty.
If I needed more tea (And I don’t. Really.), I would definitely consider getting some of this.
From Sil. :)
I kept like 1/2 tsp back to try. I don’t like pear, so I’m not really expecting much from this tea.
It smells like fuzzy peaches, and pear jelly beans. Uhh…
Hmm. I didn’t steep it very long – maybe 30 seconds. It’s mostly peach I think, but with that icky overripe jelly bean pear flavour in the background.
I did another steep while I stirred my chili. Still really peachy and overripe pear. I think that if you love those flavours, this would be a good tea for you. It is high quality, and I am appreciating the oolong base. However, since the pear is really one of my LEAST favourite flavours, it’s falling flat for me.
But I did get a glass test tube with a cork cap out of the deal. ;)
From Sil. :)
My first impression is Whoa, butter. This may partially be contributed to by the cream I put in the tea this morning. As I was steeping it I definitely smelled the caramel and salt.
I’m really enjoying this tea. Hopefully I manage to finish the whole mug. :)
I’m other news, I let my kettle rest and it worked this morning! Yayyyyy!!! Definitely need to remember to unplug it now, but the plan is to try to keep it going as long as possible. Maybe closer to Christmas I’ll get the Cuisinart one from Costco.
Oh man, this tea. It’s so good! Even though I ended up having to make it with boiling water this morning.
You see, my variable temperature kettle has lost its capabilities. It doesn’t understand the temperature presets, and it also doesn’t know when to STOP BOILING. So I made my tea, and hoped, and the tea is fine! Yay Lupicia and the ability for their teas to withstand boiling temperatures!
Boo, broken kettle.
So I’m in the market for a new one. I’m not really sure what to get, but my budget is tiny. And because my budget is tiny, I can’t order from the States as the exchange and shipping kinda ruin any “reasonable” price. Walmart seems to have a couple things. But IDK. I need to find my old regular kettle that still turns off when it boils, and I’ll try using that for a few days I guess.
I already miss the variable temperature options. Already.
HA. I am reviewing this tea over here because keychange did, and ALSO because this seems to be the full real tea name.
I just decided to make decaf because I was thinking it was SUPER LATE and time for me to switch and then I looked at the clock and it’s 6:10pm. FML. Granted, I did wake up just before 6am with a migraine (ugh) so maybe that’s just my body telling me I need more sleep.
Anyways. Sniffing the dry leaf it’s MAGICAL. Much strawberry. Very cream. Wow.
Steeped for 5 minutes (which is about my cut off for honeybush sorry instructions), it still smells strawberry, but hot it doesn’t taste it as much. I think this tea would be best left to cool for a bit but I’m impatient and adore milk in my tea, so I went ahead and added some.
I do really like this one. But. (omg I know) The strawberry isn’t in the front and centre of the sip. It’s more towards the end. So while it IS strawberry, it’s not STRAWBERRY AHHH as I was expecting from the smell.
Eh whatevs. I’d still totally buy more if I needed some strawberry tea. (Another really good strawberry honeybush is that one from TeaG, Smooth Strawberry Dream. But it’s strawberry and caramel.)