1496 Tasting Notes
Tea #2 for Oolong Saturday, and sipdown #1.
1) Eleuthero root is not an ingredient on my package. What do I believe, DavidsTea? Your ingredient listings are TERRIBLE. Step up and fix that problem, because I am becoming extremely suspicious of your teas, and that is sad.
2) I hate the name. I’ve had this since January or so, and I haven’t tried it yet because I hate the name. Hate it. I won’t rant about it, but wow there’s a lot bubbling under the surface. And it’s too bad, because even if I really like the tea (orange and ginger! Smells so good!) I’ll never buy it.
3) The tea smells divine. And it apparently just has natural flavours! That’s awesome.
4) Steeped as recommended on the packet, it doesn’t smell as good. Doesn’t taste as good as I hoped, either. Somewhat too earthy, not enough of the orange/ginger/peach smell I was getting from the dry leaves. It’s not terrible, it’s just not what I was expecting from the smell. It’s very orangey, and only a little gingery. As it cools, I’m not-loving-it more. IDK what eleuthero root tastes like, but that might be what isn’t working for me. Oh hey! Googling it tells me it’s like ginseng. So. Dirt.
Yeah, I’m moving on to something else.
Sad sad sipdown. I love this tea. It’s so relaxing and soothing for me.
Tulsi and fruit go so well together. I really like it with papaya and apples here. I also like it mixed with berry teas.
It steeps up murky and scary looking. I recommend a dark mug. It smells spicy and peppery and fruity.
Definitely a tea I need to get more of. Need. :)
So this is a gold packet that says “refined Chinese tea” that I think originated with Sil and I got from Heather.
I have no idea what it is. It smells tasty. All sweet, rich notes. I’m steeping it as I do my usual black teas – 3 min at about 195F. I think the instructions say 3-7 minutes, but I could wrong. I don’t really read Chinese, I only recognize a couple characters.
At any rate, steeped it smells like roasted squash. Kabocha, when it gets nicely browned in the oven. So sweet and delicious. I don’t think it tastes as good as it smells – there’s a weird sour note I sometimes get with tea – but it’s pretty good.
I think it’s so funny that my picture of puerh at the Chinese diner has ended up being the picture for this “tea”. :)
I stuck two bags of tulsi in with one bag of wild berry zinger. It’s getting a little late, and I need to turn off the computer and chill. Maybe sleep some. I have a lot to do at work tomorrow, and then need to head out to a tea shop for some holiday shopping. “One for you, and one for me.” Right?
The mix is actually pretty good. I’m not much of a fan of the zinger teas hot, but with the tulsi I don’t mind it. The tulsi and berry combination is one I can get behind. It will be a good way to use up both boxes of tea. :)
I’ve had this a few times now, and while the tea is by no means bad, it’s just not to my taste.
Green teas are really difficult for me. I think this one’s going into the SWAP box.
(It’s lemony and gingery, and it’s a green tea. Nice with honey if you’re not feeling well. OK iced, haven’t tried cold steeped.)
I dumped what was left in my 1 oz pack into my basket, and made myself another giant mug of tea. The idea was I’d have pumpkin tea to go with my leftover pumpkin gnocchi. But it looks as though I’ve already finished the food portion. Instead, I will drink this tea and nibble on some cheese.
I think I like this better overleafed, and with no sugar added. It’s pretty tasty! I like this a lot more than DavidsTea’s Pumpkin Chai, and this is the one I’ll purchase more of if someone manages a Della Terra order. :) (Or Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. They’re about the same amount of goodness to me.)