1882 Tasting Notes
Oh, this was a good tea this morning. Smokey, richly flavoured, kinda like a campfire. :)
I had it with homemade coconut creamer. So good. And I also had oatmeal with maple syrup and coconut.
All with a whiny cat on my lap. Seriously. He pushes me around on my bed at night, then demands loads of snuggles as soon as I get up. Cat, you are ridiculous. (Of course, his name is Princess… for a reason.)
Mostly I use this tea as an add-on. But I’m looking for ways to drink it more often, as I truly do love chicory as a coffee substitute.
3/4 tsp plus 1/2 tsp cacao shells, 14 oz, 5 minutes. Creamer.
Perfect. It’s basically ovaltine, but without the gluten and dairy. :)
Sipdown! (246. I think.)
Thank you for letting me revisit my childhood, VariaTEA! :)
2 tea bags, 14 oz, steeped 4 minutes, topped with, yes, homemade coconut creamer of high fat deliciousness.
I made more because the medication is making me nauseous, and I need to get calories into me before leaving for work. Solution? Add high nutrient creamer to tea. :) I didn’t put vanilla in it this time, but it’s still so good.
The coconut really tones down the SPICE factor of this tea. It’s much more of an “herbal chai” right now. Yum.
The last of my DavidsTea Pineapple Oolong with some Lupicia Pineapple Oolong.
I get coconut, pineapple, coconut, mango.
Yeah, I know. It’s called “Pineapple Oolong”. I also only expected there to be pineapple.
At any rate, this is really nice iced, right at this moment. :)
Thanks again to Dinosara for the Lupicia samples!
(Steeped then over ice in a 16oz mug.)
Because I had read all the notes on this ‘sweet’ tea as they popped up on my dash, I knew it wasn’t going to be sweet at all. And so I cold steeped it. And it’s still quite tart.
Very refreshing, it has a nice flavour although what I’m getting is mostly hibiscus and apple with a bit of mango juice at the end. Not sure I’d get it again, but I am glad I got a chance to try it.
From MissB who got it from Dexter3657. Thank you for sharing!
A sample from Dinosara.
Sadly, this assam isn’t to my taste at all. It’s a little dusty, a little weak, somewhat malty. It doesn’t have much of that unique bright ‘assam’ flavour, although it is still identifiable. It feels like it’s hiding under the blankets. The ones in the cupboard that have been there for months and need a good wash before they’re put on the bed.
I prefer my assams to be bright and malty. Different than this. More than this. Yet still somewhat similar.
Thank you for sharing, Dinosara. It’s not one I’ll be picking up in the future. :)
I got this iced today in store.
So surprisingly good. I was expecting it to come out quite bitter, but it was delicious. Full of berry. A little dirt-y from the juniper berries, but I think that would be resolved with a cold steep.
Definitely a tea to keep in mind for summer. If I ever drink my way out of this pile of samples! :)
A sample from MissB. Thank you. :)
So first. Ingredients.
South African rooibos, rosehip shells, black currants, rose leaves, lavender, red currants, blueberries, natural flavouring*.
South African rooibos, blueberries, rosehips, rose petals, rose leaves, lavender, raisins, black currants, red currants, artificial blueberry flavouring.
DavidsTea! You need to do better. Which one should I believe? Are there blueberries in there? Rose petals? I have no idea! Thankfully I’m not allergic to anything in either of the ingredient lists, but it doesn’t make me feel like I could trust either of them. I could serve it to a friend and find out about surprise!raspberries, or surprise!strawberries… and honestly it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Because this keeps on happening.
Anyways. The tea smells amazing. Yes, like Blueberry Jam or Blue Lagoon. I guess the same blueberry flavour is used in all of them. But since this one is a rooibos, it is a bit woody. Maybe it’s a tiny bit floral, on the end of the sip. IDK. It’s hard to tell, what with all the blueberry.
This is another rooibos I like that isn’t a dessert flavour. Nice and fruity. But would I have room in my cupboard for both Northern Berry from Zen Tea, and this one? Probably not. And I’d probably go with Northern Berry because it has cranberries in it. Mmm, cranberries.
(Sample pack in 16 oz. 1/4 tsp honey.)
This is very tasty this “morning”.
I slept through my alarm, and am still exhausted. Pain takes a lot of energy to deal with!
So now I’m off to the clinic to see my x-ray results, then to work for a few hours to hopefully manage the next step in an experiment. Not too sure about that, due to the sore, but I’ll see. If not, I have paperwork to do and I can do the next step tomorrow.
(1 tea bag for 12 oz, 1/8 tsp sugar, almond milk)
WAY better as a cold brew, wow.
6 cups water, the leftover leaves from hot brewing, the other 7g of leaves, overnight (about 18 hours).
The base is nice and mild, although the tea is a little drying, and I like the smell/resultant flavour better.
This is the way to do it. Probably still only 1/2 packet at a time though, as 8 cups is a lot of one tea.