1456 Tasting Notes
Uhh, JustJames, I think I have a problem.
Thanks for that. It required some negotiating to find this tea in the cupboard.
I actually really like this smokey tea. I didn’t think I would, until Sil suggested maple syrup, and then I ended up with Too Much whipping cream. Maple whipping cream + Russian Caravan tea = match made in heaven.
This tea probably isn’t the best quality out there, but I’m enjoying it and that’s what counts. Right? It will definitely be a void in my cupboard when it’s done, but what to fill it with…
I haven’t had this tea in ages. I think I was trying to save it for something. Well, today can be that something. :)
I do really enjoy these still. If I had more, they would make it into the “every morning” rotation. I had been thinking of purchasing a tin of them, but now I’m not so sure. They’re definitely up there in the ranking, and the price is good enough that I wouldn’t feel bad about having them in a travel mug. :)
After the CUP OF COFFEE I had this morning (So there, JustJames.), I used the tea randomizer (yay!) and it pulled up this tea. Miracle of miracles (since my cupboard on Steepster is a mess), I actually still had this in my stash.
Since I only had 2 tsp left, I did 2 steepings in 8 oz and poured them into a bigger mug. This tea also goes well with candy corn. It’s delicious. Light and sweet. Very complex. Doesn’t really need anything added, although some honey might be nice.
This is an “Oops, I sat down to write a note and the tea is gone because I got distracted and drank it all” note.
Definitely worth getting again, even though it’s more of an afternoon tea than a morning tea for me.
Sipdown! I cold steeped this overnight, and had some of it today. Sadly, cold steeping brought out a bitter tinge that I really didn’t like. Good thing I didn’t chuck my leaves! Trying another overnight steep to see if that works.
Between this and Watermelon Xylophone, I definitely prefer the watermelon. Probably because I like the base more. Silver needles are just.. more. Thicker, sweeter, better.
1 tbsp, 8 oz, 3 minutes.
I do like this one a fair bit. Steeping longer, and making sure you don’t underleaf it, is important to get all the flavours. I could still do without all that coriander, especially since coriander in all three of this month’s blends. Yikes!
This is similar to the vanilla citrus spice, with a nice toastiness from the rice. The orange and vanilla and ginger are all so good together. It also goes well with the candy corns I have leftover from Halloween. Mmm.
(These are A+ candy corns from a local company. Nice and fresh, not crystallized at all. So good.)
I’ll steep this once or twice more tonight, and maybe try the Elderberry Herbal.
(Sorry about the edits! 2nd steep at 5 minutes is delightful and spicy. Extremely good with a tiny bit of honey. OMG. Ok, I’d get more of this one.)
I had this blend this morning. Yes, I added a blend as a tea, seeing as I accidentally have 75g of each, therefore 150g of blend.
I failed at math when I went tea shopping.
Anyways, this was delicious as always. So delicious. Especially with the maple whipped cream on top. It’s not an every day tea for me (despite the 150g!), but it’s soo good with its nougaty coffee hazelnut flavours.
I need to drink this more often. Heck. I need to cycle through ALL the teas more often, instead of just drinking what’s new and shiny.
So. I like this tea. Some people don’t. That’s OK. I’m drinking a large mug with some maple whipped cream on top. Delicious and sweet and desserty (like spiced cake), without being too much like Red Velvet Cake or Coffeecake.
Edit: Also, candy corns are divine.
I think I need to try this one hot.
I iced it by steeping for 4 minutes then adding some ice and cold water. For me, one bag in the ‘iced tea’ format makes 2 litres, or about 1/2 gallon.
I also added 2 tbsp sugar, which upon reflection, is a bit much for me. Oh well. It’s still tasty. I really like this iced tea, and will definitely pick up some more next summer.
I’ll be bringing this to work in my water bottle. Especially since I sit in front of space heaters all day, I need to remember to hydrate! My skin is so dry…