1119 Tasting Notes
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #20
Sadness. I love elderflower, and yet it’s fairly hard to come by in tea, at least in the UK. That’s how it seems to me, anyway. The only thing I wish this had more of is “champagne”. I think that was probably a reference to the oolong more than any specific flavouring, but the name conjured up wonderful things. It’s light-tasting, fruity, it’s the colour of champagne…it’s so close, but I did find myself wishing there was a little more depth. Maybe iced with some sparkling water? Next time I buy a bag, that’ll be something to try.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #19
This morning’s second cup. I’m not a fan of overly floral teas, so this isn’t one I particularly like. As jasmine tea goes, it’s at least fairly subtle. There are so many teas I like better, though, so I’m not too sad to see this one go.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #18
Yesterday’s mid-afternoon cup. I made this with slightly hotter water than usual (largely because I’m impatient), and was expecting some bitterness. I didn’t get any, though. If anything, the spearminty sweetness was actually more prominent, and the green base more in the background. This might actually have become one of my favourite green tea and mint blends. I like the spearmint much better than peppermint, and the balance of mint/green tea is spot on. A delightful sweet treat, and one of the only Mighty Leaf teas that I’d consider reordering.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #17
My teaspoon this morning contained a mulberry! At least now I know what they look like :) I used slightly hotter water than last time, and was rewarded with an even more flavourful cup. It was very juicy — primarily papaya with a hint of jasmine and apple. I’m guessing the “other flavour” is mulberry, and is what’s really giving this tea its sparkle. It’s certainly a lovely morning cup!
I added a 1/4 tsp extra leaf, and left this one for an additional minute this morning. I came back to a kitchen that smelt of blueberries, which has never happened before. I added a splash of milk, and — lo and behold! — my first sip has blueberries, cream cheese, and pastry. NOW I get what this one is supposed to be. When it’s good, it’s gorgeous.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #16
Sparkly, hot chocolate awesomeness. I’ve really come to appreciate this one as my last black tea of the evening. With a splash of milk, this one develops a creamy milk chocolate flavour, with a faint touch of turkish delight. I know Enchanted Narnia is Bluebird’s proper turkish delight tea, but this one is so much better in my opinion.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #14
I like how unusual this one is. It brews up a treacle-y black, it taste of christmas, it’s a herbal, but like no herbal I’ve ever experienced before. I appreciate that I drank this one hopelessly out of its ideal season, but I still love it. One I’ll look to restock come winter, when I need a delicious, cinnamon warmer.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #12
Early evening cup yesterday. I really like how gentle this green is — it reminds me of a white tea more than anything, but with the mild taste of fresh green vegetables that I like so much in green tea. No heaviness, bitterness or astringency. A pretty perfect summer tea!