1133 Tasting Notes
A sample from VariaTEA. Hopelessly unseasonal, given that it’s practically summer, but I don’t mind. Delicious tea is delicious tea, and this is particularly wonderful. For starters, it smells wonderful — even dry, the rich scent of freshly baked cookies is hopelessly enticing. Brewed, it’s even better. That actually came as a bit of a surprise, as flavoured teas can be a bit hit and miss in terms of tasting like they smell. Not so with this one!
I gave 1 tsp of leaf about 3.5 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. It’s amazing from first sip; deliciously bakey, choc-chip cookie flavoured heaven, with a gorgeous milkiness that develops mid-sip. I like how the milk tastes slightly “thin”, like actual milk would. It’s almost too much in a way — it’s fairly sweet and rich, and a smallish cup is definitely enough. Thanks to VariaTEA for sharing this one with me!
A sample from VariaTEA. I was expecting this one to be quite sharp, somehow, but it’s not like that at all. It actually reminds me of a couple of orange teas I’ve tried recently; Twinings’ Lady Grey and Mighty Leaf Orange Dulce. It shares the same orange cream, almost sherbet-like, taste. I added a splash of milk to my cup, which I think helped with that a little. It’s not a very natural orange flavour, though; more like kia-ora than fruit. Even so, it’s a pleasant cup. The black base suits the flavouring and stops it from becoming too sweet and cloying. It’s not one I’d want on hand all the time (a good thing, because I don’t think I could get any even if I did…), but it’s a nice treat on a spring evening, and a great dessert tea. Thanks to VariaTEA for giving me the chance to try this one!
Second iced tea of the year! I also tried this one last year, and really enjoyed it. Again, I think I’ve done slightly better with the brewing this year. I timed more carefully while the bag was in the hot water (three minutes and no more!), but used the same parameters otherwise (topped up to 2 litres with cold water, cooled in fridge for 12 hours overnight). The cotton candy flavour is strong and clear, and delightfully sweet and sugary. It’s as close as a drink can get to the real thing. The base is wonderfully smooth, as ever, and supports the flavouring really well. I think the coolness helps to offset some of the sweetness, too, making this hugely refreshing this warm morning! Lovely, lovely stuff!
First iced tea of the year! I tried this one last year, but I think I left the bag for too long and the base become very prominent and slightly astringent. I did better this year, because the cup I’m drinking at the moment is very smooth, and there’s a delicious berry flavour running over the (relatively subtle) black base. It’s more raspberry than blackberry, I think, and it tastes more like fruit flavoured candies than actual fresh fruit. I’m pretty sure I’m getting that impression because it’s sweet, with no hint of tang or tartness. Real fruit just wouldn’t be that uniformly sweet! Not that I mind — it makes a delicious and refreshing drink on a warm day. I could take the flavouring a little stronger, but that’s a minor complaint. Maybe this time I was a little conservative while trying to avoid bitterness! I brewed this in 1/4 pint of boiling water for three minutes, and then topped up the jug to 2 litres. It then went in the fridge overnight, for about 12 hours. I haven’t yet tried cold brewing one of these, but that’s something to keep in mind for the future. As a first iced tea of the season, though, I can only say I’m looking forward to the months ahead!
Something about this one isn’t entirely agreeing with me this morning. I think I oversteeped it a bit because I got distracted, and it turned out rather sweet and cloying. A shame, because usually I enjoy this one.
I’m still trying to work out whether I’m in control of my job, or whether my job’s in control of me. I have a feeling it might be the latter. I’m trying not to let it get to me, but it is. Sadly and truly. Breathe in. Breathe out.
I love the name of this tea. I had a Prince interlude in my teenage years, and this takes me right back. I like raspberry teas in general, too, so it’s a win-win. The second of my pre-bedtime teas last night, I gave this one 4.5 minutes in boiling water. It smells delicious; fresh, juicy raspberry! To taste, more of the rooibos comes over than I would have liked, and the raspberry flavour is a bit muted. Not terribly so, but I really, really wanted to taste more of it. I feel like I could smell it more than taste it, which was a little disappointing. I’m obviously hoping that every raspberry tea will be like my much missed 52 Teas Raspberry Cream, but this one isn’t. It’s not bad, just…a little meh. Maybe some sugar will perk up my next cup?
This is seriously yummy. It was the first of my before bed teas last night, and I didn’t miss caffiene one bit. I brewed it fairly long — about 5/6 minutes in boiling water. There were a lot of chocolate chips, and I wanted them all to melt!
To taste, it’s chocolatey and minty, like an after eight, and the marshmallow leaf base adds a bit of substance. It’s so smooth and easy to drink, it was gone before I knew it. A truly fabulous herbal, and a welcome addition to my evening rotation!
This is such a pretty tea, and like no other green I’ve ever seen before. The leaves are grey-green and fuzzy, with stripes! I’m just finishing off A Dance with Dragons Part 1, so a dragon themed tea called to me. I wonder if the bellies of Daenerys’ dragons look anything like this tea?!
Anyway, back to sense again. This is such a light, delicate green. It actually reminds me more of a white in both liquor colour and flavour. I steeped it in boiling water as per the recommended parameters, for about three minutes, and the result was strangely pale and scentless. It seemed to go against my nature to dunk green tea in boiling water, but I did it anyway!
Surprisingly, the boiling water has no adverse effect. I should know by now that it’s okay to trust Stacy’s judgement on these things, I guess! The flavour is very subtle; delicately sweet, with a light butteriness, and faint hints of green vegetables. Fresh peas come to mind, and spring water. It’s very light and refreshing, although if I hadn’t known it was a green I’m pretty sure I would have pegged it as a white.
I think on the whole I prefer my teas with a touch more strength. I do appreciate a subtle, refreshing tea from time to time, though, so I’m glad to have had the chance to try this one. It’s very spring-like, and pleasant to sit and drink on a warm spring afternoon. A good cup.