116 Tasting Notes
Made this earlier today and it was tasty. Roasty (but a lighter roasted flavor) and kinda almost nutty. And fruity, which was nice. Added just a bare smidge of sugar which made it delicious (for me at least because I can’t seem to have a tea without sugar in it yet. But I’m working on it.) No astringency that I can tell, or just a little bit if I think about it.
I wasn’t able to finish it because I had to go help my Mom bring her Christmas stuff down from the attic. But when I got back home, though it was stone cold, it was still drinkable. But I definitely prefer it hot.
I also gave steeping the leaves another shot. About 175* for 6 min with just a little more than 8oz (Originally I had measured 2 tsp-ish for 12oz of water). I vaguely remember that the first time I had made this, the second steep wasn’t really drinkable (to me) and that I poured it out. This time it was definitely drinkable. Overall a bit more toned down from the first steep, with more of an emphasis on the roasty-ness and now with a woody note to it. But it’s definitely drinkable.
Actually I may just be moving this to my ‘occasionally reorder’ list rather than have it on my ‘finish off’ list, I’m enjoying it alot more than I did the first time.
So this one one of the free samples I got when the company was offering them. I’m just getting to them now, but at least I’m getting to them. Lol.
The leaves are beautiful. Twisty with silvery fuzz on them, but easy to measure out with a normal tsp.
Honestly, if I were to go by smell alone I’d have dumped this tea without trying it. The smell was very musky and reminded me of the smell that hits me when I go into the Australia house at the Zoo. Bleh. Thankfully I don’t get that same taste when I drink it. It’s kinda fruity, with just a hint of musk (though more woodsy musk and not animal musk). It’s pretty astringent to me, especially as it cools.
Glad I gave this a try, but as with many other darjeelings I’ve tried, this one isn’t my cup of tea.
Tea #12 from Another Traveling Tea Box
So I’m not sure if I did something wrong or it was something else. I don’t think it was me because I followed the instructions on the package. Though maybe I over leafed it since I drink 8oz and the instructions were for 6oz.
Anyway, this smelled good in the bag, and even the wet leaf had a vaguely fruity smell to it. But the execution pretty much fell on it’s face. It was very bitter for me (and my Mom who was over having dinner). Even after adding sugar it was undrinkable. I’m debating on if I want to try again with less leaf and shorter time since I think 4 min is much too long to brew black tea. At least, for me it is.
I’m holding off rating this until I try again, or I’ll just leave it unrated because I’m not sure I want to try again. Lol.
Tea #11 from Another Traveling Tea Box
So despite the rather unhappy reviews people seem to post for this, I still had to try this one. It just smelled so good. Lol.
Brewed this up and then eyed the rather pink brew in my cup dubiously. But I made it I might as well try it. It smells pretty fruity with a hint of green-ness to it. The first sip is kinda watery/weak and pretty unpleasant actually. It’s kinda tart and has this weird herb-y sort of taste. It’s not a green tea sort of taste, or at least not one I know of. I wish I actually knew what was in this aside from the types of tea and the fruit bits. Then again, I guess it doesn’t matter since I ended up pouring this one out. Even after adding some sugar is didn’t help one bit. Lol.
So this one is a no, despite how tasty it smelled.
Tea #9 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I’ve had this box for nearly a week and I haven’t gotten though everything I wanted to try yet. So I figure I’d better get my butt in gear and start trying some stuff. Lol. This is the 2nd tea I’m hoping to get through tonight, though I started later than I wanted, so we’ll just have to see.
This one smelled very fruity in the bag, though it did have a vaguely plastic-y sort of edge to it. But mostly I just smelled fruitiness.
Brewed I get plenty of fruit and it’s actually a pretty tasty tea. Straight it tastes like unsweet fruit juice. The fruit comes out so much better after adding a bit of truvia to it. Though it’s still strangely weak/watery tasting to me. Maybe that’s because I’m used to drinking black/oolong tea that have a bit more body to them. Next time I might try brewing this a bit longer, or possibly upping the temp a bit higher just to see what happens.
Watery-ness aside, this is one green tea that I wouldn’t mind actually ordering in the future.
Tea #8 from Another Traveling Tea Box
After the failure I had with the last tea, I figure a tea with cinnamon in it will at least reassure me that my taste buds aren’t dying on me. Lol.
I get cinnamon and something fruity/figgy. The sip is very full and I get a nice figgy-ness from it. The cinnamon thankfully isn’t as in-your-face as I was fearing with as many cinnamon chips as was in the scoop. It’s a decent enough tea and I’m glad I was able to sample it, especially considering it’s not really one I would’ve ordered myself. But I still wouldn’t consider ordering it now.
Tea #7 from Another Traveling Tea Box
So I wanted to give a straight tea a shot and grabbed this one because the name was interesting. Didn’t smell like much, but being in the sort of packaging it was, I didn’t expect to smell much other the rest of the box’s scents.
Brewed I was getting a thick malty smell with green beans(?) which was strange. I didn’t get any green bean taste, but it was rather mulch-y/bark tasting to me. Bleh.
Tea #6 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This one I was trying purely on the name since I didn’t get much of any sort of smell from the bag that I’d associate with the named tea. Mostly I was getting scents from other teas from the box, so I hope this didn’t get contaminated.
Brewed this had a cinnamon-y smell with a vaguely cookie/bakey kinda hint tossed in there? It was kinda hard to tell scent wise even though I practically inhaled the tea through my nose. (please note I don’t recommend doing this. Lol!)
Taste wise I get cinnamon and something kinda almond/nutty but it doesn’t really taste like much else sadly. I kinda get a decent black tea under everything else. But for me it was pretty unremarkable and blah. Maybe trying with 2 tsp or 2 1/2tsp might give it more ‘oomph’, but I’ll leave that for someone else to try.
Tea #5 from Another Traveling Tea Box
First smelling this I was reminded strongly of the caramel apple pops that you can get usually around Halloween (though I wasn’t able to find any this year /sad/) and I was pretty excited to give this a try.
Brewed I was still getting caramel more than any sort of chocolate smell though, with a vague apple-y hint. Unfortunately the taste doesn’t match the scent. I found it to be rather sour with a strange odd taste that I couldn’t really identify, but that was definitely unpleasant. And it was kinda watery tasting aside from that, even after adding some sugar hoping that it’d bring out the flavors it’s supposed to have.
I’d say that I maybe should try 2 tsp next time, but unfortunately I don’t really have any sort of desire to give this another shot. I might consider grab it in a try-me pack and see if it was just the batch here, but probly not. Maybe I did something wrong since it seems I’m the only one who had an undesirable experience with this tea. I don’t think so, but /shrug/.