599 Tasting Notes
I really shouldn’t be drinking this tea. Really. Honeybush gives me an awful awful headache and I have a cat who wants attention who is interfering with everything I do right now. I could probably drink it now, it’s a good temperature, except I’m pretty sure the cup would get head booped right down my shirt. It’s taken me 5 minutes to write this paragraph.
Well, it’s sweet. It’s definitely sweet. I’m not in love with stevia, I actually dislike it quite a bit so that’s tempering my enjoyment of this. And it’s definitely giving me a headache, or bringing back the headache that I just managed to get rid of. But I definitely taste the vanilla and chamomile and they are very nice. Not picking up a whole lot of coconut but it’s quite creamy considering I didn’t put any milk in it. I don’t really pick up any lemongrass either.
So yes, I think if I could get over my sensitivities, this would be a pleasant cup but as it is, it is going into my swap bin.
I really really wanted a coconut tea this afternoon, on my sick day home from work. I’m not really sick but I got to sleep late and then slept super poorly and just could not get out of bed this morning. And by the time I felt better, it was past noon, so I just gave up on the whole day.
I told myself I wouldn’t open any more packages but I had no coconut teas open and I recently got this from The Tea Merchant in my order of teaware (and this, not a free sample, a whole couple of ounces I think). I’m glad I ordered it though because it is so very VERY nice.
I haven’t had many coconut teas before, much less white tea with coconut but I think right now that it is the perfect combination. There is a definite sweetness to this and a vanilla lingering taste. I’m also picking up something that is trying to taste like alcohol, without the alcohol burningness. Like maybe rum, I think. I usually don’t like rum in any form but it’s combining quite nicely in this. I wonder what’s causing that? Natural flavours ingredient perhaps.
At any rate, I’m glad this is so good because I’ll have to drink it up quickly before the coconut turns to soap. But this is, definitely, a very nice tea.
Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla
Made another cold smoothie. It tastes good but I need to figure out how to strike a balance between the insane amount of froth my blender produces and how blended the ice cubes are. Because there’s less froth this time but it’s much too chunky and I’m practically chewing this half the time.
A quandary. Have any of you out there encountered or fixed this problem?
So this was a gift during a trade with someone who’s name I can’t find. Thank you Mystery Person!
Generally speaking, I am NOT a fan of pu’erh. I am especially not a fan of Shu pu’erh. But I have it and I thought that I should try it. I had a little chunk of it with a label in a little plastic bag so here goes. I’m using my little yellow single person teapot and cup with the cats on them. I have a matching set of mugs, but the cup sits below the teapot when it is resting so I have a drinking vessel already.
I hope the pu’erh purists will forgive me, but I added a bit of sugar to each infusion because otherwise bitterness overwhelms everything. I will try to do this justice.
1st steep: 10 seconds: boiling water. This tastes really earthy and I’m not sure how to describe it. I’m not entirely turned off by it, and I’m rather surprised about that. I think I’m also getting a bit of that tea chaqi that Terri keeps mentioning. I’m feeling a little light-headed anyway and this after not even a cup of it.
Had to pour out the second steep because of reasons. Third infusion is 15 seconds, boiling water, and it’s not really noticeably darker than the first. I poured through a strainer because the parts keep coming off since the teapot doesn’t have it’s own strainer. This infusion is still a dark orange/brown colour and as I’m tasting it, the flavour has thinned out a bit but it’s becoming a bit more unpleasant for me. I think I will stop drinking this now and apologize for wasting this likely very nice tea when I truly have not developed a taste for shu pu’erh.
The new website seems to be having difficulty with saving the tasting notes. Or at least mine. This is the second time this has happened so far where it hung after the save button was clicked and then it loses my whole tasting note.
So here goes again: I underleafed this a lot because I didn’t come here and read about parameters first, my bad. I do have more of this in my Butiki order that I just unpacked so I will be able to try again.
I’m picking up faint hints of very sweet orange and a creaminess of the marshmallow (root or flavour or something. Vegan marshmallows) but not any chocolate. I’m going to hold off on rating this until I can brew it correctly.
I tried this because I felt I should. I wrote off guayusa a while ago but I thought to try it again because tastes change. I’ve been waiting for it to cool off for a while and it’s still hot but not burningly hot.
I am not sure how to describe how guayusa tastes to me, but earthy comes up a lot so I’ll use that. The mint really softens it down and makes it somewhat palatable. If I had to drink guayusa, this is a good one so far. It did, however, immediately give me a headache. I didn’t really get any vanilla except perhaps in the smoothness of the brew. It leaves an interesting aftertaste and a bit of a burning feeling in the back of the throat and for some reason behind my eyes.
It’s possible I’m sensitive to this as I am to honeybush so I think I’ll put some time between now and the next trial of this type of tea. If you do like guayusa though, I think this is a really good tea for you.
Have I had this before? It already has a rating so I must have. Which is good because I can’t tell how accurate this tasting note is going to be.
Let me preface this whole thing that my Breville desperately needs to be cleaned, as I just learned by making this tea, and I just bought some of those organic cleaning tablets on Amazon that should arrive in a couple of days (yay free two-day shipping!). Because…I had a bit of the unsweetened tea and it tasted vaguely of mold. So there’s that.
If I ignore that, it’s a very tasty tea. But yeah. Mold. I’m dumping the rest now that I’ve had a taste.
I’m having a go at this one because I wanted to see what the new format was for tasting notes. It’s much longer, I must say and I don’t really enjoy the scrolling.
This tea smells just like green apple candy flavouring. Like whoa. I’m not a huge fan of that but it’s not turning me off either. I added a bit of sugar because flavoured greens and whites make me wary like that and I’ve never this before. It was from a trade a while ago and I don’t remember who sent it to me, Sorry! Also, don’t suggest a flavour if you don’t want to lose your tasting note. It opened up my mail window and I lost all that I had entered. Opening on a new tab would have been much preferred.
It tastes rather thin and is less strong than the smell would have it but I taste less apple candy and more actual apple. I’m not sure if I’m just suggestible from Roswell Strange’s note but I do pick up a hint of caramel as well. This is a pleasant enough tea and I am glad I got to try it.
Well, this is old but still delicious. It’s been sealed in a tin all this while, but hasn’t been in the freezer so I was a bit worried. Made this as a cold latte for the first time. 16 oz milk, bunch of ice cubes, 1 tsp of raspberry matcha and blend! I think I may have overblended it because it’s so very smooth and I’m fond of the smoothie feeling but I think that would take more ice and less frenetic blending. I have a Vitamix so it’s easy to turn everything into a very smooth liquid or paste.
This is still delicious. I might try adding some frozen raspberries to it next time since I believe I have some in my freezer. I’ve added them to other matcha lattes (cold) but I never managed to add the right amount of sugar for me and this time I did. 2.5 spoonfuls of my flat sugar spoon. Don’t ask me the measure of that in real life, it’s a cute little (old) sugar container about the size of my fist and the cute little sugar spoon.
Anyway, I need to start making more of these in the future, but not today because I just used up all of my milk. Unless I want to start experimenting with vanilla soy milk, I suppose. There’s an idea.
Apparently I remembered wrongly when I thought I didn’t like this tea. Thankfully I had enough to send samples to Stephanie and keychange anyway. Sending on Monday if I can get to the post office (if work isn’t crazy).
This is still a juicy juicy pear and the black tea is bold and I’m not sure what the roughness is that I taste, malt? I know and have drunk a lot more tea since this one I drank almost a year ago but this one is still pretty good. I don’t reach for pear tea often and this one is getting rather old so I should dry to drink up/trade out soon. Maybe I will be able to buy another canister soon-ish, although not too soon because my finances are telling me strongly “No More Spending On Frivilous Things You Already Have Lots Of”. Haha.