178 Tasting Notes
Still enjoying this one… ! Might be on a re-order while I still have a chance :) Trying not to succumb to another order, but with the new flavors and this one nearing a sip-down I admit I am more than tempted.
Today this was more an artificial strawberry to me, but yummy still the same. After I came home from working, I re-steeped what I had used earlier and found it had a weird taste .. then it occurred to me that I think I’ve only had this in my timolino. I’m not used to smelling this one as I drink it and didn’t realize how much different it can be when you can’t smell it well. I had my husband pour it back into my timolino for me and when it cools a bit I will see if the re-steep is better in it. Still maintaining my initial rating as I have enjoyed it so.
Flavors: Chocolate, Espresso, Straw
We went on a camping trip this past weekend, one night with the Cub Scouts.. my son is currently a Webelo. It was going to be chilly, but not freezing thank goodness, and I wanted to take some tea along in my timolino for the evening outside activities. We were in a hurry to get out the door and I went rummaging through my bagged tea to see what to make and this one jumped out at me. Something with a little spice sounded like a good thing to have to help keep me warm.
I steeped this up and added a little sugar and milk and it certainly hit the spot. I have to be in the mood for this one as there is something different about it than it just being a “chai”. I can’t put my finger on it, it’s just different, but in a good way.. when I crave it. I had forgotten how good a bagged tea can be… Good to know when I’m in a hurry or need something convenient.
Ok, so my Hubby is one who likes his tea and coffee scorching hot, the hotter the better, so finally bit the bullet and bought us each one of these during a sale, “web special” that David’s was having. I had seen so many of you comment on how well these things worked I decided if I was getting one for Hubby, I had to have one too… of course! Plus, it got us enough for free shipping too, bonus!
Hubby tried his first since he had work the next day, and I warned him that they are supposed to keep your beverage hot for hours. He texted me shortly after having gotten to work to tell me that he had burnt his tongue pretty good on the tea he had taken with him. Bad enough it hurt to drink more until it had cooled considerably, which was much much later in the day. He was impressed at how long his tea stayed hot and even with the top lid off.
I have taken to making tea in mine when we are doing something in the afternoon knowing that I won’t be drinking it until it gets closer to evening. That has been great for me as the temperature is dropping so much in the evening I love having something warm to carry with me and sip on no matter where we are. I have also used it at home some to keep my tea hot it, and I can pour a bit out at a time to cool to drinkable temperature & keep what is still in my timolino good and hot. Or, once it reaches a drinkable temp for me while in the timolino, it stays that way for a good while.
I can say we both love these things! I didn’t think we would be quite so impressed since we have bought other insulated products that just didn’t do anything to hold much heat. Hubby raves about them to anyone who asks what we are carrying. The closest tea shop to our area is a Teavan about an hour away so many haven’t seen anything like them before… I know I hadn’t and probably wouldn’t have tried one without all of your input here.
Anyone who is considering making a purchase of one of these, I completely recommend it! I watched and waited for a sale because I couldn’t see one in person anywhere locally.. and I’m a bit frugal sometimes, but I’d have to say, I might jump at a full price one if it were my color ;) I had less color options by grabbing one on sale, but found one that works ok for me.
Keychange.. thanks for sharing with me the differences between the timolino and the carry travel mug. I was sure I would order the carry mug when I finally was ready to do it, but when it came down to true decision time I went with the timolino. Since I couldn’t see the size difference, I was afraid the handle would add too much height for me to put it in my bag if I wanted to. I also didn’t think I would take it with me as much as I have. I might eventually pick one of those up to if given the chance at a good buy.. or as a souvenir for actually making it to one of their stores :) I have since seen Oolong Owls review of the carry mug and I like the extra filter it has on the top too… oh well. I probably should have listened to you rather than run with my last minute gut instinct.. but I guess now I have an excuse to buy another tea goodie!
I’ve found it difficult to get into the hot tea mood in the warmer weather. I tried my hand and cold steeps over the summer, my husband loving the new variety of cold tea options, but I find myself often going back to my old standby of fresh brewed grocery tea with fresh mint & just enough sugar.. Yum!
I’ve also found myself fighting some acid reflux, I get it honest – dad has had stomach problems for years :( – I had to cut back on my caffeine intake to see if that makes a difference. It comes and goes, but too much mint tea and I’m in trouble it seems. I haven’t quite figured out if caffeine is a real culprit for me yet.
We are now having a few cooler days, and especially evenings, where I can find myself with a hot cup again. Today it was rainy this morning and having just received my Butiki order over the weekend, I had to try something in that box! One of my last go-to hot teas was chocolate covered strawberry so I thought I would see how this compared. I steeped it in my Timolino… Yes, I finally got one for me and hubby ( he loves, loves his!) I’ll have to leave a note on that too….. Mom and I were going shopping today to see if we could find her something to wear to my brother’s wedding in December. I added my normal bit of raw sugar and because I steeped it in the timolino I had no chance to try it until it cooled a bit after we had been in town awhile.
I wasn’t sure by the smell of it what I would think of it. It smells a little bit artificial strawberry to me, maybe with some sweet vanilla in the background, but Yum! The strawberry definitely takes center stage in this one, but the chocolate sweetness is close behind (no bitterness at all), with some richness of espresso and vanilla to round it out. I can’t say that I get cake from this, as the name suggests, but it is desserty none-the-less. I have to say Stacy did it again… So wish she would keep at this tea thing…! I’m a bit afraid I will be making another order before she closes up shop and hubby is going to say, “What?? More tea?!?”
Flavors: Chocolate, Espresso, Strawberry, Vanilla
I’ve been away much of the warm season drinking my homemade iced tea and experimenting a bit with cold brewed teas… a work in progress. Can’t believe I slipped away as long as I did.. love checking what is going on here when I have the time.
I wanted something hot a few days ago and picked this one up because it was one that I had enjoyed just before the summer started. This was the bottom of the bag with all the crumbs and chaos and just wasn’t a good cuppa. :( I will disregard making note on it because I know I had a better cup than this one was. I didn’t even drink much of it. Felt good to have the warm cup back in my hands though :) Also good to be checking back in here too!
I tried this from the TTB I have recently had the privilege of being a part of.
I thought this might be a nice basic black tea with some fruit flavor & with the cooler temps we’ve had off an on lately, unseasonably so, had me thinking Fall was on the way anyway… & I can associate Fall with pomegranates in the store, so why not try this?
I found this to be a basic black tea with little fruit flavor. If I didn’t know this was supposed to be pomegranate raspberry I would have called it cranberry due to the tartness I got from it. Even knowing the raspberry is supposed to be there, I couldn’t find it.
Sadly, I don’t think this one is for me. I can see how pomegranate and cranberry can have similar flavor, but I didn’t expect tart with this one.
Backlog from yesterday…I think it was yesterday… hmm..
Another from the TTB I currently have. I’m a sucker for chocolate and also like it in my tea if it’s done well. This one hit the spot. It’s a nice black tea with a milk chocolate flavor to add to it. Neither flavor competes with the other… a little sugar and it’s a nice treat.
On another note, Hubby is stuck working on a rental property of ours today. Apparently the water line is leaking somewhere between the house and the water meter… Ugh! & the water prices in town are craziness anyway! Hopefully it’s an easy fix and the city doesn’t make him re-do the whole line. .!!! They can be pretty picky sometimes. We had plans to clean out the garage today and to go look at tv antennas and such as we are seriously considering ditching cable for now. We’re not sports nuts and we find ourselves watching Netflix much of the time so why pay for what we aren’t really using? Well, we’ll get to it sometime.