511 Tasting Notes
So I finally bought a gaiwan. I actually bought two of them. One is about 150ml and one is about 75ml. I’ve tried the larger one today. It’s taking some real playing to get use to. I almost burnt my fingers on the steam from the first use, which isn’t good, but what can ya do?
Anyways, this was the tea for me to try today with the gaiwan and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but the first steep was quite bitter after only 10 seconds. The second steeping wasn’t as bad at 10 seconds but still was a tough bitter. Maybe it’s also ‘cause I’m not use to drinking this tea straight up? Anyways, so the third steep I did 15 seconds and it wasn’t too bad! I was surprised by it. It started to mellow out and turn into a nice tea. Maybe the first two steeps should have been a bit shorter. Maybe this is the type of tea that only needs like a 5 second steep to start? Or maybe I just used too much leaf? I’m still trying to understand that part of it.
Either way, I’m not giving up on the gaiwan yet. I have some oolongs and pu’erhs I want to try in it once the baby is born, if I get time for tea. I’ve heard newborns sleep a lot at first so I might be okay… Maybe? Hopefully? haha
I do have a few white teas I could probably try in it too before the baby comes ’cause they are straight teas and they should be safe…
I’m really not sure about this one. Trying it straight up, it’s very interesting. The description says jammy-like taste to it, but I’m not too sure if that’s what I’m getting or not. I think I’m getting more of a floral quality to it I think.
There’s just something about this tea that I’m not crazy about. I will probably finish it, but honestly it’s not for me… Even with milk and sugar I don’t find this tea to be overly exciting…
Oh well… Maybe I’ll try it in one of my new Gaiwans and see if that helps!
I tried a small amount of this in stores today and I’m really not sure where to begin reviewing it.
It was overwhelmingly sweet. I think the must have added like twice as much sugar as they should have so it was very hard to get the flavours to come through. But I did notice the mint. That managed to come through. It was good. I wish the rest had had a chance to really shine instead of getting beaten down and away with the amount of sugar. Oh well… what can you do?
I wish there was a way to order samples from Teavana instead of committing to a full 50g!
This is the only thing from Teavana that I have tried and actually liked so far. The rock sugar is fantastic. It’s not too sweet. It adds just the right amount of sweetness without being in your face and making you pucker. I have a bunch of this still and I plan to keep it in my house at all times. I definitely prefer it to white sugar. And the nice thing is, this doesn’t change the flavour of your tea like honeys and sometimes other sweetners will.
I had a small sample of this in store today. I guess camomile isn’t the best thing for pregnant women so I probably shouldn’t have had it, but it wasn’t much so I’m not too concerned.
Also, I got a tin of this for my mom-in-law for Christmas on the weekend and she texted me while we were driving home and said she loved it, so I was excited to try it.
It is amazing. It is a sweet apple tea. Don’t really know where to start to describe it, but honestly it was amazing. I recommend it fully.
Last time I had this tea, I was disappointed ‘cause it wasn’t as creamy as I expected it to be, but this time around, I’m loving it. Maybe it’s ‘cause I haven’t had Santa’s Secret in so long that this one is just jumping out at me and making me just love candy canes and peppermint all that much more.
It’s very refreshing. The minty-ness is leaving me feeling refreshed and it’s just such a wonderful Christmas tea. I’m glad this one is pretty basic so I can enjoy it while pregnant.
I think this one would be great with cream. I know, I know, Cream?! But yes, I think it would even try it with cream ’cause it would make it a nice creamy goodness.
Either way, I’m going to be enjoying this tea a lot over the next few months. Another tea that I’m going to try and drink up fast. :)
Why do I keep torturing myself with bagged tea/machine teas. Silly for me to say and very over dramatic, but still… Why do I do it? haha
I had a little bit of this one today. I remember the two weeks ago when I had this one before and it was just bad. It tasted like powder. I know that’s weird to say, but it’s true. There’s just something very powdery about this one.
Anyways, today I thought I’d try it as a latte with the steamed milk package that they had. I just had to do it! Well, I was unfortunately disappointed… again… I didn’t think to add sugar right away, so once I did that, things got a bit better and I liked the idea of a milk “froth” that was on top of it, but something just seemed so… not authentic about it all. It didn’t taste like I felt it should. I had some of it and ended up tossing it.
I won’t be at this work place again, so I’m not too concerned about the temptation to try it again. I keep hoping it’ll get better, but it doesn’t… Sorry tea… but you’re not for me!
I get to utter the words that I haven’t said for a long time… SIPDOWN!
I have used up pretty much all of this tea. I have a small bit left that I’ll mix with something else yummy, but for all purposes right now, it’s all gone. I love this tea. I am totally in love and will always have it in the cupboard. It’s too good not to. That being said, now that it’s gone, I’m going to try and be good for a bit and not get anymore until the Davidstea spring collection comes out ’cause I need to drink more of my other teas down first.
I believe this was the tea I had this morning.
I wasn’t overly impressed with this one. It was very bland to me. I added milk and sugar, but it still didn’t seem to make it overly nice. I was expecting a lot more flavour as the Metropolitan Tea Company’s loose-leaf version has been so full of flavour and it has an almost slight floral taste to it. This tea though, and I don’t know if it’s the brand or the fact it was a bagged tea, but either way, didn’t have very much to say for itself at all.
Definitely wouldn’t get this one again, but it was something to start my day off with if nothing else… and it was decaf so that’s good.