1035 Tasting Notes
I have every intention of being in bed by ten o’clock tonight. I will turn my alarm off, and I won’t get out of bed until my body tells me that I’ve actually had enough sleep. It’s going to be glorious. Because this is my wild-and-crazy-Friday-night plan I’m drinking caffeine free teas this evening. Nothing will get in between me and my pillow!
This was amazingly delicious tonight. Lots of coconut but with a smooth and creamy texture. I actually drank this much faster than I intended because I gulped it down rather than sipping it. The next time I order from 52 Teas I’ll purchase a full 2 oz of this. I like fruity herbals quite a bit, and this is a good one.
Drank this while watching the launch of the Orion test flight. So.Very. Cool. As an added bonus I got to watch the liftoff with my daughter, and that was a pretty cool moment. If the test flight continues to go well (it’s four hours long) then deep space travel for people will be one step closer. Like I said, very cool.
The tea… I am liking this more and more. It’s so malty and full of grain notes with a touch of sweetness. There’s a light smokiness which adds another layer of flavor. It’s robust and strong but not bitter. As the days get colder I think I’ll have this in my cup more and more often. It’s a very nice winter tea.
Bumping my rating up a bit (previously 88)
When I saw that CS had a new holiday tea out I had to grab it. I love cranberry and vanilla, so into the cart it went. It turns out this isn’t a cranberry vanilla tea, but rather a hibiscus vanilla tea with a good pinch of cinnamon thrown in. Since I’m not a big hibiscus fan I was sad when I realized the fruity cranberry tartness wasn’t gonna happen. I did find that when I drank this while hot all of the flavors blended, and it was actually a pretty tasty cup. As soon as it starts to cool however, the hibiscus flavor overwhelms the cup.
Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all. I’m sure I’ll drink a few more cups of this, but there’s no way I’ll finish the box. If anyone out there would like to try it let me know and I’ll send some your way.
Took this with me while I ran errands today. Added milk and sweetened it with some honey. I really like this spice blend because it’s so light on the cinnamon. I’m a huge fan of the spice, but I feel like it dominates too many chais. The blend strikes a really good balance between the tea and the spices. It can get bitter very quickly, so I really have to keep an eye on the time while it’s steeping, but other than that I think this is a decent everyday chai.
This is one of my older teas, and I still have quite a bit of it. In an attempt to sip it down I’m drinking it iced. The peach flavor is ok, and I still enjoy the woody note, but I’m definitely not as in love with this one as I used to be. It’s alright, but there are other peach teas that I enjoy much, much more.
I noticed that Capital Teas recommends that the water be 195°F for this tea. Last time I made this the water was closer to boiling, so I lowered the water temp, and it made a difference. Now I taste fig. Yum, yum, yum. There is still the cherry note, but the fig has equal footing, and the two play very well together. I like.
There’s no way I’ll get through all four ounces of this the during the holiday season, but I’m ok with that since I think this will make an equally lovely spring/summer tea. I’m also curious to try it iced. Me thinks it’ll mighty tasty that way, too.
This was my daughter’s tea choice this morning. She loves this tea. She says it’s , “a peppy happy tea,” and I totally agree with her. I resteeped her leaves, and I’m enjoying that this tea is light but still has strength. There is also a zippy bell pepper-ish note that I’ve never tasted in any other tea. I’m liking it here. It gives a balance to the natural sweetness of the tea. Really, really good.
Flavors: Bell Pepper, Leather, Malt, Sweet
I ordered this tea on a whim with my last H&S order thinking it would be nice to have in my cupboard in the wintertime. I figured if this is the style of tea the East Frisians drink to warm themselves up there by the North Sea then surely it’ll do the job for me. And it does! As an added bonus I now have a new place to add to by list of places to see before I die. Although I think I’ll visit in the summer. Northern Germany during the winter doesn’t sound like fun to me even if there is tea.
The tea itself is a mix of Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling. It has a thick malty note from the Assam that’s brightened mid-sip by the lemon flavor of the Ceylon. The Darjeeling also adds a lighter flavor, and it also adds some astringency which works really well in this tea. This is definitely a milk and sugar tea, and once added this is comfort in a cup, pure and simple. It’s doing a great job of waking me up and chasing the chills away.
I think I’m going to pick up heavy cream when I’m at the store today so I can try this tea with rock sugar, which I already have, and cream since that’s the way they drink it in East Frisian. I have a feeling it’ll be good.