1022 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning. I’ve said this before, but this is an excellent breakfast tea. It’s bold with malt and cocoa notes and a light smokiness at the end of the sip. There’s also a citrus like note in this tea that I find incredibly pleasing in the morning. Just a little bit of brightness to help me wake up and face the day.
This is a sad sipdown. I’m going to miss having this in my cupboard.
Speaking of sipdowns, I’m going to track how many samples I actually manage to finish in the month of September. Hopefully this will help keep me motivated!
September Sipdowns: 2
I don’t normally consider chais calming, but this one certainly is. There are lots of cedar and pine notes at the start of the sip followed by spice and then the holy basil. Through the entire sip there is a lovely buttery smoothness that just makes me want to take my time and enjoy each sip. So good.
For some reason this tea reminds me of the holidays. If I were to imagine an ideal Christmas-y tea it would be something awfully close to this. The spice gives the festive note, the cedar and pine goes back to nature, and the holy basil gives a calming feeling that I often desperately want/need at that time of year. Not that I would only drink this tea around the holiday season, but you can bet Santa’s milk and cookies that I’ll have a ready supply of it by then!
Thank you kimquat for sending some of this my way!
Tea of the morning. This tea has such a great mix of flavors. There’s stone fruit, malt, bread, spice (my first thought is very light cinnamon, but now I’m thinking all spice), and honey. I steeped the leaves three times, and each cup was soooo good. I have one teaspoon of this beauty left, but it’s already on my wishlist and is soon to be in my cupboard in a much larger quantity.
I’ve decided to make September my sample sipdown month. September Sample Sipdown! It’s fun to say and even more fun to sip. Ha! I’m going to drink exclusively from my samples stash this month to see if I can get it whittled down a bit. I’ve been sent some very generous samples this summer… and spring… and last winter (yikes)… and it’s time to really enjoy them. It’ll also help me plan my fall and Black Friday purchases. ;-)
This is an insanely delicious tea. Lots of biscuity notes today with a good hint of floral and honey. I put two teaspoon into my two-cup teapot and have been sipping on this tea for hours. Every time my pot is empty I fill it back up, and the leaves keep on giving me more yummy goodness. I wish I had better words to describe this tea, but frickin’ delicious will have to suffice.
I still have one teaspoon of this left, so it’s not a sipdown, but it did come from my samples stash.
This tea came to me via the lovely Blodeuyn. Thank you!
I’ve been curious about this tea for a while because it is in soooo many fan blends. I was also wondering exactly how Adagio would interpret cream as a flavor. Turns out with about a teaspoon of sugar this tea taste a lot like whipped cream. The base tea was smooth which added to the cream feel. I have to admit that I sipped my way to the bottom of my cup fairly quickly. This is a fun and easy to enjoy tea. I can see myself picking up more of it in the future.
This herbal is fruity and tart. Although there are apple and orange pieces in this tisane I can’t pick either of them out. Instead there’s just a generic fruitiness. In fact, once sugar is added it reminds me a of fruit punch which makes me think this would be great iced. This is the sort of drink I think a little girl would love to have at a birthday tea party or a teddy bear picnic.
Thank you Good Life Tea for letting me sample this tea.
This sample was sent to me by Good Life Tea. Thank you!
I am a fan of Earl Grey in most of its forms, so I was excited to try this sample. The scent of the dry leaves is mostly vanilla with the bergamot and a floral scent also being present. The instructions on the packet give a steeping time of 3 to 7 minutes, a huge range for tea. I decided to see what a long steep would do and set my timer for six and a half minutes.
The tea is dark in color but light in body. Given the long steeping time I’m impressed with the lack of bitterness. There is a bit of dryness at the back of the throat, but I don’t find this unpleasant. The bergamot note is most prevalent followed by the floral note and then the vanilla. I do wish the base tea had more body, but I like the flavor of the tea overall. It’s a lighter EGC, but also a nice one.
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Vanilla
Darjeeling, this Darjeeling in particular, had been on my mind lately. I’ll go to choose a tea, and this will always be one of the ones I consider, but I’ve been choosing other teas for various reasons. Well, today this one won out, and I’m glad it did. I still pick up on the muscadine flavor which always makes me smile. I think this is a great late summer tea, and I think I’ll be saying yes to it more often.