1020 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning. It’s after nine o’clock, and I’m just sitting down to my first cup of tea. I usually have my first cup three hours earlier, so I am yawning and desperately grabbing for tea at the same time. Such is life.
I chose this tea because I wanted a milk and sugar tea. It definitely fits the bill, but I do wish it were a bit more robust. Still, it’s not bad. It’s basically your run-of-the-mill EB. It is doing a fine job of helping me wake up so I can get going on my to-do list.
I’ve been sipping on this for the past two days, and while I like it I don’t love it. The strawberry flavor is nice, and I get definite chocolate notes, but the vanilla seems to be missing. There is also a strange floral note at the end of the sip that throws me off. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t remind me of Neapolitan ice cream.
This was my after dinner tea. We cooked out, and I was loving all the smokey flavors in the food, so I decided to keep it going with this tea. It was also nice to have the mint to help settle my food. When I bought this tea I thought it would be one of my fall/winter teas, but I enjoyed it so much today and can see myself reaching for it at other cook outs and barbecues. I guess a good tea is good any time of year.
Oh, this is good. Really good. There is a definite salted caramel flavor that I’m loving. There is also a rich fruity note that floats around between sips. It lends a lot of depth and sweetness to the tea. I keep sipping and trying to place the flavor, but I can’t quite put my finger on it (ok, I cheated and looked at the tea description – caramelized plum. Yes.). I keep sipping and trying to think of how best to describe this, but all I’m coming up with is Wow. Yum. Amazing.
This one is a keeper.
This was a custom blend from Design a Tea. I love pear flavored teas, and I thought the spice might lend a poached pear flavor. The tea I received had a lot of spice. So much so that I set the tea aside for several moths hoping the flavors would mellow a bit. It worked! I’ve found with a shorter steep (3 minutes or so) I get a nice pear flavor and the cinnamon and nutmeg from the spice in a much more balanced cup than I had when I first ordered the tea.
The next time I order from DAT I’m going to get pear tea with no additional flavors. I think the company has a wonderful pear flavor – very juicy and sweet – and Id rather have that than pear plus whatever else.
Between now and mid October one of my favorite things to do is sit on my porch after dinner, dishes, and homework is done and have some tea. Unless it is a super stormy night (and sometimes even then) I love having this quiet time just for me.
Tonight I decided this tea was perfect to enjoy as I sit out here looking at the moon and listening to the train rumble by. I’m still loving the lemongrass and mint combination. It’s unique but comforting. I like.
From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2
I like savory teas, and that’s just what this tea is. Apparently I also like fennel in tea. Never in a million years would I have thought that, but I like Verdant’s Holy Basil Spa Blend which has a strong fennel note, and this tea has a lot of fennel in it as well. I also like the anise note that’s present here. It’s noticeable but not overwhelming. I do wish the base tea were stronger. I can’t taste the tea at all which is a shame. I think with a better base tea this would be outstanding.
Not something I’d drink everyday, but I can see myself wanting a tea like this every now and then.
Tea of the morning. This is a nice Assam! Plenty of malt and a thick biscuity note. I like it a lot. If this is the Assam JOT uses when blending their Irish Breakfast then I might have to give that tea a try as well. This tea was perfect as a wake up tea. I’m thinking it’d be good iced as well.