344 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning. I had to be out of the house earlier than usual, so I grabbed the first sample I laid my hands on and decided it would be in my travel mug asap. This cup wasn’t quite as good as the last offering from this sample. The vanilla doesn’t seem to be as strong. Still, it’s a very nice cup. Strong, smooth, and sweet. I can think of worse ways to start a Monday.
Morning cup. I thought I was grabbing a different tea, but once I opened it I thought it’d be just as nice. All the same lovely pineapple and cake flavors as before. Good stuff!
I steeped this at 195 degrees for 90 seconds, and the resulting tea was very pale in color with just a slight grassy flavor. I should have trusted my instincts and steeped it longer, but I was worried about bitterness. I do have enough tea left for one more cup, so I’ll give it another try with a longer steep.
This is a lovely earthy tea. Given the light color of the liquor I wasn’t expecting such a deep full tea, but it was a nice surprise! Initially there was an earthy forest floor note with a sweet dark caramel flavor at the end of the sip. I did get a little astringency, but no bitterness. Really, really nice.
I was expecting a mint tea with a hint of lemon, but this turned out to be a lemon tea with the faintest hint of spearmint. To be fair, this was made from a sample, so it’s entirely possible that a lot of lemon peel ended up in my infuser. That said this was a very nice cuppa. It was very clean and bright with the lemon tasting perfectly natural. This is a tea I’d like to try again and will consider ordering at some point in the future. I’d like to see if the mint, which was such a slight flavor in my cup, is as good as the lemon. If it is then I’d love to have this in my cupboard on a regular basis.
Backlogging from yesterday.
First cup of the morning. I’ve been holding on to this sample for a while, but when I was thinking about having a pastry and tea for breakfast I knew it was a perfect time to give this one a try. I chose to be lazy and have tea and toast instead of getting dressed and driving to the bakery. Some Saturdays are meant to be spent doing as little as possible.
Really good. Lots of honey flavor at the front of the sip with the cookie/pastry note coming after. There’s a very slight spiciness – something like cinnamon – that is really pleasant. It doesn’t overwhelm the tea in any way, but it really enhances to the cookie flavor. The honey flavor is strong, and this is a sweet tea. I didn’t see a need to reach for the sugar bowl. This is a definite plus in my book. I love having dessert teas that are satisfying and completely guilt free.
One more tea added to my shopping list. This is a good one.
Today I found out that my best friend is moving to another state. I am happy for her and her family,(wonderful job opportunity!) but I’m sad she won’t be within walking distance anymore. Needless to say, I wanted some comfort, and without hesitation I turned to my trusted EGC. Tonight it’s soothing and steady. Just what I need.
I received this sample with my recent ZenTeaLife order. This is a tea I’ve almost ordered many, many times, so I was happy to be able to try it. Yay for free samples!
Oh, this is good. If you’re someone who likes vanilla tea then give this one a shot. Lots of vanilla bean flavor. Kind of that richer fuller vanilla taste that coats the tongue. High yummy factor. As always, the base tea is a good one. It holds its own with the vanilla. It’s strong but not bitter or astringent. Good grief this is good. I’m thinking this could easily work its way into my normal morning tea rotation.
I still have quite a bit of Starry Night from Art of Tea, so I don’t think I’ll be ordering another vanilla tea too soon, but when I am ready to order it’ll be this one.
This is a very good blueberry green, but the water temp and timing have to be exact. If the water is too hot or the leaves are allowed to steep for longer than 90 seconds the tea becomes horribly bitter. Brewed properly this is a wonderful tea. Lots of blueberry with a great green tea base. I like how the vegetal flavor of the green tea pairs with the blueberry flavor. I tried it with and without sugar, and I prefer it without because the tea is wonderfully balanced on its own.
It’s raining and cool today, so I decided to make myself a cup of this for breakfast. I forgot how much I like the cranberry in this tea. It lends the perfect amount of tartness to the sweet almond flavor. Love this tea!!!