2422 Tasting Notes
Tea of the evening here. David’s Tea sure seems to like putting pepper in their blends, although here it makes more sense than in the pumpkin patch, I think. This is a pretty good rooibos chai, kind of spicy, kind of sweet. Like most chai this is good with soymilk and some sugar. Me likey. :)
Wow, what a day it has been, full of freaks and weirdos. I don’t even want to write about it, just glad to be home and there are a lot of strange people coming out in S.F. after 9 pm.
So I went into the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf looking for something to revive me before my class. I asked the guy at the counter for advice about whether to put sweetener in this and he said to add vanilla powder. I thought this was nice, it was in a mesh teabag and definitely had a good strawberry flavor as well as something “cream” like that didn’t seem too artificial. I would get this one again if I was out and about but I have a lot of flavored green teas right now and don’t need anymore in my house!
hHm, I haven’t had this tea for a while but I am jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon that seems to be really popular right now. ;)
This tea has a lot of fine yellow powder in it, which I guess is from the pumpkin flakes? I’m not sure how much of the flakes to put in with the tea. I steeped this for 4 minutes and got a bit of bitterness, some sugar helped to bring the pumpkin flavor out a lot. I am enjoying this…
I’m all out of this lovely yunnan black today. It has served me well. Though today I feel like I need a caffeine injection!
I am a busy lady. Taking digital marketing classes and night and doing volunteer work in between applying for jobs. I think staying busy is going to be the key to keeping me sane through all this unemployment!
And at my evening class there is hot water and tea. Of course the tea is not up to my standards but I can always bring my own. :)
Tea of the afternoon…
I have a lot of this and thought I’d try cold brewing it yesterday so I’m drinking the results today. :)
When cold brewed, this became very vegetal and slightly pungent, the spearmint and lemon myrtle are barely noticeable over the green tea. I wonder if I added too much leaf to the cold brew? Anyway this is one tea I definitely prefer hot.
This tea was purchased at the Lupicia store yesterday. I think Lupicia needs to work on their marketing a bit because this is how they describe it:
“Full-bodied, yet smooth taste with light astringency. A standard Assam tea.”
Hmm, Standard Assam tea doesn’t exactly get you enthusiastic about the product, does it? I happen to like assam teas and I drink them all the time in the morning, so I thought I would pick this up. I usually drink these with milk and that’s what I’ve done here. It is a good assam, though pretty average. It has a nice smoothness, malty flavor as well as some fruitiness too.
I’ve been wondering if I should switch to organic tea, and now this report is out by Greenpeace India that tea contains traces of pesticides including DDT. Definitely food for though but I can’t afford to buy everything organic. :(
I was meeting a friend of mine at the Loving Hut today for lunch… I had too much time to kill and unfortunately went into the teashops including Lupicia. I think my challenge for October is to go on a tea buying moratorium, I haven’t been doing too well with that lately. Even though buying has decreased a lot over these past few months, it all adds up and I need to start making money soon.
Anyway here is a tea that I first tried a few years ago. It only comes out in October for one month so if you want it, better act soon. It is sweet and has a nice sweet potato flavor that I enjoy. I remember it was good when I had it before, so I’m glad to see it back. I added sugar this time and that makes it too sweet, I think I’ll go for unsweetened the next time I have it.
This tea is kind of crazy. If you have an aversion to spicy things… DON’T go here!
First of all, like some other David’s Teas I was happy that this doesn’t taste artificial at all. A black tea with pumpkin and spices. Nom. I’ve always liked pumpkin flavored things. When I was a kid I looked forward to the pumpkin flavored ice cream that Baskin & Robbins would put out every year.
This is definitely pumpkin-y, but I felt it was a lot better after sugar and soymilk was added. Then the mystery ingredient… I kept noticing how spicy this was in the finish and how “peppery” it seemed to me. Nobody said anything about pepper when I was at the DT store.
I looked the mystery ingredient up on their website? Garam Masala?!? Whoa. That is a bold choice and definitely not for the meek. So I’d say this really seems like a pumpkin curry tea and is definitely not for wimps. I happen to like garam masala in food but I’m not quite sure what I think of it in the tea. I wasn’t really expecting such a spicy tea. I can see how this would be good for colder weather, or to chase off the gloom. I think I need to try it at least once more before giving it a rating and I might steep it for less than 5 minutes next go around, it seems very intense but I have a turmeric tea that I enjoy a lot.