2398 Tasting Notes
Backlog, had this with breakfast yesterday at the Saturn Cafe in Berkeley with a Southwestern tofu scramble. I’ve decided I really don’t like mate unless it’s roasted but the lemon in here drowns out the bitter mate flavor somewhat. Refreshing but I definitely don’t love this one. Maybe I should look for a plain green tea with lemon myrtle or make my own.
This blend is growing on me for some reason, I didn’t think much of it when I first got it but now I really like it for breakfast. I did accidentally add too much stevia to mine this morning so it got a bit on the sweet overkill side. The sweetness helps to bring out the cake notes and I am getting a lot of apple and cinnamon today. Upped the rating a few points.
I bought a box of this when I was sick. I’ve read a lot about Pau D’Arco and how it’s supposed to be used for infections like the cold and flu. It’s from a tree bark and the flavor is pretty earthy with a bitter aftertaste and hurts my stomach. I cannot recommend it for the flavor at all! The woman I spoke with at the herb store yesterday told me the bitter flavor is good and I shouldn’t adulterate it but I couldn’t get it down without sweetener. Today I tried mixing it with some ginger root and that seems okay. Hopefully it is healthy, but after I finish the box I think I’ll try this in capsule form!
Thanks to Nicole for sending a sample of this my way.
My experience with Kenyan teas generally is they can be kind of astringent and brisk, but this really surprised me. It’s fairly mellow and has a nice maltiness with some brown sugar notes. Very fragrant in the cup as well. I managed to sip on it plain a bit but it was also heavenly with bit of soymilk and coconut sugar. I sense an underlying orange note in the finish. Definitely will consider picking this up for the permanent collection as I’ve been looking for a good tea from Africa and this is the best I’ve found yet, at least to my taste. thanks Nicole!
I felt like I haven’t had nearly enough caffeine today and needed an energy boost so I pulled this out of the fridge. It’s been a while since I’ve had matcha and I really need to finish this off soon. I tried it latte form with some soymilk and ended up making a mess all over my microwave. This is pretty tasty as a latte though i doubt I’d drink it plain, made the traditional way with a whisk.
Here’s a new (to me) herbal tea from Pukka I haven’t tried. I don’t really know if I need to detox anything but the combination of fennel, licorice, aniseed and cardamom seemed like it would be a really good digestif.
This tisane steeps up to be a golden yellow and tastes about as I was expecting it would. Not really something I would drink for the sheer joy of it, but it isn’t too bad. Smells and tastes very strongly of fennel and licorice which drowns out the cardamom a bit. I can’t say that I love the flavor but I think this will be very handy to have around in case of a stomach ache. If you hate the flavor of licorice, be sure to skip this!
Giving this one a whirl again, the Steven Smith mesh teabags are packed with tea and I was a little afraid of overleafing this cup. I decided to leave it in for only 3 minutes instead of the recommended 5. Smells like caramel and tastes bright and citrusy. I bet this would be really good with a squeeze of lemon but I still don’t love it and I’m off to go find some sugar. I think it will be good for a resteep.
Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me a sample of this tea. I believe there’s a Spice and tea Exchange in San Francisco but I’ve never been there. Shocking, isn’t it???
Anyway this has a nice cocoa type aroma after steeping. I did sip on some plain and it has the sort of winey/mud aftertaste that I associate with keemuns and I’m not a big fan. I guess this is some kind of a keemun assam blend with a bit of ceylon thrown in? there is also maltiness and chocolate. I liked this better as a breakfast tea after I added soymilk but decided it didn’t need any sweetener.
Overall, not bad but I won’t be clamoring to get this. I’m really glad I had a chance to try it though. :)
Tea of the afternoon here, I’m not sure why I haven’t written a note for this but I’m doing it now. :)
When I was on vacation I wasn’t drinking any caffeine after noon and I’m trying to institute that policy back at home, I think I will sleep better as a result.
This is another tea I drank years ago and picked up again recently. It works well as an herbal chai if you add soymilk and a touch of sugar to it. It’s fairly strong on the clove, cinnamon and ginger. For some reason this just tastes like wet paper to me today (yes, it’s in a teabag). I will finish off the box but not sure if it’s worth stocking permanently.
I’m back from my travels and am no longer sick so that’s something to be grateful for – Happy New Year everyone!
This is a sample tin I got from the PuriTea. The dry leaf is in the shape coils, I think I’ve had a tea like this before called golden snail.
Package instructions say to steep this between 5 -7 minutes which seems like a lot, but I decided to go for 5 minutes. I got a very dark tea liquor that almost looks like coffee. This is definitely malty with some cocoa and strong tobacco notes in the finish. I can sense a bit of underlying sweetness but I think I would like this better steeped for a shorter amount of time so I will wait to rate it until I’ve had the chance to do that. It did seem to get slightly bitter at the longer temp.