2578 Tasting Notes
This morning I was feeling adventurous so I mixed the last of my assam sample in with some yunnan from the Nature’s Tea Leaf. The result is a very hefty cup with lots of malt and the spicy yunnan aftertaste… yumm. I should really look for some more breakfast blends with yunnans or just make up my own. Somehow I am always disappointed in the tradtional assam/ceylon breakfast blends.
Thanks to the Devotea for providing me with this sample tea to try. It’s raining here and I had been wanting something warm and delicious to sip on — caffeine be damned!
This steeps up to be a lighter reddish-brown color. Definitely medium in body and a bit on the mild side. At first sip I was thinking this is a ceylon due to the fruity notes that are present, then I was thinking there was an orange pekeo or perhaps a second flush darjeeling in the mix. Either way, this is a really nice blend for the afternoon. No sign of bitterness or astringency, so this is an easy one to sip on plain but is also good with additions. Lord Petersham is nice but 1910 is still my favorite from the Devotea so far. :)
I was looking through my tea stash this afternoon thinking I wanted something low in caffeine and also mild, easy on the stomach. This caught my eye and I can’t believe I’ve never logged a note for it on Steepster but here goes. :)
Tea liquor brews up to be almost clear. In flavor I guess this is most like a white tea, but it has such interesting flavors. There is a definite sweetness with flavors of hay mixed with a pine aroma and flavor. I imagine if you boiled up a stalk of dried wheat it might taste like this (but of course I don’t really know). Somehow it manages to be gentle yet invigorating a bit at the same time.
I admit I’m a bit on the fence about this stuff but it definitely suited the mood I was in. I just have no idea how to assign it a numerical rating because it’s quite unlike any other tea I’ve tried.
Gah, I had written a whole note for this and one false move with the keyboard and it seems to have been lost somehow.
Anyway this tea is a sample from the David’s co-pilot pack. This and the Super Ginger were the ones I was most interested in trying. There is a LOT going on in this blend. First there is peppermint, but also chai type spices like ginger, cardamom, clove and black pepper. Also licorice. With some tea blends the licorice can be so overdone and sickeningly sweet but I am not finding that here. You can’t really taste any green tea at all, but I know it’s there because I saw it, he he. This is blended very well and pretty tasty, but it is so intense, I wonder if I would drink this on a regular basis. I may pick up a small pack some day.
I tried one cup hot and then poured the other cup over ice. I think I prefer it iced but it got kind of diluted. Iced, it is very refreshing and seems like it would be good on a hot summer day.
My physical therapist is challenging me. This morning I came in complaining of less pain so of course he had to add a bunch of challenging new exercises to my PT regime, which was already tough to begin with. At least I am making progress but I will probably be in pain for the rest of the day, I can already feel it coming on!
I haven’t had this tea for a while. It brews up to be a reddish-brown color and is very sweet and mild. This isn’t really a black tea, definitely more of a red tea. With various sips I am really picking up on the cinnamon/spicy flavor but in my mind there is something fruity about this as well as an underlying woodiness. This is a good one to try if you like you teas without additions because it definitely doesn’t need any.
Thanks to MzPriss for sending me a sample of this tea. Evidently I forgot I already tried it two years ago when Charles sent me a sample of it (I was looking through the tasting notes and found mine, he he).
I am still finding this to be pretty tasty overall. The aroma and flavor of the tea are very “cocoa” and the finish is slightly winey like a keemun, without being overwhelming with tobacco or bitter notes. I actually found this to be really good with a tiny pinch of raw cane sugar but otherwise I’m drinking it plain. I’m really glad I got to sample this again!
Got this tisane in the Co-Pilot David’s Sample pack. Such a cute idea to have 5 sample teas to try. I love ginger so I was pretty keen to try this one. Steeped it up for 5 minutes in my Stump teapot after lunch.
I was worried about the stevia in this blend but it’s fairly subtle. The pepper is very spicy and almost obscures the ginger element in here. But yes… there it is. Lots of loads of lovely ginger! This is a nice blend but I’m not sure it has anything much to offer me personally over a cup of plain ginger tea. Peppercorn is supposed to be good for your respiratory system so this might be good when you’re sick. Not sure I would need to keep this around in the permanent stash but it’s been a very enjoyable cuppa.
Thanks to J.C. for this tea. I figured if I was going to have another cup of black tea I should get it over with before Noon and then the decafs will have to begin.
Ceylons can be a bit hit or miss for me. I have found some of them to be way too brisk but others are good. This was a pleasant surprise. The cup brews up to be a nice dark amber color. There is a definite “brightness” here but it is also exceedingly mellow and lacks any bitter characteristics. I am getting the woody note, it definitely seems earthy but I don’t know if I’m detecting a balsamic flavor like the company describes.
I tried it plain and then with soymilk and definitely preferred it plain. This is a really good ceylon, I’m glad I got to try it.
Tea of the morning here. I was at David’s yesterday and I felt like I needed another breakfast tea, so I rather optimistically bought a 4 oz. tin of this without trying it first.
Directions say to steep for 4 -5 minutes so I decided to do mine for 5 minutes. Yuck! I definitely think this is too strong for me, very brisk, bitter in the finish and too assertive in general. Normally I like assams so I have to believe it’s the ceylon doing this, or perhaps 5 minutes is just too long of a steeping time. I’ll report back after trying it at 3 minutes sometime but right now I’m just wondering if they’ll let me exchange this. Icky.
At least it seems to be waking me up…
I drank too much caffeine today. In addition to the tea I had, there was also a tall Starbucks coffee. I am feeling so sensitive to the effects of caffeine lately and I know I need to do a better job of having less tomorrow.
This seemed like it would be a nice relaxing herbal. I have some plain passionflower tea, and it doesn’t taste like much. You get a lot of the spearmint and lemon verbena in this blend which boosts the flavor content a lot. Regardless, this isn’t something one would choose to drink for the taste alone, but hopefully it will help ratchet down my energy levels a notch or two. I might need another cup of this before I go to bed.