2802 Tasting Notes
Tea of the afternoon from the T-We shop in the Crocker Galleria. I went in looking for a rooibos blend but decided to try this instead. It’s a blend of white tea, coconut and cardamom.
I happen to love cardamom and this smelled really good in the shop. I wanted something with low caffeine so hopefully this doesn’t keep me awake later on. I’d say the cardamom is very strong in this blend and overpowers the other ingredients a bit. The coconut is present in the background as a bit of a milky/creamy taste. It’s a bit difficult to pick out the flavor that the white tea is contributing to this. Overall this is a really nice blend if you like cardamom. I tried mine plain but I think it would be good with a touch of sweetener and would be VERY good with coconut milk or coconut sugar. hmmm.
Did you know that cardamom is supposedly an anti-depressant? there’s something about it that is making me happy. ;)
Flavors: Cardamon, Cream
I am definitely happy with this ff darjeeling sample I got from Happy Earth tea.
I brewed up my whole 5g sample because I was using a tea tumbler for this one. The predominate note I am getting is fruity. I thought peach/nectarine but it has a little bit of pineapple too. There seems to be a slight nuttiness about it as well. Only a hint of astringency in the finish but that might be because I steeped it too long. I did get a 2nd steep out of this that brought forth more pineapple and slight lemony notes.I haven’t tried all my samples yet but will definitely consider getting a large size of this now. Sorry I can’t write more because I’m at work but it’s delicious!
As far as detox teas go, this is better than most I’ve tried. It isn’t too bitter and has a pleasant minty flavor from the organic peppermint & tulsi. This is pretty good plain but would also be nice with a bit of sweetener. There’s lemongrass in here too but I can’t really taste it. The burdock root, dandelion and red clover seem like the “detoxifying” ingredients in this blend but… like all detox teas it’s kind of difficult to tell if they’re actually doing anything. I like this as an afternoon beverage so far.
More adventures from the Spicely tea and spice shop on Market Street. I went in asking for a black tea that I wouldn’t necessarily need to drink with milk. They recommended this so I thought I’d try it. It’s from the Assam region and normally I would drink a tea like this with milk and sugar so I was a bit skeptical.
The package instructions say to brew this at 175 degrees for 5-10 minutes. I never brew black teas that way! But I decided I would add some cold water to my boiling hot to cool it down a bit. No variable temp. kettle here in the office.
I’ve steeped it around 3-4 minutes both times I’ve had it (today and yesterday). It has a nice malty flavor with some fruitiness too. A bit of astringency but not overwhelming. This is tasty but I must admit I think it would be better with soy milk or almond milk so I’ll have to try it that way someday. I was also told this would be good as an iced tea and I can definitely see that. Perhaps with a bit of lemon.
Finally a sipdown… this is one of my favorites from Kusmi but I don’t seem to drink the large tins very quickly. I got this over 3 years ago and am just finishing it! It is more reminiscent of chai than chocolate and the clove note is pretty strong, I do like this as a breakfast tea sometimes and it’s also good as an afternoon tea with soymilk. It’s good to be finishing something off at least, to make room for the new stuff! My life is a revolving door of tea! I don’t think I will buy more of this any time soon.
I got this tea at Whole Foods today, definitely an impulse buy. I was there getting lunch and I thought this would be nice as an after lunch tea. Ginger is my favorite after mealtime tea because it helps with my digestion, plus I really like the flavor! The green tea is a darjeeling.
I found one teabag was not really enough to flavor my entire glass thermos so my tea was a bit on the weak side. I got a vegetal, slightly nutty green tea with a mild amount of ginger. Altogether not unpleasant. I will try again soon with two teabags to boost the flavor. I should stop buying teabags but they’re just so much more convenient for the office.
Thanks to Wymm tea for sending me this sample. I feel bad that it’s taken me so long to try what they sent me but I haven’t been around at home that much to be drinking any shengs during the day. I was surprised a bit by the bitterness of this one. I don’t think it’s a good tea to drink on an empty stomach, I had to go grab a banana to eat with it and that’s kind of a nice combination. This has some very nice floral notes but I think it could benefit from some further aging as it seems pretty rough to me at this time. Some of the other tasters mentioned sweet notes which I am not getting at all but perhaps it’s a matter of individual palettes? Not sure how to rate this one.
My sweetie is out of town this weekend and I am tempted to just stay at home and drink tea! I haven’t done that for a while. I definitely plan to have a few sessions with some of my yixings.
I love a good assam in the morning. This came from Marzipan tea lover and is really hitting the spot on this foggy morning. It has a nice, malty heft without being muddy or flat. I am picking up a slight fruit or wine type of note. I definitely would recommend drinking this with milk. Mine was good with Silk Soymilk! I found I didn’t need to add sugar to this. Would consider having this around as sort of a standard every day assam. But I do like my old stand-by, which is the Organic assam from Harney & Sons.
thanks again Marzipan!
I picked this up at GNC the other day when I was there buying something else. I’m generally not a big believer in “detox” teas but I do find that dandelion root helps me a bit when I’m feeling bloated or like I’ve had too much to eat.
This is sort of an interesting combo, it has licorice and star anise in it along with chicory, schisandra and a lycium fruit. The box describes this as bitter and earthy and I would have to agree. It reminds me of a lemony licorice spice. I am not finding the flavor of this to be very enjoyable. It tastes more like medicine to me, but that’s the point I guess. It’s difficult to say whether it’s doing anything for my health but I guess it can’t hurt!
I picked this up at the Spicely store and was kind of sold on it after they told me it was like a peppermint patty. Unfortunately I am not really getting the cacao with this one. It’s a pleasant white tea with mint flavor and that makes it nice for the afternoon. I’m picking up more vanilla than cacao. It’s ok enough but they should fix the flavor or the name, me thinks…. I’ll probably finish off the tin I have but don’t think I’ll be buying more of it.