2416 Tasting Notes
This morning I was looking up home remedies for bronchitis and people mention herbal tea a lot, someone mentioned chai so that inspired me to steep this up. I got a couple of samples with my last purchase of turmeric tea and this was one of them.
Wow, yum! What an excellent chai. I can’t say that I am picking all of the flavors out individually (like mint or pomegrante seeds) but the other flavors are so good. Nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon, bay leaf, clove… this is perfect with soymilk and a touch of sweetener and is definitely warming me up. The flavor is very FIESTY and spicy so if that’s not your thing, look out! Hopefully this will be a perfect drink to help chase away the lingering chills. I would definitely order more of this someday.
I’ve never had this tea so I thought I would give it a try this morning after passing Peet’s. I am finally getting my sense of smell back, which is nice. This blend is really festive, I’m getting a lot of clove and citrus but the vanilla is good here too and makes it nice and creamy, especially with the addition of soymilk. Not sure that I need to buy any of this for home but certainly would not turn down a cup if it was offered to me. I’ve never been incredibly keen on orange spice teas but this is better than most I’ve tried.
Finally starting to feel a bit better, hopefully kicking this cold soon. I have some new teas I’ve been wanting to do tasting notes for but figured I’d wait a bit, and meanwhile indulge in some old favorites. I’m still not getting all the flavor I remember out of this tea but I am enjoying it this morning. See previous notes if interested.
According to Steepster I have had this tea for 2 years and it is finally starting to lose some of its flavor, but still holds up very well as a black tea. It’s nice with soymilk and a bit of sweetener. I still detect a bit of rum raisin, but it’s kind of faint.
I’m going to work today even though I could probably use a few more days at home with this cold. Tea has been my life saver!
This is a sipdown for me, I only bought a sample size of it a while back with the “afternoons” set from Kusmi, I believe.
A very light and floral genmaicha. I definitely would not buy the large size of this as I actually prefer the cheap genmaicha I can get in Japantown. Still I’m glad I had the chance to try this.
Purchased this with my last order from Steven Smith. They aren’t lying about this tea being sweet. Licorice is plenty sweet enough for me, but there is also stevia. The sweet element really jumps out at me, followed by the mint and then the ginger. There’s also sarsaparilla in here which I had a difficult time detecting (never got the chocolate flavor they mentioned either). When I first tried this I thought it was way too sweet, but it’s kind of nice when you’re feeling under the weather. This is the second licorice blend I’ve had today (after Yogi Tea’s version) and it’s supposed to be good for sore throats, we shall see! This is okay for an herbal but not sure I will be buying it again. I tried it when I first got it so impressions of flavor are recorded from a healthier time… ;-)
Tea of the afternoon here. I decided to have kung pao tofu for lunch in the hopes that spicy food would help to knock out the cold that I have. Lunch was great and I decided to come back home and try this sample tea I got from the Jasmine Pearl.
I’m not rating this today since I’m so congested but it does have a wonderful roasted fruity aroma which was the first thing I noticed about it. The tea flavor itself seems to be chocolatey with some roasted barley notes and a slight bittersweetness in the finish. Of course I can’t really write a proper tasting note today.
I was really into puerh teas for the two winters prior but I haven’t been drinking much of it lately, maybe that will start to change soon. I wonder if any of my puerhs are aging well and how the climate in my apartment is helping out (or not). I have steam heat and it can get pretty humid in here. Anyway this seems like a really nice shu and the 5 oz. cake is only $17. Might have to pick some of this up in the future.
I’m drinking this because I’m still fighting off this stupid cold, didn’t do much today aside from eating and lying around, well that’s ok. We all need a break sometimes….
This seems like a mix of immune enhancing herbs combined with herbs that make you sleepy I taste a lot of chamomile in this blend and it’s very minty. There is something bitter in here I don’t quite like, I think perhaps it’s the linden flower?
Anyway I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this and obviously am not going to drink it solely for the flavor but am pleased to report it goes down fairly easily.
Gah, I can’t believe some of the negative reviews of this tea but I guess we all have our preferences. I think this is lovely, vegetal but also sweet with a silky like quality, I was thinking vanilla. Sweet and fresh are definitely adjectives that top my list. Oh, how I wish I had picked up some of this with my last S. Smith order (this is only a free sample), I think I need more. I don’t have time to write more but this is so lovely…