2542 Tasting Notes
Order from Steven Smith arrived yesterday – yay!
This was part of the holiday two pack I got. I love the tins but I wish this came in loose leaf form instead of the sachets.
I steeped it up at 5 minutes per Steven Smith recommendations and am sipping on it plain. This is a hefty blend that combines an assam, a darjeeling and a ceylon along with douglas fir needles. The overall effect is really delightful and interesting. I feel like there is some smokiness and also a lot of comforting warmth. The herby taste of the fir tree is making me want to go out and buy a bunch of douglas fir tea.
As far as the tea blend itself, the assam and ceylon seem to predominate. I’m not getting a lot of darjeeling in the mix. It has a slight tinge of bitternes in the finish, I think from the assam. Overall it is very unique and enjoyable, especially for the holidays. I wish they had this available year around!
I tried adding two other Smith teas to the database last night but they haven’t “shown up” yet. Hopefully they will in a few days.
Tea of the afternoon here. I could leave work early today but I’m expecting a tea package from UPS, kind of difficult to decide if I want to stay and wait for UPS or just go home!
This is one of my favorite tulsi blends, it so simple (just tulsi and ginger) but very tasty especially after the Thai yellow curry I had for lunch…
After lunch tea here! I got this at the Berkeley Bowl last night which is a huge grocery store in Berkeley. They have a pretty large tea selection but I was looking for something with nettles in it (for allergies) so I picked this one up. I haven’t seen Pukka teas in any other local store. They also had tins by Harney and the Tao of Tea, among others.
Dry teabag smells very licorice-y, which I assume is due to the licorice and fennel. The overall flavor is herbaceous, with a sweet note and a very slight minty element. Due to the fennel and mint element, I believe this will be a decent digestif and I like the flavor. This actually exceeded my expectations. Licorice haters be warned, this is not the tea for you… Looking forward to trying some more organic herbal teas by Pukka.
If I was a better tea drinker I would be drinking more of the good stuff that I love every day and saving the crappy stuff for an emergency, but somehow I haven’t been doing that! I’ve had this darjeeling since mid-2012 and here it is almost 2014… I feel that I should drink more of my current darjeeling stash before buying any more so I need to make an effort here. Fortunately this won’t be a hardship. ;-)
I was worried it was losing some of its flavor, but this still seems really good to me with loads of tropical fruit and floral essences. See previous notes if interested.
This came in the black tea sampler I ordered from the PuriTea, I was dreading this a bit because I’m not really a fan of jasmine in most things. It isn’t something I would have chosen for myself.
This is all gentle chocolate flavor with a bit of caramel. I’m sipping on it this morning plain. This is my second cup, the first cup I tried with almond milk and that ruined the delicate flavor of the tea. (In any case I should stop putting almond milk in my tea because I don’t really like it).
This is a great tea to just sip on plain and I don’t drink too many black teas that way. It has a nice, natural sweetness that is really lovely. I am definitely going to want to pick up a larger size when the mini tin runs out. I can definitely see this being good as an afternoon tea with some coconut macaroons or almond cookies. I’m amazed I have rated a jasmine tea so high… I decided to order the 4 oz. size since they have free shipping for the rest of the year.
Backlog. This was an after dinner tea I had after having a nice curried lentil soup. My tummy problems have been a little problematic as of late so I’m back to a diet that has less allergens in it and offending substances, which seems to work for me.
I was thinking this would be nice and soothing but the lemon is quite strong up front, especially in the aroma. After sipping on it for a while I thought it was a nice blend and the lemon wasn’t too overpowering. Still, I’m not sure I would pick this over straight chamomile, especially for a stomachache.
I haven’t had this tea in ages but today it seems like the perfect after lunch blend. Fennel, peppermint and coriander are all good for digestion and the tulsi seems very relaxing. I think I oversteeped mine a tad because it got very strong but I’m still enjoying it a lot. Love the green bean flavors of the Laoshan.
This was also good with some chia seeds sprinkled in…
I thought I was all out of this but I found a little bit left in my stash and decided to brew it up tonight with some plain honeybush — that is a pretty nice combination of ingredients. I wish this tea had a bit more almond flavor and I’m not thinking this will be a repurchase for me ’though I have enjoyed it.