2309 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning here!
Somehow I was in the mood for something slightly decadent this morning and I love the flavor of this one. You’d think I might be more in the mood for something summery but it’s cold and foggy here today. ;)
I am TIRED after going to a 3 hour long yoga and dance session yesterday but it was FUN!
Thanks to Stacy for sending me a free sample of this tea. I’ve had it for a while but forgot about it until now.
It seems like licorice is one of those things people either love or hate but I definitely belong in the love camp, at least with natural licorice flavor and not those nasty “Red Vines”.
I wouldn’t drink a chai plain but I sipped on this and it seems mild enough that you could drink it that way if you wanted to. I added about 1 tsp. of sugar to mine as well as one of those little creamer doo-dads from the office.
I’m wondering what this would have been like with an asssam tea base, because MAN the spices are strong! I actually love fennel but this is knocking my socks off. The star anise & cinnamon is also pretty strong here but I’m not picking up on the cardamom. It definitely lives up to its name, I’m just not sure I need anymore. I’m finding this to be a bit overpowering for me, it is pretty tasty though. I also love the fact that Stacy’s blends are all vegan.
This teabag came in my black tea sampler from Steven Smith and it’s the last one I have yet to try. I admit I peeked at the reviews and it seems nobody is terribly impressed with it so far.
I didn’t want to steep this for too long because ceylons can go bitter rather quickly. My brewed tea color is a medium orangish brown.
I’m finding this to be rather smooth with a lot of brightness and citrus notes. It seemed to be there was some pungency and astringency in the finish I didn’t quite appreciate, although it is drinkable. Intense, yes. I prefer my ceylons to be more on the mellow side I guess.
This was a lot better with (soy)milk and sugar to temper the intensity. Not really destined to be a favorite of mine.
I had a very busy day yesterday after being at work all day and then going to drawing class in the evening. I got lots of homework! I haven’t had homework in ages. It’s fun though.
So here’s the tea of the morning to try and revive me. I’ve liked this blend for a few years now, the tart rhurbarb seems to go so well with the strawberry. I am dragging a bit in terms of energy. Have a great morning everyone!