55 Tasting Notes
Mmmmmmm. This is lovely. Not cloyingly artificial, and not wimpy and untealike. Assams are my favorite and I’d hoped that the maltiness would go well with the caramel/vanilla, and they really do. This tea beats the pants off some of the other vanillas I’ve tried. I quite like it.
This is one of those teas where I know, objectively, that it is a fine tea, carefully blended and well balanced. But, it isn’t for me. I got it to see how I feel about chocolate and tea and I feel bad. I feel really bad about it.
However, I won’t give it a bad rating, because it doesn’t deserve one. The base is nice, deep and not at all sharp, and the flavors layer nicely. I just prefer chocolate to stick to milk/coffee/cocoa.
I’ve started coldbrewing this sack of hibiscus and drinking it iced with sugar, and I dare say, it’s almost good.
So I’ve discovered I can enjoy this tea two ways:
1. When I have the flu.
2. Cold brewed and sweetened.
Since I get a flu shot, this is kind of a revelation. Now, when I accidentally get some hibiscus masquerading as a consumable drink, I can cold brew it and almost like it.
Tastes like I tossed an old orange rind I found somewhere in a cup of water.
I’m seriously fed up with my Chado order. I’m throwing most of these samples out after one cup. I was so excited when I ordered – I chose many teas I thought I would like. When they came, they were attractively packaged and the samples were all well over an ounce. Now I wonder if the generosity wasn’t to make up for the tea. (Full disclosure, I like the over-cinnamoned christmas tea and the banana tea so far, but by comparison to the rest of my Chado order, not by comparison to the rest of, well, tea.)
This tea is tasteless. So tasteless I actually chewed a few leaves to see if they had any taste. They did, but only barely. Also, it had very little tea aroma dry and no aroma (or flavor) once brewed. I’m guessing it is stale.
I don’t care for being so universally negative, but this tea is just not working out for me.
Yum. This is a nice hearty blend. Not too astringent, no weird flavors, just smooth quality tea. This could become a favorite.
This is growing on me. The more of it I drink, the less overwhelming the smoke. I chose it this evening because I was watching Elementary.
Too sweet for me and tastes of wet cigar and mystery fruit.
I had a Chatsford infuser for my teapot and a ForLife infuser for brewing in a mug. The ForLife has been difficult to clean and a little hard to balance in a bigger mug, but nice otherwise. The teapot infuser is much easier to clean but not designed to rest in a mug at all. As the Finum looks a lot like my Chatsford, only mug-friendly, I thought I’d give it a shot.
It is great. Easy to use, easy to rest on the rim of bigger mugs, doesn’t leave behind a lot of flotsam and jetsam, and easy to clean.
This is one of those teas I want all the time. I’m new to greens and this one was a fast favorite. It’s kind of dark and dirty for a green. Bright and fresh smelling, but it tastes like army green looks. Om nom nom.
I bought a big old bag of this one after trying the sample.
I’ve been mad dashing around lately and not brewing any tea. But I do have a cup of something bagged in the morning, lately Yorkshire Tea. This morning, I went back to my old pre-steepster, pre-looseleaf, pre-tea-snobbery tea. PG Tips. And I still like it!
Sometimes this comes off mineral-tasting to me, but today I hit the sweet spot and it was just right. One travel cup, one tea bag, 4 minutes steeping with water just boiled, 2 tsp whatever creamer thing I have, and 1 tsp sugar.
I never drank tea with milk- always plain or with sugar because when I tried it with milk, it was disgusting. (Once as a child I added milk and lemon and that worked out as well as can be expected.) Then I realized I’d been overdoing it. I drink my coffee unsweetened with a lot of cream, and would prepare tea exactly the same way. And overpower the tea and basically make hotwatermilk, never a delicious beverage.
This tea isn’t subtle or nuanced and you probably don’t want to sip it and try to savor its delicate flavors, but it’s nice in the early morning when you’re shaking off the cobwebs.