176 Tasting Notes
I brewed this hot this morning and then promptly forgot about it for the next hour or so until I made it back to my desk… Holy smokes this has some amazing and authentic watermelon flavor and there’s the perfect hint of mint to even it all out and make it a super refreshing tastebud sensation… I don’t really get any of the limeade but I honestly don’t miss it with those juicy juicy watermelon and fresh mint flavors front and center… Can’t wait to try this cold brewed (on purpose) I can definitely see this being a staple by the pool throughout the never-ending summer months in socal!!
The first package in my 52 Teas Kickstarter pledge arrived late last week and I have been desperately anxious to tear into them and start trying but since I was traveling over the weekend I was hesitant to open them up away from my Breville tea maker as I have strong memories of how temperamental the black base was when Frank owned the company.
It was a difficult decision this morning trying to decide what I wanted to try first but since it was breakfast time I went with the coconut french toast.. First, I gotta say, that I adore the cute little taster sized packets!! Half an ounce is the perfect size to try a tea without having to commit to something you may not like.. spoiler alert, this one is definately going on my repurchase list ASAP in the larger size!!
The scent of this tea is spot on! I get the coconut, the cardamom, the maple syrup and a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg… Taste wise, this is delicious!! Especially with a splash of milk to really bring out the creamy butteriness of french toast. A complete winner in my book and I’m now SUPER excited to try out the other four teas I have… I think next I’ll have to try Lemon Cheesecake Bar.. after all it is almost afternoon tea time!!
There is so much I should be doing today but instead I find myself struggling to get off the couch and get moving… The hubby is out rock climbing in Yosemite and I have the house to myself… which means tea and books and maybe (if I get motivated) a little bit of housework in there somewhere between cups and chapters.
Notting Hill is a decent breakfast offering but it doesn’t stand out to me as something so special I would need to run out and get more once this sample size is gone… Its good with milk and sugar and has the usual maltiness I associate with English Breakfast but theres so many other breakfast teas out there I enjoy more…
This tea sounded amazing on etsy and smelled pretty darn delicious when it eventually arrived. I get a good hit of the peanut, ginger and oat ingredients straight out of the tin and there are also some large looking dried strawberry pieces and peanut hunks in the dry leaf which gave me super high hopes of a brewed cuppa that would taste like PB&J…. unfortunately as delicious as the tea smells I don’t get a single hint of peanut butter or strawberry jelly in the brewed liquid which just makes me sad… such high hopes… yet this tea really doesnt taste like anything at all… boo :(
mmmm forgotten how much I really enjoy this tea… it tastes a little like the generic tea you get at a more mid to high end Chinese or Japanese restaurant but honestly, thats what I like about it the most!! Its got a delicious toasty rice flavor to it that just makes me want to nosh on some good asian food!!!
I feel like I’ve been super absent from everything the last three weeks due to work, traveling, being unwell and just life in general but fingers crossed I’m back into the swing of things… more or less… I had such high hopes for this tea, I mean seriously, Black Forest Cake Tea!! And although the dry leaf smelled super amazing and was fully of the most chocolatey-cherry-berry scent the liquid was a disappointing and lacking in flavor… and I’d even gone a little above and beyond by trading my usual skim-milk with heavy cream!!! I’m not giving up yet however, I’ll give this another go (probably with a little more leaf) and see how it goes… I’m starting to realize I’m a chronic over-leafer and prefer way more leaf than recommended in order to get the flavor I want and I really shouldn’t hold that against a tea when I’m brewing as per the recommended parameters!! Watch this space… I have faith in Bluebird!!
Memorial Day Weekend!! We’re in Zion National Park the next few days for some canyoneering and hiking and this morning it is freezing and raining!! Not good hiking or canyoneering weather… There’s something about slot canyons and rain that just doesn’t go together unless you have a death wish!! But it is perfect weather to drink lots of tea and read a good book!! I’ve just started reading The Nightingale, has anyone else read it? So far it’s absolutely fantastic, like ’can’t put it down, eyes are burning and I’m exhausted BUT MUST keep reading’ fantastic!!Highly recommend!! Of course I bought some of my tea stash with me and since we had no milk this morning I decided on the milk oolong from Damman Freres – at first I wasn’t super impressed as the tea didn’t have any of those real milky flavors I’m so looking for in a milk oolong and then I suddenly realized, there is no milk in this tea and it is the creamiest tea I’ve ever had! A little nutty, super creamy, this is almost perfection in a cup!! Yum!!
I couldn’t help myself last week when American Tea Room announced free US shipping on any order and so I bit on some teas I’ve been eyeing off for a while now (sample packs only I swear!!) and have been desperate to try. First out of the package was Brioche and let me tell you, scent wise, this tea is intoxicating!! Both the dry leaf and brewed liquor smell heavily of almond croissant however the taste doesn’t quite live up to the promise in my opinion… Although the almond and pastry notes are present they’re a little too weak and all this tea has done is make me crave real almond croissants!! Tasty but a little disappointing…maybe i’ll try more leaf in my next cup to see if this solves the problem and so I’m holding off on rating for now….