466 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! (131) This sample was really generous; the website claimed they were all single-serve but there was enough in there for four individual cups (eight if resteeped, wow!). Made the last of it in a pot and split it with mom, who declared herself in love with it. When I use up some things this might be one for the cabinet!
Another sipdown! (132) Now that I know a little more about tea I smell mostly Ceylon in this. I like the smell of Ceylon, so it’s not a bad thing.
This one is pretty boring. I think I’ve said this about every breakfast blend I’ve tried. They’re just not for me, but unfortunately I have two more “breakfast” samples in my Golden Moon box. Black tea alone is more interesting than black tea blended with other black tea, in my opinion, and for the most part I wouldn’t choose these teas. Maybe I should just find a good Darjeeling for mornings, since that and EG are the only “breakfast” types I seem to want on a regular basis.
Another surprise sample from MissB: thank you! Dry this smells intensely of apricot or other stone fruit with some spicy herbal notes underneath. While it steeps there’s something…off about it. I’ve never had most of the things in here on their own, so I couldn’t say what it is, but the smell is off-putting.
Luckily the taste is more like the smell of the dry mix than the brewed tea. It’s a little fruity and a little herbal, and actually pretty robust for an herbal blend. I’ll have no trouble using this sample up.
Brewed this just short of boiling (i.e. some steam/vapor but no whistling happening with the kettle), one teaspoon to 8 oz. This is possibly the best-smelling EG I’ve tried: I love the smell of grapefruit and this is gentle and slightly sweet. It mixes with the bergamot well. I’m also close to sipdown with this one! About one cup left, and I’ll be sad to see it go.
This tea sparkles. Not literally of course, but something about the feeling of it reminds me of drinks like ginger ale. It’s really refreshing while also feeling like some kind of special treat. There’s no bitterness to it at all, which is surprising because grapefruit is one of those things I rarely like because of the bitterness. I’m really glad I took a chance on this sample with my last order! Upping the rating.
As threatened I made this up with lemonade. For reference: one quart prepared instant lemonade and one quart Turmeric Ginger tea brewed at boiling (the stronger the better). Serve over ice.
This is delicious this way! I mostly taste the lemonade but there’s a spicy ginger kick to it too, and the turmeric makes it aromatic. It should be no problem using the rest of this up soon: two sachets left!
I was just wondering what the base for this is, because I can never taste it through the cinnamon. It says “China black”: Ceylon? I was just thinking Ceylon would be a good base for this but I still can’t taste it. Oh well.
Other than that, no complaints here. My mom hates this tea but I’m in love with it, enough that I’d probably rebuy it in the winter. I would like to find a cinnamon tea that my mother actually likes, but if I don’t find it in the next eight months or so I’ll reorder. We’ll see how it goes.
Alright, I put every last sample into my cupboard. 134 total teas! I think I’m scared straight now. When my orders come in it’ll be 142, plus a couple other purchases/swaps from people on here… Time to use some stuff up.
This tea is murky brewed up. I guess that must be the spices. It’s also darker than when I had it last. WOW. I guess I’ve never really brewed it at boiling before, and now I have to say I do not recommend it. This is strong stuff!
ETA: Rescued this with a large glob of honey, some extra water, and a handful of ice cubes. It’s actually delicious this way, and I can’t help but think it’d mix up well with lemonade.
Sample sipdown! For better or worse I’m putting all my samples in here in the hope that I’ll be horrified by the number of teas I have and use some up. Knowing me it’ll probably work.
This tea is aptly named, because I feel the same about this as I do about the song “Sleigh Ride.” It’s too forceful and it screams “winter holidays.” Unfortunately those holidays have passed so again I’m left with the impression that someone took something very similar to Forever Nuts (which I loved) and put a bunch of hibiscus flowers on top. I think hibiscus is officially my least favorite tea ingredient now, beating out such contenders as peppermint and orange rind.
ETA: My tastes may be off, but this is absolutely disgusting today and is turning my stomach. I usually make myself drink the cup even if I don’t like the tea, but today I can’t and it’s going down the drain. Never, ever again!