354 Tasting Notes
I’m finishing off the last of this honeybush today. It’s tasty, but personally I like it best when I brew it a little on the strong side – heap the leaves in there and leave it steeping. I have to keep this tealog short so I can get back to researching mattresses. I had no idea there were so many options!
The weather was a little cooler this morning than it has been over the past little while, so I figured I’d go through my Fall try me box to see what tea delights were to be found. And delighted I was! This tastes exactly how an Apple pie tea should taste. The spices are present and complementary, with the apple taste more at the forefront with the black tea base right behind. I think this is going to knock David’s Tea “Big Apple” from my favorite apple tea spot (although that tea has been slowly slipping down my rankings with the more tea I try – there are just so many tasty options out there that seem to be a better value). I think I need to explore Apple teas a little more, it seems that there may be plenty of gems out there that I have yet to discover.
I used my typical black tea method, of heating the water until it is hot, not boiling (I was able to blow on it and sip it slowly right after it had brewed). The tea may have come out a little lighter than I intended because I may have poured it right at the 3 minute mark…o.k. I’ll admit it! The tea smelled so darn good and I was thirsty so I had a classic case of tea impatience…impateaence, if you will.
The resteep was also lovely. I did notice a touch of bitterness as the tea cooled, but it was still good. The bitterness was almost like the taste I associate with accidentally biting into an apple seed when eating an apple…a little distracting, but it still doesn’t ruin the experience for me as a whole. I have a bit of leaf remaining, so I hope I’ll be able to consistently get such good results from this tea. So far it looks like it’s a candidate for my reorder list.
Slowly but surely I’m rediscovering my love for genmaicha, but it still has a long way to go until I would compare it with a good black tea (for me at least). I enjoy the cherry aspect in this, it goes nicely with the genmaicha base. I drank this while doing some return to work wardrobe shopping. I finally found what I hope will be my perfect work shoes…and they were on sale!
The smell of this seemed a bit oversweet, so I was cringing as I took my first sip of this tea. But I quickly found out that it tastes pretty good– it really was like vanilla birthday cake. You know, those sheet cakes with about a half inch of icing that usually has things like icing balloons or icing rosettes across the front. Don’t get me wrong this is a sweet rooibos, but I think it’s one of the better ones I’ve had from David’s Tea. I wouldn’t keep in stocked in my cupboard, but I’d probably repurchase it on occasion.
I must say, the greasy film this tea leaves on my mug is a bit of a turn off, but it’s not a huge deal for me.
On the flip-side, when I read that the ingredients include freeze dried ice cream bits, I said “cool! Astronaut food” I was instantly 12 years old again.
I can’t say the word Astronaut without thinking “Astronaut Mike Dexter”
Whoa! Random thoughts…I think I’m overtired…off too bed
Hmmm…so this is one of those weird teas that I really have to be in the mood for. If I’m feelin’ a lemon dessert tea then this would be an obvious choice, but the reality is, lemon dessert is never my first choice of flavors. In a previous tealog I said that I’d reorder this one, but I’ve since found other caffeine free options that I prefer for my flavor preferences. If you enjoy the taste and smell of lemon cake, lemon essence, or lemon extract, then you will likely enjoy this tea much more than I did.
I had a hard time getting the room to a comfortable temperature last night, so I didn’t get the best sleep. I decided a good black tea was just what I needed when the alarm clock went off this morning. It’s a bold black tea with a nicely balanced strawberries and cream flavor. I’m using it less and less because I don’t want to run out of it – The horror! I have my fingers crossed that there will be a reblend before my package is empty. (What do you say Frank? Reblend? Do it! Do it! Do it! But you know…no pressure)
Today was my second day at work, and my coworkers organized a little meeting to officially introduce me to the team. It was nice to learn about everyone’s background and they even brought pie and ice cream to share. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more welcome at a new job :)
This is good as a hot tea, but even better iced, the flavors just pop with the freshness of the pineapple and the creaminess of coconut. This has become an absolute spring and summer staple for my tea cupboard. This is quite impressive considering I’m a little picky about both pineapple and coconut as tea/tisane ingredients.
It’s sweet and satisfying, I already finished at least one pouch of this and I just opened this new pouch, but I’m glad I threw another pouch into my latest order. I should be set for the upcoming warm summer nights (assuming Frank will continue to keep coming up with more honeybush options to supplement my cupboard as I drink it down). Thank goodness for honeybush –I love that I can drink them anytime. They top my list of most consumed type of tea/tisane, although if it weren’t for the caffeine issue, I’d probably say black tea would be able to beat it on the basis of preferred taste. It’s funny that when I started on Steepster a mere 10-11ish months ago, my favorites were greens and whites.
I made this with a slightly cooler temperature of water than I usually use, but by time I finished my morning tasks and got around to making tea it was starting to get a little late. I wanted to make sure I’d have time to get a few steeps out of it before my caffeine cut off time.
The smell of it is a little too much like dry baking coconut, which I’m not particularly fond of. If you’re a coconut lover, I’d say this is worth trying. The flavors of the pineapple, the coconut and the tea are all there. It’s not a bad tea, the flavor is just not for me.
It’s been a long day, my hubby is out of town for the next few weeks on business, and I miss him. I also dealt with a family issue that has been going on for far too long. It was quite a monumental blow-up, but I think that it will finally be put to rest…fingers crossed.
Now I’m really looking forward to going to work tomorrow – it will be a good distraction of the home stress. I know it’s unrealistic, but I hope I’ll always be this excited to go to work. Hopefully, I’ll also get the chance to drop by our house on the way home from work tomorrow, to see how the reno is going. The reno team we hired has done a phenomenal job of the project so far, and I’m always excited to see the progress. Tomorrow will be a better day, I’m sure of it.
Today was my first day back at work/at the new job. Everyone was super nice and I ran into so many people that I worked with in years past, which made it an even easier transition. I took a travel mug full of this tea to work with me along with a thermos full which I stashed in my purse for refills. It’s a lovely balance of tea and cotton candy flavor. It’s yummy, but like many black teas I don’t always find them thirst quenching when the weather heats up (I suppose it’s the caffeine?). Nonetheless, drinking this today, I just couldn’t help but smile all day. I think I’m going to have to get another thermos and travel mug though. My mug is starting to feel like its giving way, and I need another thermos to fill with tea and to keep me smiling even longer.
I feel a little nervous. Tomorrow is my first day in my new work position, so I decided to stop drinking caffeine a little earlier to help me get a good night sleep.
I’ve been hoarding some bits of my various honeybush blends for the past few months because it’s just too difficult to say goodbye…so I won’t. Instead I’ll just say “until we meet again”. I feel certain that this will be made again (right 52teas?); it’s just far too good to be permanently archived. I enjoyed this one hot, cold and even when I was really ill I still enjoyed this one mixed with club soda. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Honeybush, you’ve been with me through the good, the bad and the ugly…until we meet again…