542 Tasting Notes
Backlogging. 3 days ago. Monday morning.
I remember that I wanted something strong to wake me up and this is what I picked. And that it was good and did the job suitably well. I steeped it a second time. But that’s all I remember.
Backlogging. 4 days ago. Late Sunday night.
I had a mug of this while taking my turns on Conquer Club before bed. I drank about half of it then put it down for too long and it cooled. I never ended up heating it up again and found it too sour for my tastes cold.
On a side note, I may just never have paid very much attention to them but did the little ratings smileys change? Or did the green one and red one always have tongues?
Backlogging. 4 days ago. Sunday morning.
This is also a tea I am hoarding. But I gave myself permission to go ahead and have it that morning for no special reason at all. I think I only have one serving left now. =(
It was extra rich, hearty, and delicious. Possibly because it’s nearly gone. The second steep was fulfilling as well.
Yesterday morning, I wanted a strong cup to kick me awake and was thinking A&D’s Holiday Blend. But I woke up coughing and with a stuffy nose. Not sick, don’t worry. It was really cold over night and even with the heat turns down, it ran a lot and I think really dried me out. So I wanted to add honey to my tea to sooth my throat/cough. This one goes better with honey I think. So I went with this. Though I think I remember the Holiday Blend being okay with honey too. But wasn’t in the mood to try it and be wrong. This hit the spot and I drank it all up.
I drank the second steep later on while studying.
This was the tea I was craving yesterday after Harney & Sons’ Peaches & Ginger black tea. To be fair, I was wanting it the day before too.
This tea, I crave at times. It tastes like dark rich chocolate and earth and I like it so! If I didn’t have only 4 bags left, I think I’d drink it more often. But I tend to do that hoarding thing when I get low on teas I like. I’ve told myself that I can buy it loose leaf once I’m out though. So I don’t know why I’m hoarding and I’m sure the loose leaf is even better. If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d prolly start trying other flavored (gateway) puerhs. I did not expect to like this one at all, let alone so much.
This one is getting bumped up to a 74 (great bagged tea range 70-80).
I’ve found that due to The Great Unlogged Period I have a bunch of teas that I’ve either finished or drank more of and haven’t changed the ratings accordingly to align with how I ended up truly feeling about the day. So I’ve been changing them as I drink them again. I keep meaning to just go through my cupboard and do them all at once but never seem to have the time and sit down and do it.
Yesterday, after the Harney & Sons’ Peaches & Ginger black tea, I knew exactly which tea I wanted next (Numi’s Chocolate Puerh) but it was also time to cook dinner. Since I wanted to enjoy that cup and not mindlessly drink through it while cooking, I looked for something quick and easy to drink instead. I chose this one because none of my other bagged black teas were calling to me and I need to use it up. Plus I thought it sounded just fine with a touch of milk and honey.
So this tea, I’ve had an odd time with. At first, it was way way too strong. Then tastelessly weak. So I switched to two bags in a larger mug. Which was fine the first time or two. Then too strong that way. I can only assume it’s been me doing different steep times/water temperatures and not keeping track as well as I usually do of what worked. But I don’t know. I kind of think the tea is changing on me.
This time, I went one bag, standard size mug. I steeped it longer, knowing I was going to be adding milk to it and wanting it to come out on the stronger side. But after adding the honey, I sipped it and realized the milk would weaken it too much for my tastes so did not add it.
The cup was fine. Spiced with honey. But not all that enjoyable. Just something warm to sip on while I cooked. I’ll be glad once the box is done.
I’m actually bumping my rating down on this one to a 46 (drinkable range 40-50) because of the irregularity between mugs and because, while I don’t dislike it, it doesn’t really do much for me.
As promised, Peaches & Ginger black tea. This was my first tea of the day yesterday. I had a bagged ginger peach black tea at my parent’s on Tuesday. I knew I had this one and that it would be better but hadn’t tried it yet. So that was my inspiration to try this tea.
The peach was like a fresh just soften real peach. Not super ripe dripping juicy peach nor still quite firm peach. But that point in between the two. A nice sweet peach. The ginger is the warming type of ginger, not the spicy type of ginger. And the two pair well. If I had to say, I’d say the ginger was slightly more predominate. But it melds right into the peach. I can tell it’s a black tea base, but the base fades right into the background.
The second steep was weaker but fine.
My initial rating is a 74 (good range is 70-80). This tea is solid and enjoyable and I happily sipped through my two mugs of it.
Yesterday I picked this tea to drink because I hadn’t had it in awhile and it was a fave of mine before. I notice I’ve only logged it once, I think I was drinking during The Great Unlogged Period and I haven’t had it since. Wow.
So sometimes you remember really liking a tea then you don’t have it for awhile and when you do again, that isn’t the case. That is, you might still like but not as omg so good much. That totally wasn’t the case with this tea. I thoroughly enjoyed my mugs of it yesterday as much I used to.
Coming up next: I had Harney & Sons’ Ginger Peach black tea for the first time this morning! Yum!
2nd steep: 20+ mins
The fourth and last bagged tea of the day yesterday. I pretty much always take a cup of tea upstairs with me when I’m staying at my parents and they go up to bed way earlier than I would go to bed and I take a laptop upstairs and game/chat online in bed. This was the only non-caffeinated kind of tea they had open so this is what I went with. I figured I’d had enough black tea for the day.
Overtime, I’ve found that I need to steep these Celestial Seasonings zinger-style teas at the lower end of the recommended steeping time. I don’t hate hibiscus because I like tart things. But I like to make it on the least tart side. So I’m upping my rating 5 points (decent bagged tea range is 40-50) on this one because it’s a lot better than before I figured that out. But this one still remains one of my least favorite zinger-style herbals because it has a bitter bite/sour bite/sharpness to it that I don’t get with the others. Which sucks because I like the peachiness and tartness of it just fine for a warm mug to idly sip at.
The third bagged tea of the day yesterday. My dad and I had teas while my mom was at a finance meeting in the evening (she’s the office manager/accountant at her workplace). He boiled the water, started a cup for himself, then asked me if I wanted anything while the water was hot. Yay for tea with dad!
So I picked this to have with milk and a touch of honey because for some odd reason honey vanilla chai sounded good then. I knew I was going to add milk to it so I steeped it the maximum recommended time. I got a mug of creamy honey spiced black tea. All of those things vaguely. But sweet and desserty so I enjoyed sipping while studying. He watched investment/finance channel shows then a vintage/older (think 80s)/sports cars auction show. Dads lol.
I’m not rating this tea right now because I made it with milk and honey and did not get a true sense of what the tea itself tasted like. But it would have definitely fallen within the nice bagged tea range this way.