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Working on this before moving onto trying other teas. Just as a little goal of mine. Hot with half and half, it’s just ok. Easily bittered base with artificial strawberry. I mentioned in the previous note that it’s the type of artificial strawberry that I actually like, but even then, I find after the third cup, it’s getting a little tiresome. I shall cold brew this next to see what’ll happen.
Don’t know what’s happening with my Habs but it’s sickening.
It was a funny thing waking up to SNOW this morning. So today ended up being an ultra lazy day where I’m moping around the house trying to warm up and adjust. Can this warm me up? Not really, but I’d like to think it’s helping just a little bit.
I agree with others that the dry leaf smells like strawberry candy. A little artificial but in a nice way. The kind of artificial strawberry that I enjoy. The shreds of coconut were a pleasant surprise, as well. Maybe it’ll bring out some creaminess.
But alas, it does not. No coconut, just a touch of strawberry candy buried underneath an ultra strong, astringent base. I even let the water cool a little more than suggested but it didn’t seem to save it at all. Perhaps next time I’ll add a little less leaf and steep in even cooler water, maybe for a shorter time too. Clearly the suggested parameters don’t work.
I did something horrible. Shameful. After getting through nearly half of this pouch, I dumped the rest out. Gone. Cup after cup, all I got was teriyaki salmon, and same as my mom. I just couldn’t torture us like that anymore. I have so many others to try and enjoy so whatever. I’m looking at it as the rest of the teas from my Lupicia costing slightly more per pouch in order to justify throwing this out. Sigh.
Yeeeeah, I’m still getting salmon teriyaki from this. Made sure to brew it at a lower temperature, didn’t over- or underleaf, and I splurged and made sure I got more nuts in the mix. My mom insists that I just throw out the rest, and that says a lot because she’s the type who will use something up despite how gross, stale, or old it is just because she doesn’t want to waste money.
Me: What do you think this smells like? It reminds me of something but I can’t figure it out.
Mom: Hmm… it kind of smells like some kind of fish.
Me: … Oh, let me have another sniff…
Mom: Yeah, it’s reminding me of fish for some reason.
Me: It’s kind of like salmon?
Me: Teriyaki salmon!
Mom: Yes, that’s exactly it!
In a nutshell (unfortunately not a chestnut shell), this tastes like a bento box. Did I just eat a bento box with a pot of green tea on the side? What’s going on?
The dry leaf, the steeped tea, everything both smells and tastes like teriyaki salmon. Now, I quite enjoy eating it, but drinking it? Not so much.
The base also goes bitter as this cools. I didn’t follow the directions on the package because I thought steeping a green tea in boiling water is a bit ridiculous. Despite letting the water cool and being mindful of not steeping this for more than two minutes, I still ended up with a bitter result.
Backlog from last Monday.
Bleh, I don’t like the fishiness of the barley teas. I ended up adding sugar and milk to the second infusion and that was better, but I just don’t like that weird smell. It really overwhelms any apple flavouring otherwise present here. Kind of disappointing, but not entirely unexpected.
Note of bitter grassy/leafy taste. Houjicha is an interesting choice for a flavoured tea. I find that it has a quite unique flavour itself and could use a complement flavouring. This tea tastes mainly like Houjicha with a very faint caramel sweetness note. I think a bit of a stronger caramel flavour would do well here. The Houjicha on its own is quite tasty with fresh roasted tones and light chestnut finish.
Thanks to Sil for sharing with me!
Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Roasted, Sweet
’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #26
I think someone added a ton of minty teas… love them! It was also nice to retaste a different pouch of Santa’s Secret. Still delicious and exactly the same as my old pouch! Anyway, this is another great minty green tea. So refreshing with both mint and spearmint. Thirst quenching! The leaves look very tiny however (doesn’t mean the flavor gets bitter though). The mint leaves are bigger than the tea leaves.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min
Steep #2 ??
This was a sample from The Cookie Lady! And considering I’m planning on seeing her again this Thursday I figured I’d finally try it. xD
Not a huge plum fan, but sometimes it’s good in teas.
But I think the main thing is that barley is NOT for me. xD Totally tastes like coffee.
The dry leaf smell was just plum, but then when I drank it the plum was barley there, and it was just coffee. If I wanna drink coffee, I’ll make some or go get some, but feels so wrong to have that flavor in my tea! XD Oy. Thanks for letting me try though, The Cookie Lady!
Flavors: Coffee, Plums
Another tea sachet sample from Ost! I made a haiku of this tea while I drank it, do you want to hear it? It goes:
No no no no no
Rooibos is not good at all
Where Da peach at, yo?
I hope this wasn’t overstepped. I brewed this for 4 minutes in boiling water. It came out to be a thick, syrupy cherry wood mess. I had to think hard about the peach to taste it. I though there was some cinnamon as well, maybe something that could have been pastry-esque, but I think I’m just grasping at straws now. Meh. Totes not my style.
Flavors: Peach, Wood
Book of Tea #1/100
My first tea from my Tea Book! I’ve been so hesitant to start trying the teas since I want to actually be able to taste them properly, but I’ve decided that running through them at work, where I at least no longer have to use travel mugs, will be okay, at least until I want to do side-by-side comparison. So, I drank this one and one other last Friday at work.
Assessment? This was a pretty decent standard black tea, and it was fabulous with milk and sugar. The small sip I had before adding the milk/sugar was okay (but too hot), but doesn’t really have the profile I look for in teas that I drink plain, so it was probably best enjoyed as it was. Would recommend this as a robust morning tea.
I really enjoyed this tea, and I’m glad that I bought the Christmas sampler despite the name, because these teas would be good for any occasion. I think even young children would enjoy it with no complaints. The subtle hints of white chocolate and nut blended with the mild flavor of the tea makes for a soothing cup of tea. It is reminiscent of cookies, and the white chocolate is a nice alternative to vanilla.
Backlog and sipdown!
Had a bag of this from a while back; I believe it came as a free sample with a Lupicia order. Either way, ended up drinking it at work (oh, speaking of that, I now have a job where I can actually brew tea during the day, which is pretty exciting and gives me hope that I can get through a lot of different teas that I don’t like to put in travel mugs, because I won’t have to do that) and added some milk/sugar to make it extra tasty, which it was. Plain, it probably wouldn’t have worked for me, just a bit too strong. If my Book of Tea has a packet of this, I may get to try it again, and write a tasting note a bit more promptly.
Definitely taste the woody rooibos in this tea, the peach flavor really isn’t strong enough. :( Which I find rather disappointing personally. I am always on the hunt for an amazing peach tea. Though I can’t be too disappointed since this one has gotten a lot of other poor reviews from people here. But I’ve always wanted to try it. Glad I got it in their newsletter.
I think this might be the one that I got three newsletters of xD I gave one of the packages to my lil bro for his birthday and he liked it, so maybe I’ll give him that last package of it since it’s too weak for me.
Flavors: Peach, Wood
So, I was working on my review of this when my phone decided to refresh the page for me. It’s not at all easy to type on here, especially when the touch screen refuses to cooperate. I was thinking about the other teas that I tried from Lupicia that were also grape flavored.
The three teas all smell like Kasugai gummies, which I like. It’s slighly artificial in that it reminds me more of the candy than the fruit. The black tea base makes it more subtle, but it isn’t a very bitter tea. The grape is more of a hint than a full flavor.I find this tea more agreeable than the decaf Muscat, but miss the jasmine in Napa Blanc. I think grape tastes better in green tea, though it could be even better in oolong. It is rather pleasant, though comparably as subtle as Carol. It doesn’t remind me as much of princesses or little girls in Victorian children’s novels.
I bought the small christmas sampler when I placed my first order, so this is my first time drinking the Christmas blends. It came in a cute bag with lovely pictures for the three blends. They don’t really sound like Christmas blends, which is nice. I tried this first, though I was unable to use boiling water to brew it. it smells and tastes like strawberry candy, and was rather mild, but in a good way. I would consider buying it though I hope it brews stronger than my first cup.
I’ve moved onto Jingle Bells, which also smells lovely, and I look forward to trying white Christmas.
I’ve realized that this tea is more like the tea I would imagine Sarah Crewe or Anne Shirley would drink with Alice and Wendy Darling if they had tea together.
Ohh thank you TeaNTrees for sending this tea my way!
I love lychee and this tastes almost like lychee! The flavouring of this tea is super juicy and it’s so good! Lychee is definitely a bit lighter than this tea though, so that’s what’s throwing me off. I think if this flavouring was done in a white tea, it would be so good!
I have the sipdown fever! I’ve been prowling my stash, thinking “can I sip this down soon?” and poking at the teas.
Well, the good news is that I’m really close to sipping this down. The bad news is that I’m not quite there yet. But one sachet closer!
This tea, through no fault of its own, is something I would not have picked for myself. I find myself weary around green teas, and tropical flavors are not my favorite.
But I can still see that this tea is quite well assembled, and it does have a nice freshness that I can appreciate, even if its not exactly the tea for me.