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Tea #17 from HHTTTB2
This is a weird one.
Honestly, in the bag these totally smell like stale chips of sorts. Which was mildly off-putting to say the least.
And then when it was brewed up, it smelled mildly like chamomile. And then tasted so, so much like chamomile, I had to doublecheck what I was drinking! It’s like chamomile’s slightly buffer, spicier, and cooler brother. Like. Chamomile was the bookworm and really good in math and science and Chrysanthemum is the head of the varsity football team. But also the debate captain. And probably prom king. And is maybe a little bit of a jerk.
I’m finishing off my small sample tin of this tonight. I can’t say I am crazy about this particular tea since it just reminds me of a watery apple cider with some spices thrown in. When it comes to a dessert tea, I prefer something more creamy and decadent. Not horrible but not wanting to buy any more either.
Teabox B! A ton of flowers! I’ve never tried these before… I added a bunch to my infuser. A few minutes later, it looks like a mug of beer! The flavor seems familiar somehow, but I would have no idea where the flavor is from. It is hard to describe! A bit brothy, savory. Spicy especially if I just had sugar. Sweet too. Doesn’t really taste like flowers. I just can’t describe it. It’s a nice flavor anyway!
smells incredible, but the taste is lackluster. even with sugar, it is bland and doesn’t live up to the aroma and description. sorry, but there you go.
I made my partner a cup last night and made another for my morning cuppa for work today for myself. He was blown away by it, which for someone who only a few months ago wouldn’t even try green tea is pretty amazing. He really likes it, especially the vanilla part. He’s happy that he has a lower caffeine option that is perfectly vanilla-y to have at night instead of his Vanilla (black).
And my cup this morning was lovely too!
This is a new one from The Art of Tea, I immediately picked it from all the others as being new when we were setting up the market on Saturday (http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/a-day-in-paradise/). So obviously it had to come home with me.
The vanilla! Wow! Its so creamy and sweet, but in a good way. In the way that only proper real vanilla can give to a cup. It complements the sencha perfectly, adding some creamy sweetness to the light green base. Ah! A new favourite, methinks. I can’t wait to have this iced as the warms up!
Steep conditions – around 5 mins. An accident, damn work getting in the way of my tea testing!
Temperature – I’m guessing it was around 75-80oC, but I forgot to take my thermometer to the kitchen, so its a guess.
I’ll fix this one up with a photo later…
I’ve been slowly working my way through my box of this one, and after the cup I brewed up for breakfast this morning, I’m down to the last cup of that box. Unfortunately for my attempts to sort out my cupboard/teashelves/swap box craziness, I work for the company that makes this one so getting more is all too easy (practically and on the hip pocket!).
I brewed up a cup to have this morning before breakfast, my first black in about 5 days. I had a headache that lingered with my tummy bug and headaches and caffeine do not mix well in me. Just beautiful. The other half started doing his blacks at 95oC-ish instead of 100oC to wean himself off adding in sweetners as a necessity, and its a good trick! This comes out unbelievably smooth at 95, full of the bergamot flavouring and not a hint of bitterness. Beautiful.
So after my atrocious sleep Sunday night, last night my lovely other half got a good sleep. At my expense. He seemed to like being right in the middle of our bed, with most of the doona. And rolling over on top of me left arm and side. But he slept well! He was so apologetic, and I know it wasn’t deliberate, but I can tell my barre instructor will be say a lot of “no, the other right!” to me tonight in class.
So, black tea it is! This one is still really lovely! The flavours are there, but not really strong, which I’m appreciating this morning. Nothing worse than the tea equivalent of heavy metal music when you’re still half asleep. Everything is just lovely and balanced, and gently coaxing me into the land of the living.
On Sunday we passed through the local T2 after doing a free yoga class at Lululemon and they had their Monk’s Pear for sampling. Not as good as this perfectly flavoured drop.
I’ve been swapping between this and the Vanilla Chai quite extensively because they’re really tasty, Whole30 compliant, and brew with ease (and even tolerate some brewing errors well). I didn’t want to bore you all with repeats of how much I love them both so I’ve calmed down on the repeated posts a bit! But I have been drinking them both, and loving them!
The JEM is surprisingly resilient to some oversteeping. Like yesterday, when I timolino-ed up the tea, then got flooded with phone calls and it ended up getting a 10 minute steep. Usually a travesty for a sencha, but there was only the faintest hint that it had been in the water too long, and even then I’m not sure if it was bitterness or just too much flavouring ending up in the water. Just awesome.
I got a small sample tin of this a while back and didn’t log it, evidently neither did anyone else because I created the entry just now. :)
This tisane has a rather flamboyant description on the Art of Tea website. I don’t really think that it lives up to all the HYPE, but it’s okay. I get a lot of apple flavor here along with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. there are pink peppercorns in the tea but thankfully it doesn’t taste real peppery or anything. This reminds me of a mulled apple cider than it does pie, but it’s pretty good overall. I don’t taste anything resembling a buttery pie crust. If you don’t really like the taste of rooibos, it could be a blend for you since I don’t taste a whole lot of rooibos in it.
Enjoyed with 1 tsp. or so of coconut sugar, it is almost making me forget the chocolate bars I got today at Trader Joes! :)
Did two steeps of this today as I had a spot of throat and sinus dryness. All good now. I love the mint in this, a perfect strength.
Tasting note 200! Woohoo!
I had another one of these awaiting me in my Timolino after I finished my barre class this morning. I actually think I’ve been fighting off a cold (this is a major major thing for me, I used to see a cold then be flat in bed for a week with the cold, then also acquire the flu or a chest infection… not fun. Yay for all those veggies I’ve been eating!), so I would’ve loved a spot of honey in this, but alas, I’m playing by the Whole30 rules.
Still a lovely cuppa.
I started a Whole30 today (http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/one-is-never-enough/), which means some teas are out. Not this one though! Beautiful mix of real spices in black tea. So good…
We had a farewell morning tea today for a contract staff member. I have to admit it was a little bit nice for that person to not be me! I made up a thermos of this to have with our morning tea. Yummy, comforting, and the usual clean taste. Beautiful.
I can’t believe I haven’t added or review this before! Shocking.
This is a lovely tea. The jasmine and earl grey flavours are perfectly balanced without overpowering the black. My prefered steeping method for this is on the short side to ensure the black is still lovely and soft.
Would make an excellent afternoon tea, but its perking me up this morning. Very easily sipped.
And, more importantly, I posted my first blog post about tea this morning: http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/mugful-of-happiness/
Went on a hike today with the boy. He’s wilderness training me, today we did The Needles in southwest national park. Straight up, about 400m, wind blowing in sideways with a good dose of rain. Typical Tasmanian weather, and it was a bit awesome really! I did it all, and made good time and it made both of us quite happy! My body wasn’t able to cope with these things until recently, but I can now power up the hills and enjoy the weather and came back down nicely with no soreness or joint issues and it was awesome!
But with sideways rain comes a touch of coldness, so when we got home I made a pot of Mount Wellington tea and we warmed up on our insides. Comfort tea. Hmmmm……..
Finishing this from my timolino after making it to afternoon then not getting a chance to finish it at work. So well, and it goes with the rain outside. Warming and naturally sweet.
Took a thermos of this to the market today to perk me up during the drizzle and clouds. Worked well! Had a dash of milk in it, really good.
This came in my sample box from Tassie Tea Girl!
Smooth buttery sencha, with hints of rose and cornflower. It’s delicate and light but smooth, and the additions don’t overpower the tea. Lovely!
This came in my swap box from TassieTeaGirl! Everything she sent me is so unique – I never really thought about American flavors v. Australian flavors. It’s delicious. I love how it’s a Christmas tea that isn’t especially spicy. Instead, it’s really warm and almondy. The black tea is smooth. I didn’t try it with milk or sugar, but I think it would be really creamy and desserty that way! Resteeps well.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Thank you TassieTeaGirl for sending me this! This is SO delicious!
Now I love it hot but I can totally see why TassieTeaGirl likes it cold because it is SO yummy that way too! A real winner! A lovely sencha base makes it perfect.