419 Tasting Notes
So Steepster won’t let me add teas. Is that a Newbie thing or a bug?
Tonight was my first night having Matcha! On my way back from having dumplings, I convinced my friend to stop in this little tea shop on St Mark’s place called Physical GraffiTea. The owner blends all the teas, so that’s pretty awesome!
My first taste of Matcha latte made with almond milk tasted like a vegetable soup which isn’t a bad thing because I like it. It had almost an asparagus quality to it. A couple sips in and it started tasting like green tea ice cream. Toward the middle of the glass, the bitterness got a little overpowering and I to add about a teaspoon more honey. I really enjoyed how thick and creamy tasting the Matcha was and would definitely have it again.
Bonus: I got to finish off my friend’s pot of Cinnamon Plum Tea. It was a blend of plum, currants, hibiscus and cinnamon. At first you taste the cinnamon and then BOOM comes the fruit! Very flavorful and full-bodied.
Extra Bonus: Got a sample cup of the tea the lady working the counter made for herself of Ginger Tumeric: Also had lemongrass, licorice root, lemon & orange peel. The ginger is very subtle. On the first sip you taste the tumeric (and maybe a little of the lemon grass). Second sip you start to taste and feel the ginger creep up on you. Nice and warming as it started to thunder and rain outside! :-)
I have mixed feeling about this Earl Grey. The first thing that hit me was the citrus note, then the creamy vanilla part, then the tea. When I think earl grey, I think fragrant tea with just a hint of citrus. I really want to smell that earl grey distinct aroma and that didn’t hit me with the first few sips. It kind of crept up on me as I kept drinking it and even then the tea didn’t seem to have that flavor I was looking for. The vanilla is nice, but just a tad too overpowering. I’m very sensitive to vanilla and often find that when it’s used, there is too much of it. At least the vanilla didn’t taste artificial.
I just steeped this a second time, but I feel like the tea is mostly the same. I don’t really notice a change in how the flavors progress. It feels a little smoother, but I think that may be because I knew what to expect from the flavor.
All in all it is a good tea- just not what I was expecting. I think I could grow to like this, but I was expecting more fragrance from the tea itself.
So this isn’t Celestial Seasonings, but Steepster won’t let me add this tea, so I’m forced to write under a different name. This is Good & Delish Peppermint and it’s cheap, drugstore tea. It’s pure peppermint and nothing else, so it’s pretty good. It’s not as good as when I pick peppermint from our yard in the summer, but it’s relaxing for when I’m at work.
The walnut tea from this morning left a burnt sensation in my mouth, so I needed something soothing. It’s almost like it burned me, but I didn’t drink it when it was THAT hot, so it must be some weird reaction I’m having to the tea. It’s NOT a pleasant sensation. Hopefully the peppermint will wipe it out completely.
I don’t think I’ve ever tried a tea before that is just so buttery tasting! Yummy! At first when it was hot, I didn’t taste any of the fruity undertones, but as it cooled down I started tasting the coconut. It leaves a slightly bitter, nutty after taste that makes me keep feeling my teeth with my tongue checking for pieces of walnut! I don’t know if I’d drink this all the time, but this is definitely something I would have on occasion in the winter. It’s a very comforting taste.
This is one of my favorite teas to relax with. Minty and fragrant- it tastes sweet without having to add sweetener. The is probably do to the hibiscus, rose, and orange blossoms, which are very subtle. This was perfect after getting home late after choir practice, a full day of work and a VERY long commute.
This one smells like berry way more than it tastes like berry. The taste is not unpleasant though. It’s lightly earthy- just not what I expected from the smell or the name.
Still one of my favorite teas. I love it because I don’t have to use a lot of it to get a big cup out of it.
Steepster has made me excited about trying new teas. Just ordered a bunch of samples from Della Terra and Butiki Teas because a lot of people on here seem to love the tea from there.
I may need to get some more tea diffusers for my house because the whole family has been benefiting from my tea experiments. This morning I made some more Pink Flamingo for my mother (she’s had 4 cups of this in the last two days) and orange chocolate for my brother.
My sister got a lot of this for me for my birthday in February hoping that it would end my search for the perfect blackberry tea. The tea is good, but the rooibos definitely overpowers the blackberry. I didn’t like this tea at first, but it has grown on me. It tastes much better sweetened with honey and I have to be careful not to steep it for too long or else it just tastes too muddy. If steeped for just a couple of minutes, it tastes rich and smooth with just a light, fruity undertone. I’ll often drink it with breakfast or a meal, but not on its own as the main attraction.
Twinings Orange and Cinnamon Spice Tea is one of my go-to bagged teas when I’m too lazy to get out my loose leaf stuff. I started drinking it before I even knew what Rooibos was and I like it in this blend. It’s a really fruity, spicy, and full-bodied tea.
It was just what I wanted after my 4-mile run today. It was my first run back after taking two weeks off due to a nasty upper respiratory infection, so I was coughing a bit after. This helped calm it right down.
My first time trying a Pu’erh Tea. I don’t really know what I’m supposed to taste, but I do taste a light chocolate and a very little bit of citrus. It’s somewhat pleasant, but there is again a little chemical taste to it, which I can’t place. It tastes a little like a bad chocolate orange candy.