505 Tasting Notes
First tea to try from Indigobloom and since it is past midnight, I opted for caffeine free even though I don’t work tomorrow and could have handled the caffeine. But after a meat and potatoes kind of dinner, Blueberry Streusel just seemed right.
The leaf in the bag was kind of purple-ish and kind of cool actually. I could certainly smell the blueberry. Steeped, it was very dark for a honeybush, I think, or perhaps I used too much leaf and not enough water. It also tastes a bit strong too. I can pick up the tart blueberry but I can’t really detect much else. I did add some brown sugar and milk, so that might be hiding the streusel flavour or maybe a lighter brew would reveal that aspect to my taste buds.
It’s not an amazing tea, but it is not horrible either. All in all, I think that DAVIDsTEA Blueberry Jam is better, but this is still tasty. I think I liked the Strawberry Pie better, but this is quite decent.
Ok, so, redo on the Ceylon Star this morning. My brewing, my sweetener, my milk (not soy this time) and it is way better than it was yesterday. I wanted to try it bare this morning, but it was too hot, and I was in too much of a hurry to get out the door, so I gave it my usual treatment. I still have enough from the 6g bag to make one more steep.
The flavour is definitely a little complex, probably due to the star anise, but still relatively mild. I can pick up some of the white chocolate and coconut tones underneath the star anise which seems to meld well with the cocoa tones and the tea. It’s a complicated tea, but simple too. It definitely isn’t overly licorice tasting. If anything, it tastes a little like a vanilla and coconut like chai…or like a chai vanilla milkshake. There is that creamy taste in here.
I do like this, but I don’t know if I will repurchase or not. I might get one bag and see what I think, but there are others I like better. We’ll see once I finish a few more of my bags and make more space on my wall.
Was a TTG this afternoon, and it was on the house, which was a really nice treat. I got it with soy and agave, and I really found there was not much taste, which I think is partly the soy milk…maybe too much, or maybe I didn’t steep this long enough. I am reserving my rating until I brew myself a cup. I got 6 grams to try at home.
So, this was meant to be a comfort tea. I had a less than stellar visit with my local LUSH shop this evening, ended up with a headache despite saying multiple times, no…I don’t want to try that product, especially if it has that scent which is known to be a headache trigger…but, I got duped into trying a tiny bit and within 30 minutes…BOOM…headache.
But then I was distracted by a shiny thing (the Let The Good Times Roll that I got tonight), and I oversteeped the tea. It isn’t horrible, just a bit stronger than usual. I do like this tea, but there are others I like so much better that I don’t think that I will repurchase when it is done. I might get more later, but not right now.
Mmmmm, this one seems better this year than last. I feel more of the heat. It was a nice mix of chocolate and chili in the two cups I had today. I woke up very congested, and with a lot of pressure as a result, and a headache. This helped breathe some life back into me and got me to a point where I was able to go into work for a few hours in the evening instead of being at home all day.
I had almost opted for some Ginger Pu Erh for the sinus clearing and medicinal benefits of the ginger. But no, I wanted sinus clearing AND comfort. So I had the Chocolate Chili Chai…and I am SOOO glad I picked it up yesterday with more Alpine Punch (one can never have too much Alpine Punch).
So, today, even though I am in Canada, and we had our Thanksgiving last month, I was very thankful for this tea today!
SO…I was at Davids again today, with my friend. She opted for the Merry Cranberry, and since I know I don’t like Sleigh Ride that much, I opted to try Santa’s Secret. I’ve always been a bit leery of mint teas, because I tend to find them either too medicinal, or I find them too cooling and refreshing to drink in winter (except for medicinally). But this tea, as a black base, holds the mint in balance, I think. It feels warming but refreshing, but not in a BRRR sort of way. Maybe the soy milk added then zen-like balance, I dunno.
I think I can say, I actually kinda like this. For a minty tea. I don’t know if I will get this one or not, but I think I might get some while it is available, and it will be a nice alternate to the very warming and comforting teas I have like Chocolate Orange or Alpine Punch, or one of the seasonal chai blends. I think that there could be a place for this on my tea wall.
I got this purely for medicinal purposes…it tastes pretty good considering. I am having this straight without milk, but sweetened with some organic cane sugar. It is very very very gingery, but then you sorta expect a tea like this to be gingery, right? I think the ginger is a nice compliment to the pu erh base, as both are very earthy flavours. There is that hint of orange which is alright, though I don’t tend to like orange peel much in tea generally.
I think this is worth having on hand for the upset tummy, stuffy head, feeling miserable in general kind of times. I don’t know if I would have it aside from those instances, because I have so many other teas to drink other times.
In a way, this tea is kind of refreshing and clean. It’s a nice change from some of the more complicated teas like Banana Dream Pie and Fireside S’Mores tea. It’s nice to have simplicity every now and again. :)