675 Tasting Notes
Hanukkah is coming early to my house because I’m having this tea tonight!
I repeat, sometimes incessantly, how amazingly beautiful Stacy’s blends are, and this is no exception. The apple and potato chunks with the long green tea leaves…lovely. Just lovely.
The smell in the bag is one of apple cinnamon, and delicious. Brewed, I mostly get the cinnamon, with the thick mouthfeel from the potato, but I’m afraid I’m not getting that much apple. I’m getting a very mild brew. That might just be me underleafing, or not getting enough apple bits in my teaspoon. I will note that as the water hit the apple, it just swelled up nice and juicy like. Yum! You know I am eating them after my steeps.
I’m gonna root through the bag and see if I can get another apple chunk or two and try my resteep with that and see how that works.
EDIT: Second steep is yielding more apple. Might have been hotter water that did that.
Had my sample fro Stacy as my after dinner tea…I’m not sure exactly why I picked this, except perhaps I wanted a tea with some caffeine to see if it might help with a headache that has been annoying me for a while, but not strong enough to warrant taking a pill and also perhaps for some digestive aspect post meal.
Oriental Beauty has long been a favourite oolong of mine…I think it was Teavivre I first had it with, so I was super stoked to try this one.
I admit I was surprised that I needed 2 tsp for my serving, but it proved to be right. I actually let the water cool and timed it and everything…I did NOT want to desecrate the one shot I had at making this tea.
It’s wonderfully light, yet full bodied, and like a sweet honeyed chocolate. I am going to bet now, but I hope to have a resteep of this in the morning, or later. Definitely tasty.
This has a taste that I am used to getting with Chinese black teas. There is a malty cocoa feel. I do not pick up the caramel much, but I don’t have the greatest palate for tasting lots of subtleties in teas.
The leaves are super dark and twisted, and really pretty cool. That said, hubby made a bad joke about what they looked like on a paper towel waiting for a later steep. :(
First steep was 3 minutes and with a little sugar; second steep was the same but also with milk. I actually prefer this with milk. I think that this way, I DO get a little more sense of lingering caramel.
I’m sure this tea is too sophisticated for me, but I’m glad to try it. Thanks to Cavovorax for this sample. It’s pretty tasty.
It was actually a bit hot today…say what? After all the rain and cool weather we have been having lately, today we had sun and it was warm (read I was in jeans and a sweater tunic with sandals). I switched to a long skirt and 3/4 length peasant top once home and was still warm, so I made this iced. I have had it cold steeped before, and I have to say I prefer it that way, but iced it is still pretty good, though I think I could have gone a little heavier on the leaf.
I have one small-ish serving left, but I also have some Lemon Chiffon I can mix with this as needed.
I do like this, and I have to say I like honeybush WAY better than rooibos.
I almost reached for some Lime Gelato, but wanted no caffeine, so I was glad to have this sample from OMGsrsly from our swap last month.
Very mild…didn’t read the directions first (whoops, sorry!), and underleafed, so I will add the rest of the sample to the existing leaves and brew again later.
EDIT: Resteep yielded a richer brew, still very pale in colour, and still mild in taste. I can’t decipher what I’m tasting, but that’s typical of me and straight greens…
This one is also from CrowKettle from the Vancouver swap meet last month.
It is a pretty good black tea, on par with the Chinese blacks I have had, but it was a little thinner than some. That may be that I hurried the steeping this morning, or that I just used sugar, no milk. I’ve found that with Stacy’s teas, I have been having the blacks without milk mostly, but I don’t know why…maybe just the way they are balanced so well.
I may try this with milk next time, and maybe a bit more leaf, as I think I can handle it.
It was pretty chocolatey to me, right off, and sweet with honey notes. I can’t recall if I had any mineral or stone fruit notes in it, but my recollection says maybe plum.
I think I might still prefer some of the Teavivre blacks more, but this one is still pretty tasty.