678 Tasting Notes
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. :)
Still pretty minty, but I am picking up something a little more mellow. Maybe that’s the coconut. I think I really need to get a bigger amount of this in the hopes that I get a more balanced blend of ingredients. I don’t actually think that I much (or any) coconut in my pouch, so I am willing to give more of this a try. It is helpful for upset tummies.
Ahhhhh, I needed this. Bad migraine and sinus stuff today. I had some Cookie Dough tea earlier this morning, followed by a Chocolate Orange Pu Erh, then a Gingerbread Latte from Stabucks with their 2 for 1…that’s a lot of caffeine for one day (but the caffeine helped with the migraine and sinus congestion pain) so I opted for Alpine Punch for the non-caffeine aspect, hydration and migraine support aspects. Oh, and the fact that I love this tea adds the extra bit of help too.
Details on my previous tasting notes….
Not a horrible tea at all. It is a little tart though there isn’t hibiscus that I know of, so I think it is just the strawberry and apple combined. I can’t really pick out the popcorn, so I think it is pretty useless in the blend except to look pretty. I also get no white tea base either…just a lightly tart and floral taste, with some fruitiness. Maybe the floral is from the white tea? Normally, I’d never spend the $5 for this as a tea to go (it’s a white tea which is a rare tea category tea and the most expensive one) but I got a $20 tip from one of my customers, so I thought I’d splurge on this one since I’d been eyeing it for a while. I’d probably get this again, as a splurge, but I’d honestly probably get something I like as much or better that is cheaper. I doubt I will buy any of this tea to have on hand at home, at least til possibly summer again, as I can tell this will be nice iced.
Well, it’s still a bit hot, but it is pretty good so far. It is a little tart from the hibby, but I don’t think as bad as some…I seem to tolerate this as well as I tolerated the hibby in Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, though I think this one is slightly more tart. I do absolutely love the smell of this one though, as it is so warming with the nuts and cinnamon, and the pooped rice add a more earthy note, though I do wish there was more of that in the blend. I only got about 10g of this because I was concerned about the hibiscus, but I think this might be one I will keep a small supply around for…or I might just get some Forever Nuts since it is similar, without the hibiscus. Dunno. I’m sort of wondering whether this one would be good as a latte (probably soy)…I’m not sure why.
Anyway, I will drink the rest and then go to bed…
Hoorah! Didn’t kill this one. I think I actually got the leaf to water temp to steeping time ratio right for once! Only the barest of astringent aftertaste, but the bulk of it is a nutty, earthy, brothy taste. This used to be one of my all time favourite teas and in light of my love affair with DT, it has been pushed to the back of my cupboard. The last few times I have made this it was bitter despite my attempts to not make it bitter.
I decided on this one because I had a Hemp and Matcha soy latte at Jaga Silk earlier and when I got home and wanted tea, I realized I was out of milk, so that ruled out some (well, most) of the teas I have…so I opted for more of a straight tea of the non-black variety. I have boatloads of this so I figured I ought to have some.
I don’t think it is my favourite genmai cha as I have had some that are very forgiving, and this one is not. It’s not bad…it is kinda hard to screw up this kind of tea, I think, but I think I have had better.
Today’s brew was not too successful, and I ended up with a lovely smelling but bitter tasting cuppa. SO SAD…because I know this can be awesome. So, I think that I used too much leaf (the tightness of the balls always tricks me into wanting to use more leaf) and I might have let it steep too long as well…I don’t think my water was too hot as I let it sit for a few minutes after it came to the boil.
I know this tasting was not good do to human error, because I know I had it taste awesome the first time I had it.
Had this again last night, after a full meal, when my stomach was getting upset. It was still more minty than anything else, though it was soothing for my tummy. Re-steeped this morning and maybe I can pick up a little coconut or creamy taste, but still not much. I noticed that my bag doesn’t seem to have a lot of coconut in it either.I might get more, if I can ensure a higher ratio of coconut to tea.