1246 Tasting Notes
I’ve tried and tried to find the sweet spot here, but somehow I end up with a pretty ok cuppa tea every time. hmmmm.
This time however, I added some vanilla milk. Oh wow what a difference, it was great! I accidentally steeped it at 4 min, so added the milk to help, and it really did! I gulped down that cup like I hadn’t had tea in ages. This is the first time we’ve tried “nilla milk”, a friend does the free samples at grocery stores, and she had a bunch left over. I am a fan. This coming from a “purist” (ish) who usually hates adding flavoured items to already flavoured teas!
Not bad for bagged tea served in a styrofoam cup on an airplane! not bad at all I say.
With milk and sugar, it was quite yummy. After my layover on my second flight I had another cup sans milk and that was not bad either, though a little flat. Also, I could taste the bag, kindof like dust.
Still, I’d drink it again, on an airplane that is :)
(coming home from Florida, it was a nice vacation and I’m glad to be home!)
Apple chai? interesting. and by that I mean… not for me.
It was ok, but I wouldn’t ever order it for myself. The apple popped a little but tasted a bit dusty, probably because of the spices and such. I’m not sure I tasted any pomegranate either.
Honey helped dull the clove taste, which I can enjoy only in very minimal quantities.
All of that said, it was drinkable and comforting, so not all is lost.
Also, atleast I know now what Ankara tastes like, kindof!
Oh wow I didn’t realize that I’ve already tried this one?! Hmph.
Well it’s a goodie anyhow, so it’s not wasted.
Unfortunately though, my love for chai seems to have waned somewhat. I mean, this was good and all, but my all out lovethistea meter wasn’t blinking, nor has it been for any of the chais I’ve tried the last little while. I guess I’m in a phase. Boo!! I want to be able to love my chais again. Sighs.
Well, I still have a little bit left, enough to experiment now that I finally went through the notes and saw Kittenas suggestion of adding maple syrup. Uhm yes please!
On a non tea related note, there are 16 days til I leave for vacation. So many levels of yay! Only it seems that the last time I counted down, there were only 18 days and I swear that was almost a week ago… :/
I’m a little frustrated with certain circumstances right now. Really really need that vacation (can you hear me grinding my teeth from all the way over there?)
I got to almost sipdown status last winter, but find that I can only enjoy this, truly, in cold weather… so it was saved. Today, I decided to clear it out. Oh how I will miss you orange chocolate puerh! You were so good while you lasted.
Also, what’s this new Select tab?! must check this out when I get home tonight :P
I really need to mix up what teas I keep where. Getting a little sick of my current selection at work.
Anyhow, looking back at my previous review, I don’t taste nearly as much floral today! It’s more smokey, I think. Then again I’ve been known to interpret floral as smoke, so its probably just me heh.
Strange, it’s a very comforting sortof cuppa. Creamy. Almost malty, like my Ceylon green, which I’ve been mysteriously unable to find lately…
Still getting the saltiness, but I’m told that could be due to water quality so I won’t put that down to the tea, this time.
I’m not sure what to drink next. Matcha smoothie! yes!!
I’ve finally determined without a doubt- I like this one much better at 2 minutes. Anything more and it gets heavy, losing the delicate root beer flavour which seems to get lost under whatever base is used. Makes for a lighter cup but I kinda like it that way :)
Great with or without a pinch of sugar!
Hummm. Not sure if I’ve discovered a secret, or a fault in to go cup brewing. See, I made this in my travel mug yesterday and it was quite good!! only I didn’t have another vessel to steep it in so went with the tiny mesh filter it came with instead. It only sits on the inside edge at the top so I need to fill it way up with water so that the leaves are covered. A fine balancing act that is, getting it to not spill!
That part was fine, but given than I don’t have a variable temp kettle, the water came out of the kettle at boiling and went straight into the tumbler.
This is normally fine for blacks, herbals etc, but what to do about greens and whites?!? and some oolongs.
Well I waited a few min, because it holds the heat really well, and finally decided that my water had sufficiently cooled. Well, it had cooled on the top layer. At the bottom, it was still very hot.
Anyhow, given that I didn’t want to burn my leaves, the top layer was fine for that… I assume… but then the tea I ended up with was piping hot because the action of tipping it to take a sip spread the liquor around. Which is great for me, I love it hot! I’ve always that when drinking a green tea, my optimal temp sipping time was a bit shorter. There is a sweet spot, that with my greens, tends to last only about two min. Maybe five in blacks. Multiplied by 10 or so in my contigo…
So, note to self brew more om the travel mug! happy day :P