726 Tasting Notes
Saturday! I’m not working you for once!
To celebrate I bought plane tickets to Hawaii. Those are expensive – but our vacation there is in September and I finally got a pretty good deal on them. I wish we could go now!
But, since I can’t, and it’s raining, I picked this tea to enjoy. I looooove salted caramel. Salted caramel tea, gluten free donuts, and a lazy weekend. And plenty of books to read – I just finished “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” by Andrew Sean Greer and it was one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. If you have any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them!
EDIT: Um, and for the tea review – this actually tastes really caramelly today, but I added 3 tsp. leaf to the 500 ml water in my Breville. Normally I have this as a hot chocolate because that was the only way I got a noticeable caramel flavor, but I must have been underleafing before. Still not so much the salt, but the caramel is lovely and accentuated nicely with a bit of milk. One of the best cups of this I’ve had so far!
Good news: my shift is over.
Bad news: my shift was absolutely freaking terrible.
Good news: I’m not coming back to work for a week! And also, this tea.
I wanted dessert after the crazy night I had, so that’s why I picked this. While the flavor is a tad weaker than I remember (I think I undereleafed) I still get enough marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker to make me feel like myself again.
I need to sleep now – but I just got a book about pie that I really want to crack open. Decisions, decisions…
Hmmm.. I think this is what I had yesterday morning. The flavors got a little muddled since I had a tea bag of this in my purse that was sitting with an Earl Grey. I mostly recognized it as Frissy but it had just an extra hint of bergamot that shouldn’t have been there.
Hmmm.. I think this is what I had yesterday morning. The flavors got a little muddled since I had a tea bag of this in my purse that was sitting with an Earl Grey. I mostly recognized it as Frissy but it had just an extra hint of bergamot that shouldn’t have been there.Doesn’t matter – it was still really good. I don’t know that I can do anything to mess this guy up, though. Hence my perfect rating for it.
Prepped according to the below parameters – 2 tsp. leaf to 8 oz. water as per package directions.
The last few nights at work were rough but I don’t go back in until Thursday night at least. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking, becoming a nurse. I love it but I’m such an introvert that I get positively drained after a few shifts and need the time to recover.
Speaking of introverts, I discovered I’m an INFJ recently. Anybody else know their MBTI type?
I say all this to explain why I’m drinking a strong cup of this malty, chocolate wonder now, instead of going straight to bed. It is so smooth, rich and comforting. Something about the smell of a freshly brewed, good black tea just relaxes me, and this is no exception. Strange how a tea can manage to be both calming and energizing simultaneously – but this one does that.
Just what I needed for right now…
Backlog from Sunday.
Had this with some peach pie for breakfast (I’m on a pie making kick lately because I’ve decided not being able to make a decent crust is unacceptable – this means a lot of pies are in my future and that is okay with me. Also – tell me your favorite pies, if you have them! I don’t want to be repetitive with my fillings.)
Anyway, the tea was beautiful, as always. Creamy and caramelly and kick in the pants strong. We’d almost run out so I’d been hoarding it, but our stash is replenished so I imagine I’ll be drinking this plenty for my breakfast beverage. :)
So I feel like I need to be honest with you guys: I curse like a sailor in real life.
I say that because my initial utterings upon tasting this tea are not, well… they don’t seem necessarily appropriate to say in a public forum. I meant it in a really, really good way though. Promise!
The first word that came to mind (after the expletives, haha) was whoa. This tea is soooo creamy. Tangy, fruity, and creamy, just like sherbet. I’m pretty weird in that I don’t actually like ice cream/sherbet/sorbets because a lot of the time its too sweet. Also I prefer to drink cold things, not eat them, and I don’t necessarily find milky things to be that refreshing when the weather is hot. I’m a right ball of fun, I know.
So that this manages to somehow sidestep all of my ridiculous criteria is pretty miraculous.
It’s got a creamy full texture which tea usually just doesn’t have on it’s own. The only way I get this texture in tea normally is by adding milk, but iced tea is not something you can add milk to (Ew. just the thought of that…) It tastes like ice cream without being ice cream. And I’m drinking it on its own, without a meal – it’s like dessert!
Um, LOVE. I hope I can get another 2 quarts out of this… but even if not I just went ahead and put one of each of the SBT iced tea flavors in a shopping cart because MY MOUTH IS SO HAPPY.
Thank goodness I saw that discount code when I did!
Alright french toast. We meet again. Prepped with sugar and milk at the below parameters.
I get bread now – like the egg soaked bread you make french toast with. Egg-bread and spices. French toast without the syrup/powdered sugar – which I could probably fix if I added some maple syrup – I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around putting that in tea. Does not compute. So it looks like between this and pancake breakfast, the pancake breakfast wins out on its ability to taste like syrup.
As far as accuracy, though, I have no complaints – I just should have know I’d prefer the pancakes since as a rule they’re my first choice for breakfast anyway. :)
It’s summer and I’m in the middle of my busy spell at work, but I got an unexpected day off (hooray, low census!) and found myself craving Laoshan in some form. This tiny little bag caught my eye and chocolate crispy rice tea sounded ideal for breakfast, so that’s what I went with.
I’ve had it plain, I’ve had it with just sugar, but today I really just wanted a slightly creamy tea so I added a splash of milk. I think this is how I will do it from now on, too, because it was WONDERFUL.
Mostly it tasted like a rich cocoa with that nutty roasted rice flavor equally as prominent. It almost had a caramel undertone too, though this was not nearly as pronounced as the chocolate rice crispy-ness. The texture was extremely thick considering I really just splashed a tiny bit of milk in there. Texture makes or breaks a tea for me a lot of the time, and this had one of the best mouthfeels I’ve ever experienced.
Seriously, it surpasses my beloved East Frisian blend, which is the standard by which I judge all black teas. I guess that means this will be my new standard…and I should probably get some more then, because I only have enough left for one cup.
The rating has been changed… it only goes up to 100 here but add on at least one more zero to that and you’ll get close to the real rating for me. :)
ARGH! I have had this twice already but it’s been days ago so this is kind of a faded tasting note x2.
Okay, I tacked this on to my French Toast black tea order out of a mild curiosity. I likely would not have placed an order specifically for this, even though I am a big Harry Potter fan and I have always had my own ideas of what butterbeer would taste like if it were an actual thing.
Steep notes: 1 tsp., 8 oz. water, below parameters. Some sugar, no creamer added.
Imagine rootbeer with a smoother buttery overtone and that’s this tea. I always felt like butterbeer was intended to be served hot based on a memory from the Goblet of Fire where Harry took a sip and felt the warmth spread down to his toes, so even though there’s rootbeer flavors, this works really well warm.
For an add on tea, this has been my favorite in the order so far. I’ll have to do another tasting note (while I’m actively drinking it, haha) to make sure I give a more thorough tasting review…that will probably be sooner rather than later!
I’m in Orlando for a wedding and I thought ahead – brought a few different options of loos teas just in case the hotel had a small coffee/tea brewer. The hotel room does indeed have a mini Keurig type dispenser, so I went ahead and brewed this.
And you know – I always thought that it was just maybe that the options of hotel teas are inferior, but I think it’s more that prepping tea in a hotel room with individually packaged sugar and creamer will take its toll on any flavor tea. Even if its a nice, creamy earl that has been tempting you for a few days.
I’ve got to figure out a way to transport my stash better….it’s such a shame I can’t seem to get the same good cups that I do when I’m back at home!