620 Tasting Notes
Backlog from a few days ago.
I got a gorgeous new mug! I’ll have to change my profile picture to it, eventually, when I manage to get a few more minutes to do so. It’s a bit bigger than I’m used to but I don’t mind – more tea at once!
I made this the way I normally do, milk and sugar and yum – the perfect addition to breakfast. It went perfectly with some gluten free lemon streusel muffins I’ve found at the store. I think I’ll have to reserve that cup for when I have plenty of time on my hands – it’s perfect for relaxed, weekend sipping…my favorite kind.
AHHHH. Steepster hates me. I’m so behind on notes and whenever I manage to get on it manages to be down.
This is the most recent tea I’ve had and I made it iced like before. It smells GREAT dry and it tastes good with the 4 tbsp. of sweetener to 1/2 gallon (my typical ratio of sugar to tea when iced) but it doesn’t quite sing. Not quite sure what else to do, except go a little heavier on the leaf next time – I used 15 g. so I’ll up it another tsp. or so and see.
I think I have enough leaf for a few more cups so I’ll be revisiting this one soon!
I got put on standby for work a few nights ago and was settling in for a night of Buffy (I’m 10 years late on this show, I know) this tea, and a slice of pie when I got called in. GAH!
But I had an hour to get there and I live 5 minutes away so I just took my time and enjoyed this cup. It was perfect! 2 tsp. leaf to 10 oz. water with some milk and sugar and I was drinking heaven. There was strong apple and cinnamon mostly but some weak pastry notes in some sips.Apple pie is more of an early fall pie for me but it made me realize that we’re almost to September, somehow. This year has just slipped right on by me.
I ended up having a really good night at work and I like to think it was because I at least took the time to fully enjoy this. I should honestly remember to have a cup every night before I go in!
Alright, time to deviate a bit from my 52teas habit. I bought an Upton iced sampler a while back and it has been waiting patiently for me to have a go.
I am a huge iced tea drinker. I drink iced tea more than hot tea, actually. Especially in the summer. I made a half gallon of this using 15 g. leaf, my normal amount of sweetener, and steeping for the below parameters.
I think it’s the darjeeling in this giving it a more delicate taste. It doesn’t have the typical briskness of assams or straight ceylons. This would be fine if I’d held back a little on the sweetener, but I feel like the sugar overwhelms a bit here. It has the potential to have a stronger flavor, so maybe a 4 minute steep with less sugar will do the trick next time.
Withholding a rating for now, but I will be revisiting the rest of the sample relatively soon I’m sure!
I picked this over the banana pudding from 52teas (my other contender for breakfast this morning) only because it really started smelling like cinnamon toast. This one has never quite realized the dream of tasting like french toast to me, but I’ve got at least half the pouch left so I’ll keep trying.
(side note: I hadn’t smelled the banana pudding black tea in a awhile and it knocked me off my feet with how puddingy and bananay it was. Maybe I’ll drink that later today…)
Today – 1.5-2 tsp. of leaf to 8 oz water, 2 oz. milk and 1 tsp. of sugar. Steeped for around 4 minutes. The result?
Whoever said it tastes like the Pumpkin caramel cheesecake, yes. That is this cup. I loved that tea but that was not what I wanted this morning. No bread notes, just heavy on cinnamon and a caramel flavor, which I’m guessing is intended to be syrup. You are so close, tea! Just get me some toasty bread flavor!
I have so many notes to catch up on – I hope I can remember them all!
This is a backlog from a bit ago, and I have to say I was disappointed. I think my standard amount of sweetener made it too saccharine tasting – and it became having tea with my sugar rather than some sugar with my tea.
The smell of this strongly resembled cream soda for some reason. Since there was no carbonation though all I could think about was flat cream soda. That’s what this resembles most closely. Flat soda is just nasty to me, so that’s the reason for the lower rating.
I didn’t really get much bergamot sadly-shame because I was really wanting to try that iced. It seemed to get buried underneath the taste of sugar though.
Ah well, this won’t be a rebuy but that’s okay – they can’t all be.
MMMM.. bergamot and vanilla are an intoxicating combination. Had this in the morning with a slice of strawberry peach pie. I’ve almost mastered crusts, I think! The secret is lard. Well, for me it is, anyway – nothing else has gotten close to the flakiness.
Anyway. This one preps flawlessly every time if you go by the company’s directions: 1 tsp., 3 minutes. Shorter than I usually steep my black teas but I think it would definitely be too bitter otherwise. Still one of the best Earl Grey Creme’s I’ve tasted.
Made a 1/2 gallon of this following the directions and added my normal amount of sugar, and finished the last bit off yesterday night.
I don’t know why I didn’t write a note on this earlier – I liked it well enough. I played the ‘guess what this smells like’ game with the boyfriend and he rather quickly pinpointed the lime note (not that it’s really hard to with this). He didn’t get the jello and I don’t know that it’s something you can smell so much as notice in the texture – this iced tea tastes thicker somehow, like the jello liquid was infused into the tea itself.
I love lime in my iced tea – it’s quite preferable to lemon to me. I tried a Persian lime iced tea earlier in the summer and between the two I do like that one a bit more, because it tastes a bit more natural. Still, the convenience of a ready made bag of good (not CTC) tea has been a wonderful luxury, so I’m rating this up there with the other SBT’s. I think I’ll try the Pear one next…
Backlog from a few days ago – I’m one cup away from a sip down of this, and if I didn’t have such a backlog of teas, I’d probably be really sad.
This is an old tea in my cupboard and it lost the walnut flavor a while back but it is still surprisingly buttery and banana-y. Much fainter bread notes but I like it. Once I drink everything down (haha! I’m being optimistic today) and if this ever gets remade (see?! Optimism again!) I’ll be sure to snag a pouch.
Okay, I know I have drank and logged this before. When I made it today I even remembered the gist of what that tasting note said because I was going to reaffirm it:
Still caramelly, still a close second to my Frissy tea. Still good with milk and a bit of sugar and biscuits for a weekend morning.
I know I’m not the only one to have lost tasting notes lately – I wonder if there’s any hope of getting them back?