3051 Tasting Notes
Sipdown…!!!! :( :( :(
Used up the last of this today plus a bit of Cashew Turtle (3:1, as I didn’t have enough of this one for my thermos). The resulting combination is unsurprisingly mostly CPC with maybe a hint of extra caramelly flavour. Tasty enough that it’s almost gone. (I used the “add a bit of cold water to the thermos” trick this morning, and was able to drink my tea at my 8:30am meeting after steeping it around 7:55! Score! Of course, the Laoshan Black to which I did not add cold water is still too hot to even attempt to drink…)
So anyhow, I have to drink 15 teas today in order to hit 1200 and make an average of 100 tasting notes/month since my Jan 29 2012 Steepster inauguration… mission accepted. (Can one die of tea overconsumption?!)
Ehhhh…. definite ginger flavour, mixed with…. weirdness. As Raritea mentioned, it’s also a bit perfumey. Bleccch. Probably not a tea I will end up finishing :/ I don’t think I can make this better. For someone who loves ginger, this one could be ok, or perhaps be mixed with another tea, but…. it’s not for me!
Strong maple flavour backed by a fairly decent rooibos base. I’d like to know how this compares to DavidsTea’s Oh Canada, but I’m out of that one, so will just have to say that it’s pretty good, and pretty sweet, but probably not a tea I’ll crave often! I should, however, mix the last of it with a lapsang souchong just for kicks…
So, this morning I decided I was tired of my usual rotation, and decided to quickly venture into a couple additional boxes to see if anything else might do well in a travel mug. I decided to give this one a shot, and to my delight, it worked quite well! I think this one will now be sipped down in short order. I just need to remember to use a Finum basket to minimize any particles getting into my brewed tea, so it doesn’t become bitter as it sits (it was great today, but more than one tea has been ruined like that before).
Re-steep unfortunately is bitter and oversteeped, but I don’t always have the best of luck re-steeping my teas from the morning anyhow.
Ahhhh, delicious. Can’t wait to try the new extra super awesome premium special version (which is en route!), but choked about USPS rate increases. :’( Watch everyone in Ontario band together for a $500 order just to make shipping worthwhile…
So I went for my first run today (on the treadmill, it is nasty outside! Also January.) in a few months, and owwwwww my feet are killing me and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wicked sore tomorrow. Bleh. Also, I want to sleep right now… (perhaps not such a bad idea…. except that I still need to drink like 50 million teas before my Steepster-versary tomorrow!)
Not bad! And I totally called that there was anise in here, as I tasted a bit of licoricey-ness, but it’s totally bearable. Overall, this is a decent blend – I’m not getting “papaya”, but there are definitely ginger and citrusy flavours. Again, another tea that I drank while distracted, so that’s really all I have to say! :)
Thanks for a sample of this one, Sil!
ETA: Oops, meant to write as well that I enjoyed a re-steep, and for one craving ginger, I suspect another few good ones could be had as well! I just felt like moving on to new things.
Another sample from Sil, thanks!
This definitely didn’t smell like any honeybush blend I’d had before, so naturally I nabbed a sample to try, and I’m glad I did! This is quite interesting: nutty and fruity, kind of like… an apple muesli? Or… nutty apple oatmeal? I’m getting a bit of spice alongside the flavour as well, which is quite nice, and as I can’t say that I’ve tried green honeybush or green rooibos straight, I can’t define exactly what they are contributing. But certainly nothing negative.
This is a pretty good, tasty caffeine-free blend! Due to the apple crumble/pie/oatmeal flavouring it makes me think it’s a great blend for autumn evenings. A tea I’d happily drink again (although, I cleverly also only picked up a cup’s worth of this one so it’s a SIPDOWN!!!!!)
ETA: Second infusion is much like the first, and in half the water I can’t really say that it has even lost much flavour! What’s driving me bonkers though is that there’s something about it that tastes ridiculously familiar, and I can’t place it. Like, the skin of a baked apple with brown sugar/margarine in the core. But, I swear said thing I’m imagining also has nuts in it (which I find confusing as I don’t often eat food with nuts in it, not for any reason except that other people are often not fond of such things). Ok, I’m rambling, perhaps someday I’ll figure this mystery out…
Ok…. this smells like something SO familiar, but I can’t place it. But I love it! Argh, hopefully it will come to me…. (Perhaps it’s some citrusy drink?)
Anyhow… this is delicious. Not a flavour I’ve encountered prior in tea, but man, this is freaking delicious! And with a nice white tea finish at the end. Ack, I need more!
ETA: So! I triumphantly return to Steepster to inform you all that this tea, this tangerine spice tea, tastes bang on like some sort of sour cherry concoction that I have previously tasted. Perhaps sour cherry pie filling that my mom made. To be honest, I haven’t quite sorted that part out yet, but it’s crazy that it tastes like that! A re-steep in half the water was also enjoyable (and the leaves retained aroma after this, but I threw them out anyways, bad bad bad.)