2088 Tasting Notes
Another bust with the Timolino :( Steeped this one the same as Cranberry Pear (which was a couple days ago). It was still grapefruit-citrusy, and certainly wasn’t bad, but I think the water staying too hot kind of messed with the creamy and delicious aftertaste. Looks like tea steeping is going to occur primarily out-of-thermos, which can then keep my tea warm (not hot).
I’m so disappointed… tried making this in my brand new Timolino thermos-y thing and it just didn’t taste the same. My usual steeping method involves boiling water in a mug, putting in the tea, and allowing any cooling to happen that naturally does while the tea is steeping, but of course with the Timolino the water doesn’t cool, so I think it was steeped too hot, too long. The sweetness just wasn’t there in the same way, and there was a musty earthy icky flavour underneath (black tea?). And to drink it, I had to make a special effort to cool it down, which ended up with me pouring it into a mug in which it cooled before I drank it. Not sure I’m going to get a ton of use out of the steeping basket…
(Not changing my rating though… I know that this tea is fabulous prepared in my normal method!)
Another caffeine-free hit! Fabulous! Absolutely love the tangy orange/grapefruity scent of the dry tea, and when steeped, it has a light citrusy, creamy/buttery almost vanilla flavour (although sadly, the delicious scent is muted a bit). However, I’m not getting “orange creamsicle” from it like I do moreso from Orange Blossom; it reminds me more of an orange butterscotch Higgins & Burke tea I was given for Christmas a few years back. The one thing I’m a bit disappointed about is that I can’t taste the spearmint at all.
Definitely re-buying. Love that I’m having so much luck with tea purchases lately!
Yum, yum, yum. Bought this tea not because I’m a good person and wanted to support a good cause, but because I need a greater selection of a) fruity and b) caffeine-free teas! I don’t know what all the fuss about people not liking hibiscus is about, because I think I’ve always liked it as an ingredient, but anyways, this tea is pretty good! Fruity and cinnamony with a hint of creaminess from the coconut makes for a great late-night tea. Definitely have to go pick up more!
Another tea I tried courtesy of the advent calendar. Unfortunately, not a favourite, although I’m wondering if the sample size of the tea perhaps affected its flavour to some degree as I don’t recall seeing cloves or pineapple in the last batch. I remember liking it alright back in December when my roommate and I compared a bunch of teas one evening, but the last pot of it we shared last night tasted strongly of warm lemongrass, a bit spicy, and that’s about it. Not likely to give this one another shot though, since although I love lemongrass as a flavouring in food, I don’t think it suits me in tea.
Normally I am not a fan of teas containing peppermint: the first time I was in David’s tea (late November), they were sampling a straight peppermint tea, which I tasted and subsequently gagged down as it was awful and not for me (but I didn’t want to admit it). I’m also not big on candy canes. However, there’s something about this tea that I quite like! Perhaps it’s the pairing of the smooth candy cane flavour with the black tea base that kind of counteracts the sweetness, but I’m impressed! Again, I first tried this tea in the advent calendar and was undecided about it, but today’s cup was quite good. Good thing, since I received a tea ornament containing a nice little bag of it as well. Probably will last me a while, as it’s not an everyday tea for me, but when the mood strikes it’s perfect!
Currently undecided about this tea. First tried it in the advent calendar and liked it as I like fruity herbal teas, but I think I may like others better. However, I think I need to pick up a small sample just to re-check – the last cup I had today was perhaps lacking a bit in fruit, so didn’t measure up to other fruity favourites such as Cranberry Pear. However, it has merit as a caffeine-free tea, which I need to acquire some more of as I have a bad habit of drinking tea quite late in the evening! Future additional tasting note(s) and rating modification to come.
A delicious fruity tea – one of my favourites! Admittedly the dry tea smells sickeningly sweet, but once steeped I find it to be just the right sweetness, which I like to have naturally in my teas. I do typically steep it for a rather long time as the sweetness comes out more the longer it is steeped, and I haven’t found the black to develop a bitter flavour (probably because there isn’t very much of it to begin with??) The steeped cranberries taste pretty awesome too. I don’t typically resteep this one… tea is cheap enough (compared to, say, beverages at a coffee shop) that I can enjoy my one delicious cup and eat the cranberries, and brew a fresh cup from new leaves if I want more :D