1379 Tasting Notes
So I’ve been hearing some wheezing when I breathe and shockingly after a day traipsing around the Toronto Zoo in the drizzly rain, I feel a lot worse. My throat feels sore and swollen, my chest aching. Ugh. Luckily, the wifey picked up a sample of this last night.
It’s nice! Very tasty and wonderfully soothing. It reminds me of Cold 911 but without the punch in the face of the menthol. Which, don’t get me wrong, the menthol is a life saver, but sometimes it’s not the most helpful thing ever. So this will be a nice alternative to keep on hand for when I’m sick.
I really, really like this blend. I would like it more if I hadn’t oversweetened it. Boo. Still, I am glad 10 g gave us so much dry leaf and I will definitely be buying more. I love the raspberry and it reminds me of Razzmintazz without the mint and y’all know how much I love that blend. Yes, this is one I need to buy more of ASAP. I also need to try it cold.
This is yummy and sweet and creamy…but this is not eggnog. Maybe with milk. Or cold brewed. There are a lot of variables to play with. I see potential, but it’s not there yet. Dang.
I don’t really know how to describe the flavor, but a word I would not use is eggnog. I almost feel like the rooibos flavor is holding it back. Once I separate out the rooibos, if I squint, I can almost see eggnog, but yeah. This is a miss for me.
I only have a bit of this left and I’m thinking that’s a good thing. I coldbrewed it overnight and something in it is just turning my stomach. It’s rare that I can’t finish a cup of tea, but if I drink any more of this, I’ll be sick. I’m not going to rate it because it is old and I may have screwed it up. The raspberry yumminess I remember is there, but then it’s just…stomach turning.
I used their parameters in an effort to finish off the bag of this that we have been avoiding for ages. I only steeped it for two minutes instead of their recommended 3-5 minutes because two teaspoons is twice what I usually use for 12 ounces.
It’s….okay. Bitter and the flavors overwhelm each other to the point that I can’t really pick them out. Definitely not one I would buy again, but I never would have bought it in the first place.
So my biggest love is candy cane hot cocoa. It is my favorite thing this time of year. A few days ago I was craving it and so I asked the wife to make me a cup of peppermint tea and then add cocoa to it. It was okay, but the peppermint was way too strong and sharp, not sweet and mellow like I wanted. So tonight, as I got ready to head out in the rain, I made a cup of cocoa and dropped in two bags of Candy Cane Lane and a drizzle of vanilla agave.
Success! Oh man, this is good. I wish I hadn’t made it in my timolino three hours ago because it is still blazing hot when I just want to chug it. The bags have been in the cocoa this whole time and it isn’t bitter at all.
So I just had the BEST REALIZATION EVER.
This is the fruity rooibos I measure all other rooibos by, but as far as I’ve seen, English Tea Store isn’t readily available in Canada. But guess who will be in the States for Christmas?
I am so stocking up. I love this tea, it’s fruity and strawberry-y and wonderful. I have yet to find another rooibos I love as much as this one.
For the last week or so, I’ll think a coconut oolong sounds really tasty, but by the time I actually go to make tea, I’ve moved on to something else or forgotten all about the coconut craving.
But today I remembered! And it smelled so good as it steeped, flowery and buttery and delicious. It is sweet and creamy and delicious and coconutty. I had forgotten how yummy this is. The flavor doesn’t overpower the oolong, they simply work well together. The wifey loves coconut oolongs and now I see why. I should have this more often.