1243 Tasting Notes
This tea stinks. I don’t mean like it doesn’t taste good, I mean the leaves themselves stink. Ugh. Like…like dirty, sweaty socks, it’s awful. It is three years old, but it has been in a tin and I remember the running gag for that outing was that a fair number of the teas we smelled from the tea emporium had a “backhint of ass”. They tasted good, but they stank. I have a strawberry shortcake from the same outing that has the same stench, so I don’t know what’s going on. Only my tea emporium teas stink like this, none of the others have changed in odor at all. I don’t think I’ve be returning there any time soon. And unless this tea tastes AMAZING, I don’t think I’ll keep it around. I can’t imagine giving this stinky tea to anyone, so I’ll likely just toss it, which makes me sad.
It tastes awful. AWFUL. Down-the-sink bitter and awful. Rest in peace, awful tea.
It has been a long time since I kept burning myself on a cup of tea, waiting for it to cool down enough for me to drink, but that’s what is happening with this cuppa. It smells so good and I am so ready for it. It’s 5 am and I haven’t been to sleep yet. My wife’s alarm will go off in a few minutes, I may as well get my day started. My goal is to make it until 10, which is when I have to feed Da Hong Pao, our tortoise. After that, I can get a good, long nap.
I have a deep, abiding love for this tea and it is one that will be in my cupboard as long as possible. If ever there was a morning for a good kick in the pants to wake me up, this is it.
Yum yum yum. I’m having a cruddy day and this is hitting just the right spot. I made four teas at once when I made this, two for kombucha and two for immediate consumption. I drink my teas lukewarm, so I don’t have to worry about one tea cooling off too much before I can get to it.
Anyway, yes. Yum! I love the licorice in this blend and it’s just a sweet, soothing cup that hopefully will help get rid of this migraine.
This is my wife’s all time favorite tea, and I’ve curious about doing a second kombucha ferment with tea, so this is my first step down that road. I brewed it strong and added sugar before mixing it with my kombucha and letting it sit on the counter for three days. After the third day I stuck it in the fridge to cool and today I tried a sip while I was pouring it for the wifey. It wasn’t bad at all! I think she’ll really like it. It got just as fizzy as the other brews and I would call it a rousing success!
As previously stated, I brew my own kombucha now, but it’s with a SCOBY made from this tea here, and when I travel to the States in December, we’ll be picking up enough of this to last us the two weeks. I just see homebrewed kombucha being an issue at the border.
This was lovely, sweet without being too sweet, just a touch of tart, and all around lovely. Though if you are new to kombucha, I recommend trying one of their flavored blends first, as booch can take some getting used to.
Booch! I started getting into kombucha a few months ago due to the purported health benefits. A quick note, Kombucha Wonder Drink is pasturized, killing all of the good bacteria, so if you’re interested in the probiotic element of kombucha, this is not the one for you. Try to track down some GT, it’s much better.
I make my own booch now, but this was my first foray into the field, since it is the only brand my organic delivery service carries. I did not like it at all. I’ve tried just about all of their flavors and they’re all bad. There’s just an overwhelming bitterness and harshness to them that makes me avoid this brand.
If you’re looking for a starter kombucha to make your own SCOBY, this also sucks. I let my brew for a month and saw no change whatsoever. I set out GT and had a baby SCOBY in less than a week. She’s not brewing strong in my continuous brewer, my baby jellyfish is a momma jellyfish!
I’m also HIGHLY amused at my own changes. When Happy Kombucha from DavidsTea came out, I couldn’t bring myself to drink it because a fermented tea with bacteria in it sounded so gross, and now I have at least 16 ounces a day.
But yes, if you’re going to try kombucha, don’t try this. If you’ve had it in the past, I promise, it doesn’t have to taste like straight up vinegar, it can be so, so yummy. Try GT.