970 Tasting Notes
So tonight the wife dragged me to a NaNoWriMo planning session. Woo >.t like the combination of 8oz of beef and blue cheese. I ended up dumping it, because it was just further upsetting an already upset stomach. Sadness. Will try for a better tea day tomorrow.
I tried to get tea from DavidsTea, but they were out of cups, so I had to look elsewhere. So I ran to the McDonalds and ordered the biggest cup of orange pekoe they had…I desperately needed it today at work. It was tasty, and hit the spot when I needed it. Still, by the end of the day, I was ready for some real tea.
This was surprisingly not bad. I liked the mix of flavors, though I do wish I had been told that it was more than just a basic vanilla rooibos, but it warmed me up on this chilly night.
The conversation leaving up to the conversation, however, had me cringing every time I took a sip. Mind you, tonight was my first time inside a Starbucks.
Me: What kind of teas do you have?
Barista: Oh, we have lots! For herbals we have….pause to think of list
Me: Oh, I don’t want an herbal (hibiscus feaaaar)
Barista: Oh. For greens we have…
Wife: She doesn’t like greens, either.
Barista:….okay, for blacks we have Awake, Earl Grey, and Vanilla Rooibos.
Me:…I’ll have the Vanilla Rooibos.
Anyway, I would definitely drink this one again.
So after my horrible experiences with Second Cup, I desperately needed good tea. Plus, I had an hour to kill, so I stopped in to DavidsTea. Surprise, surprise, they had their new teas available on the counter for sniffing. Oh man, guys. You’re going to love them. This one in particular caught my sniffer. It’s a black/white tea blend with chocolate…it smells out of this world. It tastes even better. They couldn’t sell me a bag, but I did get some to go and saved the bag from that for resteeping at home. It’s delicious. I can’t wait to get more.
So today Second Cup was having a special. If you came in and mentioned a “tea offer”, you could get two cups of their “new” “loose leaf” teas in “silken pyramid teabags”. I was facing a long day at work alone, so I picked up two larges for $2.00. Why not, eh?
Oh blegh. Terrible. Almost as bad as the chai I had from them later. I only let it steep for 2-3 minutes, it was somehow weak and overly bitter. I don’t even know. It tasted like cardboard. And today I really needed a good tea. I walked into the office at 9:45 and got a chance to finish my first cup at 2:30 o.O. Busy, busy day. But this was terrible. I will never return to Second Cup for tea. Even McDonald’s does it better, and that’s scary.
Horrible. Steeped for a few minutes, sugar and milk added, I have no desire to finish this cup. Disgusting. And for the record, I’m not against bagged teas, even if I do prefer looseleaf.
Guh this smells sooooooo good. It tastes sooooo hibiscus-y :( I really want this to live up to the delicious smell, but it just doesn’t.
Looooove this tea. I found myself craving it after my last pot and hoped the cinnamon would help my throat…and it has! Yum. I’m trying to keep hydrated today, and this is a tasty way to do it! The cinnamon is nice and smooth without burning and it’s just…delicious.
I am pleasantly surprised by this tea! I woke up not knowing what tea I wanted, but I knew to stay away from blacks right now, astringency will only make my throat worse. When I don’t know what I want, I push myself to try some of the new teas I have that I haven’t tried yet. This was a sample in my most recent Red Leaf Teas order (the first of many, I assure you). I dumped the whole sample into my tea-for-one set (that actually makes enough to fill the base cup twice) and let it go for five minutes. After four minutes and 58 seconds, I realized it had hibiscus in it and quickly pulled it out.
Good news, everybody! The hibiscus isn’t overwhelming at all! It blends nicely with the other ingredients, though I can still taste it. This tea is helping my dry throat immensely.
That all being said, this is not a tea I would order. It’s a bit like Celestial Seasonings’ Red Zinger, but without the hibiscus being as overly harsh. But that comparison is enough to keep me away from it. It’s not a flavor I enjoy, but it is a good cup of tea for those who like such things.
Long story short: Made yesterday. Too few leaves. Sadness