970 Tasting Notes
So when wandering through Bulk Barn on Saturday, I found ample reason to rejoice…it’s Holiday tea time! I instantly snatched up a box of Sugar Plum Spice, my absolute favorite CS tea. I remember seeing someone on my list here raving about Candy Cane Lane and when I found out it was vanilla mint, I had to get some. I love all things vanilla mint, and am constantly searching for a good vanilla mint tea. I have my vanilla mint mate from Teaopia, but there’s only a short time in the morning that I can drink it. Same with Santa’s Secret, my favorite tea ever.
Oh my goodness. This tea is amazingly good. Last Christmas I discovered an amazingly tasty candy cane hot cocoa that I fell in love with, but after swearing off dairy, that’s no longer an option for me this year. I no longer care. I love this tea. I want to drink it every day for the rest of forever. I need to stock up immediately. It’s light, but sweet and mint and vanilla-y and just so darn good!
Oooooh, today was a long one. So long. Was supposed to close at 8 yesterday, but thanks to the demon kids from hell, I didn’t leave the office until 9. Started work at 11 this morning and at 12, there was a family emergency that left us with three admins (two of us still in training) for two offices and three doctors. That’s not a good ratio, and guess who got to be the one running between the offices? Yup, that’d be me. During one of my many trips between the two, I stopped in at DT and got a big cuppa this, iced. Yum. Exactly what I needed to get my energy level up and survive my day.
One of the doctors did give me some pretty major words of praise, though, which I had been desperately needing, so it wasn’t all bad. And my next day is with my favorite admin and my favorite doctor, and it’s only 6 hours long. Woo!
So much yum. Another day of work, another big cuppa this. I’m thinking about resteeping the leaves to make a second cup to take to work, I meant to do that yesterday and forgot. I just want to crawl into this tea forever.
I’m finding I’m a huge fan of strong, basic blacks. Not unflavored, but ones like Irish Breakfast or Orange Pekoe or Cranberry Autumn. They just make me happy inside, moreso than most heavily flavored blacks, where the taste is more the flavor of the flavoring, and not the flavor of the tea. Hmm.
I ended up having to work late and then meeting the wife at her job so we could bus home together. We’re both exhausted, so we stopped off at McDonald’s for dinner. I’ve been craving tea all day, so I got a large orange pekoe. De likes their Earl Grey a lot, and the orange pekoe wasn’t bad at all for a bagged tea! It definitely hit all of my tea-soothing buttons. I just wanted to curl up in a nice cup of tea, so I did! It was very, very nice. Definitely an option when I just need a big cup of tea on the go.
I love this tea. I really do. I see now why people have a cuppa every morning as religiously as some people have coffee. I’ve had English Breakfast, but I’m not a fan. This, however, is my new morning tea. I love it. It’s very strong and it’s certainly waking me up. At first I thought I had let it get too bitter, but as time passed, that bitterness faded. It was smooth and a bit creamy. It is just a good cup of tea. I need to try Irish Breakfasts from other companies, see how they stack up!
I was craving cold tea yesterday and I had just stopped into DavidsTea, so I made a pot of this. It’s kind of sad, isn’t it, that I work a few hundred feet from DavidsTea, but at no point do I get a break long enough to run out and get a cup >.<
Anyway, this tea intrigued me and, let’s face it, I’m a sucker for an interesting tin. I’m kind of in love. Iced, it’s nice and refreshing, but the spices work to somehow make it warm and comforting as well. It’s magic! Everyone should try this….yum.
This one wasn’t a home run for me. I was exhausted last night when I made a cup, and my only thought was “….well, it does taste kind of blue…”
I will definitely try it again, maybe I just missed something. But as it stands right now, this tea was just generic, nothing special, and not a rebuy for me.
Edit: Although I will forever get “Blue Moon of Kentucky” stuck in my head when this tea is mentioned, which is enough for me to keep it around!
sheepishly crawls back in Guh work is kicking my butt, but I finally talked them down to part time, so hopefully I’ll have time for things I actually enjoy now. >.>
This was tasty! I love me some raspberry and while I’m not a huge fan of Earl, I do occasionally enjoy it. They mixed together quite well, I really liked it. However, about halfway through the cup it began wearing on me. I don’t know what it was, but ultimately, this wasn’t the tea for me. Oh well, at least the wife loves it! The raspberry was only slightly there, which is probably why I shied away from it. If the wife wanted to share a pot, this would be an option, which is good because there are only a few we both agree on, but I wouldn’t seek it out for myself.
May I just say how much I love Red Leaf Teas, however? We spent something like $80 (with free shipping) and got 20 teas. The small bags are big enough for both of us to truly try a tea quite a few times and decide if we like it, but not so big that if we don’t like it, we feel guilty for buying. I’m very, very impressed and will definitely order from them again.
Very, very good. The scent just about made me purr when I opened the package this morning. Yuuuuuuuuuum. The scent of the brewed tea is just as good, I think I’m in love. The tea itself is a little weak, so next time I might give it a longer steep time. Still, I’m glad we got the large package of this! It’s creamy and delicious and the flavor is out of this world.
So our package from Red Leaf Tea finally came yesterday, and it was well worth the wait! It was like Christmas, because we placed the order so long ago that we had forgotten what all was to be in the package. Now I have 20 new teas to try, but this is the one I’ve been excited for since I got sick. Licorice and mint? Yes please!
It worked just as well as I wanted it to. The licorice soothed my throat and the mint just made everything better. Yum. Definitely taking some of this to work with me today. This is a rebuy for me.