791 Tasting Notes
I ran across this several months ago, and having an interest in British teas (and the cheap price tag) I picked up a box. Just today I finally tried a cup.
As soon as I opened the bag I had second thoughts. It looked worse that the tea in the teabags that I get at many of the local restaurants… the tea was tiny and granular. I wondered for a second if maybe it was instant. Rereading the box I realized it was not, but didn’t see how it would stay in a strainer. I got the finest mesh one in my possession and brewed up a cup to see how it would go.
It brewed very darkly! It looked more like coffee than tea. Typically, when learning about a cup of tea I start with it plain, then add things in to see if creamer or sweetener enhances the flavor. This one I just went straight to the doctoring up phase.
And you know what? It was actually pretty good. It’s not something I’d really look forward to having, but if it were rainy or cold out and I just wanted a basic cuppa, it would hit the spot! So I guess I’ve learned my lesson about preconceived notions…. this one will end up staying in my pantry until I finish it!
This is a pretty tea! I steeped the loose leaf version and was surprised to see the flowers open up and drift around as the tea steeped. I didn’t realize that there was green tea, so I steeped a little hotter than I might have otherwise. It’s a floral tea that seems like one that could be universally liked. I think this one, in particular, could make for a lovely afternoon tea get together in a glass pot with non-tea-drinking friends.
I got this one from the Traveling Tea Box. It’s a good basic black. I can barely pick up on the Cream, which is good for me. It’s not a tea that I would go out of my way to order, but if I happened to be in Ann Arbor, I’d probably pick some up. :)
Pretty much exactly what I expect from a black tea. Nothing spectacular here, but a solid choice when craving a basic black.
I added this onto my Den’s Tea order almost on a whim, because I really am not all that much of Houji fan. I do love Genmaicha, though, and the site indicated the low caffeine would enable a nightime cup of this. So that’s what I did last night. It’s pretty good! The roasted rice stands out and the Houji compliments it well. I do think this will work for an evening cup of “real” tea!
I’m visiting my family and my tea materials are somewhat limited. Yesterday, we did do a little grocery shopping so we had chocolate soy milk in the house. Since that was my only “creamer” option, I added a little of that and a little sugar. And this is an amazing cup of tea! The chocolate is clearly pronounced and the chili kick is really there.
Also, I noticed today that there are chili seeds in the tea as well!
Yum! I got this one specifically because I had read good reviews on Steepster. When visiting family in Raleigh I went to a TeaGschwendner in real life and had great fun looking around the shop. They didn’t have the entire TeaGschwendner catalog, but they had the most popular ones and several other lesser known teas.
This cup of tea is like a grown-up’s version of hot chocolate. This isn’t a chocolate drink, but is clearly a tea with chocolate notes. The chili isn’t quite as pronounced, but is still a major feature of the cup of tea. I don’t think of this as a dessert tea the way I do about a lot of chocolate flavored teas, but it would be a nice cup in that context, particularly with some sort of creamer. Fabulous!
Since I was at TeaGschwendner I had a sample of this as well. It was a hot cup and really good. I instantly classified this as a summer cup of tea (the same way I think of Lady Londonderry). It’s a good cup, but fruity in a way that seems like something good for sitting on the porch with the fan running on a nice afternoon.
I had a sample of this at the local TeaGschwendner, iced. It was really good for an herbal/fruit tea. It was a strong cup and as refreshing as you’d expect.