178 Tasting Notes
This is a good tea for an afternoon treat. Not something I’d have first thing in the AM, since it’s a little sweet (in a good way though, I promise), but very, very tasty.
I haven’t tried making it as a true chai – mostly because I’m too lazy for the stovetop – but it’s still a treat when simply steeped with hot water from the electric kettle and taken with a splash of milk.
I don’t have time for a real tasting note (thanks a lot, work), but I just had to quickly log this to raise my rating. This is the first time I brewed it myself (had previously tried it in-store), and it tastes like liquid candy; just perfect.
On about my third resteep of this, and it’s loosing some of the more subtle notes. Right now it just tastes like green tea and apples. Very crisp apples, at that. It’s still tasty, just different from the first cup.
The resteep tasted more strongly of orange than the first cup. Still very “meh” in terms of my enjoyment of it, but it certainly had a different flavor.
Gah, so many fall teas to try!
The dry leaf smells amazing. Seriously, I could make an air freshener out of this. Hang a little bag of it from my rearview mirror, toss a little sachet into the sock drawer… the possibilities are endless! (Ok, not really. Tea is too expensive to waste it like that.)
Smells great while steeping, too. Like liquid autumn. But on to the tasting! Ooohh, pumpkin. Not “pumpkin spice” (whatever that may be), but real, actual pumpkin. And I’m tasting a little something, which if I concentrate on, reminds me of roasted veggies with cinnamon & other warm spices. (If you haven’t tried roasted root vegetables with cinnamon, you are seriously missing out.) *Checks ingredients: I guess that would be the squash! Score!
Added a little bit of milk to the end of the cup, just to try it. It’s super yummy, but I think I like it just as much plain. Seriously, this tea is great.
Had a pot of this at my girlfriend’s house (she somehow still had some of the Spring Collection left in her cupboard!), and it’s important to note that she’s terrible about water temp and measuring leaves. At least I was able to keep an eye on the steep time.
Somehow, even with boiling water (on an oolong!) and too many leaves, it tasted awesome. Buttery and toasty coconut goodness. I have to say, even though it’s designated as a warmer season tea, it hit the spot on a chilly fall night. Raising my rating now that I know how durable it is. :-)
Didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either. I’m not typically a fan of mate (for some reason, it always tastes bubblegummy to me), so I wasn’t really surprised. If it hadn’t been a part of the Fall Collection set, I wouldn’t have tried it. There’s a lot going on here – all of the extra “bits” made the water really scummy – but I still got that weird, lingering mate taste.
That said, it’s nice to keep on hand for those mornings that require a little extra something to wake me up, I guess.
I haven’t been sleeping AT ALL lately, so I steeped-up a cup of this last night. (Sadly, it didn’t really help with the sleep issue – not sure what’s up there.) Not sure if maybe my sense of taste is off because I’m getting over a cold or what, but it tasted much more medicinal than I remember. Hmm, I’ll have to try again and see.
Perhaps a pot of this will help clear up my sinuses this morning… :-)
I’m a big fan of spicy food. Vindaloo & Kadai are my go to orders at when getting Indian for dinner, and I love to douse my tofu scramble with Sriracha. So, I figured I’d give this a try. Color of liquid during pour is YELLOW. Like, neon yellow. When the mug is full, it appears more golden (little darker than a plain green typically appears), but the stream when I poured from pot to cup was wild.
It smells a bit stronger than it tastes, but there’s still a nice little burn at the back of the throat after a couple of sips. I’m definitely tasting more of a mild, cinnamon heat than anything from the chili peppers. And the peppercorns work really well here; I can taste them, but they aren’t overpowering.
This tea is sort of “meh” tasting to me. It’s ok, not bad, decent, etc.
But I’m fighting a cold, and the combo of ginger and orange seems like a good idea for today. So, down it goes.