120 Tasting Notes
Today was apparently the day to dig up the oldest teas in my collection and give them a taste.
This was one of my favorites for evening when I first got it. It’s tangy and full of flavor and I really do still like it. It’s funny to me that I like this one though given the fact that it does have a lot of strong hibiscus notes in it… which I usually don’t care for at all.
I taste the orange notes pretty strongly and then the hibiscus kicks in and lingers. Definitely not an every night tea, but something I do enjoy every now and then.
This was once upon a time my favorite black tea. I have had this tin for quite sometime, so it doesn’t have the punch it once had., but I still love this one when I’m in the mood for a stronger black tea.
It’s dark and sort of honey/copper colored and smells quite malty. It has a subtle honey like flavor, that I believe I remember being stronger when this tea was fresher, but it is still there. Mostly it’s malty goodness. I’m enjoying it right now with and english muffin and I think it goes great with grain based breakfast. I enjoy drinking this with a hearty oatmeal.
Another sample courtesy of Just Organic Teas:
I steeped this one in simmering (vanilla) almond milk on the stove and then poured it through a sieve. This method seemed to let the spiciness shine a little more than my previous method, but I definitely will be steeping chais and such in non-flavored almond or soy milk from now on, because the flavoring definitely interferes with the teas flavor. I added a bit of the Just Organic Sweetener to this as well.
It has a nice spicy scent and taste, though I don’t really get the orange at all in scent or taste. If I had to choose I’d definitely pick the Just Charming Chai over this one.
Just not feelin’ this one like I used to. It’s definitely still and excellent tea and one that used to be my second favorite black tea, but lately I am just not that into it. I think it’s the bergamot.
Today I steeped it lower than I do at home and I forgot about it while it was steeping, so it got a bit bitter thanks to user error… but the smell is just way too strongly bergamot for me right now. I drank every bit of it, because honestly it’s still a great tea even when I’m not in the mood for it.
Steeped this at a lower temp than usual (again with the office water cooler) and I like it much better. The fruity flavor is definitely taking the lead and the cardamom is just blending in much nicer this time. I get mostly apple and lemon, very little if any pomegranate. Still smells quite spicy, but that just adds to its warmth since I don’t taste over whelming cardamom.
This was actually the first of the Just Organic Teas that I tried from the samples they sent me. (Thanks again!)
I haven’t had a lot of rooibos, and this is the first I have ever had that was just straight rooibos. It was warm and pleasant tasting. It had a lot of depth of flavor, though I fail at remembering the specific tasting notes, because I actually drank it a week ago. It smelled like wood shavings to me… but definitely did not taste like steeped wood shavings, I promise!
Not going to rate this one because I don’t feel like I have a fair grasp on it or one straight rooibos.
Another samples that came in my Butiki order.
While this one was very strongly lemon scented, it was much more subtle once steeped. Deliciously like a fluffy piece of lemon cake. I don’t make a habit of stocking lemon teas, as they are not my favorites, but I would definitely ordering this one in the future.
mmmm… banana bread….
Interestingly enough I bought and tried a banana bread beer the other day and was pretty impressed with it… it was like drunk banana bread and it was delicious.
This tea reminded me of that. The two had a similar flavor as far as having real true banana flavor. Nothing sickly sweet or banana runty about this flavor!
The dry leaves smell like a bag of banana chips, which I guess is appropriate because there are real dried banana chip pieces in there. The steeped tea smells like the batter for homemade banana bread. it’s fantastic.
When first sipped I tasted mostly the black tea base with a hint of nuttiness, but the banana flavor soon follows and lingers nicely in my mouth.
As the tea cools the banana flavor does fade a bit, but it’s definitely still there in the finish of it even cooled. I really enjoyed this one.
This smells like pancake syrup or maple syrup to me… though it does not taste anything like either…. haha. It is definitely very warm and pleasant smelling.
I have no idea what Carob tastes like, so I couldn’t tell you if it lends its flavor to this tea or not. I don’t taste a whole lot of vanilla, but it is evident that it is there. Some of the blame for me not being able to taste the flavors entirely is probably on the fact that my water was a little cooler than it called for… but I our water cooler at work only does one temperature… 180 is the best I could do this morning.
Overall its a nice smooth black tea with a warm pleasant flavor, but not one I would run out to purchase again.