125 Tasting Notes
Sipped this one last night before bed while watching 19 Kids and Counting… I just can’t help myself guys. I really find that show strangely addicting.
My tin of this doesn’t actually say Egyptian Chamomile, just Chamomile, but from all indications of browsing back through their website and the description here, this is the same thing I have.
So anyways! The dry flowers have a very strong chamomile scent, and I have grown to like that scent even though originally I hated the way chamomile smelled. This is definitely a no frills chamomile and perfect for relaxing at night.
This tea is finicky. I have to be VERY diligent when I’m making this one.
If the steep time is too long… bitter and astringent.
If the water is a tiny bit too warm…. bitter and astringent.
over leaf…. bitter and astringent.
But when I manage to get everything just right, its a nice smooth vegetal green tea laced with a subtle mintiness. It smells purely of mint, but me, I taste mostly the green tea with the mint coming in at the end.
If anyone has tips on how best to make this… I would LOVE them!
Wanted a rich flavorful black tea this morning and this seems to be my go-to for that category currently. I was not at all disappointed. I think I tasted a bit of the citrus others have talked about, this time. I think I might go for a second steep on this one today… stay tuned.
Edit: Second steep was pleasant, but didn’t have nearly the punch of the first. Definitely not as complex tasting on the second steep.
Finally starting my morning workout routine again… ugh… it has been struggle. Today was the first day back out walking bright and early at 6:15am. I always feel better throughout the day when I do walk or run in the mornings, but it is a constant struggle to get out of bed.
Anyway, the tea. Loved how earthy this one smelled once it had steeped. I didn’t pick up on anything floral this time, mostly hay and a general pleasant overall earthiness.
It was just what I wanted this morning. Light, earthy, delicious.
Sipping this tonight. After three cups of Butiki Pistachio Ice Cream… I thought I’d go for something fruity this evening.
Decided to steep this for a shorter time 4 minutes instead of 5-6mins. The fruity flavor is a lot more subtle and this is basically like a delicious warm juice blend. Exactly what I needed.
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.