506 Tasting Notes
I was so excited to find this back and then I went and screwed up the steep! What a disappointment! I pulled the bag too soon, so I got a lot of the spice flavours but nowhere near the level of lovely berry or fruit flavours I had been hoping to get as well. Next time I will practice patience and hopefully that will result in a better cup!
I gave this a shot after trying a sample in store. It wasn’t phenomenal when I tried it in store, but I thought it had some interesting notes so I brought a bit home to try brewing up myself. I am much more impressed with this tea at home. It is most definitely a ginger tea. There is a hint of sweetness from the pear, but the dominant flavour is definitely the ginger. However, I am coming around to ginger teas, so I didn’t necessarily find that a bad thing. Overall, I thought this was a great warming tea for fall and a nice, different white than many I have tried.
This tea has so much promise. I can actually really get behind the idea of roasted rice genmaicha notes on a strawberry tea. Unfortunately, every time I brew this the white base goes really flat on me. I think because of the base tea it doesn’t get a chance to steep long enough for the fruit flavours to really start to shine. It is disappointing, because this tea smells absolutely amazing!
I served this hot to go with after brunch conversation. Our guests are not generally tea drinkers, so I was looking for a few blends that would be fairly universally appealing. This one brewed up with tons of great watermelon flavour. I still think it really best suits cold steeping, but it was nice to try it hot for once.
I have been going through this tea like crazy at work. It is such a nice easy to to drink while I am busy. It is not a fussy steep, it stays great as it cools down, and I love the chocolate mint combination. It might be labelled as a rooibos, but there is absolutely no rooibos taste to it that I can detect.
Apparently I had forgotten how ambivilant I was about this tea. I took it because it has such a lovely strong berry smell. Admittedly, I did drink it after a cup of the Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos, but all I got was vanilla. ALL I got was vanilla, no berries, no anise, nothing fun. I am willing to try this again and make sure that I am still not crazy but about the flavour, but what a let down after the awesome smelling leaves!!
I started out work with a cup of this this morning. I love this tea and how naturally sweet it gets. I don’t love it’s oily thickness or the fact that it etches its flavour in my travel cups, but it is such an amazing treat once in awhile!! I have a bunch of this to get through still, but it was such a hit last Christmas that I wonder if it will be back again this year?
This tea has become one of my hoarded irreplaceable favourites. I can usually brew an excellent cup with my eyes closed. Yesterday though, I broke it! I was busy when I tossed my leaves in to steep and I forgot to throw in some sugar. The brewed cup was good, but not great, and I was worried that new sugar would not fully dissolve properly, so I threw in a honey stick I had. A mint chocolate honey stick…. For future reference, Stormy Night and Mint Chocolate honey do not go well together! Next time, remember the sugar!
This was a better note, but Steepster ate it.
I noted that I have been upping my tea consumption be bringing it to work with me. This tea ended up with a lower overall rating than I would have expected, but I really like it. The sweetness connotes more of a baking note to me than the more spice heavy blends like Sugar and Spice or Gingerbread. This isn’t the flashiest tea to look at, but I think it is a nice solid blend!
I missed a day or two! Already!! But I am back to trying to get in at least time for one cup of tea a day. Today’s offering was Lemon French Macaron. It took me a while to decide which tea to pick tonight, I wanted a lighter tea and stumbled across this one while thumbing through my greens. I really like the lemon/almond combination in this tea. At first, I get the sharp tarter punch from the lemon, but then it is softened by the sweet, nutty undertones of the almond flavour. I adore the light, but surprisingly decadent resulting flavours in this tea.