1073 Tasting Notes
Having a cozy, sweet and spiced cup of this tonight while I READ (yes, I am actually finally READING a book for pure enjoyment! I have missed it so much!) a new book I bought while shopping today. This cup is tasty with the addition of honey as usual, a bit toasty, mostly a rich sweet flavor from the fennel and berries. I am nearly at a sipdown for this, one more cup! It’s been kicking around since last year, so it will be nice to finish off and decide if I need to restock! See previous notes on this tea :)
I was crazily craving Second Breakfast or Red Tailed Hawk this morning after posting in a thread regarding black tea blends, but in keeping with my lowered caffeine intake (I would say no caffeine but decaf has a tiny bit still) I instead chose this tea this morning. It really is quite tasty for a decaf, it has a nice almost fruity malty flavor, bright and fresh, and the sweetness comes out wonderfully with milk and sugar, which is how I’m having it this morning. Smooth and tasty, perfect for this fine Sunday morning. The clouds are a bit pearly, it’s a bit overcast but clearing, just a relaxing almost misty feeling from the clouds. It feels like a relaxing day, but I know I will be vacuuming later and doing other non-relaxing things. It’s what I do :) see previous notes on this tea!
I haven’t reviewed this tea either yet, and I’ve had at least one cup of it! Well, I will tonight. This was from the August blend box I believe…I have since quit the blends box as I was just accumulating too much tea, and some of the flavors (sarsaparilla) were just not to my tastes. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted.
Onto this tea! The dry smell is very strongly cinnamon, a bit off-putting for me, as I am not the biggest fan of cinnamon. There is also a toastiness that kind of reminds me of coriander in it. I steeped it for just over 2 minutes with boiling water, and added a bit of honey because it just seemed to go with this blend lol. The steeped smell is also a bit toasty and still cinnamony but not as strong.
As for the flavor, this one is kind of interesting. There is definitely cinnamon, quite a bit of it, and that toasty flavor is still there. It reminds me a bit of Campfire Blend by Verdant actually. It must be the cinnamon-ginger-vanilla combo lol, and Campfire Blend has orange peel instead of lemon. Interesting! I don’t find the licorice to be too overpowering, yes, it does add a smoothness to the end of the sip, not unlike Bravissimo by DavidsTea though. I also am pretty neutral about licorice, and even like it in some blends. Not getting much spicy ginger, which I find a bit disappointing, as I am a ginger fanatic lol. The honey I would assume makes this sweeter and smoother, it goes quite nicely. I probably should have reviewed it without honey, but I just felt like adding it tonight. #noregrets
Haha, anyways, overall this isn’t a bad tea. I am liking it more this time than the first time I had it, maybe the addition of honey is what it needed. It’s maybe not a favorite, but it’s not a bad tea and I will gladly drink through the rest of the bag, although I might save it for when I actually have a cold. Thanks to Verdant for the opportunity to try this tea in the Blends Club!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Toast
So many teas I haven’t added to my cupboard it looks like! Well I bought this one quite a while back (late summer) and have had a cup or two since, and am having one tonight for the nettles, which TerriHarpLady swears by for allergies. I also bought straight nettles but am chicken to try them straight lol. All in good time!
Anyways, this tea! The dry smell is rosy and sweet, and the cinnamon is slightly present, but a sweeter cinnamon scent than the harsh spice in other blends. I steeped it for around 5 minutes with boiling water, and the steeped scent is very light, slightly floral, and nice. Oh, and the dry leaves looked to be at least 80% nettles haha lots of green anyways, so that’s good!
As for the flavor, this tea is quite light. The floral notes of the rose come through with light cinnamon, and the nettles provide a herby backdrop, as they have quite a herbaceous flavor in the other teas I’ve had them in (only Nettle Leaf by Davidstea, since discontinued). The rooibos provides a bit of a scratchiness on my throat in this blend, maybe because it’s with cinnamon, so that is a bit unpleasant, but other than that I like that this is a light, refreshing blend.
Overall, a tasty little tea. I need to have a few more cups to fully make my mind up about it, but as I am going to try to have mostly herbals for the next little while (my caffeine cleanse that I do every few months or so lol) this will be a nice choice. I also need to decide which teas to get with my DavidsTea points! Trying to decide which teas I need 50g of lol, the ones I usually stock up on I already stocked up in late summer, so might be tough to find the right ones. Ah well, this might be a contender!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Herbaceous, Rose
Good afternoon Steepster!! It’s an absolutely beautiful day outside here :D +20 degrees C according to my phone! This is extremely odd October weather for us, so I am just going to enjoy it and not ask questions…my day has consisted of a few cups of tea this morning, laundry, and of course yard work because when it’s this warm out, I enjoy doing fall clean up work! Raked some leaves, vacuumed the deck for winter, and a little bit of pruning :) life is good.
However, after all the yard work and stirring up leaves and dead plants, my allergies went on a rampage and my arms are full of hives and I was sneezing and coughing away. I’m drinking this tea with some honey in hopes of avoiding taking an allergy pill (tired of taking so many of them lol), and so far it is doing the trick! The hives are subsiding and I can breathe much more clearly :) so yeah, I need to be careful how much yard work I do lol, it’s a bit rough on the system sometimes. So hard to stay inside though on days like today!!! See previous notes on this tea, my number one go-to for allergy/respiratory problems it seems lol.
It’s cold and rainy here, and the list of my usual teas has been becoming boring lately for some reason…maybe the change in season? So I decided to try a new to me tea tonight! And I also wanted shu for the weather..but not the usual suspects lol. Something rich, something warm, rich, comforting! Also had another ridiculously busy day at work with more overtime hours (think I have maxed out my allowed banked hours for the year now) and my head has been hurting on and off today from the cold, rainy weather outside. So this one has to be tried!
A disclaimer – I had some garlicky pasta for dinner lol, so hopefully it doesn’t impair my tasting! Also am replacing the Brita filter and just cleaned the kettle, so this is made with tap water and hopefully not too vinegary water lol. I rinsed the kettle and reboiled it and threw that bunch of water out, so we should be good!
The dry smell is a bit musty, a bit earthy..not overly strong smelling, but definitely a shu pu-erh, in a good way! I did a 25s rinse (steeping Western style), and the leaves smelled a bit fishy still, so did a second 15s rinse and the wet leaves open up to this strong, woody scent! Heady! Mmm a wet forest, perfect for what I want tonight :D so the actual steep was for 30s, the liquor is fairly dark, and there is a smooth woody scent to the cup.
As for the flavor, yes, that darn garlic from my dinner is interfering a fair amount lol, but I can discern a light earthy flavor, not too strong, certainly not overpowering or fishy to me! There is a hint of that olive oil flavor I know from that awesome black tea that Master Han made, what was it…oh, Master Han’s Yunnan Black! Yes, that is definitely in there..but the earthy woodiness tones it down and mutes it. It is a bit musty, but in a good, damp wood way. And I detect a hint of sweetness somewhere in there, kind of in the middle of the sip to the end of it, maybe the fennel making an appearance. I also get a slight linen aftertaste for some reason, I like it, but maybe it’s the mustiness lingering.
Overall, this is tasty and warming. This is such a pure tea, it feels fresh and cozy simultaneously. It is exactly what I needed tonight – grounding, relaxing, comforting, just what I needed. Now I’m even more excited for my incoming Verdant order, which consists mostly of the new pu’erhs they just released! Now that I have experimented with more pu’erh, I am excited to get back to the ones from Verdant, previously the shu’s were a bit much for me with their bold flavors, but now I can appreciate them :)
Anyways, a tasty tea! Not sure how to rate it since the garlic is interfering, so rating subject to change :)
ETA – I resteeped this tea!! Landmark moment lol, I hardly ever resteep anything anymore. I am quite enjoying the calming sensation from this tea, and how it warms me fully, even my emotions. I would consider ordering this again just for the good vibes I get from it! :)
Flavors: Wet Wood
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!! I had an excellent weekend with the family, up at the cabin for turkey dinner last night and fishing today :) perfect weekend! I hope other Steepsterites that celebrated this weekend also had a lovely time with great people and great food!
I had a few other teas, notably the lovely Special Dark for my stomach after overeating last night lol, but I will write a review for it at a later time lol. In the meantime, I am having the 2014 version of this tea tonight as I unwind and prepare for the ridiculously busy work week ahead lol.
This years Pumpkin Chai is much similar to last years, maybe a bit more cinnamon and a bit stronger caramel flavor to me. Overall, it’s delicious as usual, but I still might like Pumpkin Patch a bit better for its stronger spice profile. This one still is comforting and cozy though, so I will probably restock a tiny bit to tide me over until next year. See previous notes on this tea :)
Second cup of the day! My head is feeling much better, so time to do some cleaning then off to my parents for the Thanksgiving weekend! This was my caffeine free cup of choice, as I like alternating caffeine with non so I don’t get too jittery lol. It’s sweet and very appley today, and again fits the autumnal feel of the day -sunny, bright outside, bright colors, the birds are all over the bird feeders, the cat is happy…life is good. Almost lunch time, after some more cleaning! See previous notes on this tea, oh I might have to restock this soon, it has a familiar and cozy feel to it that I really like!
Good morning Steepster!! It’s the long weekend here in Canada and our Thanksgiving, so I am looking forward to an amazing turkey dinner on Monday and not working for a glorious 3 days! With the insane hours and stress of this past week, this could not come at a better time. Busy times!
So now I can get back to logging notes. I also binged and placed a large Verdant order last night for some of those new pu’erhs! But enough about me, this tea! I needed this this morning, it is quite a strong tea usually for me so I don’t have it as often as I should, as caffeine sometimes messes with me. But I have a headache this morning so I wanted a strong caffeinated tea, but not as much honey flavor today. This is just the right amount of sweet in it, mostly just malty and sweet potatoey, very appropriate for the Thanksgiving weekend! Hope everyone enjoys their Saturday! See previous notes on this tea :)