696 Tasting Notes
Eh, this was rather flavourless tonight unfortunately, as the cup progressed. But I finished my bag of it (22g = 2 cups of tea lol) and still have a sample, but I might give that one to my mom so she can try it, she hasn’t stocked up on the winter teas yet, she’s still working through the fall ones. So this might be the last cup I have of this, but oh well. It was nice to try it though! I got the pastry flavor tonight and a bit if fruit, but not nearly nearly as strong as the first cup, especially when it cooled, it went pretty flat. Ah well, happy to have tried it, especially since it has almonds! See previous notes :)
I needed a creamy Earl Grey tonight for the cold weather and my headache. I wanted something different than my usual Zen Tea egc, and I remembered I have this! Tonight it turned out so good, about a 3 min steep and it’s creamy and wonderful. So warm! I do enjoy this tea, and must have it more often! See previous notes :)
I’m already at a sipdown for this one, weird, first one of the new winter/Christmas teas at DavidsTea that I’m sipping down. This was not a bad tea, but as I said before, a bit too cake like for my liking. I didn’t try it with added fresh ginger though, so I might pick up a bit more later in the season to try it that way. I do get quite a nice caramelly taste from it, must be the molasses. Nice tea to try! See previous notes on this one :)
ETA – NVM, not a sipdown! Woot! Just remembered I have a sample packet from my online DT order, yay I can try it with fresh ginger! :)
I’m very clearly in the minority for this tea lol, but I stand by that for me, this is a darn tasty tea. Maybe I just got a good batch of it! Unfortunately I am almost out, so hoping that if I restock, the next one is as good. This is slightly nutty, chocolatey, warming goodness this morning. -23 C out haha, getting colder! The licorice provides a cozy sweetness. Mmm perfect this morning. See previous notes!
I wonder what this would taste like with amaretto liqueur, or Baileys..or, well, something along those lines. Haha, can’t you tell I wish it was the weekend already? :D I sense a tea experiment coming on!
Last tea of the night, short note as I reviewed it yesterday, but OMG it brews up a dark deep purple!!!! I love it!! Yesterday I didn’t make it in a clear mug lol. So pretty! Anyways, see previous notes for a better review here :)
Mmm this is really good tonight, resteeped it this time too and it’s still delicious. Cinnamon toast, yep, yet fresh, still savory. I actually gulped a large bunch of the first cup from being thirsty, and it was refreshing, but still cinnamon toast, so weird that something sweet can also be savory! This blend is growing on me pretty quickly, I would probably purchase this again to have kicking around. So differ from regular genmaicha, but similar characteristics. Oh, and second steep had a but more oolong. Yummy! See previous notes!
I changed up my chai recipe a bit tonight, only 1 clove, more ginger, maybe more coriander and fennel, less cinnamon. Oh and in total used the ingredients coriander, cinnamon, cadamom, fresh ginger, black peppercorns, a single clove, and fennel. It smelled a lot spicier, I like it. I also used 12 oz water, simmered spices for 10 mins, and steeped Verdant’s Shui Xian Wuyi oolong in it for the base, one of my favorite oolongs. This made for a buttery smelling chai, and to top it off, I used 1/8 cup cream and 1/8 cup 2% milk today lol. And… If that wasn’t creamy enough.. When I added honey (1 tsp) I also added in 1/8 tsp vanilla extract (unfortunately artificial extract).
The result? The creamiest, richest chai I’ve ever had. My goodness. It probably didn’t need the vanilla, and I was worried it ruined it, but it adds a wonderful sweetness. My next experiment, I want to buy whole vanilla beans and put one in. Lol and the added cream with the Wuyi just puts it over the top into decadent, buttery goodness. I imagine my lactose intolerance will be furious with me, but I am gonna enjoy this slice of heaven for now. I quite enjoy my chai experiments!
Morning cup, leading into afternoon..I am nearing the end of my 20g of this and will have to decide if I want to restock this or get Minty Cow from Della Terra…I am placing an order there soon (trying to wait until black Friday) for Christmas gifts, so I’ll have to decide pretty quickly. This is sweet and delicious at my desk on another freezing day. And now I’m after-lunch crashing, so I hope this revives me a bit. See previous notes.
The last blend from the box this month – the herbal I look forward to. I am always on the lookout for new caffeine free teas that rock, and verdant’s have been consistently good. Ginger sage spa blend is my favorite of all time. So on this miserably cold and snowy night, I made a cup of this.
That cooling elderberry taste is definitely present here. It reminds me of eucalyptus always, and a blend made to fight colds and strengthen one’s immunity. This tea has the same bold feel, but is tempered by the sweetness of fennel and all the other spices. I don’t think I’ve had mulled wine ever, but the comparisons to this tea make me want to try it! This blend is cozy and comforting, like a warm blanket. And maybe it’s because I saw someone else (Dinosaura) said this tea brings them Montana memories, I am associating this one with skiing at my boyfriends parents cabin there! The wood fire, curled up with a book under the blanket, snow falling outside…. Wonderful memories evoked. This tea is the one of the month that tugs at my emotions and takes me to a happy place. I live when teas do that. I can’t wait to try it with Apple juice or wine, and definitely will add honey. Another I’d very much like to see on Verdant’s website permanently (or at least seasonally). November teas – 3 for 3. Rating: 93. :)
Now this is more like it for tea today. I cleaned out my steeper better when I got home at lunch and made it in a different Timolino. Ahhh. Chocolate pumpkin spicy goodness. I needed this today. So creamy, perfection. It’s cold as heck here (-20 C about) and snowing..again. To add to the already horrendous, snow covered roads. Hope my commute home goes smoothly! See previous notes :)