823 Tasting Notes
Wooo! My Herbal Infusions order came! Hehe, I managed to get a bag of that wonderful marshmallow EG, I had it in a travel mug for my course tonight and it was SO GOOD. But I will save that first note for when I can truly do the tea justice in a cup at home. So I got home and made a cup of this, I also ordered the mint cacao and they threw in a sample of the vanilla! So excited to try them all!
So this tea, tisane, whatever you would call cacao shells..man oh man, smells like decadent hot chocolate in the bag. I steeped this for 5 and a half minutes with boiling water, and it smells like hot chocolate!! Off to a good start!
As for the flavor, yes, this is quite good. Very true chocolate, a tiny bit watery, but it is a tea lol so that is forgiveable. If my lactose intolerance wasn’t acting up so bad lately, I would probably have added some milk, but we will take a break from that for a while lol. This is pretty darn tasty sans additives anyways. So far, a delicious start to Herbal Infusions teas, and always exciting trying teas from new companies!!
Oops, my restock of this never made it into my cupboard count lol. Oh well, a sipdown was had earlier today with this one, I really enjoy this herbal, although I will confess I preferred the first blending of it a bit better. The second one was more cinnamon and coriander, less of that berry taste, and it didn’t brew up as purple haha. But still quite tasty with honey, which is how I had it this morning out of my travel mug. Yum, this one might make it’s way back for a third stocking in my cupboard..after I restock my beloved Ginger Sage Spa blend first though haha. See previous notes!
Yum, I’ve been craving this tea all week. Having it tonight to celebrate my guy being home from up north finally! Ahh I can finally relax :) this tea have a nice caramel flavor mixing with the black tea. I get a hint of salt in the aftertaste, which is nice. I enjoy this blend because it’s not a signature overly sugary DavidsTea dessert blend, it’s far more subtle and the base actually is present in the flavor. Light yet rich. Good for before bed and listening to zen music. Ugh, can’t believe it’s only Tuesday…can’t wait for the weekend, I just want to relax and drink tea and stay warm! See previous notes on this tea :)
Man I haven’t been logging notes lately, with all the house craziness haha, it’s all getting there though, removed conditions tonight so just a bit left to do! So excited to move in!!
Anyways, this is a sad sipdown I am logging tonight. This was my favorite honeybush of the Bestsellers sampler I think, Coconut Cheesecake came close but this is just so good at all times. I almost made it in my travel mug today but I didn’t want to risk ruining the last cup. I steeped for 10 minutes tonight and it is delicious, very cakey cinnamon smelling tonight, I can smell the icing, and the flavor definitely has cream cheese icing in it, along with the breadiness of cinnamon buns and of course the cinnamon. One of the few teas I really enjoy where the main flavor is supposed to be cinnamon! A yummy one, would buy this again! See previous notes :)
ETA – 750 notes! How did that happen in a little over a year haha, lots of good teas I guess :)
I had a cup of this earlier this week, but this week has been so crazy I didn’t log it. Oh, as an aside, the Tulsi Rooibos tonic from this same BOMC box, is so good I’ve been drinking it steady all week, probably half the bag is gone already LOL. Talk about going through a good tea fast!
Anyways, this is the other blend I have tried, still have to try Midwinter Robe tomorrow. The dry smell of this is wonderful, it reminds me of my beloved Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend (which I need to order ASAP when I’m finished with all this house buying stuff!). There is a nice rose component, the tulsi is also there, and I think the rhodilia might also be there, as it’s also in Ginger Sage Spa Blend. A spicy, slightly floral, comforting scent.
I steeped about 1.5 tsp for 1 minute, I haven’t tried a longer steep time yet as I don’t want it to get too intense, especially caffeine wise in the evening. The steeped smell is spicy and warming, there is a fresh shu pu’er smell, nothing fishy or anything, just that earthy freshness like in Sichuan Caravan. The tulsi is there too, and it smells herby too haha, quite pleasing.
As for the flavor, this is rich and strong with flavor. Quite herby, with a definite tulsi component. It is a bit strong and you feel it a bit in the nose with that fresh sensation, but it has a surprisingly smooth and clean aftertaste, not bitter, actually the rose comes out a bit in the aftertaste. It is almost woody (probably the shu) but in a good way haha. Earthy and fortifying. A tasty blend that I think will grow on me, it feels like one I will start craving haha. Although maybe not quite as much as that Tulsi Rooibos!
Ok so this tea is so good, I am having BACK to BACK cups of it. Had this before bed, now having it at work first thing. I brewed it at home, so I can’t fully comment on the dry smell, but it was super lemony and good. I followed the steeping parameters of 1 minute with boiling and end up with a pretty darn flavorful cup. Might try a bit longer next time to see what happens!
Oh, and to note, this blend has ROOIBOS in it. I believe this is the first rooibos Verdant has made! Huzzah! And man, is it ever a good one! The steeped scent is lemony and sweet, refreshing and calming. The flavor…wonderful. I stand by that this is a cup of sunshine, and while there is no caffeine in this, it still pleasantly wakes me up with it’s freshness and makes me happy. I feel like it should be a lazy Saturday morning, cuddling in bed with the cat and this tea, but I am at work lol. Fresh, creamy, bright…and not much rooibos flavor!! I am not sure where the tulsi is in here, the lemon verbena is the main flavor, but I think it adds a sharpness, maybe a herbiness. Whatever it is, everything blends very well and I am impressed with this!
This one might even make me send Verdant a note to beg for it to become available permanently. Yes indeed, this one, Yu Lu Yan Chai, and Elderberry Herbal top the list of teas I have loved from the blend club. Awesome tea!!
Ok so I am finally not too busy to write a tasting note!! Ok, first of all, news
If you just want to read about the tea, skip to the last paragraph
So this weekend has been hectic, well the last few weeks anyways..as we have been..house shopping! Yes, me and the guy have been looking at houses, searching online, etc etc..and we finally found it! Our house! And, WE GOT IT! For less than we budgeted too! I am sooo excited! It’s been super busy, and now the guy is off to work up north for 10 days, so I will have a fair amount to do this week, but it’s ours, and it’s beautiful! A big garden and fruit trees too, in the city!
and a tea related part!
The wonderful couple we bought it from lived there for over 40 years, and there were tons of teapots in the house! Beautiful ones! Well, we went on the weekend when they were there, and got talking tea! Haha what are the chances! They brought out a bunch of tins for me to smell and everything, and even recommended me a new company based in Vancouver! Crazy haha, tea brings about the randomest things sometimes!
So yes, that is my news. First house! So excited :D
So now..onto this tea..
I have been drinking tea as of late but too busy to log, but tonight I am relaxing and having a wonderful cup of this with a splash of skim milk. Skim doesn’t seem to upset my stomach, so a very good cup tonight! Creamy, tart, a bit astringent, but it’s lemon haha, so it’s ok. I might have steeped it a bit over 2 mins as well, so that could be contributing. Yummy and good on a Monday night! See previous notes.
My one cup of black tea for the day – I really should start having this earlier. But I’m so sleepy tonight I doubt it will do much. I’ve been reading *keychange*’s notes on this tea this week and last, and have been craving it now haha. Creamy and sweet, a bit of raspberry, a bit strong tonight but still delicious. Next time I will add some milk. Nice cozy flavor that reminds me of summer. :) see previous notes!