705 Tasting Notes
First tea of the day here, we are under a snowfall warning, so my plans for the day are to sip tea and make cookies later! And watch my kitty, he got fixed yesterday poor little guy so he has to wear a cone now and he really doesn’t like it! :( so lots of pets for him today! Anyways, back to this tea, it’s so tasty western style! I should try the last little bit in my gaiwan, but it’s just so cozy and warming and soft in the mug. It went nicely with my waffles with apricot jam for breakfast. An excellent tea! See previous notes :)
So since my experience with Northern Wilds was not the greatest earlier tonight, I am having a cup or two of this one now! I enjoy the dry smell of this one, the mint and juniper are at the forefront giving it almost a eucalyptus like scent, and a dark foresty smell is also present.
I steeped about 2.5 tsps for 1 min with boiling water. The first time I had this I was a bit unsure about the scent steeped, as the anise is definitely present along with mint and the woody pu’erh, but now it seems more natural.
The flavor fully embodies the idea of a forest grove. Cool mint, with spices, and a mildy sweet aftertaste. The juniper berries are in there as well. The pu’erh is mild but provides a nice base for the herbs. This is fresh, woodsy, and pure. I’m not sure if this is my favorite blend of the three October blends or Campfire Blend, they are pretty close though!
SIPDOWN! I was going to try this one western style, but I made it in my little glass gongfu pot instead, because it was so good that way the last time I had it! I really enjoy this white tea, very reminiscent of a yunnan white. I might re-order this one in the future once I drink down my other white teas, and keep it as my staple :) see previous notes on this lovely tea!
I finally received my blend of the month club order this week! I have tried the other two teas already, but haven’t written notes, but thought I’d write one on this one as I’m having a cup right now. I was a bit hesitant to try these teas, as I’ve never had birch or chicory before and was worried I might be allergic since I’m really allergic to birch pollen. So far it seems to be ok though! :)
This tea is definitely a different one. The dry smell is very spearminty, with a woodiness. I steeped for the recommended 1 minute with boiling water and about 2.5 tsps of tea. The resulting liquor is dark brown and smells..interesting. There’s a sweetness from the spearmint and I assume sarsaparilla, and that woodiness again, maybe the birch? The flavor is difficult to describe too lol. Sweet, but not sweet, a lot going on in this blend. Overall this is not my favorite, to be honest. It’s quite a mish mash of things going on, and I think there’s just too many new flavors for me haha. Maybe I will change my mind after later cups, but for now, this one is not exactly my favorite. Ah well, happy to have tried it as always! Widening my horizons for tea ingredients too! And I can see how this fits the Northern Wilds name too, from the woodiness, not really the sweetness (which could also be the fennel..) but the wood flavor fits! An interesting blend nonetheless. Leaving off a rating for now.
Another backlog – this was my last cup at work yesterday in my color changing mug. Whatever I did to this tea, it was absolutely amazing yesterday. Soo marshmallowy, so creamy! No idea what the water temp was, or even amount of tea as I didn’t have my usual spoon. Ah well, it was tasty! See previous notes.
Backlog – this was my first Halloween cup yesterday, brought my bag of tea and I shared it with someone at the office as well! They also enjoyed it, but said it was a bit weak, so I may have underleafed as he had a tea pot and not a mug lol. Ah well, still a tasty tea! See previous notes.
Happy Halloween! I brought my boyfriend’s color changing pumpkin mug to work and a few of my Halloween themed teas! I am having a cup of this one right now, strangely, it tastes a bit waxy lol, maybe the candy corn that dissolved in it made it that way. Anyways, back to work, busy day! See previous notes :)
In the travel mug this morning, I got a ton of sleep last night so I’m actually somewhat awake today, but tons to do today, a site visit at work, getting the rest of my Halloween costume, carving a pumpkin, getting the pumpkin to carve, making a costume for my cat, and stocking up on Sugar and Spice at DavidsTea before the fall teas are gone! Oh and I need to try my new teas from Verdant if they arrive today! Eeep! Need energy haha, and this tea is good at supplying it in a very tasty way. I really do like this tea, might be my favorite of my A&D teas, other than Mount Gray, but that one usually requires a specific mood lol. Anyways, this is honeyed and delish today. See previous notes!
Sipdown as of last night! I made a cup of this a bit overleafed to finish it off and added some milk..I really appreciated the cake flavor last night! Hmm weird! It wasn’t too sweet as it normally has been for me, it actually tasted really chocolatey and cake like. Maybe it was the overleafing and addition of milk? Whatever it was, it was an enjoyable sipdown, and I fell asleep in the middle of it, at 9:30 of all things! I must be overtired lol. See previous notes on this tea :)
ETA – my blend of the month club from Verdant is finally in my city! Hahaha, it’s been almost a month…hoping I get it today!
Having a cup of this at work this afternoon, not too bad for a chai matcha, I didn’t know what to expect of it really. Strong scent of cloves in the spices, definitely smells like a chai! Flavor is very chai like too, a nice blend of spice in here. I enjoy this one more than the cocoa one tbh, although the regular is still the best. Still have to try the pumpkin one at work, maybe on Halloween!