551 Tasting Notes
I am so excited I found veggies my birds will eat. They’re so stubborn I just wanna shove it in their beaks and be like EAT. In any case, they eat acorn squash (uncooked and cut into chunks) and jalapenos (with all the seeds left in). Gandalf gets super stoked over jalapeno time. It’s pretty comical.
When I first steeped this up today, I had to doublecheck my parameters because all I smelled was bergamot. Holy man. Luckily it was the same cup as before. Mild base, mild bergamot, mild floral. This would work anytime of day, really. It’s just a lovely aromatic mild cup.
Sad, sad, sipdown.
But I need to get that number down to get myself out of my self imposed order hiatus (which is really the saddest part of this).
This was the (not-quite)EG that got be back into EGs. Sweet rose, immediately followed by malty dark cocoa goodness, all wrapped up in a tidy citrus bergamot package. The rose just kind of lingers on the tongue all coy and tempting you to make another cup.
So, I’m finally winding down and think I can write a couple reviews. I have a loaf of banana bread in the oven and a cup of tea, and it’s the first time I felt remotely calm in five days. I’m one of those people who would love to plan their week out the week prior and this week has been nothing of that sort. It’s mostly me running around like a headless chicken and wishing I could plan, well, anything.
The whole halves of cranberries are really nice in this blend. Not in the eat them out of the infuser kind of way, but in the ‘I know exactly what I’m drinking!’ kind of way. I love the tingly feeling this cup leaves in my mouth, and the cranberries and lemons pair really well to make a cup that’s tart, but sweet and fresh tasting. I’m really glad I was introduced to this one, as it’s definitely an herbal I can get behind.
I actually drank quite a bit of tea over the last several days, but we had company so I didn’t get to logging any of it. Bah, oh well.
I turned this one into tea soda because the lovely music27note was over and we wanted tea soda. And then I didn’t get a chance to share it; which is pretty typical of me, but really quite sad, because it’s delicious this way. Hoppy and tart, with a strong vanilla cream and natural rhubarb flavor. The keemun provides a smooth base with no smoke flavors eeking through (though admittedly the subtleties get lost in the fizziness).
I need to get around to trying this one hot now.
This smells just like a bright juicy grapefruit. Huh. Weird.
Steeped, it smells more like berries, citrus with the slightest undercurrent of mint. This would be amazing iced, but I drank it hot (what with the current weather and all), and it surprisingly works really well that way too (I find not a lot of citrus herbals do). It’s primarily an orangey citrus and tart berry/apple flavor, backed by slight floral elements and a very slight minty taste. The mint only adds a but of a cooling mouthfeel, really. I really like how this doesn’t cross the line into too tart or sour, but isn’t fake or sweet either.
This is easily the best herbal tea I’ve had from David’s. Thanks Shmiracles!
Eggnog: My biggest weakness in December. I can seriously stock my fridge full of the stuff and survive on nothing but for the following months. Luckily I’m engaged in someone who feels the same way, but refuses to indulge me for the sake of my health. I had my first go around with homemade eggnog this year too (which is absolutely better than the store bought stuff, though I didn’t think it possible. I did a version where the eggs are cooked up to 170F, though, because I couldn’t bring myself to drink raw eggs.) In any case, I was really excited to try this, but not as excited as Fiance. I am not much of a morning person, and Fiance gets up about 90 minutes before I do most days, but he’s been so excited and very patiently waiting, that I promised him last night that I’d get up with him this morning to make iced matcha with milk for us this morning.
So, I whipped us up a pair of drinks (matcha + 1% milk + ice + sugar in a cocktail shaker) His first sip was “This is good!” and the last sip of the cup was “That was good.” and then I got a text when he got to work “That matcha was awesome”. I’d say the excitement was well deserved for him (and me, because I’ll probably have a matcha budget now. Woo!)
This is very good, though. It definitely smelled like eggnog in the package, and tasted like eggnog (though this is one that really needs add ins to reach its full flavor potential). It’s creamy vanilla custard, with nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon with an undercurrent of tasty matcha. The spices are balanced and seriously nail it. The mouthfeel is creamy and evocative of eggnog as well, but it just can’t match the thickness.
Overall, I’m really pleasantly surprised with how good this was. Nom!
Added some rock sugar and a splash of milk tonight, and that only made this better. This is, like, the rooibos for people who don’t care for rooibos. Lemony, creamy, naturally slightly sweet, and no dominating rooibos flavor. As I think I said on my first review of this, if more rooibos blends tasted like this, I might actually like rooibos.
I always find it so amazing how my tea tastes change over time. I never used to like Bergamot, but now (so long as it’s not soapy, perfumey, or super duper overwhelming) I find myself really kind of enjoying it. This opens up a whole new world of EGs I never thought I’d enjoy. I need to put away my twitchy purchase finger on it though.
The base blend Kusmi uses is bold, but not bitter, and just a little malty. There’s a mild but of astringency, but not in an offputting way (Unless you let the cup cool all the way down. Then it’s quite intense). This one triggers my EG radar because of the use of the Bergamot. It’s the first flavor (other than the tea) that hits the tongue. It’s not as potent as a lot of EG blends, but it’s present enough that it makes the illusion of. There’s a subtle sweet orange flavor that follows closely behind. I think the mandarin and ornage merge together to create that one flavor.
Overall, the cup is bright, but subtle and enjoyable.
Thank you very much Nicole!