551 Tasting Notes
Tea #28 from HHTTB2
I could pretty much sum this up with ‘Meh.’
It’s thin, and mildly bitter. Has some astringency. The vanilla is mild and hits on the roof of my mouth in the beginning of the sip. Whe strawberry is pretty fair, sweet and not artificial tasting, but it’s faint and not enough to compensate.
Edit: I gave Fiance my cup to finish. His first evaluation was ‘This is pretty inoffensive.’ Followed up with ‘Oh. Actually this is quite pleasant.’ So to each their own, I guess.
Tea #27 from HHTTB2
Let’s talk a minute about Wisconsin. You know, the state with the highest percentage of binge drinkers in the US. There’s also over 130 breweries just kind of chilling here. We’re not alcoholics , we’re professionals.
So, a beer-inspired tea is right up my alley and I’ve been dancing around the idea of trying this one for a while. I was really excited when it popped up in the tea box.
Once steeped, the tea has a primary bready/baked smell with juicy peaches. Like a peach oatmeal or unsweetened peach tarts. As far as taste goes, this is a very good peach tea! The Cascade hops definitely adds a slightly bitter herbaceous note with citrus accents that really pairs well with the peach. The peach is juicy, ripe and real peach tasting. And the base does have a malty quality, while still being quite light (but not thin). It becomes sweeter and juicier as the cup cools, as well. The aftertaste is mostly peach, with just a hint of lingering hops.
I really would like to make this into a tea syrup and make a fizzy beverage out of this!
Tea #26 from HHTTB2
There is a lot going on in my cup. And it’s all good.
There’s the sweetness of molasses, light florals, the silky rich butteriness of olive oil, and mild cocoa notes and just a little yeasty/bready.
The finish is really clean, with very little aftertaste.
There is nothing here not to like. Yum.
Tea #25 from HHTTB2
Everything I’ve had from Whispering Pines has totally reminded me of nature and connecting to it and I LOVE it!
All the little safflower pieces in my infuser totally looked like reddy orange feathers floating on a pond in sunrise. It’s unbelievably pretty.
Safflower is the dominant flavor, with it’s savory but slightly sweet earthy flavor. The elderberries lend themselves to the tail of the sip, making it end on a lovely sweet-tart note. This is a really relaxing cup. Definitely a tranquil nighttime kind of blend.
Tea #24 from HHTTB2
I could eat pumpkin pie all year. It’s so good. It’s like pumpkin custard in a delicious flaky happiness.
So, this tea. It’s a really nice pumpkin spice tea, but not so much pumpkin pie. But the pumpkin is there, which is amazing!I served it with an ounce of milk and a tsp of sugar and it does absolutely benefit from their addition. It doesn’t really help it embrace a pie-ness, but it makes it so warming and comforting.
Fall teas make me sad winter is coming.
And the whole Winter is Coming thing totally just reminds me of how stoked I am that Fiance has finally caught up in A Song of Ice and Fire and I have someone to discuss fan theories with. Yeeeeeeeeees!!
Tea #23 from HHTTB2
I’m seriously warming up to chai/spiced blends, but only so long as I add milk and sugar.
I used 1 tsp/2 oz water and served over 6 oz of heated milk and a tsp of sugar.
So, as that’s how I normally brew chai, I seemed to manage to skirt around the serious spice that others have mentioned. There’s definitely a kick in the back of my throat though. The pepper builds over time and there’s definitely a burning feeling chilling in my throat while after my cup is gone. It’s a hurt so good kind of hurt, though.
The spices here are really well-balanced, and there’s a definite cocoa/chocolate note. The assam base let’s the tea flavor come through, and adds a very slight malty note.
This is seriously one of the best chai’s I’ve had. Nom.
Tea #22 from HHTTB2
Very pleasantly rose flavored without being perfume-y or liquor-y. There’s more body to this one than the other rose tea I really enjoy (La Vie en Rose from American Tea Room), but in a good way. The actual tea flavor seeps into the aftertaste and mingles with the rose. The cup has the transporting, luxurious quality I’ve come to expect from rose teas.
I like the mouthfeel on this one, but I prefer the better balance of tea and base in La Vie.
Tea #21 from HHTTB2
This is a quite dark leaf for a white tea; it’s a gradient of light to dark greens.
The flavor is dominantly jasmine, but it’s not an overpowering perfume, more of a delicate refreshing floral. There’s also a very subtle salty/sweet note. The base is slightly creamy and doesn’t have any dissonant hay or straw notes. A shorter steep definitely helps keep the jasmine under control.
I’m glad I had a chance to try this, as I hadn’t heard of the company previously. The price point is fair and there is a definite resteepability to the leaves. This would be a pretty fair day-to-day jasmine.
Tea #20 from HHTTB2
I am just not making good time on this box! But I did get to spend some much needed time with my little sister and then watched a comedy show with some friends, so I can’t really complain.
This is very blueberry fruity, with a spun sugar sweetness to it. And it’s definitely sweet without being sweetened. The green tea flavor is still present, which I found quite refreshing in such a strongly flavored blend.
I wish I had thought to ice this, but there’s only really enough for one more cup, and someone else it welcome to it.
Tea #19 from HHTTB2
The name of this tea totally made me think of of chocolate truffles filled with buttercream. Or something praline-esque.
Obviously I was not alone.
Obviously I was wrong.
So, as I was sitting here reading the ingredients while my tea was steeping, I was very much having second thoughts, and reviewing my life decisions that brought me to this point. (I jest.)
Once brewed up, this smelled mildly spicy. I definitely got cumin, coriander, and pepper from the aroma. It smells a bit like my kitchen when I’m making Aloo Gobi. There should be some cinnamon all up in here!
While the truffle mark is all sorts of confused in here. This is a really nice savory tea, with a very gentle amount of spice with notes of nuttiness. All packaged nicely with a smooth butteriness.
On second thought, this would make amazing tea-infused dark chocolate truffle coated in pistachio nuts. Oh man oh man oh man.