35 Tasting Notes
Realized I haven’t written about my past few teas >.> Bad me.
Anyway, tonight I brewed up a blend I’m super happy with.
1 teaspoon (plus dried orange slice) of Winter Spice by Fava Tea
0.5 teaspoon (plus an extra clove) of Aries by Adagio
8 oz of water, 4 minutes.
I can’t tell you the exact temperature of the water as I had to put it in the microwave on beverage mode (cries) as our electric kettle 2.0 seems down for the count.
Anyway, this tea is absolutely delightful, delicious and soothing – something I really needed tonight. Rating somewhere in the 90s (it’s been a rough day so I don’t feel like particulars) and would definitely recommend.
Decided to mess with my steeping parameters today. Since this is an Adagio black tea, I wanted to try steeping it at 200 instead of 212. I contemplated going for 4 minutes but stopped it at 3.
Won’t do that again. At first sip, I was pleased. It seemed that I had a strong(ish) black tea with hints of spice. A nice way to prepare the tea when I wanted the overall body but wasn’t feeling up to the full spiciness.
So far so good, right? Not really. The spice is hitting me a different way is all. That, along with the extra sediment I got this time around, is tickling the back of my throat like mad and I can’t stop coughing after most sips .-. (On a side note, this would be a fun one to do tea reading with…)
That, combined with essentially failed latte attempts and my overall development of taste is knocking this tea down a bit.
“I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for…”
— Thornton Wilder (Sun in Aries)
Ouch, 96 to 88. How the mighty have fallen.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Peppercorn
Oh my, I haven’t reviewed in awhile ;-;
Well, here goes. moraiwe felt comfortable giving me a small sample of this since shmiracles increased her supply. So thanks (directly and indirectly) to both of you because I’m a fan. :)
I’m all ouchy and shaky and just noticed I got herbal salve all over my keyboard so I won’t say much.
Bottom line: Really nice tea. Light to medium body with delightful fruity flavors that don’t overwhelm the palate. Mainly apricot with very subtle peach.
Bad news: I may have another reason to order from American Tea Room :P
Flavors: Apricot, Peach
Very interesting, very tasty blend.
Good for anxiety and…caffeinated?! Say what? Yes, indeed.
When I created this blend I lovingly referred to it as “Calm yo Tits” and used it in place of anxiety medication when I had to avoid getting drowsy.
First sip embodies the white tea, citrus, lavender and sage.
Had it iced today so the initial ending note was that wonderful nutty/barley like oolong taste finished off with the jasmine green.
This is perfect for when you need the calm the f*** down but stay alert as well.
Flavors: Citrus, lavender, sage, jasmine, (barley)
~Made this outrageously strong today and put into a 16oz to-go tumbler with tons of ice cubes.
~Holding off on a recommendation simply because this tea is expensive as f. It’s gonna be a sad, sad sipdown when I get to it and I’ll have to find another way to craft it.
All American apple pie. That is seriously what this tea is.
Sweet without being overwhelmingly or deceivingly so (none of that fake sweetness but instead a robust sweetness from spice and the lighter sweetness of apples).
Takes strength and body from the black tea base.
This is a tea you can both depend on and enjoy…a perfect representation of Captain America :)
First impression: This tea isn’t bad, but it’s not overly great either. A good tea for when I just want a cup of tea and am unsure if I want spices or something more defined.
Later impressions: This is somewhat bland. It’s a green tea with candied pomegranate or raspberry enhanced pomegranate flavoring and aftertaste.
Bottom line: It’s a decent enough cup. I’m glad to have the sample, but don’t plan on purchasing in the future.
Today I experimented…I wanted something caffeinated but also good for an ouchy potentially crabby self.
Here’s what I ended up with:
1.5 tsp honeyroo vanilla (my own blend of honeyroo by spice and tea exchange and honeybush vanilla by teavana)
1 tsp chocolate by adagio
1 drop vanilla
8 oz water, 200 degrees, 4 minutes
My honeyroo vanilla is starting to lose its vanilla notes and the rooibos is becoming more prominent. It smelled quite medicinal when I pulled it out. Hence why I decided to add an extra drop of vanilla. The nice thing about this tea though, is it’s great for the achy ouchies…especially PCOS fueled ones.
The chocolate was just because I needed a) something caffeinated, b) to work through the chocolate I have and, c) because I thought it would blend well with the vanilla.
I’m pretty happy with the results. I think half the reason I like it is because it’s strong and hot and it’s crazy windy cold outside, but yeah. It’s tasty enough, I’m slightly more awake and a bit less achy.
Steeped this up this morning and it tasted like disappointment. I realized that this tea really needs additives to be truly tasty, so I’m knocking it down a few pegs.
(I’m sorry tea…you’re still super yummy with soy milk and extra chocolate.)
- I originally wrote this note a month ago but deleted that note and put it up again to reflect the actual tea after updating my cupboard *
Today I cold steeped a blend of two teas from Teavana – Java Vana Maté and Cococaramel sea salt (herbal).
I did a taste test at 4 hours and then strained the rest into a 16 oz glass at 7 hours.
The verdict? I am never steeping this hot ever again :) Though I don’t think I’ll let it go over 6 hours next time.
Sip by sip this tea greets you with a heavy roasted flavor followed by strong cocoa notes. A sweet hint of caramel finishes off the flavor.
I’m going to give this a tentative 70. It’s tasty but it’s also a little rough on the acid right now. I’m going to experiment with the steep time in the future. I’m thinking I’ll end up with a happy medium between 4 and 6 hours.
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa