1179 Tasting Notes
Pumpkin flavors just taste so much more amazing with a little bit of sugar. It works especially for this one given the other two flavors in here! The spices are a bit strong, but I think that’s just like the nature of pumpkin teas and it’s nothing a sweetener can’t fix.
Just a little milk does an amazing bit of work on the cheesecake too. It seriously tastes like I made a latte despite the fact I added just a splash of milk. This is an awesome dessert blend, sweet and pumpkiny, and most definitely rich.
I almost want more but I want to not have anything more with caffeine tonight.
Thank you Nuvola Tea for this amazing sample.
I’m hoping for tons of infusions with it in my yixing pot!
First steep, 30 seconds: the cup smells like it might actually be filled with butter instead of tea! It’s very flavorful and yet at the same time somewhat delicate…if that makes any sense. It’s got a strong taste of light flavors. It’s too hard to describe in words, jeez. It’s creamy, vegetal, sweet, and has just a hint of floral.
Second steep, 45 seconds: It’s become more sweet and more vegetal. There seem to even be notes of dark green herbs in here, maybe something like sage! Sage and peas. Sounds good to me.
Third steep, 60 seconds: This steep reminded me somehow that I needed to take decent pictures of my lip balms now that I found my memory card. Except now the battery is drained in my camera and I can’t find the charger. It’s always gotta be something. This steep is now much sweeter, with a hint of astringency. I always like the astringency in oolongs because it comes off as a mix between sparkling water and peppercorns.
Fourth steep, 75 seconds: The flavor was less intense on this one so I decided to make it the last. There was a lot of time between the 3rd and 4th so that probably didn’t help. This one was still sweet, also reminiscent of green vegetables but in no way as intense as even the third steep.
I liked the second steep the best. This is an amazing tea, grown in quite an interesting climate. I wouldn’t hesitate to get some in the future. Thank you again Nuvola for graciously giving me a sample of this tea.
This is more buttery cake than pineapple, I could so use a bit more. I probably have something somewhere I could add. Or next time I will just sweeten it a little. But yes, if you like cake, this is your tea. It tastes just like cake.
Trying this as a latte this time thanks to the sample of it CupofTree gave me to take home. I followed the instructions DT has on Flickr, but there’s not even enough tea to make 16 oz in their little sample so I made it for 12. 6 oz water, 6 oz milk, a a tsp of brown sugar, and the sample packet.
It certainly smells better in a stovetop chai form than it does with a regular steeping.
Now I can see (taste?) why everyone loves this one! I guess it just sort of needs the creaminess to step things up. It wasn’t a bad tea with just the addition of sugar, but the stovetop prep really made a difference. And I think the brown sugar adds another layer of flavor. This is so rich, I am almost tempted to see what it’s like if I used coconut milk creamer instead but there is no more tea for that for now.
Now I know for sure I am going to get that adorable 100g tin.
It’s like pumpkin pie in a cup, and definitely not like a traditional chai at all. I avoided it before because of the chai in its name for absolutely no reason.
I made an iced tea out of this today and it’s not nearly as good as it is hot. Well I suppose if you wanted to lose the floral notes of it, then this would work. It now becomes very fruity and I can taste more of the almond-ness of the macaron. And now I also want macarons. A couple weeks ago I figured out there’s a bakery with them right in the shopping center I live behind so…
Verdant needs a mobile friendly website. My bag had zero steeping instructions on it, so I tried to pull the site up on my phone, since it was in the kitchen to time the steeping…but it kept crashing my browser. So I had to hurry back to my bedroom and pull up the site and find what to do. I wrote the instructions on the package so I guess I’ll probably go through my others so this won’t happen again. I cut it close!
I’m going to get started re-watching The Walking Dead since I kind of stopped after the first season. I feel some weird obligation to watch everything filmed around here for the most part (I have to throw that disclaimer in because I would rather lick a battery than have anything to do with Scary Movie 5, as this brought in BOTH Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan.) but I did enjoy it so time to retry, yay Netflix!
I can probably tell you all sorts of places it filmed though! Like this! This is Forsyth Street, right near important to me school buildings! http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbnkjbS0yU1qz5e5oo1_1280.png They’re mostly well outside Atlanta, which is where all the TV shows end up, but in the first episode they were on my campus! This happened too in The Change Up. The first time I saw a trailer I was like WAIT I WALK THROUGH THERE ALL THE TIME. It’s kind of fun.
So this is my pot of tea to go along with it and a plan to resteep as much as possible through the night!
I’m terrible at keeping track of things but I’ve had this for awhile so I don’t know what description where applies to this tea anymore. I bought it in April. Wow, that’s embarrassing
that I’m just now getting around to trying it. Jeez.
This first steeping smells purely of chocolate. It tastes like a malty cinnamon brownie. It’s rich and satisfying. It’s not as cold today but this feels good to drink!
I’m amused that this tastes more like a cinnamon brownie than the tea I have that’s supposed to be one. Ha. There are some caramel notes too but mostly I get chocolate with a nice hint of cinnamon.
The second steep is getting kind of a toasted cereal flavor, but still chocolatey. This actually reminds me a lot of a dark oolong and I really am not a fan of many of them, but I am enjoying this tea. What do you call that chocolatey hot cereal stuff? CoCo Wheats? That’s what it reminds me of!
This will probably be it for the time being, because I want to sleep tonight. I’ll have to try it in a gaiwan next.
This is more savory than I thought it was going to be! I did not realize it is Bangkok as a bagged tea, but it makes sense now. It’s been awhile since I had that, I know I have a sample somewhere from someone (sorry) and I believe I was told by Alphakitty that it’s an awesome iced tea.
So I have a couple more of these sachets and I will definitely ice it! That was actually my intention but I was trying to make kale chips at the same time and failed miserably. At least I had gotten the kale for free so no serious harm done.
Anyway I do like this a lot better this time around than the first time I had it. It is like a light coconut soup. I mostly taste the coconut, but it isn’t a sweet coconut, and then the lemongrass and ginger.
I figured if beer tastes better when it’s on draft, the same has to apply to kombucha!
I figured I’d like this one better than fire, which is gingery. This is verrrrry minty. I’m not a fan of echinacea because it makes my stomach hurt, but that’s not going to really stop me. Beyond mint, it just has an herbal taste. On their website they say there’s pineapple too but I can’t taste it. Oh well.
I prefer the Water flavor but that is not available on draft at my Whole Foods :(
This isn’t bad though. I just think the pricing is weird. 16 oz is $5, but 24 oz is $6 (and that’s probably WF and not Buchi’s deal). And it is like, extra fizzy compared to those in the bottle. I couldn’t stop drinking it in the car because it was reminding me of my favorite kinds of beer, but sweeter and I can drink this and drive. Obviously.
After my test this morning I thought I’d grab something warm for the walk back to the train. It was entirely not worth it but the cashier was being a real you-know-what, and that’s something for another site LOL.
I was just feeling like chai and I needed an immediate fix. So in that case this wasn’t bad, it was nice to sip on it while I waited forever for the train, and it got me to thinking about the past.
When I lived in Tennessee, there was only one Starbucks for the longest time about 15 miles away, so obviously it wasn’t worth it and so when I went to NYC when I was 15 on a theatre trip, it was fascinating to see them EVERYWHERE. I had just been to Chicago a month earlier where my aunt took us to one, and she got me the Passion tea lemonade. One morning I got tea, not even sure what kind, but I felt very important in Rockefeller Center with my tea.
And time was probably the start of drinking tea, but just very on and off. There was always tea in the house but it wasn’t until a couple years ago that it was full blown.
But I didn’t even remember about that tea in NYC until I was drinking this today! Amusing.
Thanks, Will Work For Tea!
I need one last tea before bed, I should probably get up and study a bit more early but there’s also the train. Apparently I should just be late to class all the time because the train after the one I usually take was dead on Thursday when I was on the way to the airport and on the one I always take, I have to stand. Rude.
I think I am starting to have a fall out with a lot of rooibos blends. It was the first kind of tea I really liked so that makes me sad. I’m just starting to not be a fan of the woodsy-sweet flavor of it, which is causing it to be the primary taste I get a lot of times.
I can finally taste blueberry now that I’ve let it cool way down, but meh. Rooibos, I have so many of you and now you’re blah to me :(