2087 Tasting Notes
I have now finished off the generous sample Sil sent to me. It is funny because I was not a huge fan of this one at first but it has grown on me for sure. In fact, today I planned on only having one cup but when that tasted so delicious I decided to have another which polished off the sample.
I don’t know what I did today but this tasted just like a butter cookie. You know the ones – they come in the tin that every grandparent keeps and uses to store random things in and then you see it and get excited for cookies only to find a tin full of sewing stuff. They are buttery and sweet and have the perfect hint of vanilla. That is what this cup tasted like and it was delicious. So thank you Sil for sharing!!
On a completely unrelated note, I just caught the Canada Post lady writing a pick up card for my Herbal Infusions package without having even knocked on my door. I heard her come up the stairs outside and then I heard her walk to my door and I waited for the knock to as not seem eager. No knock so I went and opened the door anyways to find her with my package, looking shocked, and writing the card. She had to remove the sticker that she had already put on the package assuming I was not home. There were lights on and everything! Get yo shit together Canada Post!!! Luckily though I caught her and now I have my Herbal Infusions order. Hooray!!
Coconut is the prominent flavor in this blend and though I am not tasting what I would call cheesecake, there is another component to this tea that is making for a thicker and more rounded dessert type flavor. I suppose I will just have to keep sipping until I figure it out. Hmm…
HELP! I have developed a serious cold brewing addiction. I mean serious! There may, or may not, be 8 bottles cold brewing in my fridge right now for tomorrow. I swear I don’t like the teas cold brewed THAT much but I just couldn’t stop. I planned on making three different teas but then for 2 of the teas, there was just enough for two bottles so I figured why not get some sipdowns (so that was 4). And then the third tea was out so I thought might as well. Then I thought about Watermelon Mint Chiller and how that would probably be good cold. Then I checked my spreadsheet and saw I had a Teavana herbal I probably won’t drink any other way so might as well try. And then just to make an even 8, I prepped a bottle of Youthberry/Wild Orange Blossom blend.
Hi. My name is Rachel, and I have a cold brewing addiction.
Anyways, on to the tea – THIS tea, not the others in my fridge. This tea always surprises me as to how spot on the banana smell and taste are. I find you hardly ever come across non-artificial banana flavor but this is true-to-the-fruit banana goodness. I was a little distracted by the hibiscus trying to sneak by me but luckily it was not overly prominent like it tends to get in hot teas. Plus there is that little hint of cherry that is sort of sweet but also blends well with the tart of hibiscus. All in all, a nice cup.
So in theory, I am always really excited about herbals. Realistically, I am never happy with them. They always smell fruity and delicious and they just don’t deliver in a hot tea. However, last night I was inspired by Roswell Strange to try cold brewing Kanpe tea. In an effort to procrastinate on my paper, I decided that not only would I cold brew Kanpe but I would also cold brew this and Banana Cherry Blend to see how that goes.
Apparently cold brewing is the key for me and my herbals. Though I am not in love, at least I found a way to enjoy my herbals every now and then. I might even end up taking some with me to Florida because I imagine cold brewing would be a smidge more refreshing when you are not surrounded by snow.
As for the taste, strawberry is the dominant flavor but the kiwi comes in near the end and makes for a delicious flavor combination. The two components really shine on their own but in a way that they are not competing with one another. Rather, they are harmoniously balanced making for a nice nighttime drink.
In anticipation of my large Della Terra order as well as the tea package from my Dad containing all my other BF orders, I am trying to get a few sipdowns. I am slowly working my way through various swap packages and today I pulled out this tea from Courtney. With just two cups left of this and two cups of Bella Berry, I plan on finishing both off tonight.
Right now, this tea is actually quite tasty. I think this is the first time I am picking up a hint of rhubarb and I am quite enjoying it. Thank you Courtney for sharing this with me!! I have been very happy to try out various Tealish flavors :)
ETA: Sipdown!! (154)
Dexter3657 was kind enough to send this my way before I discovered that me and hibiscus are not really friends. So, after trying the first cup, I have been putting off having another taste. But I knew I would give it another chance before totally writing it off. However, the sample Dexter shared was so generous I was not very sure how I would finish it off.
Then yesterday I saw Roswell Strange had cold brewed this tea and I thought I would follow in her footsteps. More and more I realize I am not a huge fan of hot tisanes so I figured I could try something new and finish off the sample of Kanpe at the same time. I am definitely glad I did. I am still not a huge fan but it is definitely better cold brewed imho. I am picking up the hibiscus but it is a bit less prominent when prepared this way. I am also tasting the cinnamon and a little bit of fruity sweetness. Thank you Dexter for sharing with me :)
Well three things are causing sadness in my life at this moment:
1. I have a paper due at midnight that I have been writing since yesterday. That means no sleep and I really like my sleep. Plus, paper writing is never fun especially when I only have 8 pages to address the ever-so-broad question, “What is the meaning and significance of religious freedom as a human right?” for a class called Religion and Human Rights.
2. I have been checking the tracking number on my BF Herbal Infusions order and as of last night it said it was “processed at local delivery facility” at 8:43 Sunday morning. When I checked today, expecting it to say out for delivery, it said “processed at local delivery facility” at 10:42 this morning. How many times must this package process before it comes to me?!?!
3. This is a sipdown which means no more Hello Sweetie for me until Stacy makes some more :(
In light of all the sadness, I just really wanted something that would make me smile and Hello Sweetie was the first thing that came to mind. So, this cup is bittersweet as it is delicious as always and that only makes me realize just how much it will be missed. Oh well, nothing to do now but savor the cup and get back to paper writing. Thank you JustJames for providing me a little ray of sunlight on this gloomy afternoon.
ETA: So I just noticed I have been way underleafing this (as in 1.5 tsp in 12 oz) everytime I made it and it was still amazingly flavorful. Hmmm….
Thank you Roswell Strange for sending this my way. I recall last time I had it, I did not find it particularly flavorful but i dropped the temperature a bit and shortened the steep time. The result is a delicious cinnamon, bread-y tea. I would say Monkey Bread was more accurate because there is less cinnamon than you would expect in a cinnamon bread and a bit more breadyness. Honestly, I am quite enjoying this cup and I am sad to see this blend go. Perhaps I will pick up some more in the future. Thanks again Roswell Strange!!
As a rule, I usually hate hibiscus in teas. Especially herbals. They always smell so sweet and delicious and then BAM!! hibiscus is all you can taste. So with that in mind, it is probably a wonder as to how I like a tea that is predominantly hibiscus.
I think the answer is it is honest. The hibiscus is not lying in wait to ruin a perfectly sweet treat. Instead it is proud and advertising itself as tart. And tart this tea is. Not my favorite cup, and I probably won’t restock after I get through my 100 grams, but I also have confidence that I will be able to get through the tin just fine.