2269 Tasting Notes
Now that my stomach is alright, it is back to regular tasty teas! And since Roswell Strange decided to use one of my favorites to tie up our tasting notes, I decided to make her help me jump ahead in our competition. How you might ask? I am drinking the teas she sent me! Unfortunately most of the teas she has sent in past swaps are already gone but this is from our most recent swap so I have not gotten around to it yet.
When it came to prepping this tea, or any of Frank’s teas, I was lost at what to do so I just did what I typically do with his teas. I boiled the water and then set it aside for a few minutes just to cool slightly. Then I steeped about 1.5 tsps for 2 minutes. The end result is a pretty tasty cup. The typical 52 tea black tea base is the start to the sip but that transitions to a lovely banana flavor which sweetens to a hint of butterscotch as my sip draws to a close. Really it is quite good. Also, I let the water cool a little longer than I usually did and that error turned out to improve the cup as the base is a little less predominant in this cup than in the other 52 teas I have had. I will have to try using the lower temp for other blends I have and see if the black base mellows in those as well or if it is this tea.
Anyways, would I buy the 2 oz package of this blend? No, probably not. Mostly because I am finding more and more that Frank’s blacks all taste quite similar to me with slightly different aftertastes. However, would I turn down a cup if it were offered? Definitely not! So, thank you Roswell Strange for sending this my way. I am sure getting through what you sent definitely won’t be a problem.
This is probably the oldest tea in my stash. As in it is a few years old and tbh, it was improperly stored for sure. And yet, it still remains a tasty cup of tea! Sure the flavor may not be as bold as it once was but it is still present in every cup I make.
This is also the first Kusmi tea I tried and probably the only one I would restock. It has a beautiful mix of spice which is perfectly balanced and toned down by a hint of apple sweetness. The green base makes the cup almost buttery while the mate adds a dash of roasty goodness. Definitely my favourite out of the 3 morning cups today. Unfortunately I only have one more bag left (although Kusmi is literally a block from my house so I doubt it would be too hard to restock if/when I wanted to do so).
This is the second cup I made to soothe my stomach this morning. Turns out all I really needed was breakfast but yet again, this is brewed so might as well enjoy it. Alas “enjoy” isn’t the word I would really use to describe this cup. This, like Le Digestif, tastes more like herbal medicine than a tasty cup of tea. Especially since I turned to tea in order to enjoy all the flavors I could not otherwise have since I am on a diet, this really is not something I would ever reach for when I have soo many other delightful treats in my stash. I suppose that is why this herb-y, mint-y tea is on my swap list.
So when I woke up this morning, my stomach felt really weird. I decided that meant I should stick to teas that would soothe my stomach. Consequently, I brewed this and North African Mint. Then I threw in a cup of Kusmi’s Boost for good measure (although I am not sure how soothing that would be although it sounded like it had potential :P). Anyways, while the teas brewed, I decided to have my breakfast and I ended up choosing iced cinnamon rolls. Probably not the best idea when your stomach is off. However, once I ate the 2 rolls, I felt better so turns out I was just hungry. I felt dumb. Haha.
Anyways, I made the tea so might as well drink it. This is not one I would usually reach for unless I needed it but drinking it now, it is not all together unpleasant. It is actually a very smooth cup. I always worry that herbals will be very over the top and bold with their flavors and yet they always seem to be more mellowed out than I anticipate. However, at the end of the day, this tastes more like natural medicine than a delightful drink, hence why it is not a typical choice.Also, the use of catnip in this still weirds me out. I think next time, rather than getting this, I will pick up some Super Ginger.
This tea came to me via Roswell Strange. I was not quite sure how to prep it but I recalled reading one of her tasting notes in which she cold brewed it and it sounded tasty. So, I used 2 out of 3 tsps I received and threw it into a 500 mL water bottle and let it cold brew for about 15 hours. I figured the last tsp I can hot brew and compare the two.
Anyways, as for this method, the end result is not bad. I was worried that this would get tart as I believe there is hibiscus in this but rather it is a pleasant drink. Actually, this might be one of my favorite cold brews to date (with the exception of the SBT I had earlier). This is sweet and very refreshing. The sip ends with just a mere hint of tart but I find that is really enhancing everything. Would I have guessed this was “Rum Cream” if I didn’t know? No, probably not. Although there is a smoothness that is most definitely reminiscent of cream. Tbh, given Roswell Strange’s tasting notes and my major dislike of sneaky hibiscus, I did not have high hopes for this blend but I think I hit the sweet spot because this is definitely very tasty. It is like fruit punch or vitamin water. If I had access, I would actually seriously consider buying this because I imagine it would become a staple as a cold brew in the summer months. Yay for delicious tea surprises and thank you Roswell Strange for sharing!
And now, at 5 am, I can go to bed happily knowing my swaps are all packed up and ready to be mailed and I am 4 tasting notes ahead of Roswell Strange in our tasting note competition :)
In addition to Banana Nut Bread, I decided to have a cup of this. Why? Well (1) I decided I wanted to end the night off with 465 tasting notes because that seemed like a nice number to stop at (and it puts me 4 tasting notes ahead of Roswell Strange :P). (2) It also goes very well with milk and thus I expected it to be a soothing cup for me for the hour. And finally (3) because when you smell Vanilla Comoro, you want to drink Vanilla Comoro (and I smelled this earlier when I grabbed some sachets for a swap).
On BF I grabbed a tin of 20 sachets and I am quickly realizing that probably was not enough. There are not many caffeine free options I turn to time after time but this, when steeped right and mixed with a splash of milk, is definitely something I could drink every night. It is so smooth, so creamy, and oh so delicious. This is like having a rich but delicate vanilla pastry or a high end french vanilla buttercream. MMMMmmmm….
It is almost 4 am and I am packaging up some teas to send to Istanbul! I think that is pretty cool. Also, I am using this time to enjoy a few more cups of tea before I turn it and drift away to lalaland.
I chose teas that go well with milk because when I was little and couldn’t sleep, my mother would give me a nice glass of warm milk. This is just the tastier, more grown up version of that :P
Anyways, this tea is growing on me. I don’t think I will restock once it is gone but this cup is creamy, smooth, nutty, and delicious. I finally see where the name comes from because this is truly banana nut bread in a cup. I guess the key is to steep it for like 15-20 minutes.
After having just alright teas for a lot of the day, I decided I wanted to have something that I loved. This is something that I have loved since I first joined steepster and received my very first package from Dexter3657. The sample she sent me was gone in a day because it was so delectably sweet and the flavor was spot on carrot cake (WITH cream cheese icing!). I have thought about this tea since then and even referred to it as my FAVORITE tea (although that has changed) so of course I stocked up on BF. I bought 4 oz of this!
I was so excited to dive into the bag tonight. Alas, this cup is quite different from the tea I remembered :(. The sweetness is toned down and the cream cheese icing is no where to be found. This is more like a carrot muffin. Perhaps I hyped it up too much in my mind. Perhaps this is simply underleafed. Perhaps I did not steep it long enough. Perhaps my taste buds are just off today. Perhaps my tastes have just changed. I am not sure what went wrong but I am a little disappointed. At least I have 4 oz more to figure out what the issue is.
In order to choose a tea for the night, I decided it would be fun to shove my hand in my sample box and just pick one out. This is the outcome of that draw and I am actually really enjoying it. It actually tastes a lot like DAVIDs Red Velvet Cake (I wonder why?! :P) but this is caffeine-free.I actually have a lot of the DAVIDs blend but I think in the future I would actually prefer to stock up on this as I don’t have nearly as many caffeine free options as I have caffeinated choices. I mean if two teas taste the same, who needs both? And this I can drink all day, every day to my heart’s content.
Once I was having an American Tea Room tea, I decided to make myself a cup of the one tea from them everyone seems to love. I was so excited! Alas, once again it feel as though I am in the minority because I felt this tea was just alright. It probably isn’t something I would reach for all that often but it is a nice enough cup to have now and again.
Tastewise, I do have to give props to ATR because this is a very bready tea. The brioche flavor was definitely captured. However, I was expecting a bit more sweetness and was a little sad when I didn’t get it. That was actually my stupidity though because realistically a bread is not typically over the top sweet. Perhaps now that I am more aware of what to expect, I will enjoy the cup more next time? I figure I drank this hoping for something sweet and was sad when I didn’t get that so next time I can reach for this when I am more in the mood for a bready tea.