New Tasting Notes
Today’s cold brew.
This was so smooth today! I got the absolute perfect balance between acai, blueberry, currant, and elderberry flavours. It created a perfect, well rounded flavour with just the right amount of natural sweetness and robustness. The cherry on top, so to speak, was the refreshing juniper that cut in at the tail of the sip. I love the almost pine like flavour that juniper has, and it works so well in this particular blend because it ties all those smooth berry notes together and creates this almost whimsical feeling of being a bear in a forest or camp ground, munching on wild berries. You know, one with nature in a way.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccZuKOTb6ug
I kind of see this tea as a rough cowboy sort who likes his Parliaments and meat, but then comes home to his wife in the garden and sits with her while she’s working. He occasionally does the tough stuff with the edger and the trimmer. He prunes the trees, and she makes him a pie. His Harley is parked next to her Prius at the end of their gravel driveway in the country.
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Flavors: Flowers, Smoke
Star anise is good for digestion and stomach upset, and this is packed full of it, seemingly with no other additives/ingredients. Each box only has ten tea bags, but the price is cheap enough to make it worth it. Tastes very strongly of licorice, which I don’t like, but still has that warm, soothing bright feeling that good teas do.
I don’t like the taste of this at all, but I don’t think that has anything to do with this brand/type but rather milk thistle tea in general. It’s very cloudy/milky, and not the most pleasant going down. However, it has good health benefits, so if you’re drinking it solely for that reason it’s clearly strong in milk thistle.
The taste is fine, but nothing special — mostly like mint (and a little bitter). I wouldn’t drink it for the taste alone, but the ingredients are beneficial for aches and pains. I haven’t noticed a huge difference in pain level after drinking it, but it seems to be a little effective.
Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint
The taste doesn’t move me much one way or the other, but this does seem to be a great tea for insomnia. I try a lot of “sleep/relaxation” teas, and this is one of the most effective I’ve tried. It was even recommended to me by my acupuncturist, who’s really experienced with all types of herbal remedies. I’ll be buying this regularly as a sleep aid.
“Bright” is the best way to describe this. It’s filled with flavor, and all of the notes blend together cohesively into one great tasting tea. Turmeric Ginger is one of my favorite types of tea, and this is one of my favorites that I’ve had.
The perfect combo of sweet and bitter, without leaning too far to either end, with a burst of lemon as well. Great for waking up in the morning, but also for winding down at the end of a long day.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon
This is the quarterly Republic of Tea catalog freebie. I’m sure it will be interesting because this is definitely not something I would have chosen on my own. I like mint and am in love with vanilla. However, rooibos and I are not friends. Though I guess green rooibos isn’t quite as bad…
Flavor-wise, the mint is in the foreground and it is oh-so-tingly. Really cools and lingers in your mouth. It’s followed by a very nice, smooth vanilla. It’s desserty with creamy notes of white chocolate. Yeah, this actually tastes like peppermint bark. Though the peppermint has that faint pickle taste that I swear is there but only I ever taste. As far as the rooibos goes, I really can’t taste it. The mint is just too loud.
While this is interesting and makes a nice after-dinner treat, it’s still not really something I’d get for the cupboard. When I go for seasonal teas, I don’t really crave peppermint. I want caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, that kind of thing.
Flavors: Candy, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Vanilla, White Chocolate
I was thinking about this all day after it was mentioned by Roswell Strange on fb and all I could think about how tasty this would be as a smoothie with my jams. I mean i already knew it was a good smoothie but the jams would just make it better. Except when I got home and started prepping, I realized most of my ingriedients were m.i.a. so I had to improvise. Mango instead of banana. Cream and water instead of milk. The result is strange to say the least. The cream makes this thicker and more akin to milk chocolate mousse while the chocolate from the pudding has been heightened for some reason drowning out all that nice vanilla in the tea. The frozen mango is stronger and not as sweet as the banana so it’s present too and fighting for center stage. Add to that bits of anise popping up and you got one strange blend.
This is my tea, if I had to pick one. There’s something about it that makes me grab it nearly every day. It’s a little bit sweet, very smooth, with kind of a baked bread taste. I started drinking it about 8 or 9 months ago, and have flown through several 8 oz tins. I always make sure I have this tea in stock!
Loved this shou. It was extremely smooth and not at all drying. No astringency or bitnerness. It had a nice dark, earthy flavor with a bit of tang that I associate with fermentation. Very sweet and friendly tea. Mouthfeel is creamy.
Ended up sharing some steeps with some coworkers, and everyone loved it!
This is an interesting tea, full of spices and vegetables and something bright trying to break through. A hint of licorice here, a wisp of mint there and the whole time it is savory and green. It’s like a tasty veggie side dish. I am not sure how I feel…
Flowers! It’s like perfume sorta with that slight dryness and the spice you’d find in like lavender or dandelions. I wish I could describe this better…I think I will add the other teabag to my tea twins package I am working on and hopefully she will be better at explaining this tea.